Ferguson constantly challenges us to think differently about historical events. He's not afraid to be politically incorrect.
Some of the current events he comments on are too recent to have a historical perspective on. No one knows yet how are present economy will play out yet.
Definitely not. I enjoyed the book very much but there's much too much information to take in in one sitting or even ten sittings.
Tantor audio editors have demonstrated on numerous recording their inability to recognize such things as faulty pronunciations of either English or foreign words. This recording takes them to another dimension of incompetence. Whoever allowed the author to be his narrator should be fired. Ferguson's petulant and even scolding voice is bad enough, but his juvenile voicing in what he thinks to be the voice of the person quoted is nothing short of an embarrassment. This is not a children's recording of Frog and Toad are Friends.
The narration is such that I find it hard to concentrate on the already shot gun approach to the text itself. Spare yourself this one.
Overal interesting content, learned quite a bit, and good narration thought some of the accents Niall tries are pretty hilarious.
One of the best !
A very entertaining and informative presentation on the evolution of Western Civilization, contrasted with what were the previous leading Asian (Chinese) and middle-eastern civilizations. A good compliment to "Guns, germs, and steel".
Not suitable for film...
Well worth listening to!
Humanity's History Explained
I loved how he tied the book and history in with his "killer apps". The ah-ha moments were many and it was very interesting to hear why we are declining and China is rising, again.
He is a great Teacher and I would love to listen to him, anytime. I have so little time to sit and Just Read and so, sharing this with my husband (who never reads) was wonderful.
There were so many. We listened to this book while driving through a lot of the West and found ourselves nodding and grunting as we learned something new or had something reiterated to us.
Thank you for this great work. It was an enormous undertaking and so very important.
A little left-leaning and very curious
Great coverage of the major themes of Western Civilization. Delightful to listen to in the author's voice and accent.
Yes. It has so much information in each chapter that it was impossible to absorb it all in a single reading.
The chapter on competition was fascinating.
If he did all of the reading, which includes quotes by people of various nationalities, then he really added to the story by using accents and dialects that reflect the nationality of the person being quoted.
No. I read it as a recommendation from a colleague after reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
This knowledge of the past is important to understanding what the future may be.
The view of China, past and future, is fascinating.
The narration is outstanding.
It makes you have very serious thoughts about where the West, and more importantly, where the US is headed.
This is one of the better overall studies of history.
Challenging thoughts and theories that support his conclusions and play to my personal bias in many areas.
Perhaps a better narrator than he is an author. In reading his own work we know that the tone is perfect.
This audiobook gives a good overview of the different factors that make up a strong civilization or culture. Although the writer is a Westerner, he does show the strengths (and weaknesses) of Western culture. I live in Asia and have found myself asking some of the same questions. It affirms some of my thoughts on this. This is only an introduction to the topic, but it is a good summary.
Conquest and Cultures by Thomas Sowell