Simon Winchester presents us with an amazing story about a piece of history that I would have never considered interesting or significant. The accomplishment of the combined efforts of the two main characters Minor & Murray added to scores of other volunteers is one if not the greatest achievement in the history of the English language.
The story is presented in a very logical yet unassuming manner, and maybe the perfect example of an audible book selection. The narrators voice is crisp, clear, and expressive.
Listen, enjoy, and recommend to a friend.
Top Five of all time
I am really enjoying Ken Follett's Century trilogy, but this surpassed.
I have not, but would rank him equal with Jon Lee
This is simply a must read. I switch between the kindle and audible copy (with some challenges) to enhance the experiences.
This work presents History in a conversational format. While I was expecting the information to include more anequdotal pieces, the author addresses many of the simple questions about American history. This work dispells many of the Disney and storybook versions of history. Many of the other listeners have expressed their displeasure of a liberal slant to the book. I disagree. He is equally critical of both sides. If anything he gave a pass to the elder Bush by excluding the fact that Iraq invaded Kuwait only after the Bush administration told him in person that the US would not get involved in an Arab/Arab conflict.
This is not the greatest historical work ever written, but it does a fine job of refreshing, reinforcing, and clarifying your current historical knowledge.
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