I doubt we'll ever really know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa but this book gives a pretty solid account from some reliable sources.
The history behind Hoffa vanishing was interesting. The character development and dynamics/interaction between each kept me listening.
I was first introduced to the literary masterpiece of the “a Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in college which is strange to think I never read or even heard about it in high school. Maybe my being a poor student had something to do with it. Regardless, if you haven’t read it, you are missing out on an important piece of American history.
This book will not disappoint! From the beginning, the author breaks down the letter, line by line and communicates the thoughts, attitudes and predicaments of the black community as well as their advisories during this difficult time. He explains Dr. King’s intent and direction with every syllable and teaches the reader the crux behind each written word. Though one cannot imagine the struggles the black community endured, this book helps to give insight into a fraction of their struggle for equality as Americans. And Eugene H. Russell IV only adds to this excellent selection with an easy to listen to oration.
This book is well worth the 7 ½ hours it reads.
This was a long, long read but I just can’t see how you’d get the whole story about the Rockefeller Empire by reading an abridged version. It was long, but well worth your time.
From the onset, John D Rockefeller was destined to be a financial giant. Choosing not to enlist in the union Army during the civil war he began building his empire in Cleveland with a small Oil refinery. As the demand for oil grew, and following several business savvy maneuvers he slowly built Standard Oil into the world’s largest oil company and he into one of the world’s richest men. Not without a few underhanded tactics which he would ignore, Standard Oil grew to colossal proportion until it was ultimately broken up by the US courts.
This was an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn about Rockefeller, Standard Oil, his philanthropic endeavors, or how one of the largest corporations in the world became the greatest monopolies. The story is long and no detail is left out and it is well worth the time to learn how this very powerful, yet very complex family empire came to be.
To start off, I have always liked Jim Beam. Never been in a fraternity so I never took a liking to Jack Daniels. I favor Knob Creek and enjoy Bookers too so this read was destined to make it onto my shelf. It was short, sweet and straight to the point. Great bourbon made by genuine people.
I recommend this book for every Jim Beam enthusiast or really anyone looking for an easy read while sipping some Kentucky bourbon and learning about the history behind this historic brand. Good dialog, even better narration allows the reader/listener insight into what makes Jim Beam. This book is well worth your time if Beam is your drink of choice when you pony up to the bar.
This was an excellent book! I love reading about naval history and the battles from WWII. Though the days of the surface to surface warfare on the high seas are all but gone, there is something exciting about steel vessels hunting for one another in the North Atlantic that had my attention from the first chapter.
It's 1941 so the regular use of radar and sonar for that matter cannot be relied upon so navies from both the Axis and Allies had to rely on intercepted radio transmissions, last known positions, and the human eye to track and hunt the opposition. And now it is up to the Royal Navy to hunt and destroy one of the worlds most powerful battleships even after they have been beaten with the sinking of the HMS Hood.
The writer does an excellent job conveying this well-known story from both the German and British perspectives. Never getting ahead of either, Zetterling effectively goes back and forth between the two navies to explain what each was doing, thinking, and attempting to do while integrating countless anecdotes from those who were there. Thoroughly enjoyable!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII history, anyone interested in naval strategy, and anyone looking to add a volume to their collection like no other book. Two thumbs up!
Boy! This one was tough. After reading a few of the reviews and from how I remember many of his on-screen performances I really thought I was in for something enjoyable. This book was disappointing to say the least.
To be honest, the book as a whole was a bit difficult to swallow. I loved the dialog in regards to Mr. Crystal's success, and how he got to where he is. That sort of stuff fascinates me! How he went from a struggling stan-up comedian to hosting the Oscars had my ear. Each step of the way was brilliant. His stories about his love for his parents and his own family were great and his relationship with the New York Yankees and baseball and the game of baseball was priceless. I just didn't enjoy the quips and jokes. They were stale and (I think) really took away from a very good autobiography. Maybe it was just me.
I have always liked Billy Crystal and his career has been amazing. I could've done without the humor and on-location stand-up used to augment an otherwise excellent story about his success.
Great Autobiography...but not very funny.
A Michigan native (Lansing) and having visited Greenfield village several times in my youth, I thought it almost an obligation that I read the Henry Ford story. I'm proud to say I'm a Ford owner and have been since I started driving and so was really looking forward to the history behind the brand. The book did not disappoint! From the first chapter until the Epilogue I found this tale fascinating. Henry Ford did in fact invent the Modern Age, and everything that is automobile.
Henry Ford and his quest for perfection almost derailed his future in automobiles in the early goings similar to how Steve Jobs almost lost Apple. Though Ford never lost his company (far from it, eventually becoming the sole owner), the desire to make his early vehicles better than they were slowed his progress at first but he persevered by producing the most recognizable, reliable, sturdiest brand in the industry.
As brilliant as the man was, he was not without his shortcomings. He despised bankers and lawyers and had a hatred of anything Jewish which the book does a good job in telling the nasty details. Sad to hear from such a pioneer in his era.
I enjoyed the book cover-to-cover though was a little disappointed with the very brief outline of his death (literally the last page of the book). He died with little fanfare though his legacy was decided many years before by the brand he created and the cars and trucks that are on American roads today. An excellent read and well worth your time!
If you loved The Hustler, well, you'll still like this one. It was a good read! Entertaining. Enjoyable to read about the fringe of society making money on the sly while people like you and me are working normal jobs and living in suburbia.
I love to shot pool so when I saw this title I had to pick it up. If you've read "Hustler Days" which is almost a precursor to the life and times of Kid Delicious, you'll already have an insight into how these folks live and how the hustle from pool hall to pool hall, city to city, never really holding a normal job and always on a quest for the next big game and the next shot at easy money.
I'll never be able to shoot pool like these guys though will always try. And will never know what it's like to lay money on the rail, playing a game for "C" note. But after reading this book I can get close to understanding what makes these guys tick and what gives them the drive to stay up all night in a smoke filled pool hall, without knowing where or when their next payday will be. I you're a fan of pool like me this is worth the time to check out.
This book had plenty of decent content. There are numerous stories and scenarios that help explain the success of Wayne Rogers. All are very interesting and entertaining. It was fantastic listening to how one of my favorite M*A*S*H actors found success off stage. He started investing young and was able to learn many valuable lessons that are not taught in Business School to become the mogul he is today. There are also several tid-bits of information that outline his pattern for success which the common investor might find beneficial.
Near the end of the book it seemed he got a little hung up on complaining about the banking system and the failing government and why it was hurting (his) and small business. It was a little distracting but I can see how he was trying to make a point about corporate finance.
Overall the book was decent. It was just long enough to give you some insight without boring you with countless theories and business derived anecdotes yet short enough to read again without dreading it. It is worth the time (slightly over 5 hours) and will more than likely allow you to walk away with something more than what you already knew about creating personal wealth.
Phlegm, Bile, Black Blood and Red Blood. My God! How did we ever make it as a race let alone a country? That little tie bit is just a taste of some of the rocks Mr. Philbrick has overturned to give us the story behind Bunker Hill and the hardships the American Patriots overcame to become the United States. People like (Dr.) Warren, and Church, Washington and Adams as well as countless other took on the 18th century just as ardent as the themselves. The redcoats were really no match then, were they?
I'm never disappointed when I read a Philbrick book. Whether he tells of the wooden whaling ships on the high seas or the same on an expedition. The story behind the Mayflower or Custer's last stand, he never lets the reader down. Bunker Hill is just another fine example of the writer sharing a story in a way that makes sense to the reader without dumbing it down, and without the endless ramble of how we got from page 1 to page 2..
This book was enjoyable, finishing it in about a weekend. And a big part of that goes to Mr. Chris Sorenson whose even tone and inflection made the book even easier to read/listen to. For a moment, I thought I was hearing Dylan Baker (Steve Jobs) which I read/listened to 3 times. Very easy on the ears. Well done!
This book is a credit well spent, and well worth the 12 hours to hear. Traveling in a few weeks, I may pop it in again!
I saw this book at a book store in the airport and thought it might be worth the credit to listen. It was...somewhat.
There was allot of great content! The theory and research outlined behind each chapter and fallacy was very interesting and was easy to see how each applied to ones own surrounding, life. The problem was the performance! If you can get past the piercing 'S's, my gosh! The reader was almost unbearable at times while listening on headphones. Not sure if you'd get the same affect if you blue-toothed it in the car, but oh my!
This choice is worth the time and the 8 or so hours to get through it. There is some really, decent content. Try it! You may be Ssssssssssurprisssssssed!
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