This is the 1st and only work I have read about Malcolm X. l recently became interested in his life after hearing some of his speeches and life history in short podcasts during Black History Month.
The print version of this book may be a better option than audio because it is easier to skim or skip repetitive or tedious parts of the book. A significant part of the book is spent refuting details of Malcolm's autobiographical work with Alex Haley.The author recounts copious details of events and encounters, recalling factual interactions between Malcolm and multiple people in the Nation of Islam, without really giving depth to the non-Malcolm characters in the book. The interactions between Malcolm and the supreme leader seem especially repetitive and lack emotional context. One is left wondering why Malcolm is so devoted to the man who manipulates, shames, abuses, and takes him for granted, while simultaneously living a life of greed and adultery. I am still slogging through part 3 right now.
I would not recommend this book to anyone other than someone looking for a thorough, academic recounting of facts. Surely there is some more concise work that captures this compelling personality in a more dynamic way.
The description of Malcolm's death at the beginning of the book is very powerful and masterful storytelling.
I always find that the more I learn about civil rights era America, the more appalled I am at what people of color have had to endure and how foolish we are to believe we live in a
This is an enjoyable continuation of the Iron Druid series; if you liked the earlier books, you will probably not be disappointed. There is a lot of tantalizing foreshadowing and the story ends a bit abruptly, leaving the listner waiting anxiously for the next installment.
I love the Iron Druid Books; this was the first story in the series I had experienced as an audio book. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I thouroughly enjoyed Brené Brown's TED talks on vulnerability and shame; I had hoped that this book would be an expansion on those discussions by the author.
This book contains a lot of useful information and interesting anecdotes regarding overcoming shame, embracing reality, and having compassion for oneself and others. However, it is not written in a style that works well with audio. It contains many parts that I would just skim in a print book; it has reader exercises that would be more useful in a visual format; and there are parts that I would like to mark, think about, and come back to (not ealily done in this audio format).
A critique of the material is that it seems to focus primarily on women like Brown, herself: white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. Though there is a nod here and there to people who are not in those categories, it is pretty clear that this book does not do much to address the broader experience of people outside Brown's comfort zone. Then again, the audience that actually buys self-help books like this is primarily comprised of women, white, educated, mid-upper income, etc. (including me).
The author uses personal examples, psychological studies, and newsworthy events to show how people fail to see the (sometimes dangerous) reality around us.
This book was very well-paced and interesting to listen to. Though the work seems to have a very solid basis in scientific research, the author does a wonderful job of conveying the concepts in easy to understand terms and using examples to illustrate the concepts and help the listener relate to the situation being discussed.
This book is useful for understanding willful blindness in everyday personal and working relationships, as well as understanding the institutional flaws that lead to large scale disasters involving BP, Enron, and Wall Street.
This is a smart, well-researched, and entertaining book that explains how we got to the current state of the global reach of the US military/ industrial machine. I beleieve the audiobook is superior to the plain text in this case because Maddow's voice and tone convey the deeper nuance in phrases that might otherwise be read as flippant; when she says "Whoopsie!" when relaying a story about an avoidable error that results in serious consequences, you can hear that she is not making light of the error, but instead conveying the shock and frustration in an ironic way.
I found myself challenged to think more compassionately about the decisionmakers that brought us to this point, though I also was frustrated and horrified by the history of our nation's military evolution.
Maddow seems hopeful that our country's use of the military can change for the better, even though she has chronicled its blunders and misdeeds alongside its strengths.
Wild lends itself well to the audiobook format. The story is compelling, the characters are real, imperfect, and lovable. I found myself laughing out loud, crying, and thinking about the important stuff of life throughout the story.
The concept of using a challenging physical journey to deal with difficult life transitions is not original, but Strayed's unique journey has inspired me.
At one point Cheryl's mom, dying quickly from cancer, is angry because she never got to be in the driver's seat of her own life; she always compromised, put others first, and deferred her desires to a "later" that never came. This moment was particularly meaningful to me, as I have recently decided to take the reins of my own life in my early forties.
Yes I will listen to this again. Examines the flaws in institutions, and provides hope for solutions. The author compares everything from political parties, to Enron, to the Catholic church, to baseball, finding the common threads of successes and failures.
The discussion of narrowing the gap in social distance between people in order to create a better understanding and lead to better decision was insightful, yet rings true in a familiar way. You find yourself thinking that, "Of course, if people in power could really experience how other people lived, they could make better and more compassionate decisions."
I have already recommended this book to several friends. It is a view of American involvement in the middle east that we rarely see. According to the author's research and personal experiences with the bigwigs and the grunts, we are not only not winning hearts and minds, but we are actively furthering hostilities with our
The subject matter of this book is the most compelling. The writing occasionally seems like
I love how Lessig articulated the problems with money in politics in a way that I could understand. I had felt discomfort with the lobbyist-politician-corporation cycle, but I couldn't intelligently articulate why. Lessigs gives clear explanations and concrete examples to back up his theories. I didn't necessarily agree with everything he said (I thought his example describing the problem with the educational system was a bit oversimplified), but he makes a compelling overall case.
I have seen Lessig's TED talks and heard his interview for this book on the Daily show. The professor is both knowledgeable and able to communicate in easily understandable terms. His vocal performance in the book is OK, but he gets into
I would highly recommend this entertaining and informative audio book.
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