This was just a great story. I love the periodical facts that go along with the story. I love this author and the performance keeps the book intact.
This was a fascinating book on the history of civilizations. If someone holds a prejudice about certain races or people being superior based on the fact that their culture dominated the world, then this book will put a major dent into that thinking. Jared Diamond makes a compelling case that the societies which came to dominate the modern world did so by advantages in their environment.
Overall, this book helped explain why some societies came to dominate others. It was not due to an innate advantage in intelligence from one population to another. Instead, certain areas of the world were easier to civilize than others. Once a society had the means of producing excess food, civilization could advance. Some people were conquered, while others adapted to new technologies and advanced it themselves.
I would definitely recommend this book to any reader interested in how today's societies came about. It will help debating racists that claim that one race's conquering another means they are innately superior. For me, this book gave a foundation in early civilizations that is lacking when studying them independently.
This book will be familiar to people that know about the history of Christmas. The author takes the historical facts and weaves them in with fictional characters to make a nice story. I highly recommend listening without the kids before sharing as the author gives some people from history immortality and that may not fit in with a child's knowledge of history. It certainly would be tough for a child to explain this story to his or her friends.
The story itself is entertaining and is a nice trip through history. If you like Christmas stories in general, this will make a nice addition to your collection.
Nice collection of essays on Christmas. If you study the subject, this will be a good read to further your knowledge and have more questions than when you started. If you are looking for a nice Christmas story, this may not be the best story. Overall, this worked for me as someone who knows the history of Christmas and was looking to gets varied opinions on the subject.
This was a compelling story about Reconstruction. It does not touch much beyond the social issues of reconstruction and its effects on the South. What the story excels at is showing the promise of the post Civil War reforms and how those reforms were ultimately rolled back by the South still fighting for its old order. Rather than move forward from the Civil War, the South regressed back to many of its problems and put off true social change for 100 years.
Particularly helpful is the way the book went beyond the 1880's and includes how the historians and fictional writers of the early 20th century tried to rewrite Reconstruction as a vengeful act of a few northern Republicans. Civil rights were not revenge. They were a right for the southern citizens and this book explains how close we were to that change and then how it was all rolled back.
I enjoyed the book and learned more about the time period. I wish the author had spent some more time on the northern social issues during this time. To put little focus on them leaves out the southern argument that Reconstruction was imposing a social order on the South that the North did not have.
The story wanders through politicians around the civil war. Seems a chunk takes place before and during the war. While it does give a decent history of civil rights from 1865-1876, it is not a reconstruction history.
This was a fantastic book. It transports you from boat to boat, describing the trials that these solo sailors face in this great race. When the author opens a window to a particular incident, he does well to close it out. You really get a feel for the race and what drives these sailors to make the toughest passage around the world.
This book was the worst I have ever listened to. From the start, the author is condescending to everyone that is not presently mirroring his thinking. His descriptions of the people around him are mostly negative and he tries to portray himself as superior to everyone else. He often talks about his desires in life and within minutes is criticizing the people that live the way he just claimed to desire.
I was able to persevere through the arrogant ranting in the first half by waiting for his failures to come out. I laughed at the author, not with him when he made mistake after mistake.
If you are a sailor there is very little to get from this book. What he writes about is usually wrong. His disasters at sea (if you call cruising along the West Coast at sea) end when he has to get the boat back to San Diego alone. Somehow with a crew all his mistakes are made and when he is alone he becomes some sort of sea dog. It makes the whole book suspicious when his best moments come without a witness.
There is no sailing knowledge to be gleaned from this book. If you think eating an overcooked hamburger and drinking a lot of coffee is an accomplishment, this book will give you plenty of similar feats. If you are looking for a book where the sailor respects the sea and longs to be part of it, you will not find it here.
I wish I could purge this book from my memory.
This book is about a man who has a crisis and decides to sail. I did not like how this was just a thing to accomplish for him. He often would say things like conquering the storm or achieving the tough passage. I definitely would not want to be this guy’s friend. He is arrogant and always right. He even talks about hitting a right of way boat and then says that the other boat set him up. That is a convenient excuse for being negligent and then running away from his responsibility.
He does have an interesting story to tell. His descriptions of the sailing experience and some of the tough parts were well written. He has some epiphanies that are worth hearing about.
His story was inconsistent at times and barely believable. Read this book with caution. This is not about someone who loves and appreciates the sea. He is not very knowledgeable about sailing. It is a sixty year old man who decides to sail away and considers any accomplishment as conquering something. The book focuses more on his thoughts than the sailing I was hoping to read about.
I liked the characters and the story setting. The descriptions of bullfighting and scenery were great. Really got a feeling I was there. On the bad side, I did not know why I was there. The whole story kind of seemed aimless.
No. The reading of the story was too lethargic. Made the whole story just seem listless. I much prefer the other Hemingway books. For Whom the Bell Tolls was fantastic.
Too lethargic. Seemed like all the characters were William Hurt. Other narrators seem to do a better job making the characters more unique in the reading.
Yes. I would like to see the scenery in a movie. Despite the light plot, Hemingway paints with his words and the beauty of the places shine through.
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