This is fairly likable, if you like this sort of thing, but there is an element of fish-in-a-barrel dynamiting about it, and it is not clear exactly what the intended audience is: the fish are certainly not paying attention, and the prose hews more closely to the style of professional analytic philosophy (i.e. it reads more like a discussion of complex but remorseless end-game strategy in chess - if your opponent moves his knight here, then you can move your pawn here, if, on the other hand, he moves is queen here, then you move your bishop there...) than popular journalism. I wonder how much of a popular appetite for this sort of thing there is. The sort of people who are likely to read… Read more
This is not a review of the content, this is a review of the physical product. Though this was fairly expensive, it is possibly the least attractive physical book I have ever bought, or even encountered, in my life. It looks and feels like a cheap mail-order catalogue. I assume that the american version, which is truly astronomically expensive, is printed at least on better paper, but even apart from the binding and the paper, this is also one of the ugliest text-book designs I have ever seen. (I now realize that I expected more from a Frenchman - so much for stereotypes).
A product like this makes no economic sense that I can see. It is a moral argument for piracy.