March 2022: In the perspective of this book, it is curious to see how far Putin can stretch his narrative on the Ukraine invasionfor his domestic audience.
Although the book is charming at times, reviewing an era through the personal experiences of one arbitrary writer in the early 21st century is a lost cause right from the start.
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.
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.
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.
Entertaining and endearing, despite the writers (sometimes painful) personality flaws
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).
Everything you always wanted to know about the economic, cultural, historical, and culinary significance of cod.
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 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.
The book resists the temptation to get lost in juicy stories, but focuses on the evolution of ideas.
January 2021: After the Capitol attack (6 Jan. 2021) it became clear how close we actually were to this type of scenario.
November 2020: The hypothetical scenarios are well crafted and unfortunately not as far-fetched as one might hope.
Good diagnosis of current monetary policy, but combined with a disappointingly naive belief in the free market as panacea.
The book should be mainly read for the anecdotes on female astronauts and nerdy coast guards.
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.