Friday, October 20, 2017

Maximum Canada by Doug Saunders

This book's full title is Maximum Canada, Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough. Doug Saunders has his own site for this book here. He is also on Facebook

I had not realized how anti-immigrant Canada has been in the past until I read this book. However I had heard before in reading Canadian history and Canada had a hard time retaining immigrants. He says that between 1851 and 1941 Canada attracted 6.7M immigrants but lost 6.3M people to the US.

Early in our history, the British Government and the Canadian Government wanted only farmers. A lot of immigrants did not want to be farmers. Lots had skills or want to live in urban areas. One of the main reasons people moved on to the states.

Also we currently have the problem of low density. My city of Toronto has a big land area, but within the city there is much lower density of people than in other cities, say London or New York. We, with low density, good public transportation systems are difficult.

There are some interesting reviews on Amazon Canada. A couple of reviewers certainly do not like Saunders take on population need for Canada. However, I am inclined to agree with Saunders that we need more people, but we do need to manage this. Irvin Studin in the Globe and Mail gives a very thoughtful review of this book. There is another review by Charlie Smith on Straight.

Doug Saunders talks on CBC radio called The Homestretch. He will soon speak soon in Ottawa at Writers Festival . Doug Saunders speaks at Science for Peace. He was on the The Agenda with Steve Paikin talking about The Myth of the Muslim Tide. There is a short video of Doug Saunders talking at The Walrus.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama

This book's full title is The Story of the Jews, Finding the Words, 1000 BCE to 1492 CE. The Jews have always been citizens of the world. They have on and off been persecuted by their neighbors. They have often thrived in all sorts of different places despite all that happened to them. Simon Schama writes great history by storytelling.

Judith Shulevitz writing in the New York Times captures the essence of this book well. Ian Thomson does a great review in the Guardian. There are, of course, some interesting reviews on Goodreads. Some found it hard to follow and slow to read. I did not, but then I have read a lot of history and that probably helps. He does have an interesting approach.

Simon Schama was joined onstage by Adam Hochschild to talk about The Story of the Jews, Mr. Schama's multimedia account of Jewish history from 1000 BCE to present times. There video ishere. In 5 parts, Simon Schama tells the story of the Jews at Daily Motion.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Heroes of Empire by Edward Berenson

This book's full title is Heroes of Empire, Five Charismatic men and the Conquest of Africa. These men might have been heroes to the Western world, but wreaked hardship and violence on African people. It would seem to be the press that made them heroes. They and their country men seem to think that they were bringing civilization to native peoples. I doubt of the native peoples thought that.

On this site of Rorotoko Edward Berenson talks about his book and why he wrote it. The side Questia gives a synopsis of this book plus and excerpt. There is an actual book review by Michael Clinton onWorld History Connected. He talks about the fact that this book has begun to appear on the syllabi of graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on European imperialism. Rachel K. Bright gives a review of this book on Project Muse. She starts off my talking about how the popular press turned African adventurers into national heroes.

Edward Berenson is a Professor of History at New York University. Here they give a bio of him and the books he has written including the Heroes of Empire. There is an interview with Edward Berenson on YouTube by the Oxford Press. There is another interview of Edward Berenson on the Criterion Collection called the Politics of History.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto

This book's full title is The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Hernando De Soto has an interesting and unique world view. I am a capitalist, but I do not believe that clear property rights are the complete answer to capitalism.

That said he is probably right that the US took off because millions of people got land. In South America only the rich had title to land. This must have made a great difference. It would also certainly change the lives of people in shanty towns if they were given the rights to the land they occupy. I think one big thing is the rule of law. I think that you need to rule of law for capitalism to function properly.

If you go here you can read the book as a PDF. If you do not wish to read the book, you can read a shorter version by Hernando De Soto at the International Monetary fund site. Or you can read a shorter article by Hernando De Soto and William Conerly at Foundation for Economic Education.

There are also good reviews at Good Reads. Some are critical but lots praise his book. I agree that an enforceable property right is not the total answer to getting capitalism to work. There is a long and thoughtful review of this book at Mises Organization. To get the review by Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, you have to click on the PDF below "Get This Book/Digital Text" message. Matthew J. Rosenberg writes a short and interesting review at Council of Foreign Affairs.

Hernando De Soto speaks as the president of Institute for Liberty and Democracy. Hernando De Soto speaks at the The Cato Institute. He starts to speak at 4:20 minutes into the video.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Islamic Exceptionalism by Shadi Hamid

This book's full title is Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World. It seems like the word exceptionalism is just meaning that Islam is different and especially different from Christianity. .There is a long split between Muslims and the Sunni fraction has never forgotten that Mohammed' Grandson was killed and left to rot after the battle of Karbala.

There is an article by Shadi Hamid in The Atlantic that goes over the history of the Muslims. Mostly this good got a good reception on Good Reads. However, some reviewers were critical. This review is basically an interview of Shadi Hamid by Isaac Chotiner.

Shadi Hamid speaks at Brookings Instituion. Shadi Hamid starts speaking at 5:38 into the video. At the same place there is also a video of a discussion between Shadi Hamid and Leon Wieseltier. There is another video at Middle East Institute. Here there are introductions by Sumaiya Hamdani. Shadi Hamid starts talking at 4:30 followed by a talk by Hassan Mneimneh at 18:27 minutes and then one by Nathan Brown at 28.43 into the video. He is followed by a panel discussion at 42:20 and then audience participation. At another talk Shadi Hamid is introduced by Warren Hoge at International Peace Institute . Shadi Hamid starts talking at 4:15. The above are quite long videos, but there is a short video (around 13 minutes) with Shadi Hamid talking.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh

This book's full title is The Return of History, Conflict, Migration and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century. This is another book answering Francis Fukuyams's book entitled The End of History and the Last Man. She basically gives an analysis of our current world and to her it is not pretty.

There are good reviews on Good Reads. A lot loved her book, but there are also some very good critical reviews that are worth reading. Doug Saunders writes a long and interesting review at the The Globe and Mail on this book. There is also a good review by David MacDuff at the Canadian International Council site.

There is aTVO interview of Jennifer Welsh on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Jennifer Welsh talks about The Return of Inequality in this YouTube clip. She is part of the Massey Lectures and you can hear part or all of them at this site.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow

This book's full title is The Upright Thinkers, The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. This is an absolutely wonderful book. .It is not long and it is in paperback, but one of the best books I have read about humans in a very long time. It is also a book about science.

There are some good reviews on Good Reads . I would give the book 5 stars but few give it that many. However, lots give it a 4 star rating. There are a few reviews at the bottom of this Amazon page. Interestingly there are six and all but one give this book 5 stars. There is an interesting review of this book and Bill Nye's Unstoppable by Rose Eveleth in the New York Times. She is reviewing these books as audio books. She thinks that Leonard Mlodinow reading style is awful. She is not the only reviewer to say this. Others that reviewed his book in audio format did not like his reading either. This last review is also an interesting one by Brian Clegg on Pop Science Books BlogSpot.

There is a short tell us about your book question from Booklandia to the author. There is an hour long talk by Leonard Mlodinow is at Google. There is also a talk by Leonard Mlodinow at Google on his recent book called Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.

An index of the books I have reviewed are on my website at Books. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.