In this book Dr. Loewen takes a look at the some of the major conflicting issues in our most commonly re-told histories of the USA. His choice of historical material touched on many of the taboo subject other history courses seem to skim over, yet fit into the limit of 8 hours The Modern Scholar series seems to have. You can tell that Dr. Loewen takes pride in his work and enjoys talking about it, which adds to the enjoyment of the listener. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed re-looking at the history of the USA with a slightly different, perhaps less bias view. I have not checked his references, so I hope we can take his word for it.
So why the 4 star review? Chapter 13, his last chapter, did not seem as organized or as focused as the others. His overall premise is sold, just the choice of words and stories were not effective, I felt. I would give a 4.5 if I could for this small complaint.
After listening to this book, I felt like the world's history was opening up for me. This comes from someone who doesn't often read about history, so veterans and scholars of the subject will probably disagree due to general lack of details. This is acceptable because I bought this book not wanting to listen to 40-50 hours of historical storytelling. Ralph Cosham's narration fits well with Gombrich's storytelling flow, and made the historic events interesting enough that I hope to read more about some select topics. If the author had began writing this book more recently, I would lower this rating to a 4 star one due to the lack of non-European events. However, I forgive him since the first edition was published in 1935. I hope to re-listen again this summer but this time with a notepad.
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