David Barton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (87 of 100)
Location: London


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,183,058 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 100
Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English M&hellip by Julian Baggini
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading, 2 Jun 2008
The main difference between this book and other examinations of the English mindset such as Kate Fox's "Watching The English" is that Baggini is a philosopher and so relates his observations to various philosophical views in ethics, politics, etc. This is far from a difficulr read however, as Baggini has an easy readable style. The other difference is that Baggini actually took time out to spend 6 months with his subjects which is just as well since it is clear that the lifestyles and attitudes of the average English person are very different from those of the sort of liberal middle-class urbanite who reads (and writes) a book like this.

The conclusions are not that surprising… Read more
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbabl&hellip by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
I must admit that I approached reading this book with some trepidation. I had read Taleb's earlier book "Fooled By Randomness" and whilst I found that book very interesting I also found it very exasperating. This book was the same, only more so.

The central theme of the book is that unexpected random events are much more likely to have far greater impact than is presumed by traditional statistics . In contrast he shows that there are domains where extreme events or values are more frequent and dominate overall. Taleb's arguments are convincing and he also shows why prediction in general is very difficult and describes human being's desires to post-rationalise events. Because… Read more
The Steep Approach To Garbadale by Iain Banks
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are a lot of similarities between this book and Banks' earlier work "The Crow Road". That's not a bad thing since that book was probably his best. The protagonist of this story is one Alban McGill a member of the Wopuld family and business empire, although Alban has distanced himself from the family firm. The narrative flits easily between events in the present and events in Alban's past with an emphasis on Alban's relationship with his cousin Sophie and the suicide of his mother.

The overriding story arc is governed by the two questions - Why did his mother commit suicide? And what are Alban's feelings for Sophie? The characters are as always well delineated with… Read more

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