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This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
by Carmen M. Reinhart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting information, easy to read, 3 April 2010
This is a great book to keep once you've finished reading, so it's on the shelf ready with the stats to debunk the next new big thing.


From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities and The Lasting Triumph over Scarcity
From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities and The Lasting Triumph over Scarcity
by Arnold Kling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a good idea..., 3 April 2010
... but let down by dull writing and hotchpotch organisation. It comes over as an ideological tract. You have to search hard for the nuggets. After about 150 pages I could take no more, and gave it to the charity bookshop down the road.


The Aeneid (Wordsworth Classics)
The Aeneid (Wordsworth Classics)
by Virgil
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Translation, 11 Feb 2010
This is an excellent translation, easy flowing and very engaging. What you're left with is a wonderful poem and story. The characters are real people, the action is better than Hollywood.

(My high school Latin isn't enough to make technical comments, but it feels like the translation achieves its objectives of fidelity to the original, avoiding "flatness of uninspired literalism", and avoiding "unwarranted poeticism".)

The fact that the Aeneid glorifies Rome and Augustus doesn't detract at all.


Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas
Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas
by Richard Ogle
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very absorbing and convincing, 24 Jan 2010
This book describes various breakthroughs in an interesting way that is worth reading even if it stopped there. But the really exciting part is how the breakthroughs are related to insights about networks. A significant deepening and broadening of the idea of "genius", at least for me. Now it's been set out so convincingly, it seems self-evident.


Songs on Bronze: Greek Myths Retold
Songs on Bronze: Greek Myths Retold
by Nigel Spivey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight, 24 Jan 2010
This book told the myths as tales, which became exciting in their own right, thus setting it apart from all the tedious reference books which you quickly forget. The first payoff is enjoyability. The second payoff is that then all the Greek tragedies, Iliad, Aeneid etc have context.


Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
by George A. Akerlof
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.86

22 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-satisfied Drivel, 1 Oct 2009
I laboured my way to the end of this book and regret the waste of time. The principal thrust is that all other economists are stupid for failing to realise that not everything is measurable or rational. There we are - saved you from reading it, and saved you from the self satisfaction oozing from every page.

(I reckon I must be one of the few writing a review that hasn't been asked to by the authors or publishers - can't understand the positive response.)
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