Dr Barry Clayton

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (2,823 of 3,672)
Location: United Kingdom

Military Affairs ( retired senior army officer), History, Economics, Maths,
International Relations, Politics and Education ( university teacher). Wide reading, mainly non fiction or classics.Very fond of all kinds of 'good music'. All Sport espec… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 537 - Total Helpful Votes: 2823 of 3672
Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Create&hellip by Edmund S. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant Innovator, 29 Aug 2014
The author is a Noble Laureate. His book chaiienges many of our cherished assumptions about how economles succeed.

As he points out it is not engineering skills or education or scientific discovery or entrepreneural enterprise that leads to economic change, it is the willingness of all society to plunge into the 'frenzy of development'. In brief, to embrace novelty. The whole of society has to change habits, attitudes and ideas, and depart the safe harbour.

He disputes, as have others, the theories of Schumpeter and Spiethoff. He exposes, with ease, the errors of Marx and his historical determinism. He points out that the industrial revolution in this country was not… Read more
National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-19&hellip by Richard Vinen
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Between 1945 and 1963 approximately 2.8 million mainly 18-year-olds (some were older because they had been to university) were called up.The majority,73%, were drafted into the army.

National Service had a massive impact on the country, and on those called up. Barrack rooms were a mix of young lads from all sectors of society. In mine there was a boy who had been to Eton, a solicitor's son, a doctor's son, 5 graduates, and 7 from some of the poorest council estates in the North. Within a week one had forgotten ones roots and social background. Teamwork was the order of the day, and it worked. Class differences were totally forgotten. There was no segregation at all. The author,… Read more
The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Post-War&hellip by Katharina von Kellenbach
This fascinsting book is about the, at least, 500,000 German men and 5,000 women who took part in the deliberate murder of 6 million Jews, mentally ill people, gypsies, political prisoners and gay people in the period 1936-45.
Although numerous books have been written about these atrocities, the difference with this account is it focuses on how the perpretrators of these appalling crimes have refused to accept either that they had done no wrong or pretended they were innocent.

The author began to examine Christian writings on forgiveness. This led to a case study of the Holocaust and the power of antisemitism, racism and nationalsm. She soon discovered that close family… Read more