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Full of hope but poorly written
on 10 August 2013
I heard the author Danny Dorling talking about this on Radio 4 and saw the review of the book in the paper. It seemed to provide just the optimism about the future of humanity that I needed to be able to hope for the future (I am reaching grumpy-old-man status). I looked forward to reading the book. I have now struggled through it and have indeed come away positive, but after some irritation and annoyance with Dorling. It's a very interesting thesis, but written by a grasshopper, falling some way short of a proper scientific text on one hand nor is it popularly accessible on the other. I found it quite difficult to follow the thread of the argument in places. I don't know where Dorling thinks he is pitching this. The polemic is marred by frequent irritating and unnecessary juvenile political asides, which, while I might agree with his lefty views, are not helpful to endorsing his argument. What a pity. I am giving this important work four stars but i feel it should have been better edited, shorter and perhaps should be rewritten by a populist writer such as, say, Bill Bryson.