I highly recommend this book to anyone involved with public administration, civil service, or for anyone seeking a little context as to why our systems operate the way they do; for better or worse. My planning education emphasized more planning and city design, so this book has been helpful in providing background knowledge into public administration, political science, and history. Despite its page count, it is a quick and easy read. The chapters are laid out in a very concise way and the author provides clear guides to the arguments and points being made in each section. It’s a fascinating book that illustrates the various factors that influence the way states form and modernize.
Sturgeon’s revelation, “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”
Just a reminder to focus our attention on the ten percent that isn’t. I came across this while reading, Dennett, D. C. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. A really great philosophy book which breaks down consciousness and how we perceive / make sense of the world around us. Really mind expanding and fascinating read.
I want to get back to Europe. I enjoyed Berlin. I’ve signed up for German 1 at City College of San Francisco. It will cost me less than $250 dollars for the semester. This was an easy decision.