wanderer

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (20 of 21)
In My Own Words:
I'm s student at Oxford Uni, England. I enjoy learning about almost anything, but am too lazy to read as much as I should.

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Philosophy, Pop Science (not too technical, mainly along the lines of cosmology and mathematics), General History. Sports: Rowing, Cricket, Boxing, Surfing. Music: Most stuff, Rachmaninov to Radiohead
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,406,822 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 21
Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense i&hellip by Paul Krugman
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was assigned this book as prep reading for university. Whilst i found it highly informative as to the history of macroeconomic theory and policy in a general sense, the analysis of the various models was so lacking in rigour (diagramatic or mathematic) that Krugman failed to convince me of the failings of any of the systems proposed by the academics. That said, the book is well written (for an economics book extremely well written) and presents the generalities clearly and with a sense of humour. In short if you are generally interested in economics then its worth reading, if your of a more academic persausion you may well be disappointed.
Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Stiglitz is clearly a first rate economist, the arguments he makes in his book are by no means watertight, but I found most of them to be very convincing. In particular his analyses of the Asian financial crisis, and the contrasting methods of communist-to-capitalist transition are excellent, he clearly explains any jargon and highlights some key areas that are often dismissed in other non-academic economics discussions.Also Stiglitz provides lots of helpful references to other works so if you feel like digging deeper in one particular area you can.
On the other hand the book suffers from an alarming amount of repetition, many paragraphs are more or less verbatim clones of previous… Read more
Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World by Justin Marozzi
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction (3.5*), 11 April 2005
This is an interesting book about a fascinating and under-exposed topic. The tale of Temur is indeed great and is on a comparable level to Napolean, Alexander etc In addition to this Marozzi generaly writes well, although the prose is occasionaly a little stop-go. Just a few gripes which prevented the 4th star. Firstly much of the historiography (sorry if thats not the right word) is quite superficial, there is little analytical depth. Secondly there is too much desciption of minute architectural detail, personally i am not that interested in the exact decoration of every single one of the palaces/monuments/tmples construted by Temur, then again others may find this fascinating. Lastly… Read more

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