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.
This book is not a bomb! It is a book that I could not put down. I was a Nuclear weapons specialist in SAC at Ellsworth and believe everything written to be true. I was actually involved and knew of some "incidents" that went unreported as well. In fact, my 28MMS Commander was called to come out at 3am after we had an electrical fire on the tug pulling 4 nukes after an alert. We put the fire out and no harm done....fire department only blocks away were too afraid to come to the site and help....for 45 minutes. But the Colonel never said good job or thanks for saving the base.....he said "You two need a haircut....and keep this under your hat"! That kind of arrogance and non appreciation for what we had just done caused me to throw up my hands, turn myself in for drugs.....and get out of the USAF. Had drug testing been done, I'm sure 90% of my squadron would still be in jail.....the cops, too! In training another team dropped a bomb a few inches to its stand. We also had a tritium leak and an armed bomb on the flight line. The American people don't know the half. This book tells the best.
The first of this book is history and therefore gets bogged down a little because of the facts that are necessary to some but not others (the reason for only 4 stars on story). I do not fault him for the details....it was just a little over my economic intellect sometimes. The reader was good enough to pull me through the doldrums. But stay with it. Wait for it. The last 3 and a half hours is pure genius that I was not expecting! Griffin succinctly and factually frames the thoughts about the Federal Reserve that I have been accumulating for years. Then he gives reasons and details that support my same theory that there is a collapse coming. He even offers solutions that COULD work and which would turn our economic death into just a hangover. BUT....(Because we have dishonest men running the country, and because the "electorate is unaware of what's being done to them and therefore unable to do anything about it"..... I believe it's never going to happen! Of course he chides me for this apathy....but I likewise chide him for his surrealism. Should be required reading for every economic student....and you, too! I rarely take the time to rate books....and when I do I rarely am this excited about giving such high marks. This is an A+ Be getting ready for the collapse!
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.
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