Shelves: politics-history Severely disappointing. For a book meant to be an introduction to globalization, Steger sure loves putting his own thoughts and opinions alongside the actual facts. It really loses direction in the last two chapters and never recovers. The fact that he includes one of his own books in the reference section really rubs me the wrong way.
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Shelves: politics-history Severely disappointing. For a book meant to be an introduction to globalization, Steger sure loves putting his own thoughts and opinions alongside the actual facts.
It really loses direction in the last two chapters and never recovers. The fact that he includes one of his own books in the reference section really rubs me the wrong way. Not so much a very short introduction as a very short diatribe. Misses the mark - by far. I expected much more. The actual writing style is needlessly indirect and opaque, even though the actual situation could be easily described - instead the author hides behind his ivory tower politically correct terms.
There is a lot of deception at the foundation of the "inevitable world is flat " globalization popularized for the last 30 years. For a far more insightful historical view of globalization, see " Uncovering the New World Columbus Created " discussing the global integration that started once Columbus arrived in the Americas and has never stopped.
More importantly, our current " world is flat " globalization can not be understood without also understanding American Militarism and geopolitics. Reviewers note: As an American living and doing business in China for the last decade, ALL of my first hand experience attests to the simple truth described in Bad Samaritans and Blowback as being accurate, and everything free market related being naive of real world facts.
Lastly, this one is a little bit further out there, but is a counterpoint to overall British and American foreign policy over the last years. I learned far more reading these four than I did while reading books like "globalization: a very short introduction". Famous investor Jim Rogers explains history and economics close to the ground as he travels round the world.
The interesting thing is comparing the CIA to the KGB, and seeing how ever creeping government secrecy to defend against the enemy of the moment has eroded our civil rights. Note that this is by no means the primary point of the book, but nowhere else have I seen more candid discussion about what the KGB was actually capable of, and our political response to that knowledge.
Globalization: A Very Short Introduction