Some fair nuggets of socio-economical diagnosis mixed with personal pet-peeves and drained in a techno-utopian rant.
The ‘it is all about oil’ narrative of international politics over the last 20 years made explicit is a comprehensive yet digestible form.
Impressive and concerning whistleblower story illustrating the subtleties in developing and producing effective generic drugs.
Nice historical overview, very topical in an era where technology significantly affects the Ukraine war and the power play between the USA and China around Taiwan.
Highly entertaining read with a lot of black humor, but incomplete in its analysis (e.g. of risk of internal conflicts in the USA and likelihood of collaboration between states in Europe).
From an economical perspective, open source software is no different from other content that is published online.
Interesting historical perspective on economic development with renewed relevance in a post free-trade world.
In theory a fascinating topic, but in practice a boring read; as I should have expected because the Post leveraged rather than drove innovation.
Well documented account of how instrumental commodity markets have been in global politics.
Mix of interesting Marxist perspectives on contemporary politics and confusing rants about old movies.
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.
Captivating narrative which juicy details on naval warfare practices and life on board.
The book resists the temptation to get lost in juicy stories, but focuses on the evolution of ideas.
Economists should stay away from pseudo-philosophical assertions, in particular when these hinge on misinterpretation of Bayesian methods, use flawed logic, and do not lead to realistic recommendations.
Smart agent-based modelling perspective on global challenges around poverty and sustainability.
Next to revolution (in the spirit of Marx), the book claims there are just three other forces strong enough to achieve leveling: mass warfare, epidemics, and system collapse (the last of which is arguably overlaps with the others).
the set-up in which interesting historical facts serve to make a political argument makes the author prone to the narrative fallacy.