I'm not one. But I wanted to understand The Wealth of Nations. This whole Great Books project seems like a wonderful idea to help understand the books that mold our thinking.
O'Rourke could not write one sentence without his stupid humor. He is not funny. To me, that is. If he is HIlarious to you, this will be a great book. Do not read if you want to learn the essence of The Wealth of Nations.
I love the story of different topics under an interesting umbrella. The history of the world wrapped around what people drank is fascinating.
There is a wonderful book about French food based on the fat used in that cuisine.
Really I can't identify what his tongue was doing. Sure sounded like dentures, but he looks young. Irritating listening to an interesting topic with whistles.
Not yet. All interesting.
This is a part of history that I know nothing about. The book is well written and makes the "Mongol Horde" human. I'm currently reading Manchester's book about Douglas MacArthur, American Caesar. MacArthur was a fan of Genghis Khan and his tactics. This book has given a good foundation for understanding MacArthur's admiration. I loved reading about Genghis Kahn stopping in the Delhi area because of the heat and humidity. That man was no fool.
I loved how all the elements in this book wove together. I'm not always sure about Grover Gardner's reading. He can be great, like this time, or boring. I could see the lovers as he read and could hear all the layers of meaning as they talked. Nice work. That said, I would not recommend this to a friend who finds lots of names and complex situations hard to listen to. For me, the surprises as old stories affected new circumstances was delicious.
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