A. D. Thibeault

"The Book Reporter"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 54
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (218 of 248)
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I run a website dedicated to new and popular non fiction books. Specifically, I write executive summaries and produce podcast discussions of brand new, top-selling, science-based books (a new one every 2 weeks).

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 54 - Total Helpful Votes: 218 of 248
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The thrust: Over the past 20 years, and particularly in the past decade, the stock market has undergone some significant changes. The most visible change is that much of the action has now become computerized. For example, whereas stock markets used to consist of trading floors (pits), where floor traders swapped stocks back and forth, we now have computer servers where sellers and buyers are connected automatically. Now, on the one hand, this automation has led to some substantial efficiencies, as once necessary financial intermediaries have now largely become obsolete (this has led to savings not only because the old intermediaries earned an honest commission for their dealings, but… Read more
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
*A full summary of this book is available here: An Executive Summary of Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

The main argument: The unequal distribution of wealth in the developed world has become a significant issue in recent years. Indeed, the data indicate that in the past 30 years the incomes of the wealthiest have surged into the stratosphere (and the higher up in the income hierarchy one is, the greater the increase has been), while the incomes of the large majority have stagnated. This has led to a level of inequality in wealth in the developed world not seen since the eve of the Great Depression… Read more
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Un&hellip by Michio Kaku
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
*A full executive summary of this book is available at newbooksinbrief dot com.

The main argument: Up until 15 to 20 years ago the instruments and methods used to study the brain were still somewhat primitive. Since this time, however, advances in brain-scanning and brain-probing technology have gone into overdriveas have the computers needed to make sense of the data from these new technologies. The deluge began in the early to mid 1990s with the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, and its more powerful cousin the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, and it hasnt stopped there. In addition to the MRI and fMRI, we now have a host of advanced sensing and… Read more