Mother of three, grandmother of two, work full time as a labor and delivery nurse and love to listen to books while I am doing other things.
I listened to this book while getting ready for bed. I did sometimes fall asleep before the chapter finished and had to go back and find the part where I drifted off but it was very interesting and I enjoyed the fact that I could start fresh with each chapter and it did not matter if I had taken a day or two off or not. I feel I learned many things I had never realized.
Very rarely have I downloaded a book that is as boring to listen to as this one.
I read the hard copy over a decade ago and when I saw it on Audible, I scooped it up faster than MJ on a Showtime fast break. Great information that so many have never heard about, well read and intriguing, this book will infotain you like few non-fiction history/information books. Enjoy and thank me later.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
I did not find Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, by Jack Weatherford to be an enjoyable read; with the exception of two middle sections that took up the Indian Nation’s internal structure and forms of government (and in particular the Iroquois Federation of Tribes, system of government) and how that alliances’ precepts showed up in our Constitution framework. That was enjoyable reading. There was also much on the tragedies put upon the Indian Nations by the Conquistadors and English settlers but those sad tales have been told better in other places. (For example, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown. The most difficult story to read – because of the horrors put upon our indigenous peoples.)
Mostly Indian Givers listed foods, medicines and technology we inherited from or could attribute some genesis to tribal peoples located in the Americas. Although potatoes are fund to learn about it was told in a much less interesting methodology than most Weatherford editions, i.e. Genghis Kahn, and Mongol Queens. In those well told tales one learned of some history and then Weatherford told how those past histories lead to further growth of the Mongol Nation or how one Queens’s legacy shaped the Mongol Nation’s ethics, etc. Those good reads were not to be found here.
Indiana Givers, about 80% of the book, was about lists of food or medicine stuff just put out there for their self-explanation. This book is worth skipping.
I probably wouldn't listen to another JW book again. He takes an interesting premise (I tend to like the 'how... explains the world' histories, to get insight I hadn't had into aspects of history. The publishers notes indicate this is a history of indigenous North Americans, but as is so often the case, it is a history of the interaction or appropriation of indigenous culture and wealth by Europeans. We have lots of these. Maybe we need more, maybe not, but it is not what I thought I was going to be reading.
The narrator was fine.
Disappointing book. I did not think the pub.notes were at all what the book was about.
I learned so much and it kept my attention. I especially loved the medicine and foods part. I am so happy I found this book, I see the world so differently now.
Say something about yourself!
I knew this was about our American past. But I didn't expect this book to Reflect on how Native American life influenced, directly or indirectly, how our lives are lived today. Interestingly, the book is not limited to North American natives, but includes Mexican, Central American and South American natives. A very informative history.