Hard-felt plea for including future generations into political decision making.
The practical and relevant examples (health effect of smoking, impact of humanity on climate change) of causal inference alone make the book worthwhile.
Surprisingly philosophical for a book that has ‘pragmatic’ in its title.
Well documented account of how instrumental commodity markets have been in global politics.
Great exercise in spotting biases, and understanding how these manifest themselves in how the world around us is shaped.
Although the writer clearly picks sides, she does not shy away from the role of the US in the cyber arms race.
Mix of interesting Marxist perspectives on contemporary politics and confusing rants about old movies.
Fresh and highly entertaining retelling of classic tales.
Overly simplified presentation of basic statistics that cuts some corners, as superbly pointed out by Andrew Gelman.
The book is too overtly written with the benefit of hindsight, which makes the cautionary tale less compelling.
Story on repeat: X had a frustration, X is so privileged that she can raise at least a couple of $100k from friends and family, and X starts an amazing company to solve the problem – at least in theory – for herself and the rest of the world.
The best feature of the book is that the author explains how archeologists infer facts about life 2000 years ago.
October 2021: Apparently, the financial troubles of Evergrande are the first cracks in the wall.
July 2019: Interesting perspective on China’s impressive rise over the past years, providing more context to the recent trade war with the US and contrasting the view of Kai-Fu Lee.
After a reasonably insightful chapter describing Alibaba’s strategy, the book slides into an enumeration of facts that illustrate the way in which China’s government steers private enterprise.
Entertaining and endearing, despite the writers (sometimes painful) personality flaws
Carefully crafted and highly entertaining.
Surprisingly up-beat considering its message and packed with nice examples.
The book is more about political realities than about cultures, with little attention given to the role of black people (apart from them being enslaved).
Captivating narrative which juicy details on naval warfare practices and life on board.