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The Builder, the Bean Grower, the Conservationist, and the Chief Information Officer are all characters who have used technology to make themselves powerful. They have built technologies for strategic advantage in warfare but have also used them in trade to dominate the societies in which they live. But as time moves on, as the sophistication of civilizations develop they ...more
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Published October 16th 2013 by Tales of a Global Era
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Sandy McCarthy
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-winner
I was first taken in by the description of this book. Plus, I liked the cover. Thanks to Goodreads and Samuel for the copy I won!!

I was instantly taken in by the story. It's well connected from start to finish. Like a good movie, it needs to be read several times to fully appreciate the truth between the pages. I was not disappointed!

I would say it is a cross from Creation, before the world began; mixed with a wonderful perspective of someone who has lived around the world and has a political pe
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Monet
This was a First Reads Giveaway. I thought it might be fun to read with a friend, so we braved this task finding our overall feelings of this "story" to be the same, redundant and at times boring.

Mr. Gompers told the story of consecutive civilization. Each building off the last, but ending in destruction. The main "characters" were not a single being, but groups, to which you could have no real bond with throughout the book. From here the book just told the same story over and over.

I found the
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Samuel Gompers
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Imagine four civilizations, struggling for supremacy of the world. Imagine four characters, breaking boundaries with technology altering the economic fabric of their societies. Imagine four governments, coping with the global civilization that emerges from underneath them…

And then one day a Stranger arrives.

Tales of a Global Era is the product and imagination of a Stranger with a polka dot tie, shoes laced in a French fashion, and a certain eau de toilette that overpowers all who come into view.
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Jdub_2000
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book. It does an excellent job of exploring the methods that humanity uses to develop, though those methods are not always the best ones at the time. The real character, the Stranger, is a neat mechanism for asking these big questions that the author has in mind. Humanity is the second character, taking different forms and manifesting itself in different ways throughout the ages. When taken as a narrative for exploring these themes about humanity and technology and history ...more
Chris Brown
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for review purposes as part of the Goodreads Firstreads program.

Tales of a Global Era is a cautionary tale of human history across many different civilizations. The main character is the leader of civilization from the age of the first hand tools to the information era. Gompers does an excellent job of hypothesizing how and why each civilization came to their advances as a means of conserving time and energy. Each civilization thrives from a new invention, but like those bef
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Barb
Mar 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
It appears so far that I'm the only one who didn't care for this book. I found it to be cold and lacking in personal appeal. There were no real characters, just categorizations; the Builder, the Conservationist, etc. Their vignettes tell the tale (repeatedly, the same tale) of the problems with increasingly sophisticated and technological societies and their inevitable downfall. OK, I got it the first time: the rest of the book was boring and at many times Mr. Gompers came off as smug and superi ...more
Amanda Fleming
Received this from Goodreads First Reads! Automatically struck me as one of those "everyone needs to read this" books. Secondarily struck me as a more succinct ambiguous sibling of Bill Bryson's "A Brief History of Nearly Everything." I was immediately impressed at the description of the creation of the universe.
I could easily see this book used in many academic settings (an introductory political philosophy, anthropology, possibly even biology or chemistry course).
I also interpreted this book a
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Jennifer
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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i wanted to thank goodreads and author for the opotunity to read this book..i was pleased by the way this book was written and i admit that i did struggle with this one but i do love a challenge.unlike so many others this one kept me thinking a certain way til the end and i think this is a book everyone should read.
Hensley
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received this as good-reads giveaway. I found it to be a very intellectually stimulating book and an eye opener to things I had previously never considered to be true. THANKS FOR THE READ
Craig Freshwater
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book, I liked it alot!
Ztaft111
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of Samuel Gompers for some months now, and discovered his writing quite randomly. I think this book is different, but it still works for me.



I’ve read some of the reviews and some parts of them I agree with and some I do not.



It's true, there's not a lot to identify with in terms of the characters. They're not what you would call typical. But that doesn't seem to me to be the purpose of the novel, it's more about trying to understand why things are the way they are rather than m
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Laddie Tabor
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historians and History Teachers especially
Recommended to Laddie by: Goodreads
This is another interesting read. While Mr. Gompers address several eras he makes it clear with every era we have been in from agricultural, industrial to technological while good has come from those, so has many negative effects such as loss of jobs, which helped create more living conditions for those affected. He certainly made me stop and ask myself are we really getting ahead in this world, or we ultimately doing ourselves in. It is a tough read, both from the technical jargon in some parts ...more
Brianne
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I wanted to like this book. I really did. After all, I got it for free from first reads giveaways.

However this book was repetitive and while it was an interesting concept, the writing didn't really capture me.

The repetitiveness I gather was supposed to be enlightening was simply monotonous.
Sheila Altenbernd
Feb 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
I received this as a Goodreads give-a-way and am looking forward to reading it.
Jordan
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was sent this book, was told it was shit.
30 pages in I gave up, it is shit.
Rachel C.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got about 40 pages in and just couldn't read anymore. I just wasn't interested in any part of the story.
Mr. Fabulous
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book from an adorable little woman in my office, while the cover was a bit phallic, it turned out to be a disappointment even I couldn't swallow. LOL

Kevin Hartley
N.B. I received a free copy of this book through the First Reads program.

I will be writing a full review in the next few days.
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Samuel Gompers is a private sector economist who is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through art, imagination, and science. Samuel Gompers was born in the latter part of the 20th century and spent his youth as the son of a diplomat. He travelled the world living in places as diverse as Pakistan, Mexico, and Burma.
Much of Samuel Gompers’ ideas about the world were driven by his experience livi
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