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Gokul U.

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Good summary and end to the trilogy

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Reviewed: 01-01-20

A lot of the content was from Sapiens and Homo Deus but there was some new information and it was summed up very well.

Short sighted & disappointing

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Reviewed: 14-12-19

The author's take on the post cold war era peace was very limited and did not look at the problem in a holistic or detailed manner. When it comes to Russia and China, a lot of it was right but the author's claims that Iran is the sole reason for end of relative peace in the middle east is delusional. Pretty much what the author keeps saying is the US, Israel, free market and democracy are good but Russia, China, Iran and any other forms of government/economy are bad. The book doesn't even address the implications of regime change wars by the US in the middle east or the hegemony of Saudi Arabia in the region. The US is considered a benign hegemon, not addressing it's negative sphere of influence in south America and the middle east while at the same time criticizing Russia sphere of influence in eastern Europe by using its energy supply. This is very hypocritical and underwhelming writing from such a distinguished individual.

A very broad understanding of why nations fail

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Reviewed: 18-11-19

Highly recommended to continue your understanding of nation building, authoritarianism, inclusive and extractive institutions. I learnt a lot about regions I didn't know about before.

Very informative but not entertaining

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Reviewed: 14-09-19

Reads more like a research paper. I learnt a lot but phased out for more than 50% as it's quite repetitive. Might be best for people researching and involved in political science rather than the casual i terested reader.

Well researched but solutions could've been better

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Reviewed: 21-06-19

The author defines the problem very well but there are a few things that could've been better.
1. More examples from the rest of the world and not just the US
2. There's a bit of a false equivalency between the far right and the left movements in the US
3. I was expecting the author to spend more time and provide more examples to how the problem of monopoly can be fixed. It was wound up in about 30 mins.

Interesting but a bit too heady

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Reviewed: 17-05-19

Some parts of the book were a bit dragging and philosophical. But I've been spoiled by Sapiens. The content got me a bit depressed. You need to be ready for that.

A brilliant summary of global geopolitics

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Reviewed: 08-04-19

Loved the book. It's for people who aren't immersed but deeply interested in geopoltics. Only problem was that audible has grouped the last 5 chapters into 1. Making it difficult to find interesting bits individually again.

Thoroughly researched and described

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Reviewed: 15-03-19

The first two chapters start out with a lot of statistics and data which can be repetitive. The fourth chapter onwards become much more interesting. The book could have been condensed a bit but it was definitely worth the listen.

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Filled a lot of gaps in my understanding

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Reviewed: 13-02-19

Wonderfully researched and ordered to tell us a story. A brilliant listen. Very glad this was my first audible book. Hope Homo Deus is as good.