Adrian Booth

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (215 of 230)
Location: Godalming, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,349,079 - Total Helpful Votes: 215 of 230
Gold: The Once and Future Money (Agora Series) by Addison Wiggin
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Firstly, if you are a beginner, like me, to the gold standard, I recommend not buying this book. I give this book four stars from an objective point of view, as my own experience with it would warrant three or maybe two stars. I give four due to the intense research put into the book and the well balanced, pragmatic arguments the author puts forward for a pegged gold standard. The book does, however, go into too much detail than is necessary. Towards the middle, the author uses every other sentence to type the value of gold vs. ABC currency at which exact date. This becomes incredibly dull. For the first few chapters, the author had me in his hands as I was engrossed by an introduction to… Read more
Traffic: Why we drive the way we do (and what it s&hellip by Tom Vanderbilt
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Tom Vanderbilt is a great author. He has managed to write a book about one of the most mundane, boring, simplistic topics and turn it into an exciting, interesting and informative piece of work. Every single sentence backed up with years of studies from experts in the field of traffic (yes...experts on traffic) makes for an incredibly interesting read. I won't got too much into detail but Vanderbilt cites many examples of how our eyes can easily deceive us on the road, and also talks about 'risk homeostasis' where we tend to adjust are our behaviour relative to the risks involved e.g. Wearing seatbelts = Faster driving etc. This part at the end was most interesting.

All in all,… Read more
Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion by Noah J. Goldstein
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Having recently read Cialdini's previous book on Influence, I was drawn to this current work. If a book is extremely good, I will recommend it to friends and colleagues alike. However, this is one book I will never recommend to anybody I know; Why? Because it is just too good. Like Cialdini's last book, this one which he contributes to has a very succinct writing style and beautifully laid out sources to point you in the right direction to research it yourself. Each chapter contains thoroughly interesting comments on research conducted over the previous decades on persuasion, and I must say, this book has just nailed it.

I normally do not trust authors or books that attempt to… Read more

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