Although the book does have its interesting moments -- some factual, some gossipy -- it more reminded me of my law school days (now more than 25 years ago) of listening to a student "briefing a case" to the professor and class. That was uninteresting. What's more, the book makes an argument that a pervasive right wing conspiracy is afoot in the the selection of Justices to overturn Roe v. Wade and other cases of perceived judicial activism. That could be, but I felt the arguments as presented were either weak, unsupported, or did not add up. I thought Woodward's "The Brethren" was far better. This book was quite underwhelming.
This is an excellent book. The book describes life in Washington during the Civil War and reveals valuable insights and anecdotes of a different era in this "southern" city during a time of national crisis. Well-researched and well-written (the book won a Pulitzer Prize) the book was published around 1940. Its writing style reflects the time when it was written; slightly more formal than books hitting the market today. This book is now long forgotten by the public--unfortunately--but it left an indelible impression on me regarding a time long past during our nation's greatest challenge. Highly recommend.
Interesting premise -- that 6 past, present, and future presidents--were involved in the 1920 election. The author does a good job of painting the backdrop of the 1920 race. My rating, just 3 stars, actually should be 3.5 stars--to be fair.
This book started with a bang, but ended in a whimper. I have read many histories and biographies; in fact, two of the best historical books I have ever read--"No Ordinary Time" and "Team of Rivals" were written by this author. This book is not of the same cloth. It is dull,unimaginative, and not worth the time. I cannot recommend this book. Still, I gave it 3 stars because of its obvious meticulous research. By the way, Edward Hermann, as always, is a fantastic narrator. So it was with his narration in this book.
An excellent history of WWII. Very comprehensive with fresh insights. Recommend. I especially enjoyed the analysis regarding what Stalin thought of Roosevelt & Truman.
A thorough and balanced biography of Churchill from 1940-65. I thought this book--of the three book trilogy--was clearly the best. The author, unlike many others, does not necessarily fall in love with his subject, He is objective. All the while, Paul Reid painstakingly sets the stage of WWII itself. This provides a wonderful backdrop to Churchill's goings on. Hence, we essentially have WWII from Churchill's vantage point. For me, this is a refreshing way to read about WWII.
This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.
I think the stories, occasionally wrapped in life lessons, could not have been more interesting. If this book is not a bestseller, it should be.
It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.
This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.
I eagerly anticipated that this book would be as insightful as the author's most recent book, The World is Flat (which was a wonderful book). Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.
The basic premise for Friedman's argument -- that America's current fossil-fuel infrastructure mandates drastic change because CO2 by-products cause "weather-weirding" or global warming -- is based on razor thin credible evidence. I realize that this is a controversial subject and that reasonable minds can differ; however, the author presents virtually no alternative viewpoints on whether global warming exists and whether it is man-made.
I did appreciate some of Friedman's prescient political and social forecasting. I also liked some of the history of how we ended up where we are. Nevertheless, I think the debate over global warming is based on political faith and not on scientific fact.
Despite all of this, I concur with Friedman's goal of changing our energy infrastructure NOT because of global warming, but because it will further our national interests of less dependency on foreign oil, reduce the influence of "oil dictators," and create a cleaner environment.
This book is just "ok." It is not earth shattering, however, and I don't buy into its alarmist tones without a further factual basis.
This is a masterpiece. The history is excellent. The writing style is great. The narration is fantastic. Rarely do I give such high marks, but this book has it all. Even if you have no interest in history, you will still be interested in this book. A friend of mine, who I recommended this book, called me up nearly in tears after listening to the passage of FDR's death. In a word, "riveting."
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