Tom Segev is a controversial writer ... who writes great books. The only think both Segev's supporters (on the left) and detractors (on the right) will agree on is that the Hebrew pronounciation of James Boles is atrocious.
The book is really interesting ... you should also read/listen to Michael Oren's Six Days of War on this topic. (And Segev's One Palestine Complete)
I was never a Begin fan, but this book shows you what an interesting, insightful, passionate character Begin was. I recommend this book. If you want to learn more about Begin, also check out Yehuda Avner's "The Primer Ministers."
Wow. This is an amazing book. The first half gives you very interesting information on how our human bodies evolved, and the second half then shows you how these bodies are not adapted for our modern environment, teaching us about the "mis-match" diseases that result from encountering this new environment. Highly recommended.
This is an amazing story, told in an amazing way. You will understand our place in the universe in a very profound way. It's easy to listen, presented with great clarity. HIGHLY recommended.
This is a classic ... I read it years ago and loved it again now that I listened to it. Efrem Zimbalist reads it very well, but the recording quality it pretty bad. Worth listening to because the book is so good, but annoying. Still highly recommended ... Gould's lessons in this book are life lessons that go beyond biology. His teaching about our reflexive beliefs about central tendencies helped me see, even more deeply, the fallacies of demographics in marketing, even though Gould never talked about this. And yes, I believe there will never be another .400 hitter in baseball after reading this book.
This is one of the very best science books I've ever read (listened to). It tells the story of the origin or our species in terms of changes in our females ... and therefore casts the entire story of human history in terms of the needs, power and wisdom of women. It helped me see our species as a very young one, still working out its ways, still caught in between our primate origins and where we are headed. The book ends with a very upbeat, optimistic take on where we are going, cast in terms of a new look at the interaction between our genders. And ... the performance by Stefan Rudnicki is one of the very best on Audible. Highly recommended. Wish it had not been abridged, but it seemed very complete.
This is a great book, with a very important topic. I rated Sean Carroll's other book, Making of the Fittest, a 5 and this a 4, only because it isn't quite as well organized. I wish 4.5 was an option. This is well worth the time, and critical if you want to understand evolution.
One night, at dinner with friends, I found myself explaining detailed stories from this book, with everyone interested and asking questions. That the kind of book this is: You will gain innumerable insights into how we, as humans, live, and will be able to relate them to everyday life ... and you will remember them! de Waal illuminates so much of who we are by showing how different sides of our nature can be seen in chimps and bonobos.
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