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A great book, however certain ideas are over explained and don't quite need the depth. If your looking for a thorough explanation of some interesting ideas around social development and the role of religion in this process then this is the book for you, I loved it
It's OK for the first few minutes but the narrator reads as of he is in a commercial or a newscaster and too much emphasis is put on too many words in a way that makes it extremely difficult to listen to and absorb. Content seems great but I'm not sure how far I'll make it through this book. 1 hour on and it's killing me already
The thesis is quite simple: big gods make big trust networks that enable big societies and economies to develop, especially when there is nothing around like effective credit ratings. This provides a stage where societies can grow beyond small blood-related groups. There are statistics here to back it up. It is well told. It is good disciplined scholarship. Why it took so many words to explain this is beyond me.