There are little biographies that are just an accumulation of anecdotes and then there are serious biographies. This is a serious biography, and unfortunately, the worst I have read.
In military endeavors things often go wrong and the author was very quick to say it was Eisenhower's fault. That's okay. The top guy can get the blame. But when things went right, the author frequently said Ike was just lucky. Sorry, that's not fair.
In the early pages of the book, long before Ike was President the author spoke about what wonderful social change came from Eisenhower's Supreme Court appointments. Conservatives and moderates might not agree. Coming so early in the book it seems like this was the author's bias...or worse yet, the author's activism.
Once the biography reached Ike's presidency, Smith's strong left-wing feelings were much to prevalent. He referred to conservatives in the Republican Party as "crack-pots" and as "the calcified wing" of the party. Smith's prejudice was so strong that when I finished I was not sure how much I could believe of what I had just read.
The author was fair with Vanderbilt. Many historians castigate all 19th century businessmen as villains and certainly some were. But Vanderbilt, like Rockefeller, did not make his money with stock manipulations, he made it with good management. He had his faults and the author points them out, but he also had his virtues. A good read
Yes. In a meaty biography you never get everything in one reading.
I like the heavy emphasis on Lewis' books.
Excellent. He was an able reader who did not distract the listener from the book.
I never do that.
It is a "spiritual biography" but of value to Christians and nonchristians alike. Very well done.
Good Reacher story and solid narration except for one major complaint. There is one moment near the beginning where the narrator uses a voice for a possible antagonist in a cut scene that gives away a major mystery. Also, British accents are not Dick Hill's forte. Not the best Reacher book but still very enjoyable.
This is an advice book. Like thousands of other advice books it has good advice. That the author is about to die produces a warm sentiment. That he is self-patronizing is off-putting.
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