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Niall Ferguson seemed to break new popularizing ground with "The Ascent of Money," which in some ways resembled Kenneth Clarke's fantastic popularization "Civilization" and Jacob Bronowski's "Ascent of Man" of the 1970s. I enjoyed and was very inspired by all these works. Now, to my delight, many authors are exploring in more depth some themes also found in "Ascent of Money," particularly the transmission across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy of the business math and accounting in late medieval times that would transform the modern world. Here are also bits of art history, as math master and main character Luca Pacioli crossed paths with many important figures of the early Renaissance. Some readers may differ on the author's choices of topics in the later part of this book (and amazon book reviews will show this), but the Italian history alone for me is worth the price of admission.
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What did you like best about Double Entry? What did you like least?
The story of double entry accounting sounds mundane, but is fascinating. The narrator is atrocious. It sounds like a robot and I could hardly listen to it.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narration is absolutely unbearable. I have purchased a lot of books from audible and always been pleased. This is an exception. It makes it very difficult to listen to and even harder to try to comprehend.
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