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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I was very happy with the beta and I the pleasure continues. It's just what'd you'd think, SMT but on a phone and it's wonderful. Stamina can be a problem sometimes but you'll obtain rewards that give you +30 stamina and stuff that'll increase the amount of player exp you get, so not too much a big deal imo. Only issue for me is that it holds your hand too much for the first 2 chapters.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Being a Shin Megami Tensei game, I already had expectations before I even played. Was a beta tester, and when the beta ver was released, I was quite excited about the android game and it had exceeded whatever expectation I had. There was just so a lot of things to do which created the android game fun with every minute. Now that they have officially launched, I can see the improvements which they have done which created the experience more enjoyable. 5/5 for sure. 👌👌👌

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I'm glad you guys brought this android game on mobile. My first and latest playthrough was on PSone and haven't managed to play the other android games in its series. The visuals are captivating... the characters are adorable... the gameplay's... well... greatly suited for mobile interface... All-in-all... It's a sin to allow this android game slip through your sticky gamer fingers. Especially if you are a fan of this amazing series!

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Sub par gatcha game. The hero artwork is amazing as far as animes goes. The demons artwork are not my style to the point where I dont wish to collect any of them since they are so ugly. The controlls and interface are sluggish and not intuitive. Combat is turn base and most of the time can be set to auto. Talking to catch demons feels like it just gets in the method rather than a mini-game. Hard for this android game to compete with the other android games on the market.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Definitely a amazing mobile experience. Which manages to hold the same level of polish as the console games. Just one issue that I'm sure can be fixed. Ony Huawei Nova 2i a weird black grid appears over my game. Happens more often during animations. This didn't happen during the closed beta. Anyway... Thanks for bringing this android game to English Speakers

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Still getting guides at 20 hours in tells you how much content this android game has especially for a free game. Story doesn't match up to SMT Persona level but the video test makes up for it. It also doesn't feel pay-wall at all and is extremely generous with its "stamina" system; You'll never run out of things to do. Absolutely addictive.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Well I am an SMT fan so... I love to grind. I love having @#$%loads of demons under my command. I love having lots of possibilities in skills. This android game has everything I like! Graphics are fine. Video test itself is sufficient. It's not p2w. You can play and fuse your demon urself or can whale ur method by summoning. But this is more fun to fuse.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    This is a full SMT experience on mobile and its totally free. You can obtain demons by talking to them so the gacha are optional, but with this kind of gameplay i'm actually gonna buy some diamonds, not for getting amazing demons but for giving atlus some credit

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I was really excited for this game. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver. The interface is method over-stylized and needlessly frustrating. The guide goes on method too long and over explains very obvious things. Finally, the gameplay itself is a very dumbed down variant of other SMT games, and nothing about the story was really gripping or exciting to me. It also makes my phone run painfully hot, which is a issue I do not have even with android games of a higher graphic quality than this.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Interface is hard to obtain used to. Video test is beautiful typical of an SMT game, spam what opponent is weak to to win. Graphics are meh as well. All of this could be overlooked except for the micro transactions. They're extremely invasive, while going through menus you'll obtain a window telling you to buy whatever. Close it and then obtain another one after a few more menus.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    This android game sure has the same video test as Persona and I feel like playing Persona mobile! Because I love Persona I'm feeling thankful this android game has been made. The interface was great, I don't think it's too crowded and very artsy. Those low ratings surely just never played Persona before so they don'y know how. For me, this is totally my game!

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I think I prefer persona 4 golden and shin megami tensei apocalypse. Being a SMT fan for almost seven years I'am dissapointed for a gacha android game that didn't give a begin 10 pull and ad that was REALLY! expensive and not a gem for completing quest unless you complete a chapter that is ridiculously long

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    My review may change, but I'm about 2 hours in, and I'm still doing the tutorial. I'm a long time obtain of the series, playing even the SNES games, and the video test isn't really anything fresh from the 3ds games. You aren't free to create tour own choice durring the tutorial, so it's just a multi hour drag.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Graphic is amazing, video test mechanics is great, intrusive advert, garbage summon rate and stupid high price for any action to strengthen and fuse demon? Lost me there, i was hyped for this and they butchered it with garbage android game economy. They should learn from Fire Emblem Heroes on how to make a gatcha android game that's not inherently hostile to its players

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    If you create an obnoxious long guide at least have a decency to create it optional. I've completed mission 1-2 and it's still has me on a railroads of 'tap only here' bs. It's annoying and disrespectful to the player. Stop locking us out of the game. Would be 5 stars easily if it wasn't for this.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Shin Megami Tensei stripped down to the essential components. The writing isn't amazing but the video test is the turn based combat you'd expect. If you like SMT or dark/mysterious/occult themes in general you'll probably like the game. It's the best gatcha android game out there so if you like that style of game, check it out.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Reminds me of Pokemon a bit, but love how special this android game is especially as a vertical layout android game compared to Star Ocean. Just want there were more fanservice demons that look really appealing as a 3d model. Not forgetting to mention that the depth of how much you make batter goes deep which I love.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Possibly one the best turn based android games on mobile. The graphics and video test are promising, unbelievable visuals and effects. However the fresh player will be flooded with misleading ads and expensive offers, and the guide wasn't exactly the most pleasant experience being too boring and easygoing. Everything after this the android game is doing fine and gettimg more interesting every minute.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    As an SMT fan that has played multiple android games that they released, I'm glad that Shin Megami Tensei has finally ventured into mobile gaming. This android game has elements of a bit of everything from SMT: dungeon crawling, RPG war system, fusing demons, and demon negotiation. While this is considered a gacha game, you will be fine without spending true cash to obtain demons that can carry you through the storyline as long as you fuse. The graphics are pretty amazing for a mobile game, and there's plenty to do aside from continuing the story. I just want that the guide explained in more depth.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Ok old school but you just give a fresh face. It still need to travel another section. Like you was walking on its world. So player need additional effort. Gameplay also same like you play on nds. Yeah I play it too. So it just same as old one but it already given it fresh face only.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    A very poor begin for a gacha game. Less premium currency then the JP version. Not even enough starting currency to do a single pull. Endless ads about false deals to trick fresh players. Guides that treat players like babies. For a android game about demons, the only true one is the company behind this android game and its scamming of the SMT name. Shameful.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I hold getting connection error on my wifi; which has no issues. I've had to wait for my data to be restored to play this game. It works for other users, why not me on my brand fresh S8? Not good begin so far for me.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    What a refreshing take on a mobile game, Sega did well on this shop while keeping it very SMT-like. The story is interesting and the video test is textbook, love it, 5 stars. Only negative thing is that the guide is too long, but it can be overlooked.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Was really looking forward for this android game and it fails on every level. It runs horribly even on high end devices. The guide is overly long, I just wanted to play. The microtransactions are ridiculously overpriced, almost 50 bucks for a ten pull - constantly bombarded with "deals" that are ridiculously overpriced. The stamina system is not suited for long play unless you spend. And as for PVP - stay away as a lot of beta testers haven't been restart and have most of the high level monsters. Shame, a slap in the face to SMT fans - nothing but a laggy lazy cash-grab.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I've been playing since the closed beta, and everything has been spectacular. Graphics is great, especially if you can play without lowered resolution. You can play beautiful consistently without paying if you obtain all the gifts and quests, though it will definitely take some grinding. Overall it is a amazing mobile ver of SMT and I thoroughly enjoy, except for when I have to grind. They do create up for it to an extent by having an auto play and repeat feature that let's you select a level and place the android game on auto so that it just plays through it over and over until either you run out of stamina or you manually tell it to stop.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Gacha android game that uses the satisfying Press Turn war system and squad building mechanics from the console SMT games. Gacha rates are stingy, but you're gonna be relying more on fusion to obtain what you want, so it doesn't matter. Be prepared to grind for magenetite though...

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    This android game is very fun! My only gripe with the android game is that it is only playable on the lowest graphic setting. Anything higher than low makes the game lag like crazy.....as in 15 fps. I am using a Samsung Galaxy S8. Low settings also create everything look blury and ugly.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Absolutely brilliant. I grew up with Shin Megami series and think that this is a brilliant addition to the games. It's amazing to see the original demons going back to the Nocturne series. The animations, art and story are brilliant and mechanics flow really well. The only improvement I would like to see is some more animation around the unique moves but I really don't have anything negative to say.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I'm going to be playing this android game for a long time... This is the best mobile android game I've played in a while. My only stipulation, is that whenever I finish a battle, and there's an opportunity to add someone as a mate I seem to obtain stuck on that screen and have to restart the app. Please look into this. Is it a bug of some kind?

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    TLDR unless youre a whale. You're gomma have a poor time progressing ho. Played this in the closed beta and got beautiful far but man this android game has some SERIOUS MicRoTraNSActION issues. Beautiful blatant money grab status I'm very dissapointed because I had such high hopes for this game. Uninstalling

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Ehhhh, interface is hard to deal with. Constantly bombards you with terrible "deals". Rates are horrible. There is even a summon banner that only unlocks when you spend. Incredibly monetized. Plus you run out of energy in seconds. Greedy game.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Excellent SMT experience! While gacha elements are obviously prevalent, the story and varieties of features got me hooked on this! It's really not much different than playing any other ShinMegaTen, only with IAPs.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Super fun and addicting game. The constant reminders to buy something can be annoying, but you don't have to buy anything if you don't wish to and you can still totally have fun the game. Story is actually good, which is fun and surprising. If you like Persona give this a try.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Android game is beautiful good, too a lot of transaction systems and micro transaction currently nonsense. Such a shame, then endless pop ups and currency required ruins the game, it become unbearable. I unstand you wish to create money, but this isn't the right way. It's too busy, and too confusing quickly.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Poor excessively dumbed down gameplay, dialogue is a cridge fest, roll rates absolutely suck. Best thing about this android game is someone will rip the demon models which can be used for some fun. If they are going to use the SMT mark would it have liked them to create it a little bit serious?

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    The transition from console to mobile is overwhelming. As a SMT fan, I knew what to expect and the android game delivers with GREAT graphics and AWESOME gameplay but I can see a lot of fresh players wondering wth is going on and what they should do next. The constant guides are annoying. Too much story as well. I want there didn't have to be so a lot of menus to toggle through to search what you are looking for.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    I love the SMT series! They did an amazing job, love the story as well. Just want there were better rewards for summoning and not pay for gems all the time. I want I could change the protagonists clothes, I can't stand them.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Being a large fan of the SMT series and the Persona series, this android game is really well done and it brings so much nostalgia. It plays like the classic PS1/Sega Saturn SMT with classic dungeon crawling action, PvP, and a amazing cast of characters. Sure the maximum number of demon's is little comparing to the previous SMT/Persona's thousands of demons line-up, and some major complaints is the frame rate is low, even i lowered the graphics and the translations are very poor. but i can't obtain mad with it because it's so much fun. It's 5/5 imo. Also, I would like to meake a side note that this isn't a E10, it's more of a rated M android game because you might encounter some enemies that are...explicit looking. still, this is indeed a fun game.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    Final review: A money grab android game with SMT skin. There's plenty of items like this on mobile gaming. Create it simple on early game, then mid to end android game you'll be forced to pay true cash to be able to really progress. If not, be ready to be frustrated by the amount of time and effort to obtain and upgrade your demons. 1 demon need to be leveled up, awaken, skill make batter and transfer, evolve, equipment hunt and upgrade. Ridiculous. Using classic title on a p2w android game to bait more people to be sucked on are quite the trend on mobioe gaming. The future is sure dark.

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    SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI Liberation D×2 review [App]  2018-7-27 13:0

    The trailer didn't do it justice, the dancing and all was so... Weird, at least in comparison to the other SMT games. BUT DONT LET IT FOOL YOU! This game outdoes itself for a phone game, sure it can obtain a bit hard but nothing some simple grinding cant fix. Favorite Mobile android game this far

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    The Retreat of Western Liberalism is the book I've been waiting for. Its sweep takes in America, the UK and continental Europe and highlights the structural forces that's ailing the middle classes across all those countries. Other books focus only on America, or Brexit Britain, or the French far right. Luce's work stands back from the particularities and brings out what is threatening the west in general. The writing is pacy and engaging. The analysis is acute and the forecast is troubling. As Luce argues, western liberalism is in retreat but that does not mean that it has collapsed. It is up to us - the readers - to do something about it. I couldn't recommend this book more highly. Five stars.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    I thought Mr. Luce's previous book, "Time to Begin Thinking" was disturbing. Then I began this one and it created the previous volume seem positively Pollyannaish. His dissection of the American and general Western political climate is spot on, and his extrapolation of the possible outcome of Mr. Trump's "leadership"is frighteningly plausible. And then he points out that, "...as Winter follows Autumn...", he fears what and whom follows Trump even more.And I'll be damned if I can come up with any sort of argument to refute his reasoning. It's a amazing reminder that amazing people of conscience must remain vigilant and prepared to take peaceful action to both resist the creep of autocracy, but also to rebuild the social compact that binds a nation together. It is our responsibility to be brave, to be strong, and to foster the trust that is the foundation of a free society.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    This is a difficult book to review because it has the ring of truth that most other authors either ignore or smother with self-serving propaganda to advance their political agendas. To write a proper review that conveys the entire notice of this book, I would have to quote almost all of it. It was one of those rare books that I read slowly in order to absorb it thoroughly and spread out the enjoyment of reading it over a lot of days.Edward Luce writes in a style you’d expect from a Globalist academic. However, he provides a deep and intellectually honest analysis of the broad spectrum of problems that have undermined globalism. He explores the root causes of our disappointing domestic and global economies, which are in turn unraveling the political and economic consensus for maintaining ’s a fun read because it relates the latest thirty years of history through Mr. Luce’s eyes. He talks about how life is lived not just by elitists like himself, but with a keen insight into the “forgotten middle class” that voted the USA and UK in Populist directions in 2016. He has been in the right locations to experience the highs and lows of latest history, starting with the win of the West in the Cold Battle of 1989.=====The year was 1989. Having grown up under the Cold War’s nuclear shadow, the temptation to catch a glimpse of its physical demise was irresistible. Being students, we did not inform anyone of our absence. The instant we heard East Germany had opened Checkpoint Charlie, uniting Berlin, we were on our way. We were infected with optimism. As a student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, I imagined that I possessed the key to the historic significance of the arly three decades later, in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, I found myself in e worm had turned. America had just elected a president who was a huge fan of walls and a huge admirer of Vladimir Putin.=====Mr. Luce speaks not only for himself, but also for me. I, like millions of American Midwesterners, voted for Barack Obama in 2012, and Donald Trump in 2016. We flipped the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, (and also Florida) from Blue to Red, thereby transferring 99 of the electoral votes that elected Obama in 2012 to Trump in the main, we the people of PA, OH, MI, WI, IA, and FL are not ideology-bound political partisans. We voted our states for Obama in 2012 because we thought he was a fair-minded President who was moving the economy forward. We voted for Trump in 2016 because we thought he was more competent on economic problems of restricting excessive immigration and reining in ‘free” trade than Ms. Luce, being an academic economist of globalist bent, does not think much of Donald Trump. Nor does he create excuses for Ms. Clinton. “I have spent a fair amount of time interviewing leaders of ultra-nationalist movements, cult groups and fanatics of all kinds around the world. I have yet to come across a more airtight example of groupthink than Hillaryland.”His critique of Trump is that Trump appealed to the Populist, quasi-barbarian instincts of a disgruntled population. His critique of Ms. Clinton is that she tried to pretend that the disgruntled population did not exist. The same thing happened in Mr. Luce’s native Britain where the people booted the old order of Globalist Conservatives (roughly equivalent to our Republican Establishment) in the Brexit vote, but who are also unwilling to trust the left-of-center Labor Party to , what is it that has so a lot of people riled up, and leads them to reject the nostrums of both political part establishments? Luce illuminates the points as to what motivated so a lot of of people, including former Obama voters to switch to Trump:• By any numerical measure, humanity is becoming rapidly less poor. But between half and two-thirds of people in the West (USA and Western Europe) have been treading water – at best – for a generation. Tens of millions of Westerners will struggle to hold their heads above the surface over the coming decades.• The median income in 2007 was below what it was in 2002, at the begin of the business cycle that lasted for most of George W. Bush’s presidency. What is amazing for Apple may not be amazing for America. [Apple] shuttered its latest US production facility in 2004. The Bush expansion was the first on record where middle-class incomes were lower at the end of it than at the start. Today [after the Amazing Recession] the US median income is still below where it was at the beginning of this century. Clearly what the typical American understands by growth differs greatly from that of macroeconomists. GDP numbers insist we are doing well, at a time when half the country is suffering from private recessions.• Between a quarter and a third of people in the West have negative or zero net wealth. They face penurious retirements.• The most crushing result is stagnation. A lot of of the tools of modern life are increasingly priced beyond most people’s reach. In 1950 it took forty-five hours per month [to pay an average month’s rent]. Today it takes 101 hours. Much the same rising unaffordability applies to the cost of decent health insurance in America, and higher education.• When people lose faith in the future they are less likely to invest in the present. That sense of private stagnation – and the gnawing fear you may even be sinking – casts an enervating pall over the human spirit. Ronald Reagan once said, ‘Progress is our most necessary product.’• In 2000, exactly a third of Americans described themselves as lower class, according to Gallup. By 2015 that number had risen to almost half…They express a feeling people have about being shut out from society. It is a very un-American state of mind.• Today’s equivalent [of upward mobility] is probably ‘get an engineering degree’, but it will not necessarily be as lucrative. A third of Americans who graduated in STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and maths) are in jobs that do not require any such qualification. Up and down America there are programmers working as office temps and even fast-food servers. In 2006, Google bought YouTube for $ 1.65 billion. Such riches are small comfort to the thousands of engineers who cannot search work.• The next time an economist boasts about America’s low unemployment rate, remember that number means something very various from what it used to. This is not your parents’ economy [where everybody who wanted to work fulltime in their profession or trade had lifetime employment]. Almost half of Americans would be unable to pay a $ 400 medical emergency bill without going into debt.• The left urges incremental steps such as better worker training, smarter schools and infrastructure. These are worthy causes. But they are a bit like prescribing aspirin for cancer.• It should come as no surprise that democracies are now loath to ratify such [trade] agreements. Now Donald Trump has killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the deal that was launched by George W. Bush and completed by Barack Obama. Trump is also picking apart the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement and has buried hopes of a transatlantic agreement. Britain, meanwhile, is abandoning the European single market. The world’s elites have helped to provoke what they feared: a populist uprising versus the globe economy.=====That sums up the method the American and British middle classes feel. Most see a dim future of declining wages and more frequent layoffs. “Getting a degree in STEM” isn’t going to support most people, because A) They don’t have the smarts to be engineers and B) STEM people are getting laid off too, as are bankers and stockbrokers. The “Populist” minded voters see a grim show and a worse future. The only thing propping up the USA economy is zero interest rates and a $20 trillion debt that is scheduled to rise to $40 trillion in 15 years. At some point it will become unpayable, and the USA will convert into a poverty-stricken banana republic. Perhaps it will dissolve under the weight of a failed capitalist economy, the same as the Soviet Union dissolved under a failed communist some ways, the USA and UK are even more oppressive of their citizens than was the old USSR. Foreign-born immigrants into the USA and UK keep vast amounts of government welfare assistance plus “affirmative action” programs that bring them to the front of the queue of jobs and education. Citizens born in the USA and UK pay taxes their entire lives and then are rewarded with layoffs and foreclosures in their 50’s and 60’s when they are most in need of financial stability. It is no surprise that people in both countries despise the Globalists of both parties who sent their jobs overseas, told them to “go to he**” and then opened the borders to millions of foreigners who are cherished as if they were born superior to the legacy citizens of the e other group who lives off the fat of the land without working very hard to earn it are the Globalist Crony Fatcat Society of politicians and the corporate CEO’s who own them. Their goal is to beat American and UK citizens out of their jobs and replace them with foreigners who will vote versus the citizens’ best at’s a comprehensive litany of complaints versus Globalization, but what is the solution?This is where Luce, like most every other author comes up short. His “solution” to the rollback of Globalism (which he equates with Liberal Democracy) is that we should be patient and let democracy to fulfill its function of electing leaders who will move the USA, UK, and the globe in the direction Mr. Luce desires. Indeed, this is precisely what happened with the election of Emmanuel Macron in France latest month.I, like a lot of Trump voters would prefer action to patience. Free Trade does not work in the best interests of the United States, and needs to be constrained. Why are we the ONLY country in the globe that runs $750 billion trade deficits each year? Why do other countries protect their markets from made-in-USA products, while demanding that we begin our shop to imports of their products?Why do we permit American companies to lay off American workers and move their jobs to Mexico and China?Why do our Republican and Democratic party Establishment leaders believe that foreign-born immigrants are superior to born-in-the USA citizens?Why do they always describe American citizens as “fat, dumb, lazy, and mal-educated” while assuming that half-educated, bomb-throwing, and crime-prone foreigners are superior forms of humanity?I am married into an all-Hispanic immigrant family who arrived in the USA legally. Some waited 12 years in queue for their number to come up. I am not at all anti-immigrant. Nor am I anti-globalist, having created much of my career writing software to manage trade between the USA and {Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America}. But I do wish trade and immigration to be managed so as to work for the American people instead of being used to beat them out of their jobs, while possibly internationalizing the USA out of its identify as a sovereign nation.I am rating this book four stars because I don’t believe in a patient waiting of things to sort themselves, thereby avoiding our taking action to strike at the root causes of our economic malaise. We have been waiting long enough for things to “sort themselves out” and they have only gotten worse. Now is time for action. Trump was elected because he was the only leader of either party who promised to do it. Brexit happened in the UK because people saw no reasonable hope of their economic fortunes improving by remaining in the Luce and I disagree profoundly on our proposed solutions to the economic malaise. But I immensely enjoyed Mr. Luce’s book and his intellectual honesty in pointing out the economic distress of the middle class that is causing the retreat of Globalism and Liberal Democracy (which in his view are one and the same)He’s a very talented writer who tells the story of his private journey into the center of the world’s amazing controversies. Whatever your political view, I believe you will take away the same feeling, as I did, that Mr. Luce is writing YOUR story as well as his own.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    Edward Luce is a tremendous journalist. Not only does he work very hard, not only has he earned access to some of the sharpest minds in business and politics, he also commands the mightiest pen at the Financial Times, bar none.And that’s why I bought his previous book, “Time to Begin Thinking.” I did not much have fun it, though. In fact I thought it a waste of my reading time, about which more later. But long after the average sensible reader would have dismissed “Time to Begin Thinking,” he might recall that on page 247 of this 2012 book Edward Luce beautiful much predicted that Donald Trump might one day become president, and the man has at’s not good news, because on pages 145 – 153 of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism” the oracle of 1 Southwark Bridge, SE1 (yes, I admit it, I looked up the FT’s address online) is predicting a battle between the US and China over Taiwan, to take put in year 2020, with a ceasefire to be negotiated by none other than Vladimir Putin. And, believe me, he makes it sound much more probable than a Trump presidency sounded back in e main thesis of the book, basically, is that perhaps the West has crossed a bridge to a put where liberal values such as openness and democracy may be in retreat, and then anything is possible. Radical uncertainty, here we ’s written very very well. And it covers a lot of ground. If you wish to obtain your thoughts together about what went wrong, this book truly summarizes 99% of all the amazing explanations I’ve ever read. My favorite is on page 47, where Luce outlines all the proof you need of the fact that the Democratic party these days only pays lip service to liberal values and mainly serves the rich: “every single one of America’s 493 wealthiest counties, almost all urban, voted for Hillary Clinton.” But it’s really all here, and (as the author promises in the introduction) you can read it all in the zone of three hours.If I had to recommend to a mate only one book to understand where we search ourselves today as a society, this would be the one. azingly, however, and this truly baffles me, the very best explanation I’ve ever read about what just happened in the US, not only was proposed by Edward Luce in the FT on July 31, 2016, but is conspicuous in the book through its absence. In an amazingly incisive article he penned at the time, Luce explained that an American is first and foremost a consumer and that it is primarily as a consumer that he is rebelling versus the system. I was dying to read the longer ver of this thesis, and in particular I was dying to see Edward Luce weave this explanation into the general theme of the decline of liberalism, but I guess the book had to obtain out quickly, so it’s not there. What a crying shame!So you will let me to be uncharitable for a millisecond and suggest that perhaps that favorite article of mine may have been ghostwritten by somebody like Larry Summers (for whom Luce has written dozens of speeches before) and here’s why I’m saying so: because Luce can write like God, it’s simple to forget that he does not always 100% know what he’s writing about and is merely sampling from sources he thinks are good, rather than doing the deep thinking himself. So a amazing 60% of his previous book is a paean to industrial policy (and indeed could easily pass for a Trump speech with all its China-bashing and FDA-bashing). Also, he really cannot resist a amazing quote, even if he has not read the source and does not understand the favorite example: he had to obtain the “Thucydides Trap” in there as an expression, it sounded too cool to leave out, but on page 156 he suggests that Sparta lost the Peloponnesian War. I’ve only really read the relevant history book in translation, I must admit, but I seem to remember they won, overwhelmingly…So read this book with caution. It’s truly fantastic, it’s the best summary in print of where we stand in the battle between our liberal beliefs and the forces of autocracy, but read it the same method you read WebMD if you think you’re sick: as a put to begin rather than end your diagnosis.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    Edward Luce is the Washington correspondent for the Financial Times. This is a short book, about 55,000 words. Luce summarizes what is ailing the West, and makes a few suggestions for the future. He is much better at identifying issues than finding solutions. I have enjoyed two of Luce’s earlier works, but I was a bit disappointed with this one. The book’s title is a small misleading. He is not referring to liberalism in an American sense, but liberal the first part of the book he covers a lot of familiar ground. China and India are on the rise. The West is in relative decline. The American model has been successful in that more people are being lifted out of poverty than at a faster rate than at any time in human history. However, the American globe order is starting to unravel. Most countries see the benefits of capitalism but they don’t necessarily wish democracy. A lot of countries appear satisfied with their authoritarian leaders. Trump seems to have acknowledged that this is the reality. Luce believes that the “reckless” foreign battles of George Bush have damaged America’s influence abroad, and its ability to promote democracy. China is not democratic yet it has the world’s biggest economy in PPP terms. China is unlikely to wish to inherit America’s global role. Luce predicts that the effect is likely to be chaos. Luce provides a long rant about Donald Trump and he suggests that a battle with China may come about because Trump is an rk Mazower, a professor at Columbia University, wrote “Dark Continent” in 1999. He argued that the 20th century in Europe was a war between three rival ideologies: communism, fascism, and liberal democracy. He concluded that most of Europe did not have much experience with democracy prior to 1945, so it was not inevitable that liberal democracy would victory out. It was a consequence of who won WW2. He believed that Europeans could have lived happily under authoritarian leaders and that it was democracy which was an aberration. He seems to have be proved right in Russia, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. Luce suggests that authoritarianism may be about to become the global norm. However, we have been here before. In 1980, half of Europe and much of Asia was ce writes about the decline of the Western middle class. Sending jobs overseas has benefited China, Mexico and Poland but it has reduced the standard of living of ordinary people in the West. The wages of Americans have stagnated since the 1970s and they have less job security. In an interview, Luce claimed that in 2000, 30% of Americans categorized themselves as lower class, but by 2016 that had reached 49%. Social mobility is now lower in the U.S. than it is in the UK. He suggests that when people don’t share in economic growth or are excluded from the affluence around them, this can become risky for societies and usually produces ce recognizes that globalization has made issues for ordinary people, but he also maintains that globalization is inevitable and resistance is futile. He discusses Brexit and accepts that the EU is undemocratic. Some of what it proposes, like the European Arrest Warrant, is at odds with ancient British liberties. However, most Europeans don't seem to mind. He also observes that poorer people often value democracy more than the rich and the elite. The main objective of the EU is to make a federal super state, a United States of Europe, without the democratic checks and balances. Some of its proposals have proved disastrous, like the single currency. The EU currently has a population of 508 million and it wants to expand to contain Ukraine, the Balkans and perhaps Turkey. EU citizens can live and work anywhere in Europe and that became an problem in Britain. Britons eventually discovered that they were supposed to regard national sovereignty as a thing of the past. A lot of Britons began to object and Brexit became an beautiful option for the growing number who did not like what the EU was becoming. Leaving became the only option because Britain could not search allies who shared its concerns. Luce works for an editor at the Financial Times who is a well known EU supporter, so he probably has to be careful what he says, but he does point out some of the EU's ce believes that the rich and the left are starting to become disenchanted with democracy. He describes the extraordinary inequality levels and views it as a fresh Gilded Age. With growing inequality, the rich begin to obtain nervous and start to fear the mob. One Fresh York billionaire suggested to Luce that there should be competence tests for voters, only well-informed people should have the right to vote. The left has also begun to despise the working classes. If you read the commentators in London’s left of center Guardian, a lot of seem to believe that ordinary people are not qualified to vote on problems like e left in the U.S. and the UK have made rainbow coalitions which have left out the traditional white working classes. The left has been taken over by people from elite universities. They have small in common with the often socially conservative white working classes, whose views on immigration are often regarded as racist by liberals. Politicians like Bill Clinton and Tony Blair chose to abandon not good white people in the 1990s. Obama bailed out Wall Road but not the ordinary people who had their houses foreclosed. The Democrats now keep huge donations from Wall Road and Silicon Valley, so their interests have ce has fun with Hillary's clueless election campaign. The Democrats believed that they had demographics on their side. They forgot that immigrants become like everybody else once they stay long enough. They can even morph into Republicans. Luce believes that by abandoning the politics of solidarity with the white working classes Democrats have shot themselves in the foot. Not good whites have turned to people like Trump because he is the only person who will listen to them. Luce does not see Trump or populist nationalists in Europe, like Marine Le Pen, as the causes of today’s crisis in democratic liberalism but rather as symptoms. Luce does not believe that Trump and Brexit are one-offs, they represent dissatisfaction with the status quo. He argues that Washington is out of touch, since 91% of D.C. voted for Hillary.What is to be done? Luce’s solutions are underwhelming. He calls for a Marshall Plan for the middle classes. This mostly involves retraining the people who lose their jobs because of globalization. He uses Denmark (population 6 million) as an example. He wants an increase in investment in education. He argues for a stronger safety net and universal health care. He complains about inequality but does not wish to increase wealth distribution because that would be poor for growth. However, the thirty years after WW2 were amazing for America and its middle class. The top tax rate during the Eisenhower era was 91%, while the economy grew by 37% during the 1950s. If ordinary workers have more cash to spend on goods and services that will generate economic growth, the very rich tend to stash their cash offshore.Where the U.S. differs from Denmark is that it is huge enough to change the rules of the game. It can create things happen rather than just react, like Denmark. These days, getting agreement on what needs to be done is a serious issue. Luce wants to look at gerrymandering because he argues that House representatives choose their voters. However, not enough people in the major parties seems to care enough about the white working class to resolve their problems. The growth of AI and the rise of the robots are likely to create things worse. He mentions that over 50% of current jobs can soon be done by machines. If we wish to avoid becoming a feudal society, we need to first admit we have a problem.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    The fall of the Berlin Wall brought widespread optimism and Francis Fukuyama's hope that we were witnessing 'the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. No longer would nuclear-armed ideological camps face each other across Europe. Warsaw Pact regimes were falling like dominoes to peaceful demonstrators. Nationalism was also dying, and a unipolar globe was dawning - per author Luce. The street seemed clear for Washington to lead the world, , almost three decades later 'the worm has turned.' Vladimir Putin is pursuing a reconstruction of Russia's former empire - while also rebuilding and modernizing its military, Donald Trump has rejected the nearly universal agreement to mitigate global warming, China is taking steps to grow its international influence and minimize that of the U.S. in the Pacific, the U.S. has squandered trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in the Middle East - with small or nothing to present for it, and North Korea's former piddling threats are becoming more serious and credible every year. Simultaneously, global economic insecurity is mounting - between half and two-thirds of those in the West have been treading water for a generation, though hundreds of millions in the Far East have benefitted. Automation threatens the structure of Western societies.Western democracies have been held together by economic growth. When that growth shrinks or disappears, things turn into a nasty zero-sum battle. The West's median income has barely budged in the latest half-century. Inequality is also growing - history reports that is like to greatly intensify economic wars and discontent. China has become the world's leading trading nation, and has a long method to go - along with India, South Korea, and Taiwan. Incomes in Africa, the world's worst-performing continent, have almost doubled since 1970. (Asia's per-capita incomes increased 5X since 1970 - in some parts such as Singapore and South Korea, incomes have either overtaken or are level with the West.)China's unorthodox route to development (eg. opening slowly and on its own terms) exposed the limits of the Washington Consensus. This was reinforced by it high growth rate being unaffected by the 2008 'Great Recession,' while eg. South Korea and Mexico (loose, if any, limits on capital inflow) incurred considerable upheaval. U.S. median income is still below where it was at the begin of this century. The top 1% share about one-third of global wealth, the 1,406 richest in the globe claim assets exceeding those of 250 million of the least wealthy ween a 5th and a 3rd of the Western labor force is already engaged in independent work, per the McKinsey Global Institute. (Some are supplementing full-time work.) This rising share of independent workers acc for all jobs growth since the Amazing Recession. There is now a higher share of French males in full-time jobs than Americans - a statistic that reflects poorly on America, rather than well on France. U.S. life expectancy has dipped in latest years - something not supposed to happen in peacetime. America's per-capita rate of patent applications filed in the U.S., Europe, and Japan (screens out the frivolous ones) has fallen by a quarter since 2000. The fastest-growing troops in huge Western companies are the legal and public relations departments. Huge companies devote the bulk of their earnings to buying back shares and boosting dividends, less than previously on R&ina's urban per capita income now approaches half that of the U.S.; a generation ago it was one-sixth. The median worker today paying median rent in one of U.S. huge cities uses 101 hours to cover his/her rent, vs. 45 hours in 1950 and 56 hours a generation nomists and politicians are notorious for getting the future wrong, as well as peerless at explaining the past. In latest years economists have consistently predicted growth where none has materialized - since 2008 forecasts have annually over-estimated the next-year's growth. Arguing for China's admission to the WTO, President Clinton stated that China's entry would reduce America's bilateral trade deficit with lower tariff rates on its imports. Since then America's trade-deficit with China has leapt almost five-fold and China and its peers can now bank on the help of their biggest foreign investors. China's economy surpassed the U.S. in terms of purchasing power parity in 2014, and will likely be double that of the U.S. by 2050 - 100 years after its communist revolution. By then, India's will be roughly the same size as America's.When people lose faith in the future, they're less likely to invest in the present. Currently, the proportion of French males in full-time jobs is higher than that in America. Overdose rates have tripled since 2000. Rising intolerance and incivility are consequences of stagnation in American middle-class living standards.Every one of the 493 wealthiest counties, almost all urban, voted for Hillary. The remaining 2,623, mostly suburban or little city dominated, voted for -third of Americans who graduated in STEM topics are in jobs not requiring such bought U-Tube for $1.65 billion in 2006 - paying $25 million for each of the 65 employees at the time. Fb bought Ig for $1 billion in 2012 - 13 were then employed = $77/employee. The WhatsApp with 55 employees was purchased for $19 billion in 2014 --> $354 million/employee. Fb servers are managed by one technician/20,000 computers. The median pay for U.S. entry-level graduates @#$%!52,000 in 2000, down to $46,000 in 2014; flat for re than 160 million westerners now work in the 'gig economy,' per McKinsey. Of these, about a third do so 'out of necessity.' The bottom half of Americans own just 1% of the nation's wealth. Full-time employment has shrunk 0.1%/year since the 2008 nce the turn of the millennium, and especially over the past decade, 25 democracies have failed. Poland may soon join them. Latest December, hard-right nationalist Norbert Hofer came very close to winning Austria's presidency. Le Pen's Front National has the help of about 40%. Distrust in American politics almost paralyzes the turn of the millennium, there were more than 100 democracies worldwide. It was believed that one could not develop an economy without democracy, and that the Washington Consensus provided the toolkit for developing an economy. These beliefs ignored obvious exceptions such as the U.S. and England pursuing protectionist policies early on, and Bismark's Germany and Japan's Meiji Restoration. There also was Russia's disastrous 1996 shock therapy privatization and elimination of price controls - with democracy, and China's avoidance of the 2008 Meltdown by its ignoring the Washington Consensus (South Korea, Mexico and other East Asian nations were pummeled for allowing unregulated capital inflows.) There are now 25 fewer democracies - including Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, Thailand, and Hungary.We still call the 2008 meltdown a global recession. Actually, it was an Atlantic recession - in 2009, China's economy grew almost 10% and India's by almost 8%. Since 2009, the U.S. economy grew by roughly 2%/year, yet it's taken until 2015 for the median income to regain the level it was at prior to the Amazing Recession. U.S. median income is still below where it was at the beginning of this century - yet, GDP numbers say we're doing well. Under the old model, where most production was clustered behind national barriers, what was amazing for G.M. was amazing for America. Today, what is amazing for Apple (shut its latest U.S. production facility in 2004) may not be amazing for ipulations of truth have become almost a everyday occurrence since Trump's election. Prior to that came Bush II's falsely 'justified' invasion of Iraq, torture, and Bremer's inept management of ina's development banks are providing loans without pro-democracy strings. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was panned by Obama - yet, Britain, France, Germany, and Australia joined as charter members. Beijing now has over 500 Confucian Institutes worldwide. It's aim is to rupture the West's claim to most 40 nations, led by Russia and China, have muzzled/expelled foreign NGOs since 2008, mostly Western. China's CCP views U.S. democracy as run by America's moneyed classes to defend the interests of capital, and its Democracy as a sham. Trump serves neither Wall Road nor Luce sees 'Hillaryland' as one of the world's strongest examples of 'groupthink.' U.S. voters describing themselves as independent has been rising for years. More than half of U.S. Hispanics prefer to call themselves white - thereby undermining the logic that minorities will become a majority in 2044. A greater share of Hispanic voters backed Trump in 2016 than Romney in 2012. Democrats giving higher priority to the politics of ethnic identity than people's common interests contributes to factionalism and racism. At the turn of the century, 11% of Brits saw immigration as a top concern - now it's up to ce ends by posing how today's environment could easily escalate into armed confrontation. Secretary of State Tillerson spoke of denying access to the South Sea islands China claims. Anti-dumping duties on China. Chinese missile tests. U.S. action on North Korea. U.S. flights and ships patrolling/spying just outside ump's White House squad has publicly told U.S. diplomats to resign rather than express misgivings via the State Department's long-standing dissent channel that permits concerns to be forwarded anonymously. Trump has come out as anti-NATO, anti- European Union, anti-Paris global warming pact. Eventual effect - chaos.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    Luce’s work walks into the morass of modern times showing what was the pride of Western Societies -- Liberalism that had evolved out of the Enlightenment as power was dispensed more broadly and the term Citizen took on meanings of obligations but also of entitlement -- has slowly evaporated so that now the Citizen is the voter, or apathetic, and the power lies the American case he shows the slow development of a just society coming out of WWII with institutions in put to control the turbulence of the shop economy and simple the hardships of the unfortunate and a political system capable of compromise and even compassion. Then its elements fall away. Have you noticed?Democracy itself has become suspect; not only here but in general. As Brecht once said: ‘All power comes from the people. But where does it go?’Luce’s style mixes hard facts with a playful take on current personalities ruling the headlines, but never misses the development of the underling story of societies in turmoil. On Trump his concern is who comes next as the failure of his tenor passes.What he raises well is the Sustainability of the prevailing Inequalities that have formed in current times. The rich are riding high but will need to explore means to offset the discontent created, or fortify their quarters. He covers a lot of of the suggestions* that are developing to deal with the further displacement expected from automation and artificial intelligence. The West is in retreat. “For the first time in centuries, the West must obtain used to that. It has to learn the arts of persuasion and compromise.” A very wise ce’s The Retreat of Western Liberalism is a kind smart forceful synopsis of our times, a amazing read of discovery for those wishing to obtain back to the role of ‘Citizen.’*(Austria has had for a long time a U.B.I. system for those interested in the topic.)

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    I loved Edward Luce’s writings during the US presidential election on the struggles of middle class America, and why people would (and ultimately did) vote for Donald Trump. I have been waiting for his broader take, and I wasn’t e Retreat of Western Liberalism is quick paced and simple to read. The core argument is that “it’s the economy stupid” and the Left (and the Right for that matter, but his focus is on the Left), has been too focused on identity politics to offer effective solutions. Luce also shows convincingly that the issue isn't restricted to the United States, his basic focus. All liberal democratic societies are struggling as globalization upends existing economic arrangements. It's a broad structural issue that won't be solved through the lens of identity r Luce the entire liberal order is on the verge of collapse (i.e., liberals aren’t being hysterical), and preserving it will be really really hard. But its a cause he believes in, and one he's willing to war for. This isn’t a fun book, but it’s an necessary book. It should definitely be on the must read list of anyone trying to figure what in the globe is going on.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    Edward Luce is English, well educated, and experienced -- served as bureau chief for the Financial Times for four years in India, then in D.C. for a lot of years. Unlike the U.S. press, which always writes as though both American political parties were equally devious and dangerous, he writes explicitly about the turn of the Republicans to deception, bold faced lying, disinformation, and stoking racial and economic hatreds in their quest to establish a plutocratic ver of fascism in the U.S. He knows economics, trade, foreign leaders and capitols, and current history. By Western Liberalism he does not mean the U.S. Democratic Party, he means "liberalism," the whole panoply of rights and values associated with the Enlightenment, individualism, freedom of choice, and responsibility. What we are getting is a bastardized form of authoritarianism. We are ripe for this due to thirty years' worth of flat income levels for everyone below the top 10% and a bleak future of a lot of more jobs lost to robotics and vulture capitalism. I learned a amazing deal reading the book, even though I have been a close and frustrated observer of the passing stage for more than 60 years.

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    The Retreat of Western Liberalism review [Book]  2018-1-4 18:0

    A brilliant analysis of the reasons behind much that is going on in the globe and America's put in it. Luce's description of the dangers of Trump are at times frightening. This is a book everyone interested in western democracy's sad state should read. Populism,nationalism and their connection to the decline of the middle class is explained clearly and convincingly.

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    Animal Liberation Conference review [App]  2018-5-21 21:6

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    Animal Liberation Conference review [App]  2018-5-21 21:6

    Awesome! This is an awesome conference of activists who truly love animals!

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    Animal Liberation Conference review [App]  2018-5-21 21:6

    Amazing app. Just needs people to use it. Maybe contain a list of all users and a method to text them.

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    Shin ATV Climber review [App]  2019-7-24 13:28

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    Shin ATV Climber review [App]  2019-7-24 13:28

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    One country's demi-god can be another's historical mon Bolivar's profile in the United States is not a prominent one. Years ago there was a chapter somewhere in the elementary or middle school textbooks, but beyond that this prominent figure has not been the topic of an HBO miniseries, a biopic starring Antonio Banderas, or any such pop culture bert Harvey has set out to change that in "Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America."He writes of his subject, "Yet as soldier, statesman and man of common humanity he stands head and shoulders above any other figure that Latin America has ever produced and amongst the greatest men in global history."Given South America's status as perennial political delinquent and woeful economic laggard, the first half of his proposition is neither hard to argue with, nor much of a is in help of the second that Harvey, a one-time scribe for the "Daily Telegraph" and "The Economist," sets out to create a e task is a challenging one, not because of Bolivar's accomplishments, which were myriad and impressive, rather due to the staggering size and complexity of the continent in question, and the subject's disappointing lapses in judgment or, worse, humanity.Harvey's recounting is an A to Z affair, tarrying long on the young Bolivar's development as a dissolute young man privileged enough to steep in the thought of Rousseau and the Europe where his writings were all the contemporary 's a portrait of another time and a disappeared class of person groomed with patience for whatever amazing feats might be in the is the budding Liberator loping through the old country, from romance to romance, landmark to landmark, musing upon his destiny, brimming with a proprietary sense of the glory that is his due.Early on, Harvey takes an unorthodox detour into the biography of Francisco de Miranda, a revolutionary forerunner to Bolivar, and the victim of a fatal betrayal at the younger man's s, the two men's destinies were intertwined. And no discussion of the continent's revolutionary period would be complete without covering Miranda's career trajectory, but this section runs so long one forgets that Bolivar is the topic at netheless, Miranda's life, his jaunt through 19th century Europe in particular, was so interesting and extraordinary, it is simple to see how Harvey could not support they say in the sporting world, "No harm, no foul."The narrative, which conveys the scope and workings of Spain's empire, the complex social and racial components of the continent's far-ranging regions, and the endless rivalries of the warlords driving the epoch, are rendered Harvey does not hide his admiration for Simon Bolivar, nor does he create an effort at concealing his a lot of flaws.A former member of British Parliament, Mr. Harvey knows well the cracked armor of any beloved public figure. He seems to understand that, for the amazing and ambitious man, most success is seen through a rearview mirror, while the life itself is a torturous swim from shipwreck to livar did not rise up, whole, to save the struggling masses of Ibero-America.He had a powerful sense that the Spanish should be booted from their colonial holdings, but his first attempt found him on the side of Venezuela's privileged "criollo" classes and at odds with a rather ferocious hodgepodge of Indians, slaves, not good whites, and any admixture of the seems that the coalition he assembled to oust the Spaniards through military violence was one of convenience that needed a constant livar delivered Miranda into Spanish hands and imprisonment at Cadiz, Spain, where he died. He ordered the slaughter of 800 political prisoners under his command, slept with an unseemly number of women, and subjected his armies to not good suffering and staggering losses with mad, never-say-die, strategies.Harvey does not whitewash or reason these excesses away, rather attempts to put them within the context of the times in which they occurred. Whether he succeeds or not will depend upon the politics and sensibility of each e first third of the book, concerned as it is with Miranda's and Bolivar's development in the hothouse of European political thought, makes for amazing storytelling. The second part, covering the military effort, might have fallen into the familiar memes of battle reporting (feints, out-flankings, charges, and counterattacks) were it not for the staggering topography Bolivar alternately battled and turned to his advantage, and which Harvey renders with color and e final part info Bolivar's attempt at the consolidation of those locations from which the Spaniards had been chased into something governable -- the Liberator as statesman and politician -- and is marked by the melancholy his lack of success e failures signify private shortcomings only to the extent Bolivar could not be the best in every arena he proactively strode into.Harvey's portrait is that of a real Renaissance man who excelled as a general, but was also a fair hand at writing political tracts, wooing the ladies, dancing, and envisioning a framework for the coexistence of disparate peoples across a sprawling is the portrait of an interesting man living a rather breathtaking story.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    If historians were to compile a list of the 50 most influential individuals in globe history, Simon Bolivar would almost certainly be on the list. As the single most responsible party for the independence of Latin America, he is the Southern Hemisphere's equivalent of George Washington, only arguably more significant, given the location and the populations fact, the similarities are striking, right up to the point of independence, at which point Washington assumed the Presidency for a period of eight years and then stepped down voluntarily, though urged by a lot of to assume the position of dictator. Bolivar, on the other hand, was forced to retain control over his @#$%!&? creation, an amalgam of peoples and cultures so divergent that any federation was doomed to failure. Though he professed a desire for liberal democracy, he recognized the need for a powerful executive, and while spurning the title of "dictator", sought the Presidency "for life", a distinction in name only. As pointed out by the Author:"He could now claim to be the ruler of one of the greatest empires of any military leader in history, some 1 million square miles in extent. He was on a par with Tamerlane, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Amazing and Augustus Caesar."At its peak, the location under Bolivar's control included the show day countries of Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; all freed from Spanish control either through the military tactics and prowess of Bolivar directly or that of his hand picked generals. Gradually, as his control slipped and regional enemies emerged, the empire broke apart into its current political subdivisions, almost uniformly ruled by a succession of military powerful men. It is this ultimate effect that has led to Bolivar's relative obscurity outside the South American spite his importance, I had never studied his life or the history of South American independence. I knew absolutely nothing about him and was only spurred to correct this deficiency through references contained in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, which was set in early 20th century Columbia. This non-fiction work was offered to me in bound galley proofs, free of charge through Library Thing's Early Reviewer is is a very basic, relatively short and easy review of the life of Simon Bolivar and some of his historical contemporaries. Though it includes an extensive bibliography, it has no footnotes or end notes, a curious omission for such a biography. The writing is very easy and basic, and apart from what struck me as some very amateur psychology, includes very small analysis of note. I've got to think that there are better, more thoughtful biographies of such an necessary advance edition includes no photographs, though reference to the Amazon product page assures that the final edition will, in fact include 24 black and white illustrations. This work has provided the basis for further study of this fascinating individual, though I cannot say that I recommend it in that regard.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    This is a decent book but I was expecting more after seeing how huge the book looked and the reviews on the jacket. There are some amazing chapters in this book like I would say the first 3 or so about Bolivar's early life and the latest chapter is excellent. Otherwise the book is a disappointment. My main problem with this book is that it feels more like a historical acc of the revolution than a book about Simon Bolivar. After reading this book I did not feel like I knew a lot more about Bolivar than I did before which should be the goal of any half decent biography. Yes Bolivar was the central figure of this revolution and he gets a lot of the focus of this book but you don't obtain to know enough about him and what created him tick as a man. The book has a misleading title and is uneven in content. A lot of times it feels bogged down by the info of the wars that occurred during the revolution for South America's independence from Spain. Some chapters frankly were a chore to interesting thing about this book is that the author's section on Francisco de Miranda is fascinating. I feel the author would have likely written a much more interesting book about Miranda who frankly is an under-appreciated historical figure in his own right and deserves a well written text. The passage on Miranda is exactly the kind of insight I was looking for in regards to Bolivar that this book does not deliver besides in uneven spurts here and there. Solid read for a cursory overview of this revolution but not a amazing biography of Simon Bolivar. 3 stars.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    My parents are from Colombia, South America and the name Simon Bolívar was commonly mentioned not only within my own home but when I visited there. I did not really know much about the Liberator and that is why I was drawn to this bert Harvey, a columnist for the Everyday Telegraph and author of other biographies on South Americans has taken this mythic figure and brought his story alive in Simon Bolívar: The Liberator of Latin America: The Battle Versus the Spanish e book focuses on three phases of Simon Bolívar's life. According the author, they were "the first being that of the ruthless and frenzied aristocratic warrior defending his own class interest, the second his conversion to ensuring the well being of all classes, and to more humanitarian and subtle military tactics." The third phase was his "equally romantics, perhaps inevitable, downfall."The book takes the reader back to his youth and how this basically orphan young man had the vision to break ties from Spain. The portrait is delves into his loves, his friendships, and go Chavez, the President of Venezuela has a spiritual connection to this iconic figure, now we are able to understand the division between the mythic figure and the flesh and blood the end Bolívar declared that "Three amazing assassins of humanity have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote and myself", the author clarifies, "killers because they had been idealist and misled people". Now in Simon Bolívar: The Liberator of Latin America: The Battle Versus the Spanish Empire you can be the judge of the rightful role of this onically part of the limitations that the South America has not progressed as much as the United States in the North can be attributed to issues that even Simon Bolívar was unable to solve.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    As a student of history, I had Simon Bolivar in the back of my mind as a effect of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez changing the name of the country to the "Bolivarian" Republic of Venezuela several years ago. To a lot of on that continent, the name Simon Bolivar is a magical name that symbolized the libetation of several nations from the clutches of Spanish rule at the beginning of the 19th bert Harvey gives us a amazing introductory work on the man Bolivar who imbibed on the tenets of freedom as he understood them. Raised as a kid of a single mother, Bolivar was under the tutelage of Simon Rodriguez, a clerk of Bolivar's uncle Feliciano Palicios, who instilled the ideas of Rosseau, Locke, Hobbes and Montesqieu into his mind and gave the Liberator ideas to free South America under the auspices of liberty, equality and the rights of man. The timing was right for Bolivar's ideas to go into action. Spain, the undisputed ruler of the vast lands of Latin America for over three centuries, began to decay under a combination of corrupt rulers and disastrous campaigns versus Napoleon Bonaparte which resulted in the Frenchmen's occupation of Madrid. Bolivar then used the chaos in Europe to his advantage and proclaimed independence for the Viceroyalty of Fresh Granada and began his quest for ter facing major setbacks, Bolivar finally achieved fame by crossing the notorious llanos of Venezeula and over the high Andes Mountains to attack an unsuspecting rolyalist force near Tunja. After a decisive win at Carabobo, independence was granted to the countries that now comprise of Columbia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The book also discusses his meeting with Jose de San Martin who liberated Chile and Argentina and covers Bolivar's latest triumphs in e book ends by covering Bolivar's decline due to ill health and the intrigues of Realpolitik of his former comrades Santander and Paez who ruled Fresh Granada and Venezuela, respectively; the two men were grateful to Bolivar for liberation, but had small interest in implementing his idealism about freedom and liberty and instead went down the path of "caudillismo" which, in the author's opinion, was to plague the continent for the next century and a half. Bolivar died in 1830 a broken e book itself is a refreshing read with 389 pages of info that will hold the reader interested with drama and adventure (especially the descriptions of the vicious llaneros and the crossings of the llanos). There is an extensive bibliography and index, but no end notes which I found puzzling for such a scholarly work. One should contain this info to obtain ready sources for that information. However, in conclusion, I would say that this was an enjoyable book. Four stars.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    I found I had to hold leaving the book to go look up facts on material that seemed suspect. While the bibliography seems impressive, why aren't the passages referenced in the book. Did he read Bartolome de las Casas' book before he mentioned it and then moved on without even taking de las Casas' descriptions of the treatment of the indigenous population into account. He said race did not really matter in Central or South America, when clearly every other author would completely disagree, as it still matters in those countries even today.He states that with the arrival of the Spaniards there were at least 13 million indigenous people and with in a century, the number fell to 3 million, but says that this was not caused by mistreatment from the Spaniards and they were not forced to work until they died. Has he ever heard of San Luis Potosi?He even states that in North America the British stayed close to the WESTERN coast of North America for 200 years! The western coast, are you kidding me?The book just goes down hill from there. The Spanish Inquisition really wasn't that bad, the indigenous people were better off working for the Spanish, then being left alone and working their own communal lands?Decide on your own if you should spend your time on this book or not? However, in my opinion, if I am constantly having to fact check things that I am sure are wrong and I am correct in my checking, then this is just a really poorly written book.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    This is an interesting book, unfortunately in need of much better editing as there are factual errors that required to be verified. Most notable one that almost created me quit reading was on Chapter 1, mind you, that states Bolivar " ... was born on 24 January 1783 ...". One wonders why such an necessary date was erroneously quoted, as he was actually born 24 JULY 1783. However, if you're able to ignore this fatal flaw and hold reading you'll search an interesting acc of Bolivar and his times, hence my four stars rating.

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    Bolivar: The Liberator of Latin America review [Book]  2018-2-9 18:0

    Place in some maps. There are only two unhelpful maps in a book spanning decades of Military campaigns, wars , and political changes. A reader would need an extensive knowledge of South American Geography to know what the author is talking about. I almost gave up on the book because of this deficiency. If it is to be place out in paperback , please remedy this.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Well written and timely topic. Each chapter drew me in so that I wanted to know more. Often I am bored after the first or second chapter, but with this book each chapter got me so interested that I had problem putting it down. This not one of my a lot of stacks of books that are sitting waiting to be finished. I read every chapter and there are post-it notes everywhere, my rating of a successful book.I am SO not the target audience for this book. I'm white and already a successful entrepreneur. However, I learned a amazing deal from it. Some of it created me kick myself because I didn't think of that method back when I started my business. I saw my own errors and missed opportunities. I thought this would be a political book, but it isn'@#$%!&[email protected] also not a wimpy 'inspirational' book. This is true life staring you in the face, described in attractive detail. I feel like I have a much greater understanding of things I thought I already understood. Well written and timely topic.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Just finished reading this title and seems to be a amazing read. While the book seems to be addressed to the black community, people of all skin colors will benefit. The title addresses 5 main areas: our mindset, embracing free enterprise, investing in relationships, being entrepreneurial, and owning your power. Some of the points covered include:- 3 main reasons people fail: greed, pride, and arrogance.- Instead of a hand out, most people wish a hand up (someone who believes in them and willing to give them a chance).- Little businesses are the organizations doing the most hiring today.- Violent demonstrations (Ferguson Missouri, for example) do more hurt for businesses than good.- Contrast of the mindsets of the wealthy and poor.- Getting out of your comfort location and developing relationships with others.- Futility of attending networking receptions (AMEN to that - usually a waste of time!).- Assume that a lot of things in life will be unfair: the necessary thing is our attitude, not the things that happen to us.- We are often our own worst enemy.An entertaining, quick, and informative read. As mentioned earlier, people of all backgrounds will benefit.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    This book was very straightforward and extremely helpful and relevant.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Unbelievable book.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Too often efforts to support "the poor" fail to provide financial literacy education as part of the process of moving people up the economic ladder. Our society does not help, with its ongoing materialistic mentality, urging consumption through advertising and mass marketing every where we turn. John Hope Bryant emphatically pushes the notice that spending on "stuff" instead of looking at longer term financial goals is the only true method to claw one's method out of poverty and into "success."That indeed is an necessary notice and one that needs to be more widely emphasized. However, The Memo fails in its simplistic "I did it and so can anyone" approach, ignoring the fact that a lot of of the options he mentions are just not available to most people. Yes, he decided that, as the kid of working but very low income parents, he would have to use his initiative to better his lot, and yes, that worked for him. The issue is that, in our current society, not good schools and broken families are not providing even the smallest toe-hold for young people to create a begin on the path Bryant says is possible for all. Further similar to my concern is that Bryant has apparently had access to a very huge number of "high power" people, but I truly doubt that a young man from the south side of Chicago, in a poorly performing school, with no money, no transportation to obtain to a meeting with someone of the caliber of Andrew Young (one of the people Bryant credits for his early rise), would likely be able to obtain the ear of someone of so much influence. (As an aside, one of the more annoying parts of this book was the continual name dropping, the continuous references to meetings and conversations Bryant seems to continually have with the rich and famous.)Here is what I worry about: Will there be people who read The Memo and then walk away from the issues of poverty and inequality by saying, yup, if "they" only would test harder, if "they" only had the gumption that John Hope Bryant has. There are definitely things that "the invisible class" can learn from his message, but there are also structural issues in our society that will continue to place unequal barriers in front of too a lot of within that invisible class. This is a book that could too easily feed into the narrative I hear too often about the not good just not doing enough to obtain themselves out of their position if they would only just pull up their yes, the book has some amazing points, but it fails to acknowledge that there are barriers that members of "the invisible class" simply cannot overcome by themselves. Government, churches, non-profits, all have to take more responsibility to reach out and give a hand up. If you choose to read it, don't absolve yourself of any part of the required solution.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Disclaimer; I work in anti-poverty, so I was more interested in seeing if Bryant's notice would be relevant to my work rather than wanting to learn a private strategy.1) This book is about what to do to rise out of poverty, but is more of a "what" than a "how." Bryant's organization Operation HOPE teaches clients how to do things like improve their credit score through credit score counseling, but this book does more teaching you the value of why to do so instead of how. The focus on credit scores is basically saying that you begin yourself up to opportunities to grow through loans, which is a amazing goal but can take years and being able to obtain credit only works in your favor if you have enough cash left over "at the end of your month" to invest in something. Similarly, he tells people they should strive to buy a home, but the only resources are a list of www services at the end for more information. So, if you already know that buying a home is a goal, then are you really learning anything that you couldn't just search yourself on the internet?2) If this book and this author speaks to you and motivates you, then by all means please use this book as people in poverty do need to be told that they can improve their situation. However, it is very necessary to me to note that this book is geared towards those in poverty who have something left over. Bryant talks about this book being for people who already have figured out how to take care of their primary sustenance needs (food, shelter, primary access to medical care), but he neglects that entrepreneurship (his main thing that he is promoting) requires some bit of cash or time. So, if you are the single mother working two jobs, exhausted at the end of your day, but able to pay for your family's most primary needs, you are quite likely to not have the luxury of time to sit around and be thinking about how to begin a business. Bryant also doesn't really support with this, because he's not teaching people how to, for example, write a business plan.3) I am not a fan of the examples used in the book. First, there really aren't that a lot of examples of success stories period, and people who are looking to strike out in a business probably could use some ideas. The main examples that stuck out to me are the Asian shopkeepers who opened a wig store in an African American community for African American clients. But, if you live in a "500 credit score neighborhood" and are looking at your neighbors as your potential clients, what do you do if your neighbors don't have cash to spend at your business. Then he also talks about the long-African American community of Harlem and how people are now priced out of their own neighborhood, because of gentrification and outsiders seeing value in one-cheaper properties on the island of Fresh York City. Bryant uses this as an example of how the African Americans should have recognized the value of what they had and held onto it, but he doesn't give any solutions to people who search out they are now priced out of their own stly, I absolutely cringed at the idea of using "gig economy" examples of things like Airbnb and Uber as businesses of the future. Why bring up these types of businesses with all their legal complications as examples that people in poverty should aspire to? Realistically, how a lot of people barely above poverty are going to be able to make such a complicated business and understand all the legalities and insurance needs and partnerships that are needed in such a type of business. [He also talks about a guy who was making $100,000+ and quit his job to go work for Uber so that he could have more freedom and now is actually doing better than his career job. What is the point of this though, when people in poverty may be struggling to fix vehicles that break down too easily and may very well not have a vehicle that is nice enough to be driving strangers around in.]4) There is so much of John Hope Bryant's "I" in this story, and one of his favorite expressions is "my mate _____" whose opinion is this, so it feels a bit overly self-promoting, and I wondered if his mates were really as worth upholding as Bryant does. He really does seem like a remarkable man, but his level of success just seems to me to be too disconnected from most people in poverty. For example, he emphasizes repeatedly that he has had success despite having been homeless for six months when he was 18, and yet he still had a mother who told him she loved him every day. Well, what about the teen runaway girl who left home at 16, because she was sexually abused and has been homeless and unloved and unsupported for six years? The level of despair for being in intergenerational poverty is just not the same, and being told 'just stop being cynical and look for the opportunities all around you' is not as easy as it is being portrayed in this book. In fact, studies present that intergenerational poverty can be damaging to the mindset, because people whose sole focus has to be meeting primary survival needs do not build on their brain's capacity to, for example, weigh the pros of cons of various paths (as the stress from just meeting those primary needs is so all-consuming that people's brains literally do not grow in the locations of discovering possible alternatives. This is referred to as the brain science of poverty). So, is the motivational value worth ignoring the simplifications in this book? To me, the respond is no, but if this works for other people, then go right ahead!Bryant also refers to how he has been successful despite only getting his G.E.D., but I think this could be perceived as a risky message, because increasingly the U.S. economy is not opening doors to people who are only getting their G.E.D., especially with so a lot of people who are going on to at least some college. Well, Bryant might argue that people can rise above their education level through hustle, but his examples of hustling contain following international leaders to wherever they would be for speaking engagements and then seeing at those engagements if those leaders would speak to him for a few minutes. The time and cost of jumping on multiple airplanes is obviously not something that seems very reasonable for people just above sustenance poverty and Bryant also doesn't really teach people how to approach leaders anyway other than to say 'go in with what you can offer' rather than 'what you wish to get,' but if you are in poverty, is it realistic for you to be able to offer much? Perhaps a little percentage will. Also, there's nothing about how to achieve the appropriate appearance in order to do , this book is really for a real go-getter, someone with the personality or the skills to be able to move him/herself up through relationship building, someone that people look at and think "this person is not where they wish to be, but they're a true go-getter and I should wish them in my circle or wish to give them help/advice." And, when Bryant makes a point of arguing that who you spend your time with can determine your position (therefore test to hang out with other ambitious, hard-working, successful people) may be easier said than done if everyone around you is more to the tune of cynical, blaming others, drug-dealers type.5) This book indirectly argues that people in poverty can rise above if only they just did something about it, and this is already very damaging in our country where a lot of believe that if you are in poverty, it is your fault because you're just too lazy (or fine just living off the government or whatever). Bryant does nothing to address people who aren't the entrepreneurial type except to say that it's okay if you're not because the true entrepreneurs need people to work for them. Still, not every person in poverty is going to be able to search that energized entrepreneur to just go work for.6) I did like that the book was written in plain language that most people should be able to read and understand. However, I was aggravated in that the one zone where I thought Bryant was most un-plain was in the actual writing of his rules. For example, rule 1 is Embrace Free Enterprise, and what Bryant seems to mean by this is improve your credit score, buy a house, and begin a business or a non-profit. Man, that is one (really three) HUGE goals. I mean if everyone in poverty could just do that, then we really wouldn't need any other goal now would we? Secondly, rule 2 is Choose to Have a Mind-Set that Causes you to Gain Wealth and Money. Well, in just reading that, that doesn't really tell me what to do, but I figure out that this seems to mean that "if you are too cynical, you won't see the opportunities around you," but it's like Bryant enjoys being cutesy in saying you either choose a mind-set that brings you wealth or doesn't. Lastly, rule 5 also goes back to your mind by saying that you need to own your power through spiritual capital. So I being a Master's degree educated person was left asking what does Bryant mean by "spiritual capital" and also what is the difference between rule 2 and 5 and also wanting to ask "why did Bryant not pick some sort of acronym (or other means) that people could easily remember as they go about their lives?"7) Lastly, I am glad to see that this book is presently discounted off of its list price of $24.95, because I think that is a fairly steep price for a 109-page book (true of my copy at least) when you are writing for people in poverty (and especially when you are telling people to learn how to do things at the end by going to web sites!). Bryant never mentions in his Advanced Copy that any of the proceeds of his book are going to non-profits, even his own, so I am hoping (but not knowing) that his intentions are as pure as he claims. Bryant was not a figure that I knew prior to reading this book, so maybe he has otherwise proven that, but if you combine this with his frequent tooting of his own horn, then you might understand why I am slightly turned , in conclusion, I would just share that, to me this was more of a motivational book than a "how-to." That wasn't what I was hoping the book would be, but I do agree that people in poverty do need people who believe in them and are begin in saying that there are possibilities around if you look and work hard enough.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    I have read and continue to read a lot of self-help and motivational books. Rarely do I come across one this powerful. In crisp, clear, totally comprehensible language, author John Hope Bryant outlines in detail what can be fairly called his gospel of entrepreneurial capitalism. Capitalism, in Bryant’s view, doesn’t require cash – it requires human capital: belief in yourself, an idea and the willingness to work hard to create your idea a reality. Bryant lays out his philosophy in a couple of sentences: “Your power comes from economic independence, which is what also protects you versus social injustice, economic manipulation and profiling on all levels. Nobody is going to give you that power. You must gain it for yourself. Don’t waste time on anger: instead use your inner capital to level the playing field.” Because Bryant is black, it is simple to mistake his notice as being aimed primarily at a black audience. This is not the case. Bryant is speaking to everyone who wants to succeed in a capitalist society. His is a very inspiring message. He hits one truth after another: he is a delight to read. In fact, I am hoping an audio book of this becomes available with Bryant as narrator – I suspect he is a very strong narrator. A main focus is on financial discipline, which is an extremely necessary problem for the budding entrepreneur. He also addresses on the importance of embracing our capitalist system, private “mind-set”, the importance of relationships, the need to be entrepreneurial and spiritual capital. Bryant harkens back to the time of the Horatio Alger legend, the self-made person rising from rags to riches. He is gifted and I highly recommend this book for yourself and to give to people who need a kick in the pants to obtain rry

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Economic security is a universal desire. We all wish to live well, send our children to the best schools, succeed at work and life, and retire worry- free. But far too a lot of of us fail to achieve financial goals, even though a lot of goals are within our e reason so a lot of do not reach their goals?- they failed to obtain The Memo. They were not raised with amazing role models, they were not taught the value of a dollar and need for hard work, and they didn’t embrace the capitalist system the rules the land. They didn’t keep the proper tip and are stuck living a life in the doldrums, squeezing by from one paycheck to the next and blaming everyone except themselves for their predicament. This book, The Memo is all about falling into this trap and finding ways to not just avoid the trap, but to live your life to the ere are a lot of things to like about this book and chief among them is the author himself and his writing style. He doesn’t mince words, but he also talks in a respective tone. He is direct, but nice. He is positive without getting overly optimistic. He writes in short, simple to follow paragraphs. His tone is like that of a concerned financial advisor; someone who wants you to succeed but also wants you to realize that you, and only you, can create things happen.Another reason to like The Memo is its honesty. This is not some rambling, far- fetched, obtain rich fast tutorial written by someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. As the author openly admits, he has had his share of failures and was, at one point in his life, living as a homeless man. He learned from his mistakes and admits that everyone makes them. It’s how you handle your mistakes that matters most and there is really no issue so extreme to create it insurmountable. With the right attitude adjustment and the right determination, you can reverse the negative fallout from a past mistake and turn your life around. Once you eliminate the fear holding you back, you can become successful- not necessarily wealthy beyond belief, but successful and content.I, fortunately, got The Memo when I was younger and I have already taken action to create my life and my family’s lives as amazing as it can be. Others, unfortunately, are still living as members of the invisible class; pointing fingers at others for their dismal situation and taking no initiative to turn things around. The Memo is all about making person changes for a more successful you and it’s a amazing book overall. I would prefer a few more chapters, but it’s still a amazing book with sound, reasonable tip that we can all learn from.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    Like a amazing memo, this book is short and to the point. It provides a realistic plan for financial education and gives hope to those struggling to obtain or regain their footing. although directed towards people of color, it is valuable to any one trying to create ends meet. I liked the integration of the spiritual with the practical. The author doesn't mince words and honesty and responsibility are two requirements for st importantly it is a book that gives hope. You may be at the bottom but the amazing thing about that is you can only go up. I tthought some of the references were a bit "meh" but overall this book is a winner.

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    The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation review [Book]  2017-11-12 18:1

    This is a well-named book and the author knows what he is talking about. It's a short, simple to read book. It took me about an hour to read it, but if you are a slow reader, that's ok, just read a section every night for a few nights. The book is inspirational, but it is also easy and to the 's a book that tells people what their parents and the schools probably should have told them, but never did, at least mine didn't. I'm trying to tell my son these things, but he won't listen. I'm going to pass the book on to him. Sometimes children learn best from someone encourages people to quit it with the crap, and obtain real, and embrace the globe that's there, and recognize that free enterprise and capitalism are what we have, and how to obtain true and be successful at dealing with it. Instead of always being behind and without, you can begin to build true wealth - and I love that he contains amazing self-esteem as a form of true wealth. It is, there's no metimes common sense isn't so common, but that's what's dealt here. It's all very amazing tip that works. In the back are a few resources e only downside to this book, for me, is that I read it before bed, and it created me wish to obtain up and go to work right then.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    I have read previous books on Robert Kennedy and found them all interesting but I feel this one is the definitive biography of the man. Author Larry Tye gives a well-balanced portrayal of the man showing both his so-called ruthless side with other politicians and his compassionate side with kids and the poor. I suppose to have lived through the tumultuous 1960s and well remember a lot of of the times and trials this decade place American through would create this book somewhat more memorable. Bobby Kennedy was a powerful supporter of Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin during the witch hunt for Communists during the early 1950s. The drive of father Joseph Kennedy to obtain his oldest surviving son Jack elected president is covered. The bitter feud between Attorney General RFK and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson suddenly left the Attorney General insignificant in Johnson's eyes. Bobby's mate Richard Goodwin has said that if LBJ had to choose between RFK and Ho Chi Minh to succeed him as president he'd choose Ho without hesitation. Another archfoe was Clyde Tolson, mate of J. Edgar Hoover, who had stated, "I hope someone shoots and kills that son of a @#$%!."RFK had a lot of opponents but he had his compassionate side as well and author Tye provides us this side, also.. Following the assassination of JFK his brother went into a deep depression which eventually subsided with RFK's run for Senator of Fresh York and later for President of the United States. His travels took him to the deep south and Indian reservations where poverty reigned. Kennedy's sincere compassion deeply affected him to wanting to do something for these bert Kennedy's words from the 1960s ring equally real today when he stated that what we need today is not division, hatred, violence, or lawlessness but love, wisdom, and compassion for one another. It appears we haven't learned very much if anything. Unfortunately his life was taken by an killer just like his brother's.I learned a lot from this book and I'm sure I'd learn more if I read it again. Well done oh amazing and faithful servant.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    Allow me first admit that I am a fan of John and Robert Kennedy since my childhood. In my extended family, JFK was spoken about as a member of the family. I have clear memories of each brothers’ deaths. But, I do not read biographies of them or the Kennedys with an uncritical eye for books that are either written as too much a love letter or for baseless attacks. This fresh book by Larry Tye is gratefully one that deserves the highest praise.I received my copy as a pre-publication ebook. That format provided me fast access to the a lot of footnotes in each chapter and I enjoyed how the footnotes were often so interesting as to create me wonder why a lot of of them were not simply inserted in the main e author obviously worked hard at this biography unlike some other authors who mostly wrote their works by reading other authors and watching documentaries. It contains numerous interviews and readings of materials not previously provided to others including from Ethel Kennedy’s thoughts and documents. Tye gives us the main points of Kennedy’s inspirational South African “Ripple of Hope” speech for which I don’t off hand recall before reading. He also goes more in depth with the significance of RFK’s term as senator than what other biographers have provided. But be clear that the author does not shy away from impressing upon the reader the misjudgments and sometimes mad behaviors by Robert Kennedy. This contains his defense of Joe McCarthy. Or how he worked himself into a frenzy to best an opponent. “Bobby never denied wanting to come out on top, although he never understood how slippery the slope was between fervor and fanaticism.” Overall, the author is an obvious fan but not one who is fearful of noticing his subject’s the acknowledgments section, the author quotes a former Kennedy aide’s tip to the author, “Write a amazing book, because he was a amazing man who deserves a amazing book.” There have been several books on RFK that I have read over the a lot of years that were very interesting, but I would say that Tye’s book is now the one that can be called “a amazing book” for a amazing man.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    During his years in the public eye in the 1950s and 60s, Bobby Kennedy was as controversial a figure as anyone else in American history. Millions despised him because he worked for Senator Joseph McCarthy. Millions more loathed him for his role in supporting the civil rights movement. Yet other Americans lionized him as the uncompromising liberal he was viewed as in the final years of his life. Small wonder that most biographers have veered either sharply left or sharply right in painting a portrait of this endlessly complex man. In Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, journalist Larry Tye steers a careful middle course. The effect is a balanced and insightful biography of one of the most significant figures on the American scene in the mid-twentieth e man known as RFKToday, the man known as RFK is closely identified with his brother, President John F. Kennedy, who has cast a much longer shadow over American history. As Tye makes abundantly clear, the two were various in a amazing a lot of ways: in age, stature, temperament, and political perspective. JFK was eight years older and three inches taller — Bobby was considered the runt of the huge Kennedy litter — and the younger man bore grudges for decades. His older brother was far more pragmatic and much less prone to an adult, managing Jack’s first race for the U.S. Senate in 1952, Bobby gained a reputation as “ruthless” that stayed with him for the remainder of his life. Tye insists that the label was misplaced. “Bobby was as smart as Jack, although less of an intellectual; Jack had Bobby’s toughness, although he was better at disguising it.” And Tye reveals Bobby to have been an inspiring boss at the Justice Department, a caring father and wife whom he loved passionately, and genuinely compassionate with the disadvantaged people he met along the campaign trail. Still, Bobby was notorious for the abiding hatred he possessed for a long list of enemies, including J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy’s pit bull Roy Cohn, Jimmy Hoffa, and Lyndon Johnson. However, much of his reputation for ruthlessness stemmed from his willingness to follow evidence of wrongdoing even among his friends. “During his three years as attorney general, his office prosecuted two congressmen, three state supreme court justices, five mayors, two chiefs of police, and three sheriffs — all Democrats.”Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from Right to LeftNow, nearly half a century after Kennedy’s death, a lot of of the passions have cooled, and long-secret archives have been opened. It’s now possible to view the man’s life in greater perspective. Biographer and journalist Larry Tye has accomplished just that, steering a steady course between the extremes in Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. As the title suggests, Tye’s theme is Kennedy’s evolution under fire as his brother’s campaign manager, anti-Communist zealot, no-holds-barred Senate investigator, Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and, finally, presidential candidate. Beginning public life identified with the Right, he came to its end less than two decades later as the bright fresh hope of the bby Kennedy is not simple to pigeonholeNotwithstanding Kennedy’s popularity with the Left in 1968, it would be a mistake to pigeonhole him as a liberal. True, he was fiercely committed to ending poverty in America, and he had emerged as a winner of civil rights for African-Americans, albeit slowly and reluctantly. However, like his brother, RFK would have been horrified if asked to help the sort of policies advanced in 2016 by Senator Bernie Sanders. He was, if anything, pro-business, fiercely anti-Communist, a fervent supporter of the Cold War, and committed to economic policies that today might well be considered p this if you know the historyIn 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was poised for election to the White House when an assassin’s bullet chop him down at the age of 42. His win was by no means assured, but he had just won the California basic and seemed on track to a showdown with Vice President Hubert Humphrey at the Democratic Convention. Given the intense famous hatred for the Vietnam Battle and Humphrey’s continuing help for Lyndon Johnson’s policies, it’s clear that the contest would have gone down to the wire, at the very least. Instead, as history shows, Humphrey emerged with the nomination bloodied by the tumultuous happenings that surrounded the 1968 convention. Had Kennedy won the nomination instead, or had Humphrey won in a fair fight, it seems highly likely that Richard Nixon would have gone down to defeat. Even heavily handicapped as he was, Humphrey came exceedingly close to winning.About the authorBoston journalist Larry Tye is the author of seven nonfiction books, three of which are biographies. His previous topics were Edward L. Bernays, the father of public relations, and the legendary Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    I have read almost every biography of Robert Kennedy that has been written and and Tye's ranks as one of the best. I especially enjoyed his coverage of the relationship bewteen Kennedy and Joe McCarthy, showing the price of loyalty while opposing the later McCarthy excesses. It is a story well told and for me who worked in the 1968 campaign for Kennedy, a bitter reminder of what might have been.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    This is a amazing book about RFK which I highly recommend. I have read around 15 about Bobby Kennedy, finding his story so fascinating that I always have fun a amazing book about him. At this point I feel as though I know everything there is to know and so I am not easily impressed. This book does the topic justice which is what the author intended to do. He interviewed a lot of of RFK's mates and colleagues in the st of what Larry Tye tells us has been written before but he does an perfect job of taking the reader thru Bobby's life and his political career in particular.I was pleasantly surprised and glad to have purchased this book.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    Much of what is written in Larry Tye's fresh book about Bobby Kennedy has been told before but I did search it worth remembering that RFK's early public life revolved around Senator Joseph McCarthy...indeed that Kennedy had worked for and evidently admired the Wisconsin senator. And even when he became Attorney General, Bobby was more of a hard-liner than a lot of people know. It wasn't until well after JFK's assassination that the younger Kennedy began to distance himself more and more from Lyndon Johnson and the battle in Vietnam and establish his own credentials as a burgeoning liberal...the Kennedy that most of us remember...or would like ere are some unbelievable anecdotes, a lot of of them concerning Ethel Kennedy...the fun one of the family. "Bobby Kennedy" is a walk down memory lane for some of us but a solid enough book to recommend, especially for those who are too young to recall his short life.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    A well researched and well written book. Too few people, I think, know the whole story of RFK. I did not know for instance that he began his work in gov't working for McCarthy. Bobby was politically ruthless and loyal to his brothers, father and family. He softened over time and he had a heart of gold, sincerely wanting to support those in need or who were oppressed or disaffected. It is a tragedy we lost him when we did. America in the latest decades of the 20th century could have been much various and much better had he lived to be US President. Instead we got Nixon, a lingering, violent and ultimately tragic battle in Vietnam, and Watergate.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    I've read numerous bios of Bobby. This one taught me things I did not know. And marvelously written.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    Excellent, engaging story revealing an inside perspective of an interesting man, his relationships, his thoughts and his politics. Given our current presidential race and national and international issues, this book tells us how small has changed about politics but how much has changed about our politicians.

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    Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon review [Book]  2018-2-7 18:0

    I love the name "a liberal Icon" because that is what Bobby Kennedy was at that time. In retrospect we should question our equating Bobby's "liberal" with today's "liberal".Bobby believed in helping give people the possibility to do better with their lives. Yes he did give people in the Mississippi Delta hand-outs and supported equal rights but ultimately he believed in giving everyone the access to the American Dream. Interestingly the now "liberal" left has built a welfare state that completely takes away any incentive or possibility at the American Dream for probably 35% of this nation.Was Bobby a "liberal icon" or a compassionate humanistic progressive statesman? I think the vin McLaughlin

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    Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Vol. 6 review [Book]  2017-10-29 18:1

    It's a very amazing series to poor I finished this book soon as I got it. Now I'm waiting for the next book

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    Urban legend : Shin Hayarigami – Blindman review [App]  2018-3-17 13:0

    Been waiting for this. Really hope it's the first of many. There is only one chapter released in English, which takes about 3 hours on first play and about another hour to see all paths if you don't rush. Very violent, amazing story, nice twist. Overall a lot of fun and worth the asking price. Buy if you like horror, visual novels, or dangarampa In Japan they released the other original episodes month by month and really hope they will in English too.

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    PSP Game DB DZ Shin Budokai review [App]  2019-3-12 21:21

    thanks sir for launching this android game . im the bigggest fan of dbz

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    PSP Game DB DZ Shin Budokai review [App]  2019-3-12 21:21

    no do not work at all waste of time and net

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    PSP Game DB DZ Shin Budokai review [App]  2019-3-12 21:21

    Thank you for putting this, I'm a large Dragon Ball fan.

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    PSP Game DB DZ Shin Budokai review [App]  2019-3-12 21:21

    same same same add fresh characters or stop making more but changing the name

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    PSP Game DB DZ Shin Budokai review [App]  2019-3-12 21:21

    this desame of all aps. we need all super saiyan

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    This unbelievable compilation of everyday extracts from the HARVARD CLASSICS is like a vitamin pill for the mind. If faithfully followed, this set will enable a dedicated reader to sample and experience a lot of of the world's greatest works, all selected from the iconic 1909 set of the HARVARD one time a person was not considered truly educated if he or she were not familiar with these notable authors and their works. Today, sadly, they are often considered too difficult or (worse yet) irrelevant. I also fear a book like this may be dismissed out-of-hand by some claiming it is a male-dominated compilation that does not reflect current standards of socio-political-correctness and multi-cultural diversity; if so, the loss is theirs. These works were written by especially brilliant, insightful, and highly articulate PEOPLE, and their words are no less impactful today than when they were originally written -- but only to those who will take the initiative to read them with open, eager, unbiased, and receptive fore the everyday readings, which constitute the bulk and heart of this book, there are numerous introductory chapters explaining the content and benefits of reading the HARVARD CLASSICS. Whoever wrote these portions of this book (Dr. Charles W. Eliot, the original editor of the HARVARD CLASSICS? Amanda Kennedy, the current editor of this ebook? Or both?) comes across as being a tad overly zealous. As truly amazing as these works are, reading a prescribed set of books (or judicious selections from them) is not, ipso facto, a universal antidote to ignorance, and as much as I admire and have fun these works, I do search this level of boosterism -- intended to be motivational, I suspect -- more appropriate to the huckster than to the academician. We don't need to be oversold on the value of reading all, or parts of, the HARVARD CLASSICS. Another quibble I have is the lack of an author index, which would also have been useful (and appreciated by this reader), as would (occasionally) more bibliographic information. (Who translated that portion of Dante's DIVINE COMEDY or Homer's ODYSSEY I just read?) In general, though, the book is quite fine, and I am VERY happy with is is a lengthy book of 62,914 Kindle zone numbers, and a detailed, active TOC lists and permits direct access to specific content. The reading plan contained herein was developed by Dr. Eliot and, like the multi-volume SHELF OF FICTION, was a later addition to the original HARVARD CLASSICS collection of 1909. In her "Editor's Note," current editor Amanda Kennedy (whose academic credentials are not provided) explains: "Using Dr. Eliot's reading tutorial I have reproduced the intended readings using my best judgement (sic), occasionally adding or omitting lines and paragraphs with discretion in order to produce a complete and coherent section of text." Begging the problem as to whether Kennedy's judgment was superior to Dr. Eliot's in this regard, I cannot search any significant fault with what she has accomplished compiling this delightful book. Overall, even apart from its connection to the HARVARD CLASSICS, this is a fine (if arguably, thematically unfocused) anthology in its own right, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to meet, enjoy, and be challenged by, some amazing minds of the rtually every MAJOR work contained within the HARVARD CLASSICS is available individually in a free public domain version, but it MAY not always be the exact same edition or the same translation, and it WILL lack the accompanying introduction and other supplemental material special to the HARVARD CLASSICS version. To obtain the true thing, a nicely-formatted ebook edition of the HARVARD CLASSICS is available in the Kindle Shop published by Not good Richards Print Shop. It has the informative footnotes but lacks the SHELF OF FICTION -- and it costs $50.00. That's too rich for my blood. [UPDATE 11/24/17: The price has since been greatly reduced.] Sadly, the Aeterna Press edition for $2.51 is no longer as complete as it once was, so I can no longer recommend it. Incredibly, 10% of its content has been expurgated by the publisher for being "morally bad" from a Roman Catholic perspective. Hopefully, another inexpensive but complete and uncensored ver will come along soon. [UPDATE 11/24/17: A slightly imperfect but still very amazing $.99 edition from Erieann is currently available; it is identical to a $9.99 edition from Golden Deer.]FYI: In the 1950's & '60's the chief tournament to the HARVARD CLASSICS was THE GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD (from Britannica and the University of Chicago) with its special and fabulous SYNTOPICON (a remarkably comprehensive ideological index permitting a reader to trace the historical development and evolution of mankind's amazing ideas throughout the entire GBWW). Sadly, the GBWW is NOT available in ebook format, and the two collections (v.1 and v.2) from H&H currently selling in the Kindle Shop for $2.99 apiece, and titled THE GREAT BOOKS COLLECTION, are definitely NOT affiliated with the GBWW in any method (though a dishonest blurb makes it seem so), and they are neither a revision nor an update; they are merely two bundles of haphazardly arranged, public domain freebies. They lack not only the SYNTOPICON, but (apart from a title TOC) any sort of index.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    Well compiled, easily accessible, and simple to read.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    It's an interesting idea. I have read the introductory chapters, but since the other entries are dated I plan to create reading them my Fresh Years resolution. Ha! Check with me later.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    Sure, you could argue that some of the selections are dated. But all are worth reading. Skim it, dabble in it or read it through day by day for a year. It's fast and rich. Enjoy. Explore works you may have only ever (or never) have heard of.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    There is a reason they are called the well with the Norton Anthologies.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    Rather hard reading, very repetitive, but nevertheless enjoyable in terms of how popular writers expressed themselves in the bygone regrets having obtained this book.

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    I haven't read any of the stories in it but look forward to doing so

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    Well worth the cash

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    The Harvard Classics in a Year: A Liberal Education in 365 Days review [Book]  2018-1-6 18:2

    Not enough literary selection

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