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  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (86)
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    (84)

    History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

    Quaker says: "Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone"
    "Entertaining but flawed"
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    This is an entertaining but flawed series of lectures. They are marred by an indiscriminate blending of fact, myth, and speculation with no clear distinctions being made among them. Prof. Fears's treatment of religious history is distorted by an obvious conservative Protestant Christian bias. I prefer my history to be factual and presented in an evenhanded manner. I see that Prof. Fears has other lectures in the Great Courses series. I do not plan to get any of them.

    34 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of American Unreason

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Susan Jacoby
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Combining historical analysis with contemporary observation, Susan Jacoby dissects a new American cultural phenomenon - one that is at odds with our heritage of Enlightenment reason and with modern, secular knowledge and science. With mordant wit, Jacoby surveys an antirationalist landscape extending from pop culture to a pseudo-intellectual universe of "junk thought".

    T. Andrew Poehlman says: "Interesting, but explanation by redescription"
    "Uneven"
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    This book is uneven in that it often hits the mark but is sometimes wildly off target. For example, I am puzzled by the author's impassioned denunciation of e-books as a symptom of intellectual decay.

    The reader was reasonably good but made at least a dozen slips of the tongue that should have been corrected in the production process. For example she said, "FARMERS of the Constitution" instead of "FRAMERS of the Constitution." This type of error is especially notable in an audiobook lamenting a loss of rigor in public discourse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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