Stiglitz provides an experienced view on the economic climate created by the financial crisis of the early 21st century. This book provides critical iStiglitz provides an experienced view on the economic climate created by the financial crisis of the early 21st century. This book provides critical insights to the economic philosophy which drove the global economy off the proverbial cliff and what might be done by the government, going forward, to create the appropriate incentives for the financial community.
This book is readable, accessible and--while dark--is a respectable analysis of what went wrong before the crisis....more
This book covers the basics of microeconomics, welfare economics, macroeconomics, and how the global economy functions. I had to read this for my econThis book covers the basics of microeconomics, welfare economics, macroeconomics, and how the global economy functions. I had to read this for my economics class and enjoyed it initially as a primer for the other four books I am supposed to read for my economics class. That said, this book falls into the category of "must read, so I read it." I got all the data and nomenclature I needed from the book and took copious notes; I am not sure I really need anything else from this book. It is a great introduction to the concepts economists are aware of and make use of in their working lives.
What I will say that is negative and utterly disappointing about this book (As I say about any book that has made it past rough draft, first edition, EIGHTH EDITION, etc) is that there are numerous typos and grammatical errors one author should be able to deal with on his or their own. There were a couple of sentences where I couldn't even understand what was meant, even though English is my native tongue and I'm pretty smart and good at figuring out puzzles... That said, there are three authors for this book and I had to read this book for a class. If I were a teacher, I would give this textbook a B-. That doesn't mean I liked it.
This book is well-written, well argued and, though a bit technical at times, is approachable for the average reader. As I am currently studying the coThis book is well-written, well argued and, though a bit technical at times, is approachable for the average reader. As I am currently studying the concepts behind the material in this book, I found it an interesting critique of the subject. ...more
This book is a pretty good attempt at merging the two things Noam Chomsky talks about incessantly. The book sticks primarily to the familiar question-This book is a pretty good attempt at merging the two things Noam Chomsky talks about incessantly. The book sticks primarily to the familiar question-answer format, where Chomsky is either with the interviewer face to face, or is responding to questions in writing. The two disappointments I have are that there is a lot of repetition, sometimes in consecutive chapters/interviews. The repetitions made me question whether or not I was rereading pages and interviews, or even if the book had printing mistakes. Alas, the problem lies in the fact that so many interviews that happen at the same time likely cause Chomsky to repeat himself on certain topics. The other issues stems from the first problem. At 784 pages, this book is a pain in the ass to carry around and read because it is so big. I don't mind being that guy on the bus who is reading the anarcho-syndicalist tome on politics and language because I obviously am reading it for all the ladies to check out the size and shape of my parietal bone, but I do mind being that guy who reads books that take so long to read that he forgets what the first few chapters were about. I should just stop reading these perennial tomes and go back to playing video games.
Having said all of this negative stuff, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the bits about linguistics. Sometimes Chomsky can get so deep into the specialized knowledge thing that he's basically speaking another language....more
This book is thorough and well-written. The author is capable of staying on the topic of the book while spending little time mucking about in the minuThis book is thorough and well-written. The author is capable of staying on the topic of the book while spending little time mucking about in the minutiae. The book drags on a bit at the end. But, then again, the British empire really hasn't fully fallen as of yet; so I couldn't imagine how else one would finish this immense topic.
Although this book rants about the importance distinctions between "mediocristan," and "extremistan," this book is a rather pedestrian amble through Although this book rants about the importance distinctions between "mediocristan," and "extremistan," this book is a rather pedestrian amble through the subject of probability. Don't get me wrong, NNT is undoubtedly on about something important and is obviously well-versed in what he attempts to describe; it's just that this book is full of fluff, a page-turner at best. NNT is tormented by the subject and yet not quite able to really discuss it properly (or, worse, he's stretching simple maths concepts into a diatribe lasting a few hundred pages).
A short summary to save you a few bucks: I got my "f*** you" money on Wall St, so listen to me because I was vindicated. Everyone knows a turkey lives a happy life for 1000 days and must think: Hey, I'm a well-fed turkey; life is awesome. On day 1001, the unexpected happens and the turkey becomes dinner. I don't want to be a turkey. People don't know what they are talking about.* People don't know what they're talking about with pictures and a table depicting how I structured this book's premise.** Benoit Mandelbrot knows what I'm talking about. Thanks for reading.
* You can skip this part because I assume you know what I am already talking about, which is pretty much common knowledge. ** You can skip this part because there's not much going on in here but I still want to talk a bit more....more
This is a great book covering the romantic generation of scientists. It focuses primarily on three main scientists from England; Sir Joseph Banks andThis is a great book covering the romantic generation of scientists. It focuses primarily on three main scientists from England; Sir Joseph Banks and his intrepid adventures in Otahite; Sir William Herschel, German astronomer, discoverer of Uranus and other notable sidereal bodies; and lastly, Sir Humphry Davy, discoverer of the effects of Nitrous Oxide and its recreational uses, famous chemist and inventor of the famed Davy Safety Lamp.
While some instantly recognizable names from history are mentioned but in passing, the author focuses on the more passionate of the scientists, endeavoring to shed light on the very spirit of their inquisitorial pursuits. While William Herschel may have had strange theories about inhabitants on the moon, he nonetheless stared, eye fixated on the celestial body every night. The passion and dedication of an adventurer appears thematically between all three of the main subjects and is at times inspirational.
There is only a slight downside to this book, which is why I give the book four stars. Namely, the author occasionally opines quite subtly on the topic of theism and religion when it crops up. Considering the nature of the subjects and their dispositions and theories, I found these ruminations a little odd.
That said, this book is fantastic for anyone who wishes to pursue the study of science. It is also copiously filled with rather obscure and antediluvian words, which is always nice....more