Being Canadian, watching American politics from the sidelines, is often like watching a sideshow in a circus, as politics in the USA is a somewhat different animal than what we are used to.
The narration was done beautifully first off, and the story behind the Obama election with all the personalities involved was more than interesting.
The authors of Game Change have brought the best and worst of the most well known political figures to the table; McCain, The Clintons, Sarah Palin, and of course Obama in all his glorious arrogance. The thing I found most interesting was how "human" the authors portrayed these politicians. Their failings, their fears, going deep inside their personal lives, and just how vulnerable they are, or can be. These are faces of these people that one doesn't see in TV soundbites or when they are delivering speeches. I applaud the author in this regard, because literally nothing was held back, including the decision making which affected the nation at large. How President Obama finally had Hilary Clinton agree to take over the Sec of State position, after she vehemently told him no. Or how and why McCain chose the loose cannon in Sarah Palin as a running mate, when he had unbelievably qualified and capable people who may have changed the course of history for McCain had he selected them. The stories are raw, the dirt seems real. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and if there is an interest in President Obama and his politics, or how he climbed to the echelon of American politics while steamrolling over his opponents, this book is recommended.
I enjoyed this book by Charles Bowden, who also narrated it.
He describes the story in his factual, monotone voice, so it's important to get engaged in the story, listen closely, or you may miss key pieces of the book.
This may be on purpose by Bowden, to illustrate the casual savagery, lack of law enforcement, American involvement and Mexican government interests which exists in Juarez.
I found I had to go back over parts to catch back up on the story, as it sometime is a little difficult to stay on top of it, with the slow, unchanging pitch in narration.
However, Bowden's account of the conditions in Juarez are chilling, and his first person description is even more credible. He describes the lawlessness of a city under siege from a citizen's perspective, having interviewed and spent time with innocents living in this city during the writing of this book.
He uses the experiences of real people, for example, Miss Sinaloa, a beauty queen abducted by a Mexican drug cartel and eventually freed only to be placed in a mental institution, as a backdrop to his story. He educates us on the rise of the Mexican cartels, the power and pure brutality which they possess, and the influence on authority and government which allows free range activity south of the border in Juarez.
This book is somewhat of a primer and close-up look into the changing political landscape which includes now includes the drug cartels as a financial power base in Mexico. Its an interesting listen and will bring anybody who reads it up to speed on a situation in Mexico which has escalated in notoriety and presence over the last 7 years.
I would recommend it to readers interested in this topic.
Beautifully narrated and wonderfully horrific! Stephen King's best work, beautifully written and enormously engaging.
Jack Torrance, as Stephen King demonically demonstrates his slow demise...His slow disintegration of his mind and his perceptions of the evil which is lurking in the hotel are mind blowing!
Jack Torrance entering the "empty" lounge for the "fish and goose" soiree. As the Overlook Hotel is closed for the winter, and Jack and his wife and son are the only people in the hotel, the appearance of "Lloyd", the bartender, is the harbinger of the horror that is to unfold for Jack.
Since there were essentially only 4 main characters in the book, Jack Torrance would be the most interesting. He had little grasp on reality and his understanding of what was real and what wasn't, was very intriguing. Asking him about what he thought of the evil forces which were forcing him to kill his wife and child would be most interesting.
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