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The Level Playing Field Kindle Edition
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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In our modern world, the biggest wars are no longer fought and won with fists, swords, or rifles. No, what the author is examining here is war from a different perspective: The struggle for political and economic power. As Japan continues to dominate the world economic climate, main character Scott Maxwell becomes suspicious of the deeper reasons behind this supremacy. Finding a dark underbelly to Tokyo's economic and political might, Maxwell sets about "leveling the playing field"... And the results are spectacular.
The author has alluded that a follow-up book may be in the works; if so, I'm certainly game to read it. By turns fascinating, informative, and exciting, "The Level Playing Field" was a fantastic read. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in macro-economic and/or political power and balance.
I love how Kingston combined culture and economics in the book. It feels brilliant because like like it's supposed to make you feel awkward.
The characters are also really interesting. Scott Maxwell is really interesting.
My main aim in in reading this book for pleasure and it has been. I was hoping not for too much because it's fiction and not history. I was pleasantly surprised it's a thought provoking book. I studied political science in school and wouldn't be surprised if the author did too. Compelling read I must admit. I don't want to be cliche and say "page turner" especially because it was read on my kindle app so I will say potboiler because it could serve just as well, if not better, for the sort of book where once you put it down, you can't pick it up.
Will Scott’s speech and trade formula save them? Will the Kani get to them first? How many times will they escape death? How many people will have to die? Twists and turns with every flip of the page, endless excitement and action, and a battle continuing to unfold all the way to the last page. I was constantly debating with myself who was going to win in the end. This book is high octane thrills and I absolutely loved it! It’s also a good read for those that like economics, Scott’s formula provided with in depth analysis.