Never expected that an episode of american history normally summed up in a a paragraph or two could be made into such a fascinating book.
Brilliantly researched and written...you will feel as if you are there beside Booth & his conspirators (and sometimes even inside their heads)during every step of their plotting and attempted escape.
I normally don't comment on narration, but this is the first I've heard that really does add to the drama of the story without being over the top.
At its best, this book unearths great details about Oppenheimer which reveal insight into his unique personality, genius and life's work. It also sheds light on how he and his work impacted US foreign policy and the world long after WWII.
Unfortunately, the potential to be a 4 or 5 star was dashed by hours of tedious and repetitve details of FBI investigations, administrative security clearance hearings and people who are completely tangential.
Let's face it...26 hours (700+ pages) about one man is just too much. The authors did great work, but could have used a better editor.
Very thorough and well written history of England from 1650 to 1700. However, the title topic - the Glorious Revolution - does not take place until at least 3/4 through the book.
While some historic context would have been necessary and appreciated, a couple chapters could have set the stage. By the time the revolution happens, there is actually less detail about IT than is provided about many other much less significant events.
I also had hoped for an analysis of how the American revolution or constitution might have been influenced by the preceding Glorious Revolution, but was disappointed to hear just 10 minutes or so crammed in at the end on this topic.
If you want to know every detail of 1650s to 1690s british politics, this book will be a dream come true. If you are interested in what "Inspired America's Founding Fathers" as described in the subtitle, please save your money and look elsewhere.
A truly unbelievable story from a self-described "naive, middle class outsider" who gets honest and full access to the world of one Chicago's toughest housing projects.
Amazing insight into the different subcultures (gang leaders, members, hustlers, single moms, police and more) living in the projects and how they co-exist and try to survive. Not only unbelievably illuminating (especially for those who have only driven by the projects on the highway) but also incredibly poignant as each of Sudhir's acquaintences comes to life as a real person trapped in a surreal world.
Have to agree that the narrator's attemps at character voices were pretty weak. However, this did little to damage the overall experience.
After getting a very interesting, entertaining and elucidating look at the world of low-wage workers in Nickel & Dimed, I looked forward to something similar from Bait & Switch.
Unfortunately, this book failed to live up to even it's back-cover synopsis. All I got was an uninspired look at a bumbling job search. No insight on the risks and hardships of working in corporate america.
Failing to provide any first-hand insight (or even very much 2nd-hand insight) on the issue, the author also fails to offer any research-based insight into the issues of lack of medical care, job security, etc.
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