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I must admit that I have known Larry Siegel for almost 50 years. I knew he was smart, a great writer, interested in nearly everything, and anchored in the reality of facts. But I really had no idea he had this book in him.
It is a joy to read. Each page brings fascinating new insights into every aspect of our lives, from food to energy, health to education....even automobiles! Larry's great emphasis on historical context helps us understand what many journalists, headline-writers, and politicians miss.
Full of charts and data, the book can also serve as a great reference book. The exhaustive and well-constructed index, missing from too many books these days, is a huge plus for future reference purposes. Comprehensive footnotes and bibliography round out the buffet of delights.
Fewer, Richer, Greener will go on my permanent bookshelf alongside Factfulness by the Roslings and Bill Gates' all-time favorite book, Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.
This is the most important book you will read this year. I'm giving a copy to my children and grandchildren for Christmas so they will understand that the future they will inhabit is going to be better than the past and the present. The gloom and doomsters have it all wrong. The world is not coming to an end after all. It's getting better in many measurable ways and has been for quite some time. Laurence Siegel's book is readable, enjoyable, amusing and entertaining. It should be required reading for every high school and university student regardless of their academic or political inclination. --John L. Samuelson CPA, CGMA, Retired CFO
I greatly enjoyed this book by Larry Siegel, whom I have known and respected for nearly 30 years through professional circles. If you want an optimist’s view of the world, I suggest you pick up a copy. It is a well written, intensely researched and, importantly, a fun read.
A powerful and important book. Siegel offers a needed corrective to the gloom and soggy thinking affecting our discourse. A fabulous compendium of historical and economic progress based on closely observed evidence and theory. Siegel’s optimism is infectious. Read it if you need a well-argued pick me up.
I knew Laurence Siegel to be one of the most prolific writers of Academic Papers on economics and finance and co-founder of one of the world's premier wealth management consultant firms, so I was eager to see why he was so bullish on the world going forward. I found his book completely fascinating on how economic societies have evolved over the centuries and around the world; and why the future will be better for all. This was such a welcome contrast to all the Armageddon predictions that are out there. And for all his brilliance, Mr. Siegel writes in a clear and easy to follow style that lesser brains, like me, could follow and understand. For anyone who has children and worried about the world they will inherit, this book is a must. George H. Rohrs, Jr.
The book was a very good read offering a different perspective on many current issues. Larry is a great writer and it was hard to put down. Strongly recommended for someone who wants an interesting review of the current state of our society re economics
This book is a powerful antidote to all the negative prognostications and “analysis” that we’re destroying our planet. The author assembles lots of data and other facts but doesn’t bombard readers with them. Instead, he weaves a very readable narrative with perspective, common sense and humor.
Larry Siegel has previously written prolifically, but mostly for the leading journals in financial economics. Here, he brings his talent for making complex things easy to understand to this discussion of the defusing of the so-called population bomb and the success of our economic systems in dramatically reducing global poverty and in improving our environment.
If you are, like me, in the practice of ignoring much of the daily news feeds this book represent a refreshing point of view. In addition it provides a concise and easy to read history focused on the growth of the world economies with an interesting look forward to the world to come.
Enjoyed very much as it confirms mankind should hopeful and confident that we have the God given talent and abilities to address our problems as we have in the past, and the best time to live is now and in the future