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Andrew Carter

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Many examples, not enough explanations

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Reviewed: 17-08-2018

I found it to be an interesting theory with some convincing patterns identified by the authors but I was hoping they would spend far more time explaining or at least suggesting the reasons behind them. I think it's a big enough claim that it deserves more time arguing the causes of the patterns rather than just pointing out examples. I thought the narration was over-the-top and came off as a bit self-satisfied.

A long read but important and excellently argued

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Reviewed: 10-04-2018

As someone with no background in these topics I found the language clear and accessible. A very important topic and he puts forward what I found to be a very convincing case. I’d recommend it to almost anyone.

Excellent - no background knowledge needed

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Reviewed: 15-06-2017

As someone with a newfound interest in global politics I found this to be such a great read, particularly because it didn't get bogged down in specific historic events. It didn't require the reader to have any real existing in depth knowledge of history but rather focussed more on the bigger picture patterns and ideas.

I'd recommend it strongly, and point out that he has a very interesting interview with Sam Harris on the Waking Up podcast that is very suitable 'extra listening' for this audiobook.

I learned a lot

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Reviewed: 09-07-2016

I've found myself very frustrated lately with one side's refusal to engage in any meaningful way with difficult questions and the other's refusal to show any empathy and this conversation does both. It's upfront and challenging but always respectful and seemingly quite thorough.

I think this is very useful reading for anyone wanting a better understanding of the topics, and for people expressing their opinions publicly backed only by assumptions and snippets of information from news headlines. It explains common terms that we hear all the time and many that I, for one, had never heard of but now see as forming the basis of important distinctions between beliefs.

Check it out. It's short and very well written.

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