I read this book in preparation for a guided tour at the Gettysburg National Park and I have to say that it really enhanced my understanding of the tour and of what transpired there.
It's truly difficult for us today to imagine what life was like back then, and what war and hand-to-hand combat was like during the Civil War. The book did a very good job of giving us both a battlefield perspective, as well as the overall strategic perspective of why certain things happened that day and why others did not, and how it all came together to determine the outcome of the battle.
I didn't care much for the overly theatrical reading of the book (complete with different voices for the characters, with accents), but the content of the book remained untarnished by the reading, and I enjoyed it very much, especially when it was followed up by the tour at Gettysburg.
Maybe if you're a constituional scholar or lawyer, this stuff is easy to follow, but for a lay person, it wasn't quite as easy to digest. Still, I very much looked forward to hearing this book read by Justice Breyer himself, and I found his philosophies and justifications quite sound and very convincing. I will probably have to re-read this book several times to get every aspect of it, but I found the exercise very challenging and worthwhile.
I don't see how anyone reading this book can come away with any conclusion other than that Barry Bonds took PEDs in a conscious effort to cheat.
Though the book is not entirely about Bonds, all of the supporting evidence is brought to bear ultimately to condemn Bonds of PED abuse and knowingly cheating at baseball.
The book is very well written, easy to follow and the case is laid out in a very convincing fashion.
Any baseball fan owes it to him or herself to read this book and make a decision for themselves, whether they believe Bonds or not.
The intent of the book was quite good and the points the author made were also very much on target, but I have to say, listening to him read it was a bit distracting. Why? Well, he apparently has difficulty correctly pronouncing words that begin with the letters "es", like "especially". Yes, this Stanford grad would pronounce "especially" (which he used quite often) as "EX-specially". And it wasn't only "especially" that he would do this with. He also would say "EXscape". Quite grating after hearing it for the 40th time. Otherwise, it was quite entertaining.
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