Everything in Duncan's review sums up my experience having just listened to this book.
The author's down-to-earth while engaging and detailed style made this one of my favorite recent listens. Sure made two long drives fly right past. Gave me a much different perspective on things 'over there' than all other media sources have. Just a warning - quite a bit of front-line infantry style profanity than a more traditional documentary format so might be better to avoid if that is going to offend you. I found myself laughing out loud frequently though.
First off, if you have never read O'Rourke before, make sure you will not be offended by regular mocking of left-wing policies and government interference in free markets. If this offends you and you are not willing to listen to his points, you will not enjoy this work.
Since this is not an issue for me, I enjoyed this as much as I have other of his works. Even though it's 12 years old at this point, it still has mostly accurate information that has changed in only a few areas since publication.
I listened to this work on a very lengthy drive in a single shot and it made the time pass quickly. I tuned out in a few areas where there was a little rambling, hence the 4 star and not a 5 star rating.
I was also disappointed in the audible format 4 quality of the recording - it sounded more like a compressed format 1 recording. It becomes tolerable after you get used to it though. Perhaps I have been spoiled by more recent releases that have better quality on audible. This one though wasn't as good as quality as say books on tape or cd from the library.
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