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First of all, when I asked for this book to review I envisioned a chronological book about pottery, how ancient pottery was made, and historical facts about the society during that time.  In a sense, this is what the book is about but more importantly there is an underlying message of how pottery and ceramics have shaped and changed economics.  I had to step back and refocus on what I was going to get out of the book and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed.

One important fact that struck me was Cochrane's chapter about globalization.  We often hear the term that our world is getting smaller, but he says "The world isn't actually getting physically smaller, it's getting faster."  This is beyond



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the visual three dimensions but is in the fourth dimension of time.  Using eBay as an example, Cochrane reminds us we can view the item online today, order/pay for it tomorrow, and it could arrive the next day via air freight.  Gone are the days of pony express where it would take days, maybe even weeks or months to arrive.  Let's face it, we are in a very fast paced world where size of the world doesn't matter anymore.  It's all relevant. 

Unlike other books on economics, "The Potter's Keeper" allows the reader to see our progression with another set of eyes.  Using pottery and ceramics as the base, Cochrane's viewpoint is understandable and  plausible, and just gives enough information for us to form our own ideas and/or do more research.