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"Thompson provides a great service in revisiting - and reviving - the tradition of seeing extreme economic inequality and democracy as incompatible." (Daniel Brook, The Nation)
"[A] sweeping intellectual history... Recommended." (CHOICE)
The topic was (and still is) interesting to me. One of the reviewers in the book's promotional statement said that the book is "[A] sweeping intellectual history ... " There was only one Amazon reviewer, but that individual gave the book a 5-star review. So, based on those two endorsements, I bought it.
After listening to 5 of the 9 hours, I have been surprised that there were relatively few historical examples. Lots of "everybody back then" kind of statements, but very little content.
I would give the book four stars because of the value of the topic. But, I would give it one star (or zero stars) for the persuasiveness of the research. There simply has not been enough historical evidence provided in the first 5 hours to warrant someone calling it "sweeping intellectual history". Maybe there is more in the last 4 hours.
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