Well told story of amazing men. Well done narration. Only better book by Ambrose is Pegasus Bridge which I haven't see as an audio book. These are such great men. Read this one first and then there are so many others that have come out since focused on individuals. There is so much great literature on Easy Company. This is the place to start.
1. Speeches are repeated, probably more than once. Certainly there are repetitive refrains and phrases from one speech to another, but to replay the same speech?
2. The speeches are seeming in a random order, some from late in his life and work are early and others from much earlier appear much later.
3. Quality control is poor, I believe this was digitized from something like a CD as there are parts when it sounds like a CD skipping.
4. Nothing to introduce the speech, and to set the time, or give any context.
1. For many of the speeches, the audio quality is quite good.
2. There are few speakers as engaging as MLK Jr.
3. The repetition is at least some of the more memorable speeches. I know them better.
Do feel like this was thrown together with little care for quality or understanding. Feels like profiting from the name of MLK, and not a real tribute to the man.
I'll try another collection.
This is a different sort of Bond book, written from the perspective of a woman. There are little spots where Fleming misses the mark, and has some descriptions which I suspect a woman wouldn't make such as describe a sound to be like "grape shot." Still, I was interested and engaged throughout the story and didn't want to put the book down. I don't think I found any deeper insights in to humanity, but I had a good time.
Interesting primary source. The audio edition can be hard to understand as the speeches sound as if they were recorded separately from whatever sound system they were using so is full of crowd noise, and echo from the speakers. They also don't set context for the speeches so I can only tell the shift in time and location from the content of the speech. It would have helpful to add something explain the date, and location, let alone any other context for the story around that speech. It was still interesting to experience the emotional content, and to hear from the Panthers. I had some background in the Panthers from a University course so, so long ago, which helped. If you're not familiar with the Black Panther Party, nor versed in the history of the struggle for Civil Rights, this isn't a good place to start, as it's just speeches.
There is a lot here. A lot seemed repetitive. I appreciated the additions in the Revised Edition. I've seen complaints elsewhere that we're talking to folks about "reforming" schools who are neither education professionals nor scholars in the field of Education. What special knowledge or experience does Bill Gates have that qualifies him to be treated as an expert. The old Ravitch still show through was some very traditional notions of what should be taught. I agree that her essential position hasn't changed. This book is an indictment about how we've gone about the very laudable goal of providing a good education to all Americans. Having worked in the system, I agree with most of what she presents. The system of high stakes testing isn't the right focus. We don't need kids good at taking fill in the bubble tests, we need kids who know how to learn, can write clearly, are mathematically literate, and have a desire for learning. It's a bit long, but worth reading.
Gave me a lot to think about and do. Really appreciate the overall approach. I can see cultivating a number of habits to help my life flourish.
Well worth reading. I better appreciate the decisions made at the time. This book gives you a lot to think about. I thought the author did a great job making a gripping narrative. I am curious about all the detail on confidential meetings, is all of that even legal to disclose?
His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.
The most modern part of me is very surprised at the deference paid to Nietzsche. Perhaps I'm not understanding him. Perhaps he is less clever than he believes himself to be. There are many grand assertions that are not at all proven. His dependence on a particular view of what the basic nature of "man" is, is a distinct weakness. Nietzsche would likely scoff at my call to science to disprove his truth, yet, there it is. What we know, now, of how the human brain works tends to disprove the thesis of the basic nature of man being that of power and dominance. We are more of a cooperative species than Nietzsche might allow. I would have liked him to engage more directly Mills, et al., rather than be so rude and dismissive. It gives little weight to an argument, when you simply dismiss those you disagree with rather than a clear refutation of their arguments. Not sorry I read it, have not found this particularly enlightening. I was glad to see the he was not the anti-Semite of which he has been accused by his critics.
A very delightful and unusual book. I learned a lot of subtleties of Victorian dress. The author has a lovely command of the English language. The grace she cultivates in her manner and dress comes through in her language.
I've been doing most of this for years. I was, very much, Mr. Nice Guy and a complete jerk. I do appreciate the way he has created a systematic way for addressing the issues!
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