I’m not typically a fan of “shoot ‘em up westerns” (because they can be so predictable), but I found this book fascinating as it kept my attention throughout and felt as if “I was actually there” at Little Bighorn myself.
The author did a wonderful job in conveying what Custer and his men must have been going through, yet portrayed the victors in this battle… not as savages (as they’re depicted way too often), but as thoughtful, strategic, intelligent men who won a battle.. fair and square.
A really good read for those who appreciate history, yet like the truth to be told as much as possible about both sides of the coin.
Larry Winget does a very good job in pointing out a lot of the "issues" that parents face in trying to raise the current generation of kids.
If you're past the 35 years of age mark, then you'll get a lot of what the author is talking about and how so much of all of that is missing in today's parenting and the youth of today.
If you're under 35... forget it!!! Unless you're willing to really take the time to understand a time when "the rod wasn't spared" or "children are meant to be seen and not heard", or having the "mixing of church and State in politics, education and every strata of society", then you'll understand what the author points out that so much what's missing in today's child rearing, are the good old fashioned values that used to be in society.
I spend a great deal of time traveling internationally, and I can really see a real life comparison of societies that still respect their elders and parents, and where we're headed here in America and throughout the Western world.
Author Larry Winget points all of this out and more in a humorous and straight forward approach that makes reading this book fun and enjoyable... yet, very informative.
Good reading and highly recommended for all!
It's the 1930's and all around you, the country is in dire straits because of the Great Depression. There is no escape, and then your area of the country gets hit by some of the most severe drought and dust conditions of Biblical proportions ever recorded in modern history. Crops dry up and blow away, dust is so thick and choking that it blocks out the sun, farm animals drop right where they stand, and your neighbors are packing up and getting the hell out of there!
Those are the conditions described in the Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan in a vivid portrayal that really does a great job in conveying the pain and suffering that so many people were forced to endure, with no help or ending in sight.
The Government had it's hands tied by the Depressions that was in full swing, and these hard scrabble folks from the Heartland, hung in there and made the best of the awful situation that they could.
Great book that I recommend to everyone who thinks that the times that we're going through over the last several years in this country have been rough, just imagine yourself in a different time and place... that actually took place on our country!
I love it, when in reading (ah, I mean, listening to) a book, where the author can make the story seem to just jump off the pages and come to life. That's especially true, when there is already so much in the way of documented writings, books and movies about the topic such as in the Presidential election of 1800 which pitted John Adams against Thomas Jefferson.
Today's politics are pretty tame compared to what used to go on back in the day. What with all of the name calling, cartoon depictions, and sometimes near fisticuffs or a dual in the streets. Yes, today's politics and politicians are downright boring compared to what the author, John Ferling, describes in this book.
I'm not a big history buff, or political junky, but Ferling's book kept my attention and helped me to learn a lot of things that I didn't know about in the early days of our great nation!
The author, Brian Latell, does a fabulous job in telling the journey of Fidel Castro from an upstart rebel to a revolutionary figure who dared take a stand against the powerful neighbor to the north in the United States. Who would have thought that he would outlast US Presidents and other world leaders throughout the last 50 years!
The Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy's, the heated rhetoric between the two neighboring countries of the US and Cuba, this dynamic has been in place for the last couple of generations.
Although he is in the twilight of his life and the curtain is closing quickly, he is still a figure and personality to be dealt with. Even though he has passed the daily powers of running Cuba on to his "not much younger" brother, Raul, several years ago, Fidel is still the person who we all readily attach to Cuba and it has been that way for half a century.
Things will change in a hurry (if not drastically) when the Castro Brother exit from the world stage, question is, how will the United States react and behave when the inevitable happens to the Castro Brothers and Cuba is under new leadership.
Hugo Chavez from Venezuela, just left this world recently, so things are always changing and the United States has to be ready.
A great read for history buffs, current event buffs, political buffs and good reading buffs! I highly recommend this book!
I found this report/book very interesting and captivating throughout. Perhaps it was because the 9/11 attacks on United States, are still so recent and fresh in our minds of those who lived through it all. It was a terrifying time and I find that this report helps to answer a lot of questions with factual agreed upon bi-partisan ism that we don't see coming down from Capitol Hill too often.
This a a very long, 3 part book, but I found it to be an interesting read and keeps moving along just fast enough to keep my attention.
Is it the last word on the subject? I doubt it...there will always be conspiracy theories, books and movies that abound, and I'm sure that after "all is said and done", we may even find out more, but for now, this has got to be one of the most comprehensive reports/books yet.
When I first read this book a couple years ago, it was so apropos for were I was in my life as I was going through a career change myself. The book helped me to realize that harboring deep inside of me, was a lot of untapped potential and power that I've yet to utilize. Ever since then, I've made it a point to implement as many of the 48 Laws of Power into my daily life as I possibly can. If nothing else, this book is a great "get off first base and start rounding the bases" book for anyone who feels that their life could use a little bit of a kickstart.
I thought that the author, Robert Greene, kept the book on track, simple, easy to follow and matter of factual. Anyone who's willing to implement even 5 or 10 (you'll quickly find that The Laws naturally flow into each other and build upon each other) of these Laws of Power into their lives, won't be able to help themselves from making better decisions, and taking more control over their lives. Yet, at the same time, living a very fulfilling existence as we all ought to do.
I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool for your "toolbox kit of life"!
It was good reading a book for a change that really stresses personal accountability, the matter what happens to us in life. The downturn in the economy, and a lot of us being :the victim", and when we do that to an overabundance, we can't see our way clearly to come up with reasonable practical solutions.
The author, Linda Galindo, suggest to us some every day, easy-to-follow suggestions, that most likely will make a terrific difference in your life.
Here is just a sampling:
- Self Empowerment
- What's Done Is Done
- Just Say No
- The Magic Of "And"
By adapting some of these easy-to-follow, and easily implemented tidbits into our everyday lives, we can free ourselves to be better able to handle any situation that comes our way, also we can become better leaders, better teammates and increase our quality of life.
In this day and age where there is so much negativity going around, and it doesn't seem to be much light at the end of the tunnel, it's great to read and uplifting book that will shift some of the spotlight on the help us get through what we're going through.
I highly recommend this book whether you're going through something at this point of your life or not.
Can anyone say alternative fuel?
The author, Christopher Steiner, does a wonderful job in laying out the pathway that were all taking towards ever-increasing fuel cost and the implications for doing so.
Our dependency on foreign oil and tax subsidized gas prices is not allowing us to realize the downward spiral that we face economically and environmentally, and the upward spiraling cost of fuel itself. It's time for us to get serious about developing alternative fuel sources and changing our lifestyles and dependency away from also fuel. We have the technology to do it now, so other than the "political agendas" that of course bog everything down, we have to start thinking critically and making decisions that will correct the pathway that were on.
I like the way the author lays out, chapter by chapter, dollar per gallon – dollar per gallon, the effects that we will feel personally, economically, socially and environmentally. I know right now many of us cannot see beyond perhaps a five dollar per gallon cost to ourselves personally, but that day is coming sooner than we think.
I highly recommend this book because it is well written, and it pertains to every man woman and child in this country.
I've read numerous books over the years about the Holocaust, Europe during World War I and World War II, and I have studied countless other documentaries on the same subjects. But, I don't think I've ever been so thoroughly engrossed and caught up in such an accounting of Europe during that era as I was during the reading/listening of Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands.
Even though the author probably overdid the statistical storytelling of the horrific numbers of such a tremendous torture and killing, and away, the story needs to be told, and the numbers even though hard to fathom, need to be stated so that you can at least have an attempt at realizing the unimaginable time that this world went through less than 100 years ago.
With all if the uprisings and totalitarian States that still exist in the world today, you would think that humanity would have learned its lesson by now.
Let's just hope that we never have to revisit the magnitude and scale of the loss of humanity, misery, human torture and loss of life ever again.
It's a shame, and all you can ask yourself is "Why God… Why?"
Author Clint Johnson, gives us a different perspective on the South and the roles that the South played in shaping America. Since the Southern Confederates lost the "Civil War", we tend to hear only the points of view of the victorious North, but everything isn't always what it seems.
This book brings out the facts of a lot of people who played significant roles in trying to prevent the country from entering into the war in the first place. The treatment of slaves, by both the North and South, and the roles that so many enslaved people had in shaping our country... that they were willing to fight for, on both sides.
With all of the recent books and movies about President Lincoln and his greatness... was he really all that great? Was he our greatest President? What were his true motives for enacting the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves? I know what the "history books" tell us, but now I know so much more.
The South has been on the move for a while now as it is attracting a lot of the Northern population and companies down that way over the last several decades. Hopefully, our country has learned it's lessons form the past as we now watch over countries around the world fight for their independence. Let's learn from history, but seek out different perspectives on history too so that you have a broader perspective.
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