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Loonshots audiobook cover art

Physics, power law math and breathtaking history

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-19

As one who grew up professionally in the Bell Labs scientific culture, I thoroughly enjoyed and without reservation highly recommend Loonshots.

Although it's title and central thesis focuses on the dynamic structural patterns found in the physics of state phase transitions and power law mathematics responsible for powering humanity's really big bold projects and ideas, the historical tour Safi Bahcall takes us on is by itself breathtaking and IMHO worth your time.

https://www.amazon.com/Loonshots-Nurture-Diseases-Transform-Industries/dp/1250185963

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It audiobook cover art
  • Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It
  • By: Dambisa Moyo
  • Narrated by: Pamala Tyson

Great story, impeccable facts, unrealizable sugges

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Ms. Moyo's detailed synopsis of the current state of international economic disorder is a chilling wake up warning nudging us back to reality. I found Edge of Chaos really two books - book one a warning and book two (her last chapter) her required prescriptions for reform and survival.

I had a hard time accepting a number of Ms. Moyo's prescriptions, which appear to focus solely on economic processes while ignoring the sociological issues driving real human beings and societies. Banging home the point that today being a liberal democracy doesn't guarantee economic stability nor well being, ignores the part that being slaves to economic theory is equally unacceptable and likely unrealizable. This is particularly so in the United States, even in the shadow of America's long torturous history where inhumane treatment of human beings ruled the day...

I too am extremely concerned by the voting patterns of so-called mature liberal democracies, but I also in expressing my preferences have the right to "not vote" as well as the right to select "none of the above." Term limits, IMHO is an anathema to the very democratic principle of one person one vote and ultimately caves in to societal dangers inherent in short term decision and policy making generated by the monitization of politics.

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work audiobook cover art

not suitable for audio without the charts...

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

not suitable for audio without the charts questionnaires making it hard to follow. would be nice to have ebook for less than. full price.

The Heart Goes Last audiobook cover art

strangest book I have ever read.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-16

strangest book i have ever read, although thought provoking as the spirit of Margaret Atwood stories usually are.