Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It's about states, armies, and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?
Excellent material. I enjoyed the historical content and the thread of presentation for both homogeneous and hierarchical networks. However the narration is dry and without enthusiasm. For a long book the presentation overall is less than engaging.
Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.
This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.
Eugene Fluckey was a model for war fighting submariners. Additionally he set the standard for leadership. This book takes the breath away at times and provides the circumstances where ordinary men perform at extraordinary levels.
A tremendous read.
In March 2006, the world's richest men sipped champagne in an opulent New York hotel. They were preparing to compete in a poker tournament with Âmillion-dollar stakes. At the card table that night was Peter Muller, who managed a fabulously successful hedge fund called PDT. With him was Ken Griffin, who was the tough-as-nails head of Citadel Investment Group. There, too, were Cliff Asness, the founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management, and Boaz Weinstein, king of the credit-default swap.
Thorough and well explained. I really enjoyed the biographical setting of the book and parallel tracking of the characters. If you are interested in the "why" of financial meltdown of 2008 this book goes a long way in answering a good part of it. Couple this with the "The Number That Killed Us" and "The Big Short". And you get the picture. Should be required learning for Congress and SEC.
The Number That Killed Us finally tells the "greatest story never told": how a mysterious financial risk measurement model has ruled the world for the past two decades and how it has repeatedly, and severely, caused market, economic, and social turmoil. This model was the key factor behind the unleashing of the cataclysmic credit crisis that erupted in 2007 and which the effects are still being felt around the world. The Number That Killed Us is the first and only book to thoroughly explain this hitherto-uncovered phenomenon.
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If you can take the numbers and the math, the author goes in depth, then a much clearer picture of the world financial system comes into focus. It also provides a better perspective on evaluating legislation like Dodd-Frank and SEC rules to understand if the rule makers really understand the underlying causes of a system that affects us all. Politically unbiased, this book is about greed and the manipulation of the financial system to benefit the few at the expense of the many.
One of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the US Merchant Marine who were supplying the European war, and one community's monumental contribution to that effort.
Outstanding book of courage, persistence and family in a well informed story of a particular group of Virginians.
It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.
Outstanding presentation of a time when America almost came under dictatorship. The country moved irrevocably down the path of progressivism and changed the character of Constitutional America. I enjoyed the honesty of the narrative without the whitewash of historical embellishment left over from the post depression era writers.
Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He wrote the Principia Mathematica, which transformed our understanding of the physical world; invented calculus; and was knighted by the queen of England. Enjoy the surprising and entertaining true story of Isaac Newton, and rediscover one of history's most prolific figures.
I've read other books on Newton that had more coverage of his life, contemporaries and time, but this book was an enjoyable, shorter version. In some spots the reader sounded mechanical although still intelligible. It would be a good book to refer to for forgotten facts about Newton.
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.
The story of not giving up and finding the ways of McGiver.
Loved the presentation. Read the book after seeing the movie and Matt Damon could have done the audio as it was so similar.
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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
This story takes two lifes and slowly twines them together with great story telling. The author has a string familiarity with locations and mannerism of both French and German sides