Business Physicist and Astronomer
The book isn't overly political and doesn't blame any particular party. So if you're looking for a Limbaugh style stab at Obama, you'll be disappointed. Nor will you find a justification for the policies of the current administration.
We are not doing what we need to do to make sure we have a future. The country is in serious trouble and we're treading water. I liked the audio version enough to buy several hard covers for give-aways. Will things change?
I doubt it.
Indeed we are becoming a country of idiots and this book points out many of the really stupid things people in this country believe.
I personally do not care if people believe that the earth is 6,000 years old. Everyone, myself included, has at least one totally irrational belief in their baggage.
My objection to the beliefs of others is inflamed when nutty beliefs are taught in schools or guide important political policies. No, a 6,000 year old earth is not a different point of view deserving equal time with evolution; it's nutty. I hate to see kids taught that nonsense by their parents but hey, it's a free country. And that, sadly, is the point.
So, like me, you'll read this to reinforce what you already believe. Or you will spit nails over your right to believe these nutty things and see it as yet another attack on god-fearing people.
If you're not in the nut wing, you'll get a few really good laughs and in the end, you'll feel a little sad.
Go for it. I highly recommend this book.
Chris Reich, TeachU
As I read the book, it caused me to look back over the history I've lives through and to see it from a different point of view.
I've long been uncomfortable with the presentation of history as Americans are fed it. We have have a notion that our prosperity is from God based on our devotion to Him and a set of ideals, neither of which are true. That faulty core belief drives our actions today in that we easily launch wars of grave consequence to many but with a self-righteousness on our part that cannot be supported in fact.
The book is clearly written and easy to follow. The main idea is that our international policies do not change much from president to president despite party affiliation.
Hopefully the current administration breaks with the past and prevents involvement in further war. I'd like Obama to have Obama Care as his achievement and nemesis rather than having his private war as every previous president has had.
The book is very engaging. You'll enjoy the delivery. It's not necessary to agree with all of it to enjoy the listen. Highly recommend.