June 10, 2008

News & Opinion: BusinessWeek reviews A Splendid Exchange

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I like how BusinessWeek kicks off a book review, with: The Good, The Bad, and The Bottom Line. Sometimes I wait until after I've read the review to look at this section, just because I like to see if it succinctly sums up the praises and criticisms raised in the review. Here's how this week's review of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein begins:
5,000 Years of Raucous Trade

Vivid characters and bizarre tales enliven this chronicle of how commerce defined cultures and shaped history

By Steve LeVine
The Good: Fascinating stories about trade through the millennia
The Bad: The treatment of today's trade issues feels a bit tacked on
The Bottom Line: A fun read about an important topic

A Splendid Exchange is a hefty book, weighing in at 494 pages, but from all accounts it is an enjoyable and lively read. Pietra Rivoli, author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy (one of Jack's favorite books), says, "Bernstein illuminates modern debates in a sweeping history of international trade, weaving skillfully between rollicking adventures and scholarship. His history of trade from the ancients to the present is a story of our irrepressible urge to exchange goods, which in turn fostered exchanges of art, science, and ideas. The story of trade is the story of humankind; all in all, a happy story indeed."
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About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.