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Simon Davidson

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Interesting

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Reviewed: 05-10-19

Good narrative on his political DNA and thinking. Also explains very clearly the different factions in the Conservative party.

Unfortunately he has no understanding why the people voted to leave in the referendum despite having all this time to think about it.

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Fantastic

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Reviewed: 10-05-19

Thoroughly researched book written recently combining contemporary sources and recent interviews with the astronauts and some of the NASA personel involved in the mission.
This was by far the most talented crew who pulled off a uniquely ambitious and dangerous journey in an untested spacecraft.
All three men had outstanding careers post NASA.
The book to read about Apollo

Very good

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Reviewed: 29-09-18

Made more atmospheric read by a female narrator who read it very well. It’s a shame there are so many gaps in our knowledge due to the loss of so many original documents

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Quite interesting but narrator lets his personal views get in the way

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Reviewed: 27-03-17

This was so far so good in til we arrived at the 20th century, but then the author let his personal views take over. Apparently the television was not invented by John Logie Baird, but by someone I've never heard of.

I did find the explanation of the birth of the EU very interesting. I agree with the author that the failure of the UK to join in 1957 was the gravest error made by the UK since WW2 and the chapter on American exceptionism is also interesting as this is a viewpoint we don't see in Europe.

However I was expecting a less biased approach.

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Some interesting ideas

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Reviewed: 19-09-16

Some of the book seems to be rehash of general world history books - some of it I have heard before almost verbatim and was not sure if I had read the same chapter again by mistake

The author has some good ideas particularly about whether supposed progress has made us any happier and the cognitive revolution is well explained.

The reader is good and sounds interesting, but I think the book was a bit long.

Interesting topic

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Reviewed: 24-04-16

Would you listen to Bad Pharma again? Why?

Very interesting topic. This book exposes the fact that different medicines for the same conditions are not tested against each other and a new drug only has to be better than nothing to be given a licence.

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Goldacre before, how does this one compare?

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Which character – as performed by Jot Davies – was your favourite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Some of it was a bit repetitive.