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Wikinomics (English Edition)
Wikinomics (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 8,48

3.0 étoiles sur 5 A shared revolution, 27 septembre 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Wikinomics (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
A revolution usually pitches one segment of the population against another one. But the new scenario presented here convincingly sells the idea of a transparent and collaborative model relying on the knowledge and talent of the whole population. We are all given an opportunity to shape a new world. What we have here is a pretty accurate and enticing account of how the technological trend is translating into a new economic model. Share your thoughts, your questions and even your most sensitive corporate data and you will be rewarded.
The book explains in simple terms how "crowdsourcing" creates new ideas, new products and new wealth. Its enthusiasm is sometimes contagious.
But when you look under the hood, you might detect some serious flaws Who benefits most from this revolution ? The capitalistic companies that see their market value soar. Collaboration often means insecurity and meager earnings for the collaborators. The author omits to mention that crowdsourcing is a double-edged sword.


Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach
Prix : EUR 10,99

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Summa con laude, 30 août 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach (Format Kindle)
The famous conductor devotes all his energy and enormous scholarship to one of the most elusive characters in western music, J.S.Bach, with the help of a portrait - a very rare occurrence - that was hanging in his family's house when he was a child. How do you match the rather ordinary face reproduced on the cover with the monumental work of a genius ? Finding the man behind the dreary representation is all this huge book is about.
What I liked: the authorised opinion of one of the best conductors of our time; the relentless passion that infuses each and every part; the astounding amount of research put into the effort; and the collegial empathy with the composer. A genius cleverly interpreted by another genius.
What I liked less is the overwhelming abundance of minute details about the historical context of the work, the intricacies of the melody or Bach's disputes with the authority. The multidisciplinary approach definitely takes its toll.


The Voyage of the Beagle (English Edition)
The Voyage of the Beagle (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 0,93

5.0 étoiles sur 5 The birth of a theory, 2 juillet 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Voyage of the Beagle (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
Being invited in your early twenties to take part in a 5-year journey around the world must have felt like a tremendous recognition. Charles Darwin made the most of such a glorious opportunity. In this book you see him exploring and discovering previously unknown parts of South America, among them the famed Galapagos Islands,thereby producing one of the most fascinating travel writings I have ever read. But above all you see a genius at work, always investigating, tinkering and cogitating with an unsatiable curiosity. This seminal contribution to various sciences is groundbreaking in itself. Don't expect a treaty on evolution though. That will come much later in his life. But in hindsight the voyage aboard the Beagle forshadowed the most exciting discovery of the XIXth century.


Bossypants (English Edition)
Bossypants (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 8,06

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Born to kill, 30 mai 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Bossypants (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
Tina Fey is known as a smart, unyielding woman who has reached the upper spheres of the showbusiness world by showing off her 'hairy arms', displayed on the cover of her book, to anyone whou would dare to stand in her way. She systematically displays a kick-ass, no-prisoners attitude. And her brand of humor can kill, as when she defines a 'crazy woman' "as a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to f*** her anymore." You will find here a series of hilarious one-liners like this which make for an utterly enjoyable and entertaining form of feminism.
I am a huge fan of Tina Fey (and Amy Poehler) by the way.
The best skit in my opinion: the 'Vanity' photo-shoot. American satire at its best.


Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5
Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5
Prix : EUR 9,20

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Farewell to Bergen, 29 mai 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5 (Format Kindle)
How do you produce a masterwork by exposing in detail why you are totally incapable of writing anything of interest ? This paradoxical feat is achieved here in 700 long pages that feel like thirty. Knausgaard offers a fictionalised autobiography - the portrait of the artist as a young man - that puts him in the vicinity of Proust or Joyce.
Like tens of thousands of enthusiastic readers I appreciate every aspect of his storytelling: the clarity and intensity of his style; the merciless self-exposure; the attention to the detail; the rain-soaked streets and the relentless swishing of the windscreen wipers; the binge drinking in Café Opera; the exotic evocation of the Norwegian fjords and forests; the craving for life that throbs through every banal gesture or thought.
As a man Karl Ove Knausgaard may not know where he is going. But as a writer he certainly deserves a sixth star.


Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Prix : EUR 13,02

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cognition as an evolutionary product, 28 mai 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Format Kindle)
"The difference in mind between man and the higher animals (...) certainly is one of degree and not of kind." The famous biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal opens his most recent book with this groundbreaking view stemming from Charles Darwin and goes on to explore, as he did in previous works, the scope and depth of animal intelligence.
Reading Frans de Waal is always a pleasure. He combines a rigorous scientific approach with a warm empathy towards animals: jackdaws, dolphins, bats and of course apes and monkeys give him ample opportunity to show his care and his concern. The field of animal studies has reached such a level of development in recent years that his book sometimes seems to overflow with examples of smart behaviors. I would defintely choose among them Ayumu the computer wizard ("the chimpion") and the "dognition" or cognitive abilities of dogs.


Eligible: The book of the summer
Eligible: The book of the summer
Prix : EUR 10,61

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Uncommon wit and perspicacity, 27 mai 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Eligible: The book of the summer (Format Kindle)
NOTE TO THE EDITORS: Why not create an overarching category for real GREAT BOOKS ? It does'nt not feel fait that only one star separates entertaining works like this one and masterworks from writers like Garcia Marquez, Joyce or, more recently, Knausgaard.

This Jane Austen adaptation is above all dazzingly entertaining and funny. I don't know if the author can or cannot be compared with Jane Austen, but I don't care. Sittenfeld is astute, sharp and brilliant. Her pithy, dropped-mike observations about the human condition remind me of ethological studies of apes or ravens. Dissecting social norms to reveal the truths of human nature could perfectly well be construed as anthropological field study. Add to this a clear, clean writing and a sixth sense when it comes to spotting cant and hypocrisy. Il love that girl.


In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
Prix : EUR 6,50

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A tale of resilience, 5 avril 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (Format Kindle)
Starving as a child in an utterly deprived society; crossing the Yalu river to reach China, only to be sold in sexual slavery there; inching through the Gobi desert barefoot towards freedom: still in her early twenties, Yaonmi Park has lived through harrowing experiences just "in order to know what it means to be free."
I gave this book the highest mark, not only for the merits of such an epic journey, but because of the the abundance of concrete details it provides about everyday life in one of the most secluded societies in the world. I knew practically nothing about North Korea. Thanks to Yaonmi Park I can now vividly imagine what it takes to survive in such a an unforgiving environment where the struggle for life consumes every part of your energy. Yaonmi Park has become a proud freedom fighter. Her book might be the first nail in the coffin of an unsustainable communist regime.


Champ de Fleurs - Naturel Turquoise
Champ de Fleurs - Naturel Turquoise
Proposé par Champ de Fleurs
Prix : EUR 109,00

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Détente garantie, 4 avril 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Le champs de Fleurs - Tapis de soin (Divers)
L'idée que des minuscules picots, qui au début vous titillent méchamment, puissent améliorer votre bien-être peut paraître absurde. Et pourtant il faut bien se résoudre à l'évidence. Au bout d'une ou deux semaines d'utilisation systématique, le dos se détend, la circulation s'améliore et le sommeil devient plus naturel.
L'automédication donne donc des résultats convaincants. Au moins aussi convaincants que les coûteuses et souvent inutiles séances de kinésithérapie.


Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
Prix : EUR 11,85

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Between mistrust and despair, 4 avril 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Between the World and Me (Format Kindle)
I watched M. Coates's impressive appearance on French TV, which prompted me to buy his book. I was not disappointed. This letter to his son reveals what it feels like to be a black man in today's America. A strong, ruthless and bleak report about "the Dream" (a nice suburban residence
with manicured lawn), that can be fulfilled only by exploitation of the black race.
Although I do not share the author's universal pessimism I gave his book the highest mark because the powerful feelings expressed here come from the guts and sound completely authentic. Unlike the civil rights movement, M. Coates does not believe in the inevitability of justice. There is a fight going on between "them" and "us" and you cannot expect a happy ending.
But what role are the "non-us" expected to play in this fight ? Watch the limits of Manichaeism.


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