The best parts are the details (e.g. on laws governing responsibilities at sea in medieval times), but these facts buried in a thorough, impressively complete historical overview.
The book paints a naive caricature of the consulting industry, downplays the role and responsibility of other actors and, unfortunately, lacks a realistic alternative for flexibly solving skill and capacity deficits (especially in the public sector); thereby undermining any justified concerns.
Well known story told in a fresh style, which unfortunately still serves a purpose.
Great overview that brings together different perspectives in a shocking narrative without becoming judgemental.
Politics and court life in the high middle ages evoked in a juicy style.
Everything you always wanted to know about the economic, cultural, historical, and culinary significance of cod.
Good diagnosis of current monetary policy, but combined with a disappointingly naive belief in the free market as panacea.
Most intriguing where the described ‘globalization’ takes the for of trade – rather than old-fashioned conquest
The metroric rise of art prices is a fascinating topic, but the author get a bit lost in his effort to ducoment each twist or turn in the lives of the secondary characters in his story.
The book clearly illustrates that climate change is the prisoner’s dilemma ‘par excellence’
Giridharas key argument is that elites only support change to the point where their privilege is not endangered.