This book is an excellent telling of the story of the Damascus accident intermixed with a very accurate telling of almost all of the key moments in Cold War history. There are also shocking revelation about how lax nuclear security, safety and command and control were in the US in the early days of the Cold War.
The telling of the Greensboro incident.
Yes. Extremely well written in a manner that really holds your attention.
This is an excellent book on Cold War history. What makes it unique is that there is a lot of discussion of what actually happened in the Soviet Union and what Soviet leaders where thinking which is severely lacking in other books on this topic. To get a true picture of historical events, you must always consider both sides of the story before you can start to see past the propaganda to what really happened. This book is the best source I have found for this so far.
I was unaware of the extent of the Soviet bio-weapons programs. Shocking and scary stuff.
Well worth the time if you are interested in Cold War history. Highly recommended.
If you really love cats you will find this book somewhat interesting and useful. If you don't *really* love cats, then you will probably be bored to tears. The author is the ultimate stereotypical English academic focusing on obscure facts like the percentage of cats that where spotted tabbies in 16th century England and spends less time on things that will actually help you be a better friend to your cat. However, I suppose if you have spent little time thinking about your cat's inner world there will be some very useful insights here particularly in understanding that cats are still essentially wild animals that have had very little genetic domestication unlike dogs and the implications of that. The author does make a reasonably good argument to not have fluffy immediately neutered before she has a litter or two which was interesting and new info for me.
Appropriate for the writing but make it even more stuffy.
Good book if you are interested in stories of military battles but lacks a credible political story on how the war was started, managed and ended.
This is my first Tom Clancy book — many of the reviews say it's one of the best so I thought this would be a good place to start. The book was very well written, interesting and suspenseful but I found the discussion of the politics that lead to the war very simplistic, unbelievable and steeped in Soviet stereotypes. As a bit of a political junkie, this really took away from the book. For me, a good book on World War III would need to tell a believable story on how the conflict started and why as well as tell the story of the leaders that made it happen - I don't recall the president even being mentioned in this book. The story of the war's end was also fairly simplistic but a little more plausible. This book is great for people that like to read about military battles and the personal struggles of war but not the political stories of how wars start and end.
This is an excellent and comprehensive book on robot technology for military applications. Covers all aspects of military robots, from the affect it has on individual soldiers to the concept of war in general. Excellent book but already a little out of date which is a testament to how quickly this technology is moving.
The narrator is OK but mispronounces some words, which is annoying but not a major problem. I feel that unless they really suck, all audio books should be read by their authors.
I didn't want to turn it off, it was interesting throughout.
I have lost all respect for Michio Kaku as a scientist after reading this book. It is just a rehash of press releases from inventors of new technologies that exist today and makes no real attempt at predictions. He makes no legitimate predictions about the future other than the next step for the existing technologies he describes. He talks about the exponential growth of technology but every page makes it clear that he is thinking completely linearly. This book is about the next 5 years, maybe 10, but not the next 100. The predictions he does make, like the end of Moore's law totally misses that fact that new technologies are already being developed to replace silicon and end Moore's law with a new computing paradigm that will have a similar law for the growth of computing power. Save your money and time and don't listen to a word Michio Kaku says. He has no idea what he is talking about.
This program is OK but basic. If you are already familiar with nano tech, you probably already know much of what's in this audiobook. To be fair, this is an introduction however, one chapter covers the basics of the metric system. If you don't already know about the metric system, then you have bigger problems than learning about nano tech.
The real problem with this program is that it is read by the author. She stops in the middle of sentences for uncomfortably long periods of time and talks in the most boring monotone possible. I feel sorry for the student in her classes that have to listen to her take interesting material and hammer it flat.
If you have never contemplated how the brain works and have suddenly became interested, then perhaps this would be a good book for you. Otherwise, I would suggest "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell followed by "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins. These are much more interesting without being overwhelming.
I am the last thing from an alarmist but the recent upswing in oil prices as well as the seeming endless growth in demand and falls in production have had me a bit worried. After this book I feel that I have moved into a bit of a panic mode. I was expecting that the effects of higher oil prices would take decades to cause major problem but this book clearly points out that it will take only a few years! And it seems the evening news does nothing but reinforce that the conditions to cause this are real. I would encourage everyone to listen to this book then scream about it to everyone they know. It's balanced (non-political) and is well researched. Its premise is clear and undeniable! This book may well help you to protect yourself and you loved ones should its predictions come true.
First off, there's no way to make a million dollars in a minute using anything you learn in this book. Second, the timelines in this book are goofy. The character in the book can close on a property in a couple of days. I've been working on closing on my house for weeks now with no end in sight. Maybe it's because I live in NY, the home of bureaucracy but I can't imagine it's much better in other states. Regardless, I do agree with many of the "state on mind" ideas in this book but because of the poor writing, I can't give it too much credit...
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