Many on the list are antiquated. And the lists are read as quickly as the reasons for his choice. In some categories it's like hearing a hone book read. Durant does better on his history of the philosophers. In this book He leaves out all of the religious leaders on a purpose that I don't understand. Most of which held more sway, good and bad, than any of the others on a list. I'll order another from Durant just because he has been so good in the past. But I could have skipped this one and not lost sleep.
I didn't finish the book but found the opening chapters to be so outdated as to be useless to finish.
Finally! I rarely write reviews but this one is well worth it. I have read many books on the economy and this is the most informative one of them all. Schiff, combines and defends all the pros of the Austrian economists and shows how the Marxist and Keynesians will fail. He, as far as I know, is the only one who swam against the stream and predicted the housing collapse with his logic. Now he is predicting a future government-fiat money collapse using the same reasoning. He also gives specific ideas on how to protect yourself. This may be the only author that I agree with 100 percent. The reader was perfect for the task. Excellent!
Brilliant detective work by a world hero. Daniel has found the real demons! As a studier of cults, I heard about and suspected this all along, but could not quite put my finger on it. He presents non refutable evidence. I don't know why American members have not been prosecuted for treason! Shame on Rockefeller, Kissinger, Brzezinski, Bush, Obama, Rice, the oil barons, the media and all of the others. Everyone should listen to this book. I'm going to buy the hard copy and pass it around. Thanks Daniel! ...and may God bless you and keep you alive!
Sam has assembled a lot of facts dishonestly. He overlooks and downplays the dismal governments run by atheists: Mao, Hitler (a catholic? I don't think so), Pol Pot, and even the French Revolution that produced atheists whose fanaticism was to make their people a foot shorter at the neck. For an honest disambiguation read "How Christianity Changed the Modern World" by Alvin J. Schmidt. Or better, read them together 'just for balance',lets say, and the truth will come out.
In my opinion Dimont has written a historical account of the Jews that will never be surpassed in a single volume. Read well also, it is filled with factual as well as anecdotal quips that are hard found elsewhere. His 'facts' are not unsubstantiated like religious accounts from Karen Armstrong nor biased like those of Jimmy Carter. I like the overview read previous to the chapter as well. Read this, Josephus, O Jerusalem, and the Six Days of War, and you could teach Rabbi's!
More riveting than Clancy because it is true! It took an ex military journalist who is adept at sorting through SNAFU's to finally figure out the truth about the Scorpion. God bless those families who had to endure not knowing. A must read for military and CIA types. I would like to see this author tackle the lies behind nuclear cover-ups like Palomares, as well.
Excellent overview. Details for the knowledgeable, and scope for the novice. It is rare to read an unbiased review of comparative religions. In reality, one usually perceives an authors view bleed through. This is truly the "Best guide...." I have seen. My only complaint is that they had to cut one of the religions out for the abridged version...but because the book is so educating, I'm not going to tell you which one! If you are not conversational about Eastern Religions, you need to read it!
Karen has some good facts mixed with some interesting conclusions taken from them. However, from my own knowledge and other readings about these religions, I think she has reached some unsubstantiated conclusions as well.....much of which were drawn from suppositions that are rampant throughout the book. There are just too many things presented as fact that could not be known from such a time. Feelings and thoughts for example. I think it is an excellent listen for historical generalities, but as a member of the 'Jesus Seminar' that is biased towards many religions, just be careful and do not let her opinions and suppositions shape your belief.... as she has been historically prone to do. Remember that she is an English major and not in comparative religions, history, nor is she particularly skilled in the ancient languages. Yet it is certainly worth listening to, albeit the unabridged length tends to bog down a little, and Karen does a very good job as her own reader.
I know Gibbon is supposed to be the most excellent scholar of this period but much like Albert Hourani's "History of the Arabic People", it just seems there is a lot of trivial facts but not many conclusions drawn from the scope of those facts. One can say it has ears, it has a nose, it has eyes, it has hands. Eventually he should conclude, it probably is a human. For me, I will have to go to another book in order to understand the period. I give it three stars because some of the facts were, in fact interesting.... I would give it one more if the book was not so long on the same.
Sometimes, not having been there, you just get a good feel for a fair and balanced book. This is one of those books. It is packed with trivial but not boring details that make the book come alive...like the dog that was used by the Jews to carry intel messages across town in his ear......or how the Jewish women hung clothes on the electrical lines to disguise the secret radio transmitter at the other end. Packed with details made exciting by the reader with a Jewish accent, "O Jerusalem" is the best read I have about the 1948 Israeli war of independence. With many details from the Arab side as well, it lays out the war in an unbiased and historical way. Thank you audible.com for this book. Much better than anything from the Jimmy carter perspective.
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