It is a great story and documents American life in the Depression and Germany's rising power.
In the midst of world events of great magnitude, is a wonderful story of grit and human determination, well illustrated by the book's focus on one rower, his abandoning family and his remarkable will.
He makes every story he does important and enjoyable.
This is a story about America during a critical time. Everyone who has a relative who lived through the depression, will learn and grow from reading/listening to this book.
There is way too much in here about the author and the people who breed Rin Tin Tin descendants.. To me it is like watching a TV show about hoarders. These people are obsessive, but that does not make them interesting.
If the author had been told to write the story with half the pages, the book surely would have been three times better. Information about the dogs that were in Hollywood was relevant and relatively important. I do not care why the author became obseessive about Rin Tin Tin - enough.
I only finsihed the book because we were discussing it at our book club, but it was painful.
The author uses first person dialogue to make this book more interesting than what it probably otherwise would be. At the end of the book is an interview with the author who admited that he often best-guessed what the characters probably said under the circumstances. The interview is worth listening to before you read the book. I was torn between being interested in what was said vs, "how would he know they said that?"
The book has lots of financial information that CPA's might better understand. Yet, the book is very "readable" and generally very understandable. The author points to corporate culture as being a large culprit for the failures. He should take that premise and apply it to other situations for another book.
Give him high credit for the immense amount of research and little personal judgment he applied to the indivdual characters - the reader is free to form his or her own conclusions with lots of evidence. My conclusions varied with the characters and their knowledge and/or ignorance.
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