Detailed, thoughtful, and constructive.Senator Tom Coburn uses this book to make a few points about the challenges we face as a country. The first is that our congress is plagued by what he calls "careerism" which is responsible for wasteful decisions designed not to provide valuable government services, but to aid in reelection efforts. He discusses the propensity that congress has for creating new programs, rather than doing the hard work required to fix the programs we already have that are designed to do the same things, but which are not working. The second is that both parties are to blame and that no reconciliation of our problems can occur unless both sides abandon their ideologies long enough to find solutions. He also makes some good points about the expansion of the role of government since its founding which were persuasive even to a liberal leaning person such as myself.
I would recommend the book to friends because it is a good way to motivate citizens to take a greater role in influencing their legislators.
This is a book of non fiction. The narrator did a good job.
The discussions about way our congress does business did make me a little sad.
This book convinces me more than ever that government is actually not the problem. The problem is that we have bad government, and we have to do something about it.
I have always loved Faulkner's writing and have read most of his works. This reading of Light in August was masterful. Will Patton reads this very complicated text in such a way that it becomes amazingly easy to follow. For anyone familiar with the effort required to follow Faulkner's intricate and challenging prose, this will be recognized as quite an accomplishment.
The storyline detailing the experiences of Joe Christmas, from boarding school to adoption to adulthood, and his struggle to understand and cope with his heritage, vividly illustrates the difficulty and confusion of those times.
There are many beautiful passages in this one. Faulkner is a masterful writer, but there are times when he is really in his stride. No one is better then.
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