I am not a writer of reviews, but I could not let the low ratings for this book stand unopposed! In "The Unwinding," George Packer follows the lives of a variety of people, as a way to clarify wildly opposing viewpoints about what has happened in American society this last century. Here is history told as vividly as the best fiction, and it won my sympathy for people I would be unlikely to meet. A few high-profile people (like Oprah) come into the narrative. But some of the most revealing chapters cover U.S. citizens who seek meaning and success, work hard, "do everything right," and rarely make the headlines. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone, with any political belief, who is trying to make sense of what it means to live in the U.S.A.!
I loved this book and have listened to it twice! Concerned about food security, I appreciated its clearly stated information about biodiversity, which the author wove into a real life hero tale and travel story.
I chose the book, in part, because Barbara Kingsolver mentioned, in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," that Paul Nabhan was a family friend. Also, the book received an average of 5 stars from reviewers at Amazon. I was sure "Where Our Food Comes From" would hold my interest, and it did.
If you want to skip the long introduction by K.B. Wilson of the Christensen Fund, advance your player to 31 minutes and 50 seconds into the program.
As an aside, I so much enjoyed the novel "City of Thieves," set in the Siege of Leningrad, that listening to it probably primed me to appreciate this true story!
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