I find this book captivating as it deals with the different ways the Bible explains the human condition, and as always, the author provides solid scholarship when it comes to Biblical history and textual criticism. The sincerity of his tone when talking about the suffering of human condition is a plus to the book. However, I found the discussion regards the philosophical problem of Theodicy rather superficial, I wish he could have explore the subject a little more in depth - as in spend one or two chapters in what he wittily called philosophically nuanced and obtruse subjects before wanders off to Newspaper headlines.
I like the narrative for the emotional framing rather than historical accuracy, emotional narrative makes a history very entertaining, so I'd suggest one to read this as a well researched historical novel than serious history, the book captured the spirit and inherent contradiction of British imperialism incredibly well. Loved it.
This is a classic, unadulterated economics for high school students and freshman and sophomore year undergraduates, it ceased to be convincing once it is read by anyone with advanced degree. It ignores the question of power, culture and technological advantages and differences some countries have over others and how those can be exploited for gain, still it is worth reading and thought provoking book.
The professor knows what he's talking about, this presentation is lucid and very objective, although I wish he could work on his Chinese Pronunciation, since this is a lecture, I can't blame the narrator, but still it is interesting.
Although I expected a boring narrative about the plague, this is a far better than expected execution to a fairly straight forward topic, instead of a narrowed down analysis to the plague of 540 ad, the book gave us the whole contextual narrative, the after effects, the long term impact and microorganic history. I am pleased with the execution; The author has managed to make the book interesting.
This book has a very balanced treatment to middle age by presenting political history of Western Europe, Americas, India, China, Japan, Byzantine, Islam and Turks, and because the focus is on political history, it's infinitely readable and interesting. We however get no social history, no great thinkers, no technology, no class analysis only time they were mentioned was if they have tangent with political narrative.
Also the decision to end the book at First Crusade, (1096-1099) seem entirely arbitrary.
I have to admit, Tuchman is one of my favourite historians and thus this book from her comes as a disappointment. The title suggested, a comprehensive history of folly committed by governments everywhere and of all times, but what we got is thematically divided episodes with superficial analysis on each theme. The theme was unequally distributed, one would think Renaissance papacy (a few hundred years in scope) would deserve more space than Vietnam War (20 years from French phase) but Vietnam War comprised one and half of the book, making Spanish conquest, War of Independent and Papal Monarchy de facto salad dressing.
This is revisionist history at its best and will certainly enhance one's critical thinking, Americans are not necessarily more stupid than others, but when it comes to the world politics, one cannot but help shaking head, this book will hopefully be a wake up call to some people. If that's how history has been taught, no wonder they don't know anything! However the book will do well without the moralising tones of the last few chapters.
This book took a disinterested look at two thousand conflict between east and west and contains vast amount of interesting information. But because the scope is quite big, so some details might be skipped, but overall, a good book.
This is a fairly interesting book, and I have learned much about feminine psychology, but I find this book a little repetitive, one wonders if the book cannot be make shorter.
Professor Drout is as entertaining in this course as ever, though I had wished to catch up on my middle english. However, the course was not about middle English, I am nonetheless happy about purchase.
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