The recent attraction for knowledge of our country?s founding fathers has given rise to numerous volumes dedicated to their lives, both public and private. Yet Gore Vidal?s Inventing a Nation clearly delivers a wide assortment of information regarding both spectrums of life while simultaneously reinforcing or denouncing legends of these men. This text is unmatched by any towards that era and can be enjoyed by more than simply historians. It receives my highest rating.
I was very much looking forward to this book but was in many ways let down, and the annoying narrator (who is also the author) sure didn't help. But nonetheless, Myers did an interesting job with "translating" the Bible into today's world.
This non-fictional account of two men risking their lives to identify a sunken German U-Boat from WWII is far from excellent. The first half of this book becomes very preachy (as if teaching the reader what to do when diving) and the context is choppy. All throughout Shadow Divers the author leads the reader far off subject for reasons not necessary. Although true, the author continuously describes the characters in such an unrealistic way it discredits the entire story. Furthermore, the author is so repetitive, reading the book seems like an eternity.
For a reader willing to read with an open mind, this is your book. One of the most random and impulsive books which makes the reader wonder what exactly is in their hands, it all forms with one big-banged conclusion. Similar to the Harry Potter series in the way it expands one?s imagination, I recommend this for all ages.
The most in-depth analysis of George Washington?s life from the French and Indian War through his death I have ever read. Ellis?s book is not written for general audiences and in order completely comprehend this title you will need much background in the founding of America. Nevertheless, it will answer multiple questions you may have about this majestic man and leave you with a highly sophisticated knowledge of his life.
From the bestselling author of Tuesday?s With Morrie, Mitch Albom introduces The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a well written tale of character Eddie gaining a greater understanding of his life as he enters heaven. Although Albom writes with a simplistic technique, readers may find it challenging to grasp the novel?s portrayal of the afterlife if he/she already has a strong conviction of what to expect. Nonetheless, Albom?s imagination is truly exhibited in this piece and adds much credibility to his name as an excellent author.
Dan Brown?s The Da Vinci Code is an excellent piece of literature allowing the reader to take an outside look at a religion centered on specific notions yet without making the reader challenge their religious beliefs. Brown?s novel is a very great work for people of interest towards Catholicism written with a straightforward approach; minus all of the recent controversy, a splendid examination.
A well composed account of the second year of the War of Independence and first for the United States. 1776 grants the reader a fresh look at this imperative year and the consequences which followed. Very easy to get through and no historical background needed.
Amazingly researched and thorough, this thought provoking text examines both the historical and present societies on earth. Although at times tedious, Jared Diamond begins his findings at Easter Island and concludes with Australia. I recommend this to anyone interested in the natural and physical sciences of the world.
Great book. Get the unabridged version; it's worth it.
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