While a great book, I could not stand the narrator. His sing-songy approach to the reading was very very distracting, so regrettably, I had to stop listening. Hope I?ll find the same title sans this narrator!
I am bothered by the number of mistakes in the book. Whether this is in the book or is from the narrator, I don't know. Couple of examples:
1) when describing frigid Eastern front conditions, the narrator states that temperatures got down to 30 deg C (where's the 'minus'). One time, I'll forgive this but not multiple.
2) After a lengthy discourse about the 1 Sep invasion of Poland, the narrator says that Hitler gave the order on 31 July for the invasion to begin the next day....
I don't like sloppy books, this one is sloppy
It seemed to me that the author, an ex Vietnam war protester and failed priest, had long ago established his conclusions about the ‘disastrous rise’ of American power. He then looked for those facts that support these conclusions, ignoring all others. He portrays the Soviet Union as the good guy throughout the cold war and it was only the aggressive red-baiting American politicians and military leaders who were the real authors of this protracted struggle. If you’re looking for a balanced historical account of this topic, this is not the book for you.
This is probably the worst book I have ever read. Perhaps Mr. Chomsky has some good points to make but they are wrapped in such hype that it is hard to take at its face value. If this is more fuel for the radical left, he's probably hit his mark. But, if he's trying to influence the mainstream, he's not succeeded. I am only sorry that I spent money for this book, a portion of which will end up in his hands (enabling him to write more books!).
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