This is book 4 of 5 in the series. A truly great story and the reader is great, but it is not a series for the faint of heart. I have long been curious about the phenomenon of Mongolian horsemen conquering most of Asia and eastern Europe. This series brings it all to life and makes it all credibal. The names of the characters are a bit difficult to grasp, and an effort is needed to remember the names in order to follow the chacters as they weave in and out of the story, and across the volumes. Each volume can stand alone, but are better taken from start to end. I found each volume to be better than the previous, but maybe it was because I was getting so wrapped up in the story.
A second warning - the Mongols were bloodthirsty destroyers, and it is often hard to be sympathetic to them. The descriptive writing is graphic, but probably very authentic. In fact one often feels more sympathetic to their victims, who were trapped in their situation and had little ability to alter their fate.
Others in the series.
I was appalled by the butality of the age.
A long listen, but an education about the times.
A good story line and believable characters and motivations. Especially interesting to see the portrayal of callous politicians willing to squander the lives of dedicated and patriotic military and civil servants.
someone without much intuition and experience in life.
I love the Great Courses, and was hoping for more from this course.
This book does no more than state the obvious, and tries to make it sound as though exhaustive research was needed to learn what most people already know.
Example: You have more will power when you are not exhausted. (duh!)
Example: People with low will power don't do well in life. (duh!)
Example: Practicing will power will make you better at employing will power. (duh!)
The extremely broad coverage that describes how mobs behave, how messiahs are mindlessly followed, and how all this relates to the markets. I especially loved the use of simile and metaphor permeating the book. I had to laugh at the constructs and comparisons. They help drive home the message of the book with humor.
Hands down it is the anti-hero Greenspan. He is shown to be a hypocrite and ambitious toady to the administrations he served.
He is a great reader. His voice and tone and pace keep the book lively and never boring.
Yes, but it was a long haul. It is in three parts.
I have listened to this book several times and especially Part 3, which I keep repeating in order to better understand all the nuances of what has been done to our economy and our nation.
Yes, because you can re-listen to drive down the points being made. It is harder to do this when sitting down with the book. It is a book that can be listened to many times.
The clear analogies relating to the poor economic policies being fostered by our government.
I cry for our country and for our children.
Those unfamiliar with Bonner and Wiggin will love their use of metaphor and their clear style and humor.
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