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The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
After reading The Consolidations of Philosophy and Religion for Atheists, I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly some of the chapters are a bit weak. We occasionally get lost in his fetish with art, which I sometimes find a bit annoying. But there was some great chapters on the “power of photography” and how we rarely here about “ordinary day-to-day lives of people around the world”. Sadly the news does have a strange fetish with bad news, and it’s pretty rare to come across good news. (Maybe a good news section on page 2 might be a good idea?) It’s also interesting how the news tries to hold powerful people to account. It’s worth a read, but it’s defiantly one of his weaker… Read more
The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run &hellip by Tim Harford
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as the original book, but I guess its worth a read for £10.
Word of warning, there is no graphs or pie charts etc. The book is composed of just questions and answers.

I didn't really learn much from this book to be honest. Also there isn't much of a conclusion, also the book essentially skips the difficult economic problems of the future when robots might compete with humans for jobs. That said there is one or two very interesting chapters. There is a great chapter on happiness economics, and some valid points are made about how difficult it is to measure "happiness" and "inequality". However I personally felt the book was a bit short.

In conclusion,… Read more
The Year of Dreaming Dangerously by Slavoj Zizek
45 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!, 16 Sep 2012
Very disappointing!.

Zizek does his usual dribble about Marx and Hegel, with Lacan making the odd appearance here and there. I get the impression Zizek has just googled Arab Spring and UK riots and financial crisis 2008. Then he has gone and copy and pasted a few facts, and then inserted a massive load of his own rubbish. This book could easily of been around 40 pages if you had taken out all the waffle.

If your looking for a detailed view at the causes of the current crisis and what the solution might be. Don't buy this book.

If you do wish to understand the current financial crisis and how capitalism is an unstable system read either:
The Enigma of… Read more