I was all ready to give this book five stars. Discussions about the author's choice individuals who influenced history in the 20th century: I learned a lot about Albert Einstein, for example. That's the reason that I got the book in the first place.
However....during the last 20% of the book; the author, a journalist, reverted to his favorite causes. One was how customers should pay for the content in the changing news business--a self licking ice cream cone; in my opinion. I thought that irrelevant to the book's theme. Do that again, Walter Isaacson, and you've lost at least one reader.
This short read/listen is a collection of thoughts published by the author. It it urges readers to trust your gut feeling, rather than follow the herd. It was a difficult listen because of it's English construction dates from it's birth in 1841;also, it seemed like a stream of consciousness.
The book is a series of essays on subjects about the American civil war. Several of them are about people, including Lincoln, John Brown, Jeff Davis and Jessie James. Those were the most interesting. Some of the political discussions were down right boring. The author did provide some new insights and I generally enjoyed the book.
Short story (1 hour listen) about a combat patrol in Vietnam. Suspenseful and exciting as the patrol is followed by a female sniper. One by one, they are picked off...until the end.
H.G. Wells' famous story of the time machine, amazed that I've not read it until now. Listening is a transition as I go back to 19th century english, but fun. Scott Brick did a good job reading. Now, I'll search for the movies and compare them to the book, like everyone.
This is a collection of graduation speeches given by a member of the greatest generation to the baby boom generation. While I never saw one of his speeches, I now understand why he was so popular among our generation....he was a rebel and a bit of a satirist. The latter makes him a fun read/listen. For example, Vonnegut derides semicolons as an indicator of a college education. Have I used a semicolon in this review?
What if narco terrorists with lots of money hired mahem and anarchy in the US? Applied the same strong arm tactics to the USA as to Columbia or Venezuela? That's the thesis of this book and Jake Grafton plays a small but crucial role. I was surprised that the US leadership did not apply interdiction in Columbia to the story; it would have improved some. Instead, the author stayed with tactical roles, even making the CJCS a tactical commander. I liked the book and am looking forward to the next in the Grafton series.
This book is a well written, comprehensive, interesting and exciting episode of the US Civil War. 24 individuals plan to swipe a train in Georgia and 20 make it to where the "General" runs out of fuel...pursued by rebel train men. Eight blue bellies are subsequently hung as spies and the rest live long lives, some with the first Medals of Honor ever awarded. It's so well written that it enables a quick grasp of the subject and a knowledge of the 30-40 or so persons involved on both sides of the conflict. I enjoyed the book so much that I now want to visit the sites of the action; current Atlanta, GA to Chattanooga, TN.
Clanton, MS and the old judge dies. The tale unwinds and we read on. The narrator/reader has a southern accent which adds to the enjoyment. There is a sheriff, a ham and egg southern lawyer, a rich tort lawyer, and our hero, a U of Va law professor. There's a lawyer joke in there somewhere--how many lawyers does it take....? I enjoyed the read/listen and will continue with Grisham.
Kurt Vonnegut satirizes the 1% before it was popular. I'll bet he had everyone in mind. But, I did not get the full effect of the satire...it wasn't that funny. I guess you had to be there.
I can identify with Wallender, the cop hero in this book. He's middle aged, divorced, eating and drinking too much and his boss drives him relentlessly. I kept waiting for him to collapse, but he never did and I was glad to see that it ended well for him. I was also struck with the similarities between Sweden and the USA in culture, immigration concerns and just cop similarities. This is my second, but won't be my last Mankell book.
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