This seemed to be more like a series of seventeen short stories with recurring characters rather than a novel. But I found each story charming in its own way. The main character changes from story to story, with some appearing as the star only once. When characters reappear in a later story, it was interesting to see how their attitudes changed along with their circumstances, since the stories take place over ten years. I did think that the description of the book was misleading. It tries to shoehorn four separate stories (chapters 10, 1, 14, and 6) into a single plot line and ignores the other thirteen stories. No wonder some readers were confused. I recommend that you listen to this book as 17 freestanding stories that just happen to be presented together.
The supposed "history" of the twentieth century is so one-sided that it is insulting to any reader with a minimum knowledge of current events. As far as I know, the earlier history is equally unfair and biased. The danger of this book is that the author's misuse of statistics and careful use of code works might trick a reader into believing that this book is a history, rather than a rant against anything that does not fit into his hyper-conservative framework. I love history and this book is the greatest disappointment that I have ever heard. Watch for it soon on the Texas State School Board's Required Reading List.
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