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Too clever by half
on July 22, 2012
The problem with TV-series-driven writing is the blurring of priorities. I had a hard time pinpointing what was I not enjoying about this undoubtedly well written book. I agree with the main argument, and it is clearly articulated. The problem lies with the gimmicky twists, such as calling the West's key drivers of success the "killer apps," the many digressions sprinkled throughout the text, as well as with the troubling not-so-rigorous use of historical data and timelines. So, was Ferguson's priority to support the claim of western success on sound analytical bases, or rather to make good TV episodes' narrative? I invite you to be the judge. Whatever the case, the weakest part of the book is the conclusion.