Many have questioned whether Shakespeare could have written what it is claimed that he wrote. The book does an excellent job of laying out how these arguments came to be. It also does an excellent job of refuting them. The book is well read. I would have given it 4 stars had it not been so long-winded. The author makes a point, then makes it again, and again, and again.... It is probably a bit better suited for the scholar. Still, worth a purchase for those intersted in such things.
A German audiobook
Well, it may not have been his fault. The book was often off the wall. He came across a little pompous, but, again, it may be the book content that caused me to hear it that way.
It made a few valid points.
This is a book that started with a conclusions in favor of the economic policies of the far right, then looked for a way to get there. At one point it suggested that the poor have adequate access to medical care via emergency room. This is often untrue. Emergency room only handle emergencies, not e.g. a chronic, non-life threatening events--and of course very expensive. Or it talked about how the founder of Woolworth started by working for free. How the success of a super-compentent person over a century ago applies to those less gifted today, the book did not say. If you are a member of the Tea Party, and only want to be told what you want to hear, you will like this book. Everyone else, including thoughtful conservatives, likely will find many shortcomings.
The book does an excellent job of exposing the corrupting power of big money both on nutrition research and the ability of authorities to give intelligent nutrition advice. Even the abridged version was at times long-winded.
The book was more about process than about what makes good nutritional sense. It took the FDA's food pyramid as gospel, though many now think its heavy focus on grains leads to increased inflammation and excessive carb consumption with associated adverse health consequences. There is also little talk of the value of omega 3's. On the other hand, the book speaks of the danger of higher dose vitamin D without noting its potential benefits or the ability to maintain safety through blood testing.
The book a little naively seems to think that if the FDA would just be left in peace, it could be relied on to give optimal nutrition advice. In fact, the area is complex, many topics lack consensus, and gross error have been made. Remember margarine? Why anyone ever thought consuming a synthetic fat made sense is beyond me. Further, given the difficulty in getting funding for supplement research and how long it takes the research to come to definitive conclusions, one can reasonably decide to take supplements before all of the research is in. On the other hand, the book correctly notes that it hardly makes sense for supplement manufacturers to be able to come out with products without safety testing.
The book is actually about Roman and to a lesser extent Egyptian history from the end of Julius Caeser's reign to the beginning of that of Octavian (later Augustus). The focus is not on the relationship of Anthony and Cleopatra, though it is discussed. Of the major figures of the time, Cleopatra might get the least coverage, Anthony the most. I would have given it 4 stars if it were not so long winded. It did finish strong though. Worth a listen. Had Anthony made one military decision differently, it might have changed history dramatically.
I have read another book by this author. It is probably a good thing this one was abridged, given the author's tendency to long-windedness. This book was facinating, laying out the works of WS from 1599 in the context of the time.
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