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If books could take the breath away (which they can't) this would be a breathtaker. You'll need an academic-ish mind to fully appreciate its glories, as it's rich/heavy in scholarly references. But in terms of its scope and ambition, it really is something quite special with a balanced but nevertheless visionary argument threaded through. All in all, a wonderful parting gift from Andro Linklater, my new intellectual hero.
What did you love best about Owning the Earth?
I love books that make you look at the world from a different angle. This book showed the powerful impact of property ownership through cultures, countries and time and weaved together the driving force of ownership impact on governments (or changes in government) and history.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Owning the Earth?
I actually enjoyed the conclusion that brought the ideas of the book together. It changed the way I look at the world, by breaking out these ideas that are so fixed in my mind to show the progress and change in them over time.
Any additional comments?
The book is well written and easy to follow and as you jump through countries and time to bring forward a comprehensive understanding of property ownership. That sounds a little boring but I never found it boring, the analysis and story were so well done that it kept me intellectually curious to the end. I as I said before it really helped me to see and understand the world a little different.
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