Ruther Glen, VA, United States | Member Since 2006
I loved the remarkable way that the late Jerzy Kosinski tackled compiling a book that could have been much longer into such a short and brief package. He apparently got some advice that I recall from an old English teacher in my past: Write more like Hemmingway and less like Faulkner.
A good comparison that comes to mind for me is the late Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five". Both writers in both books had a knack for tackling difficult subjects within a framework that each created which allowed them to be simple, brief, and direct. Their product emerges strongly and requires deep and thoughtful consideration from the reader/listener.
Hoffman's performance of this narration is excellent and he is deserving of praise. I have not heard other narrations from Dustin Hoffman and therefore cannot compare this with other performances.
Yes it was, and I did! Gratefully!
I want to thank my friend David from college. He introduced me to this writer then, and I remain appreciative.
The story is beautifully crafted and the narrator did a splendid job of presenting the story of how Venice became such an important city-state.
I would compare it to stories about other great city-states, such as the ancient Greek cities of Athens and Sparta. Each of these cities had developed a personality and skill set that, while not exclusively their own, was the pinnacle of each city's success.
He can speak Italian beautifully and presents the story in a brilliant fashion. Bravo!
It really was. I found it informative, fascinating, and extremely well presented.
If the reader has any interest in European History during the five hundred years between 1000 and 1500, this is a wonderful main avenue to take a gondola ride upon.
Personality, talent, and guile clearly come to mind for me. These were two extraordinary men faced with the difficult challenges of their time.
I find this book unique in that Ben Steil does such a wonderful job of analyzing the two men and their impacts. Then he takes it a significant step further as he measures that impact through the years. Analysis of history and personalities is one thing, but the application of that thorough and detailed analysis through the succeeding years is a remarkable and extraordinary. I have seen the technique used before, but in this case I found it rich and rewarding!
I would have to focus on John Maynard Keynes as my favorite. I have always viewed him as a significant but somewhat obscure economic genius. To see this extraordinary talent presented and explained in such rich detail raises the man much higher on my pedestal, and I now can clearly see why his name remains a focus, even today. While I was very impressed with Harry White and his own remarkable talents as an economist, I got the feeling that he lapsed into the role of the government technocrat which reduced the shine of his own brilliance.
At times I laughed at the comments and actions of the two central characters. Harry White's involvement with subversive Communists did leave me blue, and Keynes death at 62 was a major and sad tragedy in my eyes. Even White's death at an early age due to heart attack was a tragedy as I feel it was at least in part brought on by the huge pressure of his mistakes and associations.
This is a wonderful, insightful, and well presented documentary of an event and the people involved which finally recognizes the major impact of that event. Bretton Woods was a historic watershed event of its time. The prime characters were at times giants among other men. This is a must read book!
Exciting, Adventurous, and Awesome!
In danger of freezing to death after a treacherous thousand mile sea journey from Elephant Island to a dangerous South Georgia Island, Captain Shackleton convinces his two companions to join him in another deadly risk: sliding down an icy arête at break-neck speed to survive yet another life challenge and get one significant step closer to rescue of his expedition. This book is filled with memorable moments like this.
Mr. Prebble did an outstanding job of presenting this remarkable story. His enthusiastic and theatrical performance was outstanding and lyrical. I normally find male British narration to be weary and feminine. His performance, on the other hand, was manly, thought-provoking, and proud. I am so impressed!
The courage with which the young castaway on The Endurance handled his gangrene infection and the eventual inevitable amputation of his foot. This was a remarkable, tragic, yet interesting event that touched al his mates.
I am seldom so impressed by a book and it's presentation. This is a book you must buy and enjoy! It is a remarkable and extraordinary tale of adventure and courage in the face of deadly adversity. I strongly recommend it.
The writer did not simply confine his story to the influenza outbreak alone. Instead he made an effort to capture the time, and an outstanding effort it was.
That the writer went to exceptional detail in describing the impact of the outbreak on the members of the Woodrow Wilson administration during the Versailles Peace Talks. This was very interesting to me.
It was outstanding.
The description of the impact of the outbreak on local and city governments. How the outbreak was dealt with at the local level was an extraordinary tale.
Listen to his book. Well performed and extremely well researched and written.
Not by Amity Shlaes. Terence Aselford was adequate.
The material he had to work with was poor.
I found it a right wing look at an historical but justly ignored figure in our national canopy. It had no redeeming qualities I could discern. I even remained listening until the end. It went off a cliff and never really recovered.
Whose idea was it to include the reading of credits at the conclusion of the book? That was a disastrous decision on top of a sad and sorry tale. This would have been okay but she thanked everyone imaginable for this and for that. What a waste of time!
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