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Good idea; but not quite worth a book
21 September 2018
I like the author a lot, but I think the content could fit into a 15 min TED talk. Oh, that’s right, it did (search his name on TED’s website). It’s worth 15 mins for sure - but the content in the book just did not expand enough to justify an actual book (seems there was some monetisation going on here - but I suppose everyone has the right to make money from their fame, posthumously, in his case - sadly). Unfortunately, I thought the author also fell foul of his own “lessons of what not to do” on several occassions - making “assumptions” without full investigation, or not defining things properly, etc. (He sets the bar high, to be fair). Example - he asks the reader to guess what % of the world population lives in extreme poverty (and he points out most people are guilty of using data from 20-30 years ago), but then he basically uses a definition of poverty from 20-30 years ago - without considering that the definition might also have progressed in the “common” sense of the word. So he should have been more specific about his definition before asking the question.