I loved the idea of zeroing in on a particular time period. I've read some other Bill Bryson and liked it ok. I haven't seen the book which I hope to get from the library. I can't believe it was written as badly as it was spoken.
It was amazing to think that back in those days tens of thousands of people would come out for a celebration of a "hero". I also liked the descriptions of Fordlandia!
A better reader would have done wonders for the book.
Yes. It inspired me to look up Sacco and Vanzetti and perhaps someday(way down the list) to delve into Hoover(Herbert and J.Edgar).
Bill Bryson should be informed that he is not a reader!!
Yes. I really was struck with this first person account although it may be less than objective. It was a sadder day in 1960 with the promotion of Federal involvement in education and healthcare,especially,due to the unbridled socialistic tendencies of the day and blatant disregard for the checks and balances left in place to prevent another New Deal debacle.
I got a different perspective on Mamie. She seemed like a boring sort especially in view of Ike's affair with Kay during the war. She played a lot of solitaire but, with the inception of the great TV awakening, the emphasis in the household switched. It is hard to imagine this former first couple eating dinner on TV trays. Mamie had to adjust to having Ike around so much. It was also insightful to realize that the original grub stake was from Mamie's family. She bought the farm. Her true allegiances were made clear at the end of Eisenhower's life.
Incarcerated in the Walter Reed Presidential Suite as doctors"saved his life". She ensconced herself in a small room next door separated only from Ike by a small partition.
Perhaps she was still worried about the pretty nurses??
During the last few decades Eisenhower is not polled very highly. His care for his grandson,David,is obvious. When he felt like the grim reaper was calling after several false attempts, he still maintained his care for David as an individual and lived to see him married to Julie Nixon which helped him to die in peace.
No, it was the overall experience of the first-hand account.
I have to admit that I was skeptical of this book because of it's "Favorite Son" author, but it was an intimate portrait of a man that very few knew intimately.
Sorry it ended!
Dr. Mutter's Marvels and other stories like Working Stiff that actually take you to the workplace.
The description of finding Bitty,although very grim, reminds me of what is still happening today. People get lost by the world although they are still very much alive. Sometimes there is no call for help before a chainsaw or ax or knife or gun or bomb takes lives.
No, I had to digest some parts of it and go back to it to listen again. This book could use a sequel since I am sure the stories could go on and on!!
One of the very best books ever!! It actually describes a community which is remote enough to be dependent on the others in the community. We would be fortunate to find such a community today in a time where our remoteness may be technological.
If the book had been much shorter it may have been more tolerable.
Nope, never heard of her,before.
People normally shouldn't read their own books.
I suppose"hope". Although I was not overly impressed, if this story helps even one person who may be stuck in the past, I suppose it was worth publishing.
A million times better because the reading by brother and sister made the book alive and very real. Great idea!!
It is hard to pick one favorite. Connie is the star in many ways, but the support of her family and others, not even personally acquainted, was the real inspiration taken from this book. We have come to believe, in this age, that one person or small group of people can not make more than a little ripple in a very small pond. Em and Hilda are just as bright in the realm of stars although they had supporting roles.
I can not choose. They were both spectacular and honest. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone in the world.
I can not even imagine Sam going along a path of gravel for miles on a unicycle. I hope he continues to do better even after his sister dies.
As a Christian, I obviously was dismayed at the lack of spiritual clarity of the people in this group coalesced by the threat of mortal death. It is rare to know you will certainly die, shortly, and I think that preparation for the eternal life that surely must come after the demise of our mortal tents would certainly be foremost in my mind, if faced with the same circumstances. I can not think of how it would be to live without reliance on the God, our maker and the ruler of the world. I hope maybe that they do have faith in God and His promises for the hereafter.
The book was not too badly written. It was an interesting subject. I knew that Patton was wary of the Russians when everyone else in the war was sure they were our friends. If some of his suggestions would have been followed, Europe may have had a better outcome for its people. He thought that it would be best not to have big war tribunals,etc.
He felt that the behavior towards those who had been Nazi's should have been more forgiving (Grant/Lincoln like forgiveness). His death was mysterious. Yes, I would probably skim another O'Reilly book but not if he was the reader.
Patton supposedly died an accidental death although a great many details of that "accident" were left unrecorded or "lost". There were many enemies from Ike to the Russians who would have preferred him to be dead.
HE IS JUST AN EXPRESSIONLESS READER.
No. I have to admit I did not endure the whole laborious, monotonous performance.I had to skip to the end.
Ants with purpose
No book that I have personally read.
Yes, she did an excellent job!! You really got the first person narration.
Yes, it was enthralling and well woven. It might have taken two sittings!!
I am thankful for the exploration of the contribution of this bustling community to the war effort. I wish there would be more followup of whether atomic energy has done more good than bad!
I thought I knew a little about this piece of history.....NOT REALLY! Things were not always as our 5th grade history books said they were. This book served to fill in a few holes but may have caused some bigger ones!! The truth of history is like the layers of an onion or a box of chocolates, if you prefer! Chris Sorensen is a seamless reader and the writing is superb. It was not a good idea to start listening at night!
The death of Dr. Warren, the Adams' own family physician has always stirred an emotional response and gut wrenching remorse at the untimely demise of such a stalwart and useful member of society? Now, i wonder if he was such a man or a horse of a different color?
Poor Josiah Quincy sailing back and forth to England in such a precarious state of health!
Yes....I almost made it but it is long. I wonder why I am a little tired today!!
This is a book that every high school student should absolutely read! (and everyone else mature enough for the true stuff of war).
The fact that Gary Greenberg is only a psychotherapist and not a psychiatrist immediately raises the red flags that he has his own agenda to promote. He does. He has divorced himself from the whole sorry mess and does not use any codes or bill insurance companies. He does say that he tries to be benevolent in his billing scale. He further advocates for boys who want to be girls and vice versa and helps his patients to rationalize whatever behavior they choose.
This question is not really applicable to this book, but I suppose that I would have found the book more acceptable, if he hadn't pushed his own agenda so obviously.
I agree wholeheartedly that the DSM-5 is a book that no one really needs to buy and that the entire practice of psychiatry and psychology is pseudoscience.
This book masterfully tied up some loose ends in my knowledge of pre-revolutionary North American History
It was written in the woven style of Chernow in Washington: A Life. George was a key figure in the French and Indian war,also.
Simon Vance should be cloned. He is an excellent narrator who moves to French with ease and whose cadence is perfect.
Blood and Gore for a Winning Score
I appreciate the intrigues of the Iroquois League much better. What better way for Quakers to fight than to have Indians do it for them!!
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