This is an excellent book.
I used to believe that we have always done our best as a country to protect ourselves; then I hear a clear, detailed, well narrated and consistent book like this one, and it makes me want to believe the book must be wrong. I mean, we're the good guys, right? The book may make one exclaim, "Say it ain't so!" But it is so.
The book discusses in detail how we dropped the ball and invited disaster by closing our eyes so we "See No Evil." It also lays out just how evil Iran-Contra was and how it facilitated the 9/11 attacks. But there is plenty of blame to go around and the book is very harsh on Clinton as well.
This book covers similar material as another from the same author "Sleeping with the Devil." Both lay out the true price we pay for oil.
If you as a reader do NOT want to know how we are our own worst enemy, do not read this book; you won't believe it anyway. For the rest of us who want to know more about what is being kept secret from us "for our own good," this is a must read.
And then listen to "Sleeping with the Enemy."
If you dare.
I have found the concepts described in this book to be very practical and immediately useful. It includes checklists that make the ideas very concrete and directly applicable to individual situations. Essentially, it picks up where books like "He's Just Not That Into You" leave off. It gives the why.
You won't regret listening to this if you are even a little bit interested in this topic.
Both practical and backed up by studies.
Highlight of the book are the immediately useful checklists.
The narrator is very good. The only minor quibble I have is that the book is slightly repetitious.
I liked the intro. But after about 20 min into the first chapter I found the book very repetitive. I skipped to the last bookmark and listened for the last hour or so. I got enough out of this. The last 20 min summary was worth listening to.
I loved "Atlas Shrugged" so it was w/ great interest that I started this book. I just could not get into the protagonist, Rourke. To me he sounded autistic. He was too rigid in his ideals, and his ideals seemed arbitrary and absurd to me. He is essentially imposing his own sense of asthetic beauty on everyone else around him; it does not work for me. I could not continue listening after finishng the first part of 4.
However, I do plan to get "In The Living" and see if I like that as much as "Atlas Shrugged."
I had trouble with the main premise of this book. Without spoiling it, Mr. Brown fails to distinguish basic computing principles when he constructed the central premise. This left me flat. Just as he did in "Angels And Demons," Mr. Brown stretches credulity too much for me to really enjoy this book. So far, he is a one hit wonder.
I really liked this book. It's purpose is to make the listener aware of many things that we do automatically. He characterizes what we do that works and what doesn't. Highly recommended.
This book does a good job of continuing the Ender story. But it does not deliver the psychological insights as powerfully as Ender's Game does. The multi-narrator performance is better done than in Ender's Game. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, you will not be sorry if you want to hear all 4 of the Ender books.
I found this book very useful in helping to understand the behaviors of my autistic son who is now 16. Any who are with autistics as educators or family members would greatly benefit from reading this book. Highly recommended.
I am very familiar w/ the operetta. I like knowing more of the detail that the show does not go into. But knowing the pacing of the musical made this book too slow for me to finish.
If you are not familiar w/ the music, this book may be good for you.
When I first downloaded this, I was unsure if I was unsure that I would like it. I found it enthralling, touching and very funny in parts. Highly recommended.
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