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The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson
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really liked it

I struggled to get into the first quarter of this book, perhaps because the initial aspects of the history of networks are quite obscure and aren’t of particular interest to me. However, it is worth persevering because they form an important basis of understanding about how networks have developed over time.

Some of the chapters are disappointingly short, such as those on the history of Silicon Valley and the impact of networks on recent elections. Others as significantly longer. But this book is already quite long and so there was probably a tough editorial decision to be made about what to cover and in what level of detail.

I would’ve liked more of Ferguson’s opinion on what the historical developments mean for current affairs and the future of civilisation, but I suppose for that you have to read his other book: The Great Degeneration.

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Reading Progress

December 1, 2018 – Started Reading
December 1, 2018 – Shelved
December 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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