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The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth
The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth
Prix : EUR 16,24

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Between austerity and stimulus, 24 février 2015
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth (Format Kindle)
What lessons did the 2008 crisis teach us ? First and foremost, that the economic growth which had been taken for granted from the early 1950s to 2000, had vanished never to return. A major upheaval in our way of perceiving the economic world.The good days are gone and we must now grapple with a new unsettling reality characterized by a breakdown of law and ethics in the financial world and by an ever receding public debt ceiling, with a rate of growth that will not exceed 2% in the foreseeable future.
Against the tenants of the "market efficiency" theory James Galbraith calls for a massive international intervention of the public authorities in order to rein in the "exuberant irrationality" of the financial actors and to stimulate activity.
What I most like about this book is its style. Complex economic data are being analysed in a straightforward way without use of mathematics. The author makes us feel comfortable with the most abstruse realities. We all feel like seasoned economists when we reach the end. I would definitely define 'The new normal' as a major contribution to the history of economic policy and as a groundbreaking inroad into the world of postkeynesian economics.


Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
Prix : EUR 10,71

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the dawn of the computer age, 17 février 2015
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What we have here is a superb 500 pages biography written by fellow mathematician Andrew Hodges who spent years accessing the available documents and interviewing the surviving witnesses.
It is reissued, 30 years later, with a new introduction that gives us a sense of the historical role played by Turing in the ushering in of a new age.
As a mathematician, Hodges has what it takes to address the core issue: how did a single genius succeed in breaking the utterly complex Enigma code, thereby contributing to the defeat of the Nazi regime ? Focusing on this core issue implies much more knowledge and insight than focusing, like the corresponding film does, on the biographical elements that don't bring much. Fascinating story by a fascinating author !


Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Prix : EUR 11,03

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beware of journalists, 14 novembre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Format Kindle)
Janet Malcolm works on the border beween journalism and novel-writing. In a series of portraits devoted to artists she has met or she empathizes with, she proceeds with light touches like Turner or Matisse, bringing subtle variations around the same theme. The object of her study is then constructed, or most of the time deconstructed, in a very original way and the portrait that emerges is made of seemingly ureconcilable traits that mix into a sort of moving photographic image.
All in all, a powerfully distinctive and very entertainig literary experience.


Captain Cook's Journal During The First Voyage Round The World (Illustrated) (English Edition)
Captain Cook's Journal During The First Voyage Round The World (Illustrated) (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 0,99

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ebook limits, 10 octobre 2014
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Captain Cook's Journal was a huge success story as it was first published. People rushed to see pictures of landscapes and animals they har never heard of before.
Nearly all pictures from the original have been taken away in the present edition. Which means that we are confronted with a series of dry notations about the latitude, longitude and depth of the seas, with hardly any remark about the human side of this remarkable adventure. It reads like a log-book, which is not saying much.
We experience here firsthand the technological limitations of the digital book. Without its illustrations it loses much of its charm.
Let us hope that our tech geeks find rapidly a suitable solution.


Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Prix : EUR 8,06

4.0 étoiles sur 5 How not to conform, 8 octobre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution (Format Kindle)
"Being a good girl can kill you." Laurie Penny's brand of feminism does not deal in nuances and does not take any prisoners.
In this brilliantly written book she explains that the financial independence acquired through ceaseless fight againts the glass ceiling did not bring anybring any sense of happiness. The modern woman is free, which means that she is in a better position to fit in the mould defined by men. Praeternaturally thin, goodlooking and suitably dressed, she has in fact no choice other than to coalesce with a male chauvinistic model that pervades our culture. The modern woman must "have it all."
I definitely feel a lot of empathy for the author's plight. But this type of revoltionary writing makes me feel uneasy because it tends to oversimplify the reality. The majority of our sisters may fit in the mould, but you could cite a good many counterexamples that make her theory somewhat shaky. Still, this a great book and totally a must, even for men.


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Prix : EUR 11,17

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Discovering America, 24 août 2014
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M. Ambrose focuses on the context of the expedition. He insists on the role of President Jefferson as the driving force behind the entreprise, on his visionary guidance and on the impact of the Corps of Discovery on Western Indian nations.
All these aspects are dealt with superbly in this book, a swiftly moving, full-dress treatment of the expedition. It is essentially a biography of Meeriwether Lewis, conveyed with passionate enthusiasm by M. Ambrose, and sprinkled with the most famous and vivid passages from the traveler's journal. Great performance.


Rusty Nailed
Rusty Nailed
Prix : EUR 9,59

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Crowdpleaser, 27 juillet 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Rusty Nailed (Format Kindle)
I usually don't buy this kind of book. I am more into serious things like Piketty, Richard Dawson or Peter the Great, that kind of stuff. But since it stood high on the NYT bestseller list I wanted to give it a try.
What exactly is a crowdpleaser ? Well, it's a piece of beautifully crafted writing involving a young man and a young woman who have a more or less steady relationship, who experience some ups and downs in their relationship but never reach the point where they would question this whole damn thing.
It's light entertainment, with the appropriate punch lines and a lot of blessed optimism.
Nothing to write home about, but full of charm.
I am presently going back to my serious books.


Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe (English Edition)
Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 18,66

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Caring for the apes, 18 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
Nothing really new in this book, but a summary of the experiences made at Gombe with the apes.
The reader will find here a bounty of information about the motivation, the circumstances and the progress of a career entirely devoted to the study of our closest kin. A truly remarkable trajectory.


Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Prix : EUR 24,89

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Towards a worldwide oligarchy, 7 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Format Kindle)
This book is a must. It is not entertaining, romantic, thrilling or mildly boring. It belongs simply to the category of works you must have read if you want to understand the economic world that you live in. And a very small category it is: I would put it on the shelves of my library somewhere between Karl Marx and Joseph Schumpeter. That means something.
This book is not a "good book". It is crucial, essential, seminal. Because it revisits and debunks the old myth of the trickling down economy.
What trickles down to the waning middle class nowadays amounts to a few drops. The main beneficiaries of the modern financial economy are the upper 1% who are in a position to take advantage of a simple (scientific) rule: in a period of moderate growth the ones who can invest massively enjoy systematically a rate of return that is bigger thant the growth rate.
As a non-economist, I am not in a position to verify the accuracy of such a thesis. But I would certainly organise discussions around this topic in all school classes of the world.
Brilliant and unavoidable !


Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World
Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World
Prix : EUR 18,83

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lethal ashes, 7 juin 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World (Format Kindle)
At the beginning of the 19th century, a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia triggers a series of economic catastrophies all over the world. From a typhus epidemic in County Cork, Ireland, to purple rainfall in Kuming, China, or event the lost crops of President Jefferson at Monticello all evil that the befell the world durinng the year 1816 ("the year without summer") can be ascribed to the mighty Tambora that over several months spewed an unheard of amount of molten lava and lethal ashes. Gillen d'Arcy Wood has uncovered, collected and collated a raft of new scientific data to support this statement. The book appears thus as a gigantic intercontinental jigsaw puzzle.
I found a lot of passion in this persuasively entertaining book that bears witness to a tremendous research effort. I am not in a position to "independently verify" the accuracy of the scientific thesis, but I can attest that it makes for an enjoyable reading.


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