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Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (54 of 65)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 261,107 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 65
Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin Great Ideas) by Thorstein Veblen
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The original, full text is available (and cheaper :-). Why buy some abstract ? I find it especially galling that the publisher is hiding the fact that this - and probably all other issues in this series - is abridged. I certainly would not have bought it knowing that - but it's not mentioned anywhere when you buy it.
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, 2 Aug 2013
Parts of this book are very interesting - the historical / anthropological parts about the origin of debt and money especially. The socio - philosophical ruminations are way too stretched out and sometimes close to postmodernist word games. The book is also way too long - so much erudition is remarkable but does not necessarily have to be shown off so much. The kind of book you are glad you read in the end but sorry you did not find an abstract instead.
Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott
Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly blunt enough, 28 July 2013
Yes, the book is short to the point of bluntness. But nevertheless, it takes until page 186 (out of 198) to feebly bring up the solution to the problem : there should be less people on earth. Or rather, not to bring it up, really - only lamely state we cannot reproduce at the rhythm we do any more.
Even if the title "10 billion" kind of implies it, S. Emmott does not want to get near the real solution. So he tells us we should consume less. Big chance billions of chinese will heed his advice. No, the only solution is less people on earth. How we get there may be difficult to think about, but if S. Emmott had the guts to write the "what's the problem", then he should also write the… Read more