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  • The Euro

  • How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe
  • Autor: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Sprecher: Alex Hyde White
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 29 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In The Euro, Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph E. Stiglitz dismantles the prevailing consensus around what ails Europe, demolishing the champions of austerity while offering a series of plans that can rescue the continent - and the world - from further devastation. Hailed by its architects as a lever that would bring Europe together and promote prosperity, the euro has done the opposite. As Stiglitz persuasively argues, the crises revealed the shortcomings of the euro.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Living a dream

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 17.02.2018

Living a dream

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Rezensiert am: 17.02.2018

Who has never imagined to realize a dream and experienced that when it finally becomes true, the unintended, annoying and untold parts become visible and the immediate exit seems to be the best solution? Joseph Stiglitz tells this kind of story about the dream of European unity with the Euro as its crowning element. A crowning element that is heavy and the heads for which it is intended are either unprepared or even not capable of supporting. The crown is thus being passed around, even forcibly to the unfit with a threat of a non compliance fee. So no surprise that some heads are looking for an escape, while others are taking their strong heads as a divine gift and enjoy the accumulation of fees. But exactly the avoidance of a preliminary end through the abolishment of the fees and some more support from the stronger heads is Joseph Stigliz's plea. Since in the end the dream is not nightmare but a vision of a land of milk and honey and the beauty of the crown more than just aesthetics.

  • Gora

  • Autor: Rabindranath Tagore
  • Sprecher: Samrat Chakrabarti
  • Spieldauer: 19 Std. und 26 Min.
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Gora (1910) is Tagore's fifth novel and is generally considered his masterpiece. With its epic dimensions and the broad canvas of the social, cultural, religious and political life of the nineteenth century urban middle class Bengal, it was a landmark in the history of the Bengali novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bringing history to life

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 12.02.2018

Bringing history to life

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Rezensiert am: 12.02.2018

"Our Oriental heritage" by Will Durant and his praise for R.Tagore was my entry point into the story of Gora. It must have been that only a masterpiece with its magnificent descriptions of personalities, their fights, faiths and interaction with their communities would be able to bring me to enlightenment: to show me that if non-fictional history is the wave function of the theories, only a fictional book of this caliber can calculate its eigenvalues and thus show true nature of its impact. Thus Gora turned me from a scientist into a believer and I hope that many others will be able to join this spiritual journey.

  • The Crusades

  • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
  • Autor: Thomas Asbridge
  • Sprecher: Derek Perkins
  • Spieldauer: 25 Std. und 32 Min.
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  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very concise but very well written book

  • Von WEKA Am hilfreichsten 27.09.2018

Cloaked in a coat of religion

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Rezensiert am: 09.02.2018

Even when every occidental warrior was wearing the sign of the cross on
his/her coat, religion was but a thin coating for the majority of the
common warriors who largely pursued their personal agendas of freedom,
lust for adventure, sexual predation and riches whereas their
leaders took the battle motivation to advance their own power
schemes. In retrospect - peering through the mist of times - all
participants loose their individuality and deviations from the norm
and are associated to their stereotypes: noble or not, Christian or
Muslim, aggressor or victim, etc. This seems to be the message
that resonates with every additional drop of detail in this well
crafted book. The claim of "authoritative" is Utopian as every new
discovery puts a once believed truth in perspective, but on the
whole the book remains an interesting read and a useful suggestion to
all individuals who try to create story 2.0 of this unnecessary
bloody history.

  • The World until Yesterday

  • What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
  • Autor: Jared Diamond
  • Sprecher: Jay Snyder
  • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 31 Min.
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    5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    5 out of 5 stars 18

Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The epilogue of "Guns,germs and steel"

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 07.06.2017

The epilogue of "Guns,germs and steel"

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Rezensiert am: 07.06.2017

In "the world until yesterday" we listen to an older very wise man reflecting on his life and the experiences he has made. It would not be fair to expect a human to write after "Guns,germs and steel" a second monument of our times and we should thus read his remaining books as an epilogue to his masterpiece. Still filled with astute observations and fine detail, but in essence reflecting on the insights that he worked out in his chef d'oeuvre: a book worthwhile its reading time and a possibility to meditate on the knowledge acquired from his first book while enjoying some new details that were forgotten in the past publications.

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  • On the Nature of Things

  • Autor: Lucretius
  • Sprecher: Hugh Ross
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 42 Min.
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3

Lucretius was born in 99 BC, and On the Nature of Things is his only surviving work. His aim was to free the Roman world from its two great terrors - the gods and death. Lucretius argues that the gods are not actively involved in life, so need not be appeased; and that death is the end of everything human - body and soul - and therefore should not be feared. But On the Nature of Things is also a poem of striking imagery, intimate natural observation and touching pathos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Index Librorum Prohibitorum confirmed

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 29.05.2017

Index Librorum Prohibitorum confirmed

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Stephen Greenblatt's 'the Swerve' was the inspiration to go back to antiquity and be shocked by the revolutionary ideas that Lucretius and his idol Epicurus were able to deduct from an astute observation of nature. We can only wonder what these minds could have achieved if modern instrumentation had been at their disposal, but can completely understand that the content must have been a red rag to medieval church doctrine. A book with a rated shock level equivalent to the classic "Texas chainsaw massacre" horror movie.

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  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • Autor: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Sprecher: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 41 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    5 out of 5 stars 18
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    5 out of 5 stars 17

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The essence of the renaissance revisited

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 29.05.2017

The essence of the renaissance revisited

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Anecdotes are of no relevance to the essence of a story but can be the spice that turn a dull dish into a a culinary experience. Stephen Greenblatt creates with his "new historicism" technique a new kind of cuisine: his exquisite use of a wide range of spices, - even taken out of context - allows the reader to savor the essence of a dish in all its facets.

In 'the Swerve' Stephen Greenblatt takes the rediscovery of the "De rerum Natura" of Lucretius and its shocking materialistic and Epicurian ideas as the main ingredient. The partially invented whereabouts of Poggio Braciollini are the spices that turn this well known dish into an exquisite meal worthwhile of a "trois Etoiles Michelin". For all lovers of good dishes I can only say: 'A table, messieurs et mesdames!' and 'bon appetit'

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  • 1177 B.C.

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • Autor: Eric H. Cline
  • Sprecher: Andy Caploe
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 3 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Arrows, germs and bronze

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 03.05.2017

Arrows, germs and bronze

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A fascinating story about a period in our human past that is summarized in traditional school teaching in only a few sentences. The book is convincing by its compelling narrative that it make sense to linger longer in this period and start to understand that international trade and cultural exchange are not recent phenomenas but also at the core of these early civilizations. The story of the collapse on the other hand could be a further case study of Jared Diamond's book "Collapse". Not a case of plagiarism, but of effective use of an excellent methodology to rewrite a complex history without simplifying shortcuts of false causation. In summary a book worthwhile reading.

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  • Collapse

  • How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
  • Autor: Jared Diamond
  • Sprecher: Michael Prichard
  • Spieldauer: 27 Std. und 2 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion, and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rules of the game

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 02.05.2017

The rules of the game

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Rezensiert am: 02.05.2017

In this successor to "Guns, germs and steel" in which he depicted civilizations as repeated games on human populations, Jared Diamond focuses in this book on the rules of the games. These consist of mutual influences like aggressive neighbors and trade flows, external factors like climate change and environmental influences as well as self inflicted elements. Jared Diamond claims that in particular the latter are the more treacherous onces as their non linear effects are more difficult to predict when the trespassing of their critical points lead to catastrophic changes within a couple of generations.

In spite of its inspiring argumentation, the book does not reach the "eureka" moment of the first book and only classifies the rules that were already implied in the previous work. But I feel guilty to boost with knowledge that is not my own, but for which the author of this book was my inspiration. As such, I would recommend this book as a second go for a splendid bottle of wine of the same millesime: an additional moment to enjoy and an acknowledgment that indeed it is a good wine.

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  • Weapons of Math Destruction

  • How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • Autor: Cathy O'Neil
  • Sprecher: Cathy O'Neil
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 23 Min.
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    4 out of 5 stars 48
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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    4 out of 5 stars 42

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance - are being made not by humans but by mathematical models. In theory this should lead to greater fairness. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black-box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The sorcerer's apprentices

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 26.04.2017

The sorcerer's apprentices

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Rezensiert am: 26.04.2017

In a similar way that figures with many decimals are perceived as more correct, the results of mathematical models look like a magical performance.The spectators forget that a model remains only as good as its basic assumptions and without reality check might just produce bullshit. The performers of the event are happy to have learned a new trick and constantly look for new magic. The trick makers sometimes run out of real ideas, forget their moral constraints and just run after the easy money with fraud models.

Cathy O'Neil knows the tricks of the trade and sees the effects of the magic building up, but I am afraid that her counter-spell is swept away by the ever bigger waves of magic and hunger for profit. She forgets the real moral of the story and that only the real sorcerer will be able to end the magic: a leviathan making the models and their creators responsible for the results and their liabilities.

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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • Autor: Jared Diamond
  • Sprecher: Doug Ordunio
  • Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 20 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book. Great to listen to, well varied

  • Von stephkidd32 Am hilfreichsten 28.03.2017

Les jeux sont faits

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Rezensiert am: 03.03.2017

Jared Diamond has some sense written a sequel to Richard Dawkins's "the selfish gene": the growth, decline and mutual usurpation of human societies are a result of repeated games where the availability of exploitable resources, be it manageable crops, animals, climates and their emergent effects like crafts, population density and diseases are the real explanatory factors. The human populations just offer the breading ground for the societies and the intelligence factor of the individual human not more than mere statistical noise.

The book is an effective counterargument for any supremacist theory by its strong arguments and multiple layers of proof. A must read for anyone who is not afraid to put his/her own intelligence into perspective.

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