It was a refreshing departure from the "History" that is taught in colleges these days. It focuses less on racism, prejudice, and bigotry and more on politics, war, and the home. The obvious conservative bias makes it a little difficult to take seriously primarily due to the author's treatment of Clinton and George W Bush. Up until that point in the story, I was right with him in what seemed like a pretty fair assessment of major events in US history. The events of the recent past (with the exception of 9/11) don't seem as critical in the story of the country as other major past events, but one would not be able to make that determination based on the relative amount of time spent by the author in recounting this period.
This volume contains only stories you've heard before... occasionally with some new insight, but basically the same stuff you learned as an elementary and junior high schooler. Weren't there any unsung heroes in American History that aren't household names?
The depictions of the Civil War and the New Deal provided insights and opinions that I had never heard before.
It was quite long... but I spend a lot of time in the car. I wanted a start-to-finish history of the United States, and that's what I got. This can't be done in a shorter time period and still be worth listening to.
I would recommend this for the younger generation who probably hasn't heard some of these stories due to the changing curriculum in primary schools and to anyone who is tired of hearing that American is history is simply a story of racial bigotry and hatred.
When I first read this book, I felt as if Eisenstein had written the book that had been floating around in my head for the last several years. In this work, the author draws on the totality of knowledge that has been gathered by humans over the course in history and his previous, lofty works to answer the all-important questions: "How did we get to where we are as a species?" "What needs to change in order to change the course of humanity and the planet?" "What can I do about this nagging feeling that something is wrong here?" and "How can one solitary human make a difference in this out-of-control world?"
Charles argues that the negative direction that this planet and our species is heading can be traced back to one root cause: the stories that we live by that we use to answer the questions "why am I here?" "who are we as a species?" and "what is the right way to live?" I picked this up right after finishing David Korten's "Change the Story, Change the Future," and this work illuminates both the current story we are living by and the one that we need to inhabit in order to change the course of human history.
Read this immediately and begin standing in a new story of humanity.
This book ultimately falls short of what I expected. First, in an attempt to make the subject matter more entertaining, the author incessantly uses word play, puns, and revised old sayings. It's distracting and childish. At best these instances are cliche and at worst, they are just plain annoying. The most interesting parts of the book are the experiments the author designed to test some old wives' tales. Aside from that, the material is just rehashed work from others that came before him. Very little material that would be new for even an intermediate chef.
Also, he claims to not be a "nutritionist" several times to avoid making judgments about certain eating choices, yet has no problem defending refined sugars and grains, and spouting conventional wisdom about the detriments of saturated fats and red meat. As new studies reveal the connection between sugar and all types of diseases and health disorders and fat continues to be exonerated in study after study, this book will fall further into irrelevance like manuals on the flat earth or using leeches to treat disease.
The format of the book was wonderful. The first part is an explanation of the science and theory behind the author's work and the second part was a collection of individual case studies that related each of the topics presented in the first half to real-world scenarios.
I remember hearing the second real-life story from the second part of the book and thinking, "oh my, that's me." I was driving at the time and had to pull over to take a breather. It was a rush of sudden realization of what was likely holding me back in my life and relationships. Very eye-opening.
Along with a few other Audible titles, this work does a great job of combining cutting-edge science with real world examples, and spiritual/eastern thinking. This book is excellent if you are stuck in life and wanting to figure out why and where to go from here in order to progress.
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