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Too turgid to read for pleasure,
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This review is from: The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Kindle Edition)
"This coordination enabled the exploitation of interest differentials across cities included in the network." In plain English, the Medici family could discover and broker deals between its isolated business partners in cities throughout Italy, because they all reported to the Medici's headquarters in Florence. Unless you have a special interest in this topic, I recommend you read the many reviews of this interesting book instead of battling through its cumbersome prose.
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2012 7:30:04 AM PST
Yep, I agree. I have to read this book for a Macroeconomics class. While the topic should be interesting, the author is lacking in basic writiting skills. I found myself having to re-read paragraphs several times just to decipher what he was trying to say. I expect more from someone who has held many different prestigious professorships and is supposedly a renowned scholar. Oh wait, this is exactly what I've come to expect from such academics.
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