I am a huge fan of Roman history and I liked Madden's lectures in Odyssey of the West and Upon this Rock; however, this book was a difficult to complete. The portions that describe Rome are interesting, but Madden constantly beats you with his Empire of Trust thesis. In Madden's words, Empire of Trust is 'hyperbole masquerading as argument.'
If you are interested in Roman history check out The Modern Scholar: A History of Ancient Rome by Titchener. She presents a similar argument minus the thesis beating.
I found nothing of value in this title. I have most of the modern scholar titles, and they are generally very good. Avoid this one.
I was hoping for something more from the famous Nate Silver. If you have had a sophomore statistics class, then you won't find anything new here. I don't understand why this book gets such good reviews. It's not a bad book, but it's not ground breaking either.
This book is pure laissez-faire/free-market rhetoric. I am a big fan of economic history, and I would recommend "The Ascent of Money" by Ferguson, "The Great Depression Ahead" by Dent, and "The New Golden Age" by Batra instead of this book.
This book was a waste of a credit.
I am surprised that no one has reviewed this title. It is a very interesting listen. I thought it might be boring, but it details how the US legal system started and evolved with social pressures thereafter. Should be a required part of high school curricula. I am a non-legal type; lawyers might find it too light...maybe not.
Good idea, but this title is only 50 minutes long and includes a lot of narration by the publisher. How about actually letting us listen to "The President Calling" instead of someone else talking about the Presidential conversations? I didn't find it worth the money.
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