If the author didn't hide behind his understanding of the issue in order to promote his agenda. There are brief snippets that we see the author stating that we do not have capitalism, but rather than addressing that fact he is constantly setting up strawmen in order to push a story. His interpretation of history like his definition of capitalism is questionable, but he never stops to discuss, each section is a sprint in order to get to the point he can shout about how bad free exchange is. Nothing new, interesting, or true here.
*** Important note for future reviewers ***Please stop writing this person writes like someone else in your reviews... Yes, I read Robert Jordan because it had the same quote about him as this book did about Tolkien, and otherwise would not have. Looking back it is why I read Jordan. However, if you use that high praise, you need to have the 'bones' that the other author was about. Four things you need to be Robert Jordan:1) Characters with compassion. Characters with attitude. A story not filled with unnecessary dialogue between characters - "consider this young Rabbitt," "yes, I see that now Master Owl" - rather, we see the Characters smacked in the face with a realization. 2) You need to tame your nerdiness. Don't put some new word, definition, whatever, into every sentence and think you are telling a story. Don't create a society that only includes Wizards or Demons. The world needs to be far more interesting. It needs a little humanity, compassion, reality. 3) A story I care about. I sleep to my books. I'll listen for a while, wake up, find a plot point, and listen. This one puts me to sleep. I'll wake up and hear it, and find nothing to latch onto. I have no idea what the story is, who the characters are, etc. 4) A great narrator. Well... this book gets 1/4. However, as much as I loved hearing Michael Kramer's voice and how it pulled me in initially... without the 3 points above, he is wasted. I lose the story with all of the male voices and males who just talk like one another, and the males who need to talk back and forth all of the time. Give me some emotion man, some drive, something different. And give us some women with personalities and their own motivations. Reviewers, please accept Jordan is gone. Please stop making me excited to buy something that does not have any aspect of Jordan. Every time I do I have less for the future Kickstarters to fund the Wheel of Time video game, movie, TV series, etc. You may like this book for other reasons, but it does not remind you of Jordan because some people can do magical things with powers that run out.
Haven't read a fantasy book in years; can't put it down.
If you are interested in learning what you didn't learn, rather than wanting to read something that simply fits with your belief of history, get this book. If you're not willing to learn where your history textbooks didn't tell the whole story (or any part of the story at all), then don't listen to this book because as you can see it is very bothersome to some that don't want to have their views questioned.
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