Well researched and well argued. Dr. Miller looks at traditional diets from the perspective of modern medicine, and modern nutrition and explains why modern American diets fall short of the mark when it comes to long-term health. If diet is something you would like to examine, I recommend this book. If you are interested in the slow food movement, read this book. If you are a Michael Pollan fan, read this book. If you think that it is more than coincidence that rates of certain diseases rise dramatically when people adopt a Western diet, read this book. If you struggle with poor health and low energy, read this book. If you are healthy, and have no interest in the topic of diet....then I guess you might not be interested...
The lack of real history
Didn't seem like a real historical account but more like a fluff piece for the local news. Only the second audio book that I failed to finish.
The most interesting part is that the author was personally in Germany during the war.
The author is not a historian but a journalist. Althouth this is not necessarily a fatal flaw, I felt he did not have a good sense for the lessons of history and what things were important. He seemed like a American reporter from the 1940s with the sort of opinions that might imply. He ranted quite a bit about how much fault the people of Germany must bear but made not attempt to relate that to how other people's behaved under similar circumstances. He goes on about Nazi atocities, but glosses over relavent incidents cause by allied powers. I think this author is not a good source to learn the history. He is too deeply vested in American bias and he is writing too close to the war to have the perspective that only time can provlde.
A remarkable real-life tragedy worthy of a Shakespeare play or a Greek tragedy. The author does a remarkable job of exploring the known facts of the life of our "hero", and depicting a complex character that defies easy categorization. If you are a person who rushes to judgment and likes to pretend the world is simple and without nuance, then keep moving on. If you are the sort of person who can't imagine why anyone would risk their life for no material gain, you might want to look elsewhere. But, If you are intrigued by those who look to break the bonds of convention, with little fear of consequence, you might want to read this. If you plan to see the movie, watch that first. The book will spoil the movie, but the movie doesn't spoil the book.
At times, it seems like a book about the life of Ceasar, at times it seems like a book about the Jewish wars. Sometimes it refocuses on the tenth legion, but seems to forget it for substantial periods. The author was very inconsistent and can't seem to make up his mind about what sort of book to write. Sometimes he seems to take stories from ancient historians without question, sometimes he exhibits a degree of skepticism. Maybe he needs a better editor....overall it was interesting but I can't give it high marks.
Apparently there is not much information about Attila from primary sources so much of this book is the author's speculations complete with descriptions of the curtains, invented dialog and such. I think it would have been a better book if he had taken less time making things up and more time presenting archeological or other evidence to create a picture of Attila. The discussions of horse archery and bow making were interesting but invented narratives of what a possible assasin may have said are just a waste of time. Perhaps he really wanted to write a historical novel. I give this a thumbs down. There must be better books that you could be listening to.
This it the first audiobook that I just plain had to stop listening to. From the hour or so that I did manage to sit through it seemed a bit anglo-centric and doted on various English heroes. It definitely did not help that the narrator used a cheesy french accent everytime he spoke quote from frenchmen. It makes them sound stupid and detracts from the overall work. I also found it a bit boring...
Overall a well done book. It jumped around a bit chronologically and it did contain the aforementioned temperature errors but I did not feel that it detracted from the book. It is not a narrative of the war but gives some perspective to the significance of the roles of the various combatants and some perspective that helps balance the home country centric view that you may have learned in school.
Patricia McConnell is the genuine article. If you truly want to learn how to effectively train animals and understand their behavior, learn it from an educated animal behaviorist with standing in the field, not some self-educated "whisperer" without accurate knowledge or credentials. Patricia does an excellent job of explaining principles of animal behavior and showing you how to use them to improve your relationship with your dog. Educational and entertaining too!
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