This book is an engaging review of historic collapses of civilizations. The author can't quite hide his left-leaning environmental orientation, but still keeps the book reasonably centered. It would be a good read for kids in school as it demonstrates that the long historic record of mankind is that he is not a steward of his environment.
I listened to this book four times to date. This book lays out history in a completely new and insightful way and provides razor sharp insight into what is going on in society now and what is to come. It is at once hopeful and terrifying.
This book explains - in plain English - why some societies prosper and others stagnate in poverty. It should be a must read in all schools in America.
I've been studying Russian for 5 years using audio books. This one is useless.
This book is essentially a description of the massive data set these two researchers have compiled that will serve as the basis of hundreds of papers and inquiries. If you expect more, you'll be disappointed.
I suppose Hawking boils down his world to the simplest, most basic concepts, but once we drifted into quantum mechanics it became difficult to follow. Well, at least now I know what I don't know.
Morris makes the same tragic mistake of many partisan commentators. He crosses the line of credibility - only so slightly. He takes facts to the stretched interpretation and does not even hint at the opposite point of view. Debates are won in the end not through rhetoric, but through substantive weight. This book COULD HAVE BEEN a credible contribution to the ongoing debate for the soul of America, but it just misses.
If you want to know what the brave men of the US Marines experienced in defeating the Japanese, this is the book to read. It is agonizing to get through because it conveys the agony of a line Marine. It is a book you will be unable to purge from your mind - ever. This book was also the basis for the HBO Series "The Pacific." When one compares the two, it becomes clear that "The Pacific" focused on the dark side of the US Marines and soft peddled the atrocities of the Japanese. Shameful.
I've been studying Russian for 5 years using primarily audio books. This book suffers from the same malady as all the others I have used to date - it does not explain the grammar behind the language at all. Words change between sentences and there is no explanation. This would be OK if there was sufficient repetition using the same words, but there is not. The book will build vocabulary a bit and provide some catch phrases, but you will not know Russian.
Unless you're listening to this book with a huge poster and pen, rapidly copying down the names and relationships of the parade of rulers over Britain, you'll be totally lost after five minutes. It reads like the first few chapters of genesis...
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