I liked the investigative journalism aspects and her "primary" source experiences in and around Rocky Flats. I found the government coverup disconcerting to say to least and I was appalled at the apparent lack of compassion and understanding the government displayed with respect to the numerous cancer and other radiological illnesses that occurred as a result of Rocky Flats.
I recently got an electric car, so having a quiet vehicle on my way to work really allows me to enjoy audio books. Before this, the drumming of the engine would make listening difficult, but now, it's crystal clear and I think enhanced the experience.
The only issue I have is I would have loved for her to dive deeper into the fires that happened at Rocky Flats. What did they do to clean up these problems, and what happened to all those men who fought those fires. I would have liked to know more about her Father and his drinking and maybe some background on what may have caused his alcoholism, that would have been something I would have enjoyed learning more about.
Yes, absolutely! This is one of the best books ever written. The narrative is crisp, clean and informative. I could listen or read this book over and over again.. and still learn new things (I've read and listened to this book).
Well, there are other excellent historical narratives out there, one that comes to mind is "Is Paris Burning?", which details the Nazi escape from Paris and Hitler's insistence that Paris burn to the ground, and a little known General disobeying orders. Why I compare it, is that the narrative is crisp, clean and very informative. However, King Leopold's Ghost is in a class unto itself, it's on my top 3 list.
Good, annoying at first, but I warmed up to it...
Yes and No, I certainly enjoyed getting into my car for 7 straight days of one hour commutes and getting through the entire book.
I'm listening to his new book, "To End all Wars.." Hopefully it will be as good as King Leopold's Ghost. I like Hochschild's writing and so far it's been an excellent listen.
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