This book was not very informative and the production quality was low. For a reader with a basic knowledge of U.S. History in the 20th Century, you will not learn much from this book. The narrator is not very compelling (the sound quality is low) and there are several apx. 10 second breaks in the recording. So, no and no.
This book is like a high school history textbook with cliche liberal talking points mixed in. Buy this book if you want to hear 100x how "manichean" Republicans are, and hear a whole chapter on how "paternalistic" Walmart is. I learned very little from listening.
I have listened to many history books from Audible. Recent favorites are 1493 by Charles Mann and Civilization from Niall Ferguson. Those books taught me things I never knew. THIS BOOK does not. If you took high school US History, and occasionally watch the news, you will not learn anything from this book. You'll just hear things you already know as described by a committed partisan with the same old stale talking points you've heard a 100 times.
I see politicos put up crappy books all the time, and honestly I didn't figure this would be any different. I was wrong, I learned a lot from this book. If you read it, I think you'll like it. Keep them coming Andy!
This is the best book I've read all year. I've recomended it to friends and family and re-listened several times. We live in exciting times, and the fields of history and anthropology are constantly being challenged and changed as new discoveries are made. IMHO, Guns Germs and Steel set the gold standard for world history books. However, for the reasons I just mentioned, its important to keep up with emerging discoveries and new knowledge. I loved Mann's last book, 1491, for this reason. This book dramatically exceeds the previous work, no mean feat. For anyone interested in history, this is a MUST READ. Couldn't recomend more.
The chapters about colonial U.S. history were real eye-openers.
Not one to miss!
Sharp, Enlightening, Engaging
While O'Rourke never fails to amuse, there's a lot to learn in this book. I really like the chapter about China. The chapter on cancer treatments is a good read as well.
Keep them coming, P.J.
I watch the show, so yes. Having watched the last few years of the show, there's not a lot new here. IMHO, I enjoy the show, but when you hear the new rules back to back, you start to pick up on the them pretty quickly. Maher is a relentlessly negative, cranky old man. This book is supposed to be comedy, but it's really just a marathon b*tch and moan about everything under the sun. The
I like this book much better than Ferguson's last book the Ascent of Money, it is much more readable and engaging. Well researched and full of history I'd never heard. Definately worth the read.
I thought this book would be more of the same as previous books in this genre such as Guns Germs and Steel and 1493. The theme is the same, but this book brings a lot of new information to the table.
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