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Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic&hellip by Tomas Sedlacek
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book knowing next to nothing about economics in general apart from a brief bio of Adam Smith. I'm a wide reader though and I'm always interested in discussing good and evil, so ordered this based on nothing more than a vague interest.

I don't pretend to be able to rate the economic arguments, but as an amateur I could easily follow the discussions and appreciate the beauty of the writing (yes, it is elegant and sophisticated even if 'beautiful' lays it on a bit thick). The summaries and critiques of Aristotle, Aquinas and co are among some of the best I have read, in particular the discussion of rationalism vs empiricism and how it affects economics and modernity in… Read more
The White Queen [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Rebecca Ferguson
The White Queen [DVD] DVD ~ Rebecca Ferguson
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dull, 26 July 2013
As an avid fan of Sharon Penman's The Sunne in Splendour, I was looking forward to these books and the BBC show as dealing with the same time period. Admittedly I haven't yet seen all the episodes, only 6 out of 10, but the series so far seems to face the same problems as the books. The characters are two dimensional, they spout historical facts as dialogue and there is no attempt at character development, with the exception of Anne Neville who is rather good and fits well with the image of her I have in my head.

As history, the main facts are accessible and easily digested, and I like Gregory's proposal of Who Killed the Princes (or at least tried to). I don't think it was… Read more
Cranford (Oxford World's Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
Cranford (Oxford World's Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it., 21 Nov 2012
I read this after seeing the BBC adaptation, and I'm so glad I did!! I'd already read and seen North and South, but for some reason thought this would not be as good. Well I was wrong, the book is beautifully observed and laugh-out-loud funny in places, and I really enjoyed it. My Lady Ludlow is perhaps the weakest short story but I can see how Gaskell was experimenting with the story within a story technique. The other stories are just brilliant.

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