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Wine Wars by Mike Veseth
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Read from December 29, 2011 to February 08, 2012

I knew when I was picking this up that it was a book about wine written by a professor of economics...

But I will never, ever, ever be able to underestimate my lack of interest in anything that talks about "market forces." I know economics are important and I know I should care more about it... but I just can't bring myself to do it. I just tune out at best, or react with overt hostility and revulsion at worst. It's an intellectual void that can never be traversed.

The book's not really all that bad... I just have a strong aversion to all things "supply" and "demand." Sometimes I lose track of just how strong an aversion it is. You'd think I would have learned by now that I simply cannot maintain focus on anything even tangentially concerning economics or economic analysis. The book itself has its share of interesting insights, enlightening background information on the history of the wine world and fun anecdotes that illustrate certain points well. It was a fun book to read, if a little repetitive at times. It probably could have stood to be about 50 pages shorter to avoid the loss of momentum I experienced while reading, but he makes his points well and illustrates them in entertaining ways.

The important thing is that the author is genuine in his enthusiasm... both for wine, and for the modern realities of the industry. I get the impression that he's the kind of guy who doesn't understand how other folks don't get as excited as he does when discussing market effects... but he is genuine about it and he wants you to be as excited as he is.

Sometimes he's more successful than others.
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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Findley Curses on the debilitating boredom that discussion of economics induces! I'm pretty sure we could fix some of the things that are wrong with the world if only we could stay awake through the facts.

But it is not to be. Better pass the wine.


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