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The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (Anthem Other Canon Economics)
The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (Anthem Other Canon Economics)
by Mariana Mazzucato
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.59
58 used & new from $12.39

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I would have given it three, October 13, 2013
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She makes an important argument, but sometimes Mazzucato's specific facts are incorrect. The writing style is not engaging -- for the non-academic reader at times it verges on impenetrable.

Good argument, important book, not a great read.


UN92 Men Flex-Fighter MMA Fight Shorts - Gray-36
UN92 Men Flex-Fighter MMA Fight Shorts - Gray-36
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Price: $29.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, October 13, 2013
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But unfortunately you can't really run in these unless you sag them below your underwear line. The rough texture of the fabric will cause abrasions on your waist.


Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing
Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing
by Vaclav Smil
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.68
48 used & new from $13.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!, October 13, 2013
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If you are interested in a broad historical overview of American manufacturing, this is a good place to start. Smil's book is packed with remarkable facts about the rise of various consumer and producer technologies and America's competitive place in the global economy. (I love it when he compares the U.S., China, Japan and Germany at various points throughout the book.)

At times the book it recursive, and Smil also makes a number of arguments that are not adequately supported by the evidence presented. However, Smil's book is nonetheless enormously valuable. His opinions do not seem to be driven by ideology, but by his analysis of macro-trends in the global economy.

Five stars!


Primeshop Men's Dress Socks Crew Socks Gift Boxed (5 Pairs)
Primeshop Men's Dress Socks Crew Socks Gift Boxed (5 Pairs)

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, great price, October 13, 2013
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Why is it so hard to find good socks these days? Wherever I look, sock are expensive and/or ugly. I've had these for a few weeks now, and am very pleased with how they are holding up. Great buy!


Zenna Home 502W, Tension Shower Stall Rod, 26 to 40 Inch, White
Zenna Home 502W, Tension Shower Stall Rod, 26 to 40 Inch, White
Price: $7.92
33 used & new from $2.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, April 10, 2013
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This is a great tension rod. It is sturdy, looks good, and stays up. Big win. (four more words required)


American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China
American Wheels, Chinese Roads: The Story of General Motors in China
Price: $16.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, if not always accurate, April 10, 2013
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I gleaned some very useful insights from "American Wheels" and it was an enjoyable read. However, I was disappointed by Dunne's tendency to make truly sweeping generalizations about Chinese people and culture. While these often had a grain of truth embedded within, they could also be jarring.


Crown Safewalk-Light Heavy-Duty Antifatigue Mat, Rubber, 36 x 60, Black (WSCT35BK)
Crown Safewalk-Light Heavy-Duty Antifatigue Mat, Rubber, 36 x 60, Black (WSCT35BK)
Price: $37.40
27 used & new from $31.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, April 10, 2013
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Does a great job reducing the impact noise in the bedroom below my entryway. Two thumbs up. (three more words)


Lonely Planet Cambodia (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Cambodia (Travel Guide)

2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Kindle, April 10, 2013
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Save yourself the hassle of not being able to read maps and flipping through. Get the real book instead. Word.


Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise (actual fan inside) Sound Machine, Tan
Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise (actual fan inside) Sound Machine, Tan
Price: $47.95
25 used & new from $44.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good to me, April 10, 2013
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This sound conditioner puts out a smooth, adaptable, soothing whisper that is far superior to anything I have experienced with recorded white (pink or grey) noise. Great for masking the din of heavy traffic out my window. Two thumbs up!


The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.50
228 used & new from $1.40

36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If not a masterpiece, then the definitive guide, September 20, 2011
As an author, Daniel Yergin is best known for his authorship of The Prize, a Pulitzer Prize-winning tome on the origins and development of the international oil sector. In the energy industry, Yergin is also famous as the founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) -- a well-respected energy research consultancy now owned by IHS. For The Quest, Yergin has parlayed his skills as a writer/researcher and the access of an industry luminary into a sweeping and comprehensive guide to the energy world of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The Quest is written in five sections. They cover oil, energy security, electricity, climate change, renewable energy and transportation -- particularly the electric car. Yergin couches the development of the industry in his distinctive voice and seduces the reader with piquant portraits of the personalities and turning points that have defined the energy world. For those that know Yergin as an "oil man," the passion with which he relates his history of the science, politics and policy of climate change may come as a surprise.

Indeed, no other author has demonstrated such an ability to vivify the topic of energy. Yergin has turned CERA, Washington DC, and the entire energy sector into his own personal data mine. His myriad interviews pepper The Quest with insider perspective of industrial consortiums, environmental NGOs, international oil companies, the US military, and numerous presidential administrations.

The graphics, maps and photo sections are also excellent and informative.

On the down side, Yergin is excessively polite in his treatment of oil companies, dictators and energy traders. He reliably shies away from naming and shaming environmental polluters, corporate raiders, authoritarians, and oil barons. The scope of the book means that these narratives come in the form of "mini histories" -- rather than a grand, sweeping, linear narrative.

Still, the Quest is a remarkable achievement. It is balanced, current, comprehensive and an excellent read.

Five stars.
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