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reviewed The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin (Working Classics, #4)

Peter Kropotkin: The Conquest of Bread (2006, AK Press) 4 stars

The Conquest of Bread (French: La Conquête du Pain; Russian: Хлѣбъ и воля, tr. Khleb …

Review of 'The Conquest of Bread' on 'Goodreads'

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Uncle Pyotr is way too optimistic, and doesn't always back up his opinions or estimations all that well (with a few notable exceptions).

At the same time, he is sharp, clear headed, and can see through normative ideas and explain in plain language the failings of those ideas and his counterproposals.

His material analysis, which in a couple of occasions (both having to do with the production of food) is backed by numbers surprisingly well, is of course very dated. He claims that we can produce nutritious food for everyone and cover all other needs, by asking everyone to put in about five hours of work a day, leaving the rest of life for artistic, leisurely and even scientific pursuit (he curiously includes science here instead of in the work part). That cannot be trusted, but it can be used to make arguments about today: with current technology and industry, …

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past, #1)

Cixin Liu: The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I can't say this book wasn't well written, but at the same time the writing sometimes felt awkward. Pretty imaginative, large scope, and refreshingly plausible treatment of science. All in all enjoyable, but I'm not sure I'll read the next ones in the series.