This books goal must have been to create shock and awe. I enjoy reading point/counterpoint pieces, but I wish someone would have mentioned to me that this book is so over the top that even a conservative like me was a little ashamed.
When listening to a book it can be difficult to keep the author honest. Especially when it comes to sources and dates, but this book made me feel cheap and dirty. For example, (and not a specific reference) a point might be made about a topic in the 1930's, and then seamlessly the narrator reads a substantiating reference piece from the 1910 or some time in the early 1900's, but not within 10 years of 1930. This point may not seem clear to readers of the book, but I would guess most listeners were annoyed by this, and in the future listeners of the book should be brought up to speed verbally if there is some hook I missed.
In closing, do not buy this book. I feel you will walk away with a little more knowledge, but that can be accomplished by reading a highlight piece on the civil war, and a little bit about the Lusitania. Not worth the money or the time.
This is a life changing book. 99% of America will learn something, and for the vast majority of that percentage you will learn more than you can imagine. Just like you cannot imagine how small a proton is or how big the universe is, you will be amazed at how easy it is to grasp truly vast concepts. If you do not learn something than you are truly a universe of knowledge, or kidding yourself.
Read it, love it and learn.
Just spectacular. I truly loved it. Charlie was and I assume is someone special, and the way Crile covers his good and bad sides is amazing. I found the spin power of the jewish politcal circle to be eye opening, and the relationship between good policy and bad politics to be razor thin. It is a small planet, and for those with the right strings it is easy to make it move and shake. Charlie had the right strings because of his strong pro jewish politics, and his open and warm personality. I look forward to seeing Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks make this book sing on the screen.
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