This book might get better but I could not listen longer thatn 40 minutes. The tedious details parsing each word and line of Lincoln's speeches were too much for me even while doing the mundane task of pulling weeds. This felt like a grad student's disertation. Uninteresting and tedious.
This book was fast paced and examined a diverse selection of offices and agencies that influence Washington. The topics changed and evolved in a way that provided something of interest to everyone. It was a fascinating look inside for anyone intested in the ways people and non government agencies can influence our government.
This book started out interesting enough in a gossipy way. In the beginning, information seemed garnered from inside sources. But eventually it deteriorated into a partisan hachet job. The writer couldn't find anything good to say about the Carters or Clintons but Nancy Reagan's control over the presidency of Ronald Regan was justified because she had Ronnie's interest at heart. This book was written just a few years into Clinton's term and all information on them seemed to come from conservative newspapers. 20 minutes on Clinton and Paula Jones (extolled for her beauty and brains) BEFORE he became president and the evidence that Hilary was NOT a lesbian was the alleged affair she had with Vince Foster! "Everyone thought Barbara Bush was a sweetheart" tells it all. Read it if you are one of the few hard core Republicans left, you will love it.
Could not put this book down. Growing up following the sagas of Jane Fonda made this book all the more fascinating. I appreciated the honest approach she took and have the most respect for her courage and generosity. Historical, biographical and a look behind the scenes; from beginning to end it was an excellent "read" and all the better that she narrated it.
The pieces don't fit. The information and point of view presented by Mr. Friedman appear to be a revisionist's view of the Iraq and Afganistan Wars. He has interesting theories but be sure to read other authors to get a well rounded picture. Much information was left out of his story to make his pieces fit. He appeared to have information not available to U.S. Intelligence (knowing what Al Sistani was thinking and planning)yet closed his chapter on Tora Bora saying we don't know what happened. While it is an interesting perspective and easy listening, don't be taken in until you have read other accounts. It is careful not to make the administration (except Donald Rumsfeld) look bad. It is the rosiest picture of the war I have read yet. It would be interesting to see how he spins the last 6 months of the Iraq war.
This book brings you information in a factual, specific manner. It would appeal to readers with a good undertanding of and interest in current events. It will supplement your understanding of our world and the politics that shape it but a reader who has not followed current events or relies on "Fox News" would be lost. However, the Fox news junkie is absolutely the person who should read this. But for all of you fact/ real news junkies it is a must read. You will develop a profound respect for a real news journalist.
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