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Manuel Antonio Cuba "mcuba" (Lima, Peru)

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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Illuminating, May 12 2002
My coworkers recommended me this book and after reading it I can say that it's pages carry those pieces I couldn't found of this puzzle we call life, at least for me, since I can compare the philosophy within with my own experience with reality. It's a pity I won't ever meet Ayn Rand, but at least I may read her literature and the books written about her and her work.
Alas, the book is not perfect; I didn't like the ending, too plain for my taste, but besides that, I strongly recommend to read this book if you are one of those that question why the world works as it does.

The Mystery Of Capital Why Capitalism Succeeds In The West And Fails Everywhere Else
The Mystery Of Capital Why Capitalism Succeeds In The West And Fails Everywhere Else
by Hernando De Soto
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, May 10 2002
I would have given 3 stars to this book but coming from a recognised economist as Hernando de Soto I give it only two. Although the book explains in what consists his proposal for the development of the third world, he repeats his idea too much through out the chapters. The examples and methods mentioned didn't satisfy my curiosity for his theory. The book looks more a marketing scheme for selling his idea, which isn't a bad thing, but considering the seriousness of the theme, I would have expected a more professional layout.
After reading this book,go and buy The Myth of Development : Non-Viable Economies and National Survival in the 21st Century, written by Oswaldo de Rivero, a peruvian as Hernando de Soto. Although not advertised as The Mystery of Capital, it has a better book structure and an excellent analysis of the world's current situation and ways to solve it.

by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Masterpiece, Sept. 21 2001
This review is from: Foundation (Mass Market Paperback)
Besides his Robot stories and novels, Foundation stands as one
of the greatest science fiction novel written by the late Isaac
By mixing properly the future, humanity and the sociopolitical
development of our race on a galactic span using the decline of
the Roman Empire as a base, Asimov tells us a story of one man's
struggle and the product of its stubborness in following stories.
This book is a must for anyone, genre fan or not, I guarantee
you will read it more than once in your lifetime.

Island Of The Day Before
Island Of The Day Before
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, Sept. 10 2001
After reading "The Name Of The Rose" and "Foucalt's Pendulum" I
must say this is a mediocre book for Eco's standards, who is
unable to maintain the interest of the reader as the story
The reason for this is that as I advanced on the lecture I
realized that it took me to nowhere. The use of a lot of
historical facts (which I don't really know if they are true or
not) and the mention of ancient books aren't enough to create
that feeling of "necessity" to know what is going to happen next.
After finishing it I had the sensation that the two last hundred
pages were very similar to many Evangelion chapters in which
Shinji Ikari tries to find the meaning of life.
Evangelion is a japanese anime, and this review stands for the
spanish version of the book.

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