Politics is such a cesspool. The more I learn about it, the more troubled I am by it. It's hard to believe that these people RUN OUR LIVES and we letPolitics is such a cesspool. The more I learn about it, the more troubled I am by it. It's hard to believe that these people RUN OUR LIVES and we let them do it. It's truly mind boggling.
I loved this book. My rating of five stars doesn't mean that my girl Hillary always gets a pass. She's done shady shit and is definitely conniving in the way many politicians are (this is especially demonstrated in this account of her time as Secretary of State). I also do not agree with her or her actions 100%. Hard Choices is the title of this memoir and it is the central theme in every conflict/challenge tackled by Hillary throughout her tenure. Her self-critical and candid views of her and her government's responses to some of these challenges is refreshing from a politician. This book provided rationale, not always forgivable but maybe understandable, for the hard choices she has had to make throughout her public service career.
I loved this book because it was a great primer to many of the conflicts that are plaguing the world today, including Syria which has come back in focus due to my prime minister's abysmal response to the refugee crisis. The book not only talks about the problems on a macro level, but also at a micro one. Hillary doesn't seem to forget the "small folk" and instead uses her position in society to empower others. I feel like this book enriched my understanding of the world and the United States' position/views on many topics.
There was a fair share of America Ra Ra Ra peppered throughout the book and Hillary can be a bit delusional about what American Values really are (spoiler alert: she's mostly left of centre). But I'll forgive that as grandstanding for future votes.
This is a great book about American foreign policy and demonstrates what kind of person Hillary is. ...more
The title of this book a little misleading - rather than teach one how to use economics, this excellent resource provides a broad introduction to whatThe title of this book a little misleading - rather than teach one how to use economics, this excellent resource provides a broad introduction to what economics is and isn't. It includes a history of capitalism and a breakdown of each major school of thought in economics. Chang's encouragement of open-mindedness regarding which school is "the best" was really refreshing to see in a book dealing in an area where people are often quite narrow in their views.
My knowledge of economics before this novel was...pathetic, to say the least. I really appreciate this resource, and Chang's openness in declaring the financial industry an incomprehensible mess. I honestly thought I was the only person who thought financial products were esoteric at best - it's a relief and also scary as hell to learn that even professionals don't fully understand the products and services they provide (i.e. 2008 great recession). ...more
This lecture series was a great introduction to the topic of efficiency and how it is a pervasive presence in every aspect of people's lives. In fact,This lecture series was a great introduction to the topic of efficiency and how it is a pervasive presence in every aspect of people's lives. In fact, to be efficient I was listening to this lecture while cleaning my house. I especially enjoyed the time dedicated to public health care and education because of my line of work. This lecture came out in like, 2001 and it's interesting how so many of the things she talked about are still unsolved.
I just wish she had more time to delve deeper into the points she makes and topics she touches on. I'd love to sit in on one of her lectures....more
the author ends on the note that Jesus the man is as compelling as Jesus the Christ however I don't belieblah blah blah religion is just plain crazy.
the author ends on the note that Jesus the man is as compelling as Jesus the Christ however I don't believe that the information he presented about both suggest anything of the sort. in fact, what little information he actually presents about Jesus makes him about as interesting as any historical figure that causes trouble and fails.
the best part of this book was the historical context provided. it actually answered a lot of questions I had in the back of my mind about Jesus and the middle east. unfortunately, the small amount of sources he uses severely limits his findings, yet he still throws around the word "proves"- something I didn't expect from a scholar.
I learned a bit but not enough. sorry bout it....more
This series has promise but there was something about it that wasn't quite right for me. the story was rushed, and lacked some crucial details. I tireThis series has promise but there was something about it that wasn't quite right for me. the story was rushed, and lacked some crucial details. I tired of the dorky nods to readers peppered throughout. The book felt like it was a young adult novel, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it's not the thing I wanted....more
This hackneyed stain is an appalling reflection on the state of publishing in the world today. That this flagrant act of plagiarism exists is offensivThis hackneyed stain is an appalling reflection on the state of publishing in the world today. That this flagrant act of plagiarism exists is offensive to the great acts of creativity that it blatantly steals from. There are some authors that deserve Brown's entire paycheque because of how much has stolen (The Hunger Games) but it also contains stolen material from all the most popular fiction. Some people might argue that no ideas are new and that most books recycle ideas - yes I agree. However, it is possible to bring new meanings, explore different themes, and infuse one's own creative, unique viewpoint to those same ideas. Brown absolutely did not do that. Sexism, homphobia, and many recycled tropes are peppered throughout this garbage as well. This was a really frustrating reading experience. ...more