If you are a curious type, and ever have wondered about the nature of huge multinational corps, how they came to be, and wondered about their reason for existence, and their relationship with the state...this is a book for you, the sheer scope of this book is amazing, Korten draws analogies from ancient 'empire' based societies from Greece, Persia, Rome...and shows that human motivations and actions have changed little over 5000 years, although initially a depressing view of the human condition, Korton suggests (persuasively in my opinion) that humans now have the ability and the information, to change human society, from the empire based, money driven, consumerist environmentally damaging lifestyle, to a more sustainable future of 'earth community'...surely we all know something will have to give ??
There is a huge amount of solid historical information in this book, from the formation of the Roman Empire, to the declaration of independance of the USA,...even if you reject some of Kortens analyasis, the story of human history contained is brilliant
Well read and very very well written, its not an easy an easy ride but I shall listen to it at least twice....excellent, I only wish that I could get his previous book 'when corporations rule the world' in audio format.
From the first episode, I have enjoyed these podcasts and they have definitely worked in guiding my choice of audiobook: Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, for instance, Alan Bennett, Suart Maconie and anything read by Martin Jarvis after listening to his explanation of his method of thinking of the characters' physique and psychology in order to change his voice to suit them. (in connection with Soames and Fleur in A Man of Property.) I listen to each podcast over and over - they are just the right length for my car journey to our nearest town, or for switching off after a stressful day. I chat along with Michel Thomas in Italian, and toy with the idea of learning properly. He makes one feel it's at least a possibility! Richard Branson on his attitudes to business is revealing, and he comes across with sincerity and a lack of any false celebrity; and I now know a lot more about the role of a CEO (before listening I didn't even know what the acronym meant.)But Podcast 21 was different - a whole programme dedicated to introducing a new series of modern American classics, beginning with an in-depth interview with Paul Auster (and there are more available - FREE - just search Audible for 'James Atlas'. Then extracts from the Modern Vanguard list, a variety of voices and stories, all compelling in a different way - a veritable feast of fiction. I have long been intending to write to express my appreciation of such a carefully-produced and well-presented programme - thank you all. And I can hardly wait for the next!