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.
A front-row seat to the decline and fall of the (Western) Roman empire.
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).
David van Reybrouk – Against Elections (read in Dutch)
It would be interesting to expand the solution space to include not just random selection of citizens but also modes of participation and collaboration from non-political domains like open source software development.
Nice collection of anecdotes which struggles to become more than just that.
It would be worthwhile research topic to map the development of ship building to the principles of disruptive innovation as laid out by Clayton Christensen.
Politics and court life in the high middle ages evoked in a juicy style.
The authors attack a overly simplified version of the theories they aim to refute, failing to recognize the necessarily non-linear nature of evolution.
Margriet van der Heijden – Denken is verrukkelijk (“Thinking is delicious”; in Dutch)
Thorough biography of Paul Ehrenfest and Tatiana Afanassjewa.
As engaging as the other parts of the trilogy.
October 2019: Elaborate and fascinating analysis of Putin’s Russia, which bears striking parallels to what populists in Western countries try, more recently.
March 2022: Chilling to see these themes back in Putin’s messaging around the Ukraine invasion.
Highly entertaining book, providing entertaining facts and refreshing perspectives.
In theory a fascinating topic, but in practice a boring read; as I should have expected because the Post leveraged rather than drove innovation.
The best feature of the book is that the author explains how archeologists infer facts about life 2000 years ago.
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.
At some points the investigative journalism is not fully convincing, but it conveys the message effectively.
Entertaining and motivating.
Everything you always wanted to know about the economic, cultural, historical, and culinary significance of cod.