I am an avid eclectic reader.
Paul Michael did a great job narrating this book. Candice Millard kept this book interesting and moving right along, it could have bogged down in the political details. I knew very little about Garfield and found this book fascinating. I like the fact that Garfield never campaigned for office. The medical information demonstrated how slow the medical fields is in accepting new ideas. The information about Bell was also interesting. Look forward to more books by Millard.
This is my first Modern Scholar book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Professor Ramsden did a great job of providing a concise overview of how the war started and the war itself. He mentioned Ernest Hemingway's book "Farewell To Arms" as an excellent example of the war on ski's. I shall obtain the book to read as I found it on Audible. As a child growing up in California I read the poem "In Flanders Field" and pictured in my mind a grave yard field full of golden California poppies. Even though I have been to Europe and seen the fields of red poppies, the images of Flanders Fields had not changed in my mind until hearing Ramsden tell of the red poppies. One little pearl that Ramsden did not state was the fact that more poems were written about WWI than any war in history. I was fascinated by some of the similarity between WWI and WWII. If one had read history one could have anticipated the generals moves at time. I am off now to read more about WW1.
This book was written in the 1850's as antislavery propaganda. It is the story of Frederick Douglass as a young black man in slavery in Maryland. The story follows him into adulthood and his escape to freedom in the north. The autobiography's a powerful tool against racism and historical amnesia. The book provides vivid descriptions of the field work and ruthless treatment of slaves.. This book should be read by everyone as a reminder that the work against slavery is not over. When news covered the French sending troops to Mali I looked up Mali and was shocked to find that today about 200,000 people in Mali are slaves! France was the first nation to abolish slavery and here a former colony is still practicing this horrible state.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
While delivering these lectures Prof Ramsden shared the information in an engaging and easy to follow manner. ( I am still listening to The Guns of August, as recommended.) I had previously downloaded' ' Six Months That Changed The World' and found those lectures so Interesting I had followed up with 'World War1'
I do buy a poppy to wear on the 11th November. The Red Poppy of Flanders Fields on Armistice Day is one export/import I am pleased was spread to Australia from the US. I did not know that till I heard these lectures. Nor did I know that it was the cessation of copyright, that allowed the movie
"Oh What a Lovely War" to be made.
And I have to think about the Spanish Civil War having it's roots in WW1.
No doubt I will listen to these lectures a few times, and follow up with more reading.
At least now I understand a little better why an assassination in Croatia paved the way to The Great War...and that paved the way to...