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  • The Human Tide

  • How Population Shaped the Modern World
  • By: Paul Morland
  • Narrated by: Zeb Soanes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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A dazzling new history of the modern world, as told through the remarkable story of population change. Every phase since the advent of the industrial revolution - from the fate of the British Empire, to the global challenges from Germany, Japan and Russia, to America's emergence as a sole superpower, to the Arab Spring, to the long-term decline of economic growth that started with Japan and has now spread to Europe, to China's meteoric economy, to Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump - can be explained better when we appreciate the meaning of demographic change across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing fresh view of history

  • By calorie counter on 08-03-2019

Amazing fresh view of history

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Reviewed: 08-03-2019

The human tide is the story of how demography shapes history and is shaped by it. Paul Norland describes in detail how country after country, starting with England, used industrialization to escape the 'Malthusian trap', the vicious cycle in preindustrial societies where an impoverished population always outstrips food production and always lives at subsistence levels.
In the story of the human tide, country after country goes through a demographic transition with a period of population explosion that then reverts to a modern low growth level at a high standard. Morland tells this story in great detail, its interplay with political, social, and economic development, and never loses sight of the individual in the statistics, the human joy and suffering behind the numbers.
I find this unusual view of history both enlightening and fascinating. If you are worried about too many immigrants into your country, this book is for you. If you are wondering why there are so few other children at the playground for your own child to play with, this book is for you. If you worry about overpopulation of your own country or the planet, this book is for you.
The story of the human tide is well written and masterfully narrated by Zeb Soanes,.

  • Ethics in the Real World

  • 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: James Saunders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Ethic-snacks for further reflections

  • By John Brisbin on 24-06-2018

Very good overview of Singer's philosophy

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Reviewed: 26-05-2018

82 Essays, articles, columns, and opinion pieces by Singer from various different publications, over 2 decades and on a long list of different subjects. Singer discusses the ethical aspects of, e.g., vegetarianissm and animal rights,, abortion, health, euthanasia, public policy, environment, science, feminism, and many other topics. If you want to get a broad insight into Singer's philosophy, this book is for you. Each article is short, good to read and expertly narrated.