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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
A very important insight is padded with superfluous libertarian ideology meaning the reader has to work to get the benefit of Malmgren's discovery.
Would you recommend Signals to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes. The ideas contained are valuable for successful forcasting
Did Signals inspire you to do anything?
Take an interest in the seemingly small things that, while outwardly insignificant, combine to make life more interesting.
The story of our nowadays economic problems are well told and explained. The books gives you an overview of our current situation but never saw the signal that would have ignited me.
This book does exactly as it says- gives an insight to global economics but in a non technical/jargon way. I love the style and performance of Pippa and get the sense that this is someone who cares deeply about her subject and the need to educate and explain without peddling a strong viewpoint other than her positive message of growth and innovation. It lacks the doom and gloom predictions of some authors and is all the better for it. As I read this book I quickly thought my teenage kids needs to read this and found myself asking test questions on it - when women buy more handbags than shoes what does that tell you? Why would a monk throw a brick? What would you write in a letter to the queen to explain why no one foresaw the 2008 financial crisis? The truth is this is a book that I'd recommend to all teenagers and adults alike. I loved it from beginning to end.
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I wasn't too sure about this book to start with but I'm glad I listened to the end and will prob listen again. It taught me a lot about the world economy and covered many interesting aspects from a variety of situations. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm a fan of Pippa Malmgrens work - I'll get that out in front, this isn't a criticism of her broader work, just this book.
If you're looking for something that discusses signalling theory in depth and relates it to the real world, this isn't for you.
What you'll get in this book is a series of stories about how basic occurrences in lots of places were signals of an underlying trend change. It's important to understand and after however many hours I've spent on this book I certainly get the point - but it wasn't necessarily the point I was looking for and I feel like it could have been achieved in half or less of the time.
The book also feels like it does have an ideology to push - and that's ok, but it's not a neutral read of the circumstances.
Overall it is enjoyable - but not robust or in depth. It's a comfortable read, a nice story that could have been written by many people without Pippas deep domain expertise.
One of those rare books which teaches a man how to fish rather than hand him fish.Thought provoking with a philosophical basis to events in the global economy.Not a book for the purely(blindly) data driven individual but one who recognizes that end results are a combination of factors (including data).Thanks Pippa.