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Old 09-09-2020, 09:34 AM   #46
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Parable of the Sower is on sale at Amazon.com for $10.99.
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Old 09-09-2020, 10:20 AM   #47
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Also probably related to the fact that the Brooklyn Public Library is doing a group read of Parable right now. It is part of their Climate Reads program (and seems modeled on A Public Space's Tolstoy read). They say of the program:
I don't know anything about that, but both the Brooklyn Library and NYPL show the e-book as "always available."

ETA: "Always available" through Overdrive.

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Parable of the Sower is available at Hoopla as an eBook and available at Freading.

ALways available at Hoopla. Not sure of Freading. Hoopla can be read online (web browser) or with the Hoopla app. Freading is ePub like Overdrive.

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Parable of the Sower is available at Hoopla as an eBook and available at Freading.

ALways available at Hoopla. Not sure of Freading. Hoopla can be read online (web browser) or with the Hoopla app. Freading is ePub like Overdrive.
Freading is similar to Hoopla, in that books are always available on demand, with the added benefit that the books can be downloaded through ADE. Nice find.
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Now that the vote has left this book behind, can I just say that I thoroughly recommend Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

It is a bit overdone in places, with (for example) too regular reminders that chimpanzees (random) would get more answers (about global trends) right than most well educated and very smart people. But, it was kept interesting by the author's enthusiastic tone and often personal anecdotes, and it was good to gain a global view of important trends, rather than American or Western centred that is so often the case. And it was particularly refreshing to have a book that was generally positive in its message.

The book is not unrealistic, it acknowledges that the world still has problems (it warns of the threat of a pandemic), but its central message is that we can best address those problems if we have a better understanding of the world. The constant references to how badly experts do at the sample questions about global trends are there to emphasise how little most of us actually understand - so, if you like, this is proof that the book/website really is needed.

Some of the charts in the book were hard to read on an e-reader, but the ones that actually mattered (those not comparing experts to chimpanzees) were mostly okay.

For those that like video and audio presentations, the Gapminder website carries most of the same information (including big, interactive versions of the graphs, and thousands of photos from around the world demonstrating the comparisons being stated). I preferred the structured presentation of the book, but tastes vary.

Hans Rosling died in Feb 2017, before the book was published, but his son and daughter-in-law (co-authors), saw it through to publication in 2018.
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Now that the vote has left this book behind, can I just say that I thoroughly recommend Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund.
It's a deal of the day at amazon.com today for $2.99

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B0756J1LLV

It seems to me that man New Leaf nominees show up as a deal of the day a month or two after they are nominated.
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It is a bit overdone in places, with (for example) too regular reminders that chimpanzees (random) would get more answers (about global trends) right than most well educated and very smart people. But, it was kept interesting by the author's enthusiastic tone and often personal anecdotes, and it was good to gain a global view of important trends, rather than American or Western centred that is so often the case. And it was particularly refreshing to have a book that was generally positive in its message.

The book is not unrealistic, it acknowledges that the world still has problems (it warns of the threat of a pandemic), but its central message is that we can best address those problems if we have a better understanding of the world. The constant references to how badly experts do at the sample questions about global trends are there to emphasise how little most of us actually understand - so, if you like, this is proof that the book/website really is needed.

Some of the charts in the book were hard to read on an e-reader, but the ones that actually mattered (those not comparing experts to chimpanzees) were mostly okay.

For those that like video and audio presentations, the Gapminder website carries most of the same information (including big, interactive versions of the graphs, and thousands of photos from around the world demonstrating the comparisons being stated). I preferred the structured presentation of the book, but tastes vary.

Hans Rosling died in Feb 2017, before the book was published, but his son and daughter-in-law (co-authors), saw it through to publication in 2018.
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