A great bit of insider research went into getting and compiling notes from within political camps during the 2008 election for this work. Sadly and typically, the authors' bias skews the dialogue. Of course claiming to be non-biased, the authors come off showing themselves to be leftist hacks. Boutsikaris does an admirable job of presentation. (If you are a journalist trained and employed in main-stream media or otherwise Marxist in nature, you'll probably find this work perfectly balanced.)
Perlmutter's insight is truly invaluable, personally meaningful, and based on sound (and often recent) scientific study; and should be weighed in any dietary considerations. Though he is a bit more humanist and a believer in a millions-of-years-old earth, his reasoning regarding brain chemistry and nutrition are easy enough to digest and winnow from the chaff. What makes this a tough listen is Peter Ganim's sardonic tone. His delivery style is reminiscent of a dramatized Ayn Rand novel, but Perlmutter doesn't set about to lampoon elitists and collectivists, so Ganim's inflection only serves to detract from a book worth studying. To his credit, Ganim does a good job of pronouncing and maintaining meter through some difficult scientific language. I do recommend this book, but warn against Ganim's tone.
Phenomenal story! Brandford astutely presents facts and figures in a dramatic story, bringing history alive. Simon Vance' delivery is impeccable. This is a paradigm to be studied and emulated, but will never be eclipsed.
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