Doris Kearns Goodwin once again demonstrates her ability to show how history impacts our lives today. I was fascinated to learn the nature of the Progressive legislation that was being proposed by Roosevelt and Taft and how we as a nation still struggle with balance on these issues.
She is fair in showing both strengths and weaknesses in Roosevelt, Taft and the journalists of that day. As in Team of Rivals, the reader (listener) could see how Roosevelt grew as a leader, learning that persuasion and timing are as essential to the art of leading, as ideas.
You can also see the essential role that the news media played in the political changes that were so necessary at that time in our history.
For anyone interested in, or studying American history, this is a must read.
I was really very pleased with this audio. I had read several negative reviews based on the reader, but knew it was a great story and decided to go for it anyway. I will admit that Mr. Case started out slow at the beginning, until the Erasmus lands there is not really very much going on of interest other some very basic background about the main character. Once the story gets going, his characterizations were very well done and I could often tell who was speaking just by his characterization. Given the number of characters involved in the story, I consider that quite an accomplishment. Definitely worth 2 credits to me. Great insights into the way the Japanese think and view the outside world.
George Guidall made this long story a very easy listen. The unabridged version has a lot of background information that is not essential to the story line, but gives the listener a good feeling for the time period in which it was written. An unabridged version might be better for some people, but you would miss out on a lot of French history and culture in the process. Hugo has a very interesting insights on the French revolution and what followed in the next 50 years that would be missed in an abridged version.
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