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Simon Kuestenmacher

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Simon Kuestenmacher is the Co-Founder of The Demographics Group based in Melbourne. He is a columnist with The Australian newspaper. Simon is an engaging speaker who backs his opinion with data and evidence.
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The Kon-Tiki Expedition
Thor Heyerdahl - Apr 30, 1996 (first published in 1948)
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Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure -- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his t...
Simon Kuestenmacher
May 14, 2020
Map of the journey the Kon-Tiki raft took in 1947. An amazing story summarized beautifully y by Thor Heyerdahl in his 1948 (1950 in English) book: A book is too long? Here is the Wikipedia link:      source
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A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
Stephen Fry - Aug 27, 2019
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The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus ...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Jan 27, 2020
Amazing series of symbol visualises Greek mythology. I just finished @stephenfry's amazing book Mythos and could remember more characters than expected. Icon source: The book: #Greece #mythology #history #booklovers      source
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Alexander Stubb
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Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - Oct 11, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Feb 23, 2019
"Prisoners of Geography" is one of my all time favourite geography books. A must for anyone interested in geopolitics or maps. Best book out there to give you a big picture overview of our world. #SimonReadsBooks Amazon: GoodReads:      source
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The Age of Walls
How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World (3) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - Oct 15, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Tim Marshall, the New York Times bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, offers “a readable primer to many of the biggest problems facing the world” (Daily Express, UK) by examining the borders, walls, and boundaries that divide countries and their populations.The globe has always been a world of walls, from the Great Wall of China to Hadrian...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Nov 11, 2018
Unsolicited book tips on the topic "Us vs Them" by @ianbremmer "The Age of Walls" by @Itwitius      source
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Us vs. Them
The Failure of Globalism
Ian Bremmer - Apr 24, 2018
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New York Times bestseller "A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead...a lucid, provocative book." --Kirkus Reviews Those who championed globalization once promised a world of winners, one in which free trade would lift all the world's boats, and extremes of left and right would give way to ...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Nov 11, 2018
Unsolicited book tips on the topic "Us vs Them" by @ianbremmer "The Age of Walls" by @Itwitius      source
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Lawrence H. Summers
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Mar 12, 2018
Fun list of 20 cognitive biases screwing up our decisions. The best book on this topic I ever read was of course Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking, fast and slow". It's one of the few books I would label as essential reading for nearly everyone. Full list here:      source
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The Silk Roads
A New History of the World
Peter Frankopan - Mar 07, 2017 (first published in 2015)
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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South ...
Simon Kuestenmacher
Aug 13, 2017
@rob_adriaens @MasethabaMalek1 @peterfrankopan I loved the silk roads book! Well worth a read dear history lovers ;)      source