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.
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.
Unbelievable how poorly my school grade information was skewed concerning the true accounts of the American Indian and Columbus. I was thoroughly amazed at how much we missed learning from them from the start of America's Discovery.
He has a great way of pronouncing names I couldn't begin to try and say.
I found the book very plausible and it explained each sides understanding. It made clear why so much of the American Indian's lives were not expressed properly in past accounts of their history, as well as, telling the untold story.
This book is extremely well researched, telling the history of the civilized world through its roots of Native Americans. Absolutely fascinating history of civilization.
Many people don't know all the agricultural, political and technical contributions native American "savages" made to Europeans. Terrific history, narration difficult at times, perhaps because of so many facts.
The most frustrating thing about this book was it's jumping from one topic to another and one group of Indians to another. The author would also make generalizations on the one hand and then pepper the listener with facts some of which were confusing and poorly connected to the topic.
There was no story line to speak of.
There was also no balance in the presentation. I am convinced that many groups made significant contributions to in a number of ways. However, there were also groups who were not contributors.
Overall I was disappointed in this book and would not recommend it.
This book is a real eye opener, well worth listening to. I am not a history buff, so there are things in this book that I have never heard of before. Every thinking person needs to listen to this book. It makes you feel like you did not get the full story of our history in school. If every thing in this book is true, the history books need to be rewritten. I would encourage every one to listen to this book to fully understand our history.
I loved the book. The history is fascinating as are the historical connections made. I think sometimes these connections are stretched a bit too much to make the point, but the underlying concepts are sound. I learned a lot from this book.
This book gave some interesting facts about how things originating in the Americas found it's way to the rest of the world. It was a refreshing look at the interactions of cultures and societies told from a non-European perspective. Some of the things credited to Indian crops seemed a little bit of a stretch. Yes they had a large impact on Europe but connecting it to technological advances comes up a little short and discounts many other factors needed for this kind of development. Otherwise, most of the topics were spot on and backed up with some interesting finds.