So. boring. The nonstop action is completely mind-numbing, if that makes any sense. Constant gunfights, intrigue, and inconsequential/unexplained chanSo. boring. The nonstop action is completely mind-numbing, if that makes any sense. Constant gunfights, intrigue, and inconsequential/unexplained changes of location make this just a mess of ....stuff happening. But nothing I could ever care about, and no reason why I should....more

I really enjoyed the first third of this book. But as it went on, it just got more and more boring. Maybe I enjoy ancient history more than modern, buI really enjoyed the first third of this book. But as it went on, it just got more and more boring. Maybe I enjoy ancient history more than modern, but I think the writing itself just got too involved and sort of stalled out. I finally gave up without finishing the last chapter....more

I really tried to read this--I want to know more about economics--and this book promises what I want--a historical look at the development of such thiI really tried to read this--I want to know more about economics--and this book promises what I want--a historical look at the development of such things. But then it just goes and reinforces my worst picture of economics--it's full of undefined or poorly-defined terms, it expects its reader to understand only middle-school math (over-explaining even simple 9th grade algebra), and it explains economics in a way that feeds my already-cynical view: we ASSUME that the such-and-such function is linear, discuss five pages of derivations, then assume the results are correct, without addressing the fact that the original assumption is unsupported, oversimplified, and/or seems silly.

But what really made me give up were the graphs. This author makes no distinction between dependent and independent variables, so the graphs frequently look 'wrong,' with the variables inverted. For instance, after a long discussion of how interest rates are affected by investing, there will be a graph with investing on the vertical axis and interest rates on the horizontal. (This is a made-up example, I don't remember the specifics.) I know this isn't exactly wrong, but why make is so needlessly confusing?

Anyway, I'd still like to know more about economics, but this book certainly isn't teaching me anything....more

Although I was sort of enjoying this book, it ultimately just got too tedious. Plotlines never quite manifest. Instead, there a bunch of random storieAlthough I was sort of enjoying this book, it ultimately just got too tedious. Plotlines never quite manifest. Instead, there a bunch of random stories which always leave me feeling like I've missed a few issues. Tank girl is fun, and the chaotic writing is sort of charming, but it ultimately just didn't make me want to keep reading....more

Used this as a textbook in grad school, and I've never run across a book more full of nonstandard notation, ignored complications, and typos. I recallUsed this as a textbook in grad school, and I've never run across a book more full of nonstandard notation, ignored complications, and typos. I recall one particularly cryptic moment where there's a typo in the statement of a theorem and then a different typo in the relevant part of the "proof." Certainly a challenging read, but probably not in the way intended.

Also: who is the audience for this book? As a mathematician, I thought the book assumed I knew way more physics than I did, and I felt like a physicist reading it would have the same problem with the math.

Invariably, the author seemed to prove things when he was in the mood and otherwise just stated things as fact. I was always left wondering whether things were supposed to be trivial or not. (They were almost never trivial to me--were these standard physics facts that I don't know, or deep mathematical theorems? It's never clear.)

It left me pretty soured on the whole field. (But perhaps I just don't have the requisite background.)...more

This is a pretty informative book, in that it covers a lot of material. But it uses an awfully lot of jargon for the lay reader. Also, the author doesThis is a pretty informative book, in that it covers a lot of material. But it uses an awfully lot of jargon for the lay reader. Also, the author doesn't believe in the order of operations, so pretty much every equation in the book is wrong. That's a pretty damning problem for an investing book written for regular people....more

Ellery Queen has published some really fantastic mystery stories. But I read about ten stories out of this book, and none of them was very good. It'sEllery Queen has published some really fantastic mystery stories. But I read about ten stories out of this book, and none of them was very good. It's hard to justify this as "the Best." Maybe this is "Fifty Stories Which are the Best from Amongst Stories Which Haven't Already Been Reproduced Elsewhere, Which Means Stories Which Really Aren't All That Good." I'm sure there's a few good ones in here, but I didn't find them. I'm quitting at around 20%....more

I love the idea of the "Opposing Viewpoints" series, but this is riddled with problems. Since none of the works included are original to this book, itI love the idea of the "Opposing Viewpoints" series, but this is riddled with problems. Since none of the works included are original to this book, it reads more like a bunch of random internet articles haphazardly mashed together. The quality and depth is all over the board, and it ends up hard to take things seriously. Reading this is like typing "articles about debt" into google, and just reading the first 20 articles to pop up.

Second, and more egregious, the articles are re-titled to sound as if they are opposing viewpoints instead of just random articles. Consider the two chapters titled "Women are More Likely to Struggle with Finances than Men" and "Men are More Likely to Struggle with Finances than Women." From the titles, those seem to be arguing opposite sides of a position. However, the first article is about how more stringent bankruptcy laws in America target women, who make less and are more likely to be raising children alone than men are. The second is about how men in Australia, hurt by the economic downturn, are committing suicide at a higher than usual rate. Despite the title of the book, those are in no way "Opposing Viewpoints."

So really the title of the book should not be "Opposing Viewpoints", but "A Bunch of Random Articles (Some of them not Even Very Good) Renamed to Seem to be Opposing Viewpoints." Rather a letdown. I wonder if all the books in this series are this shoddy?...more