The “just shut up and listen”-attitude is refreshing, but will not convince anyone who is not already on the reader’s side and even antagonize many potential supporters of her cause.
The writer never really succeeds in making the Simulmatics story seem important, partly because due to endless digressions about the bad marriages of the men who founded the company and partly because she avoids any substantial assessment of the actual models they used.
The seemingly controversial thesis turns out to be a platitude hidden behind a carefully crafted facade of definitions.
The purposeful one-sided rant makes the book lose all credibility, in particular since the arguments can easily be reversed – especially in the wake of Trump’s desperate challenge the US election outcome.
In the US election system, geographic concentration puts democrats at a fundamental disadvantage.
Compelling story telling and enriching perspectives make it hard not to become fascinated by Udham Singh and his quest for revenge.
The hypothetical scenarios are well crafted and unfortunately not as far-fetched as one might hope.
Update: After the Capitol attack (6 Jan. 2021) it became clear how close we came to this type of scenario.
Good diagnosis of current monetary policy, but combined with a disappointingly naive belief in the free market as panacea.
Insightful perspective that highlights how few options political leaders actually have in responding to external threats.
Smart agent-based modelling perspective on global challenges around poverty and sustainability.
The book should be mainly read for the anecdotes on female astronauts and nerdy coast guards.
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).
In choosing the personal perspective of the leader, makes the book prone to the narrative fallacy.
The author weaves the perspective of women, slaves, and other disadvantaged grouped into the narrative of US history, making the work part of a bigger movement.
Extensive justification of why Snowden exposed the scope of surveillance by the NSA (with too many references to patriotic US heros among Snowden’s ancestors).
The book would have been a better read if it had focused on one of its two narratives: the rise of algorithmic trading and the forays of hedge fund executives into US politics.
The author provides a richness of perspectives that guide the reader beyond clichés.
The author’s recommended retun to a local solidarity may address the issue at hand, but will also pose significant threats for ‘diversity and inclusion’.