Often, a book about a specific point in time can either become bogged down in detailed listings of uninteresting (yet important) events, or cover the topic at such a high level that it's impossible for the poorly informed (like myself) to understand what is going on. This book avoids those pitfalls. It gives a great insight into the personalities around FDR, the people who don't make the pages of regular history books. Compelling listening.
Sure, this isn't my top genre, but at the same time, I was hoping for something far better. There is a shallowness in the characters, which, if ironic would be brilliant, but early in reading, it occurred to me that this wasn't a deliberate style choice, but a failure of imagination.
For a book with a decent idea, and an entertaining writing style, the lack of character development is a fatal flaw.
This book is quite simply the funniest thing I've read since Hitchhikers Guide, and that was some time ago. It maintains throughout a gentle, sarcastic tone and realistic fiction.
I couldn't possibly recommend it more highly.
History told through the eyes of people. This book gives a solid understanding and a genuine sympathy for all those involved. Not a stuffy list of dates and facts, or a caricature of good Vs. bad.
If a smart witty writer set out to write a satire on politically motivated mis-interpretation of history, a finer job would be hard to find. Attracted by the title, I approached this book expecting an exploration of how some of FDRs polices were exploited by carpet-baggers or possibly a comparison with later downturns, and how policies advocated, but never used in the great depression would have been more helpful.
Instead, this book is one of the greatest acts of revisionism I've ever seen. Making an assertion, then selecting information that makes the case. No comparison with the 1890s downturn is made, no facts contrary to the case admitted.
This book should be studied in schools as an example of creative writing.
The best thing about this book is the cover art. Considering how awesome the cover art is, that's not as bad as it sounds, but still, it's a bit ordinary. This book is generally well written, if occasionally the author becomes a little self-indulgent with a too-cute turn of phrase.
My problem with the book is that it was dramatically less ambitious that I was hoping for. I'm not normally a great reader of zombie-fiction, because fantasy isn't my thing, but this idea sounded cool. The delivery was a little less dramatic though, less white-trash, and less zombie.
This book isn't for partisan party-lovers (or haters). Written by a man who clearly knows where he stands, and why he supports (and opposes) the major parties, it gives clear, clean insight into the developments in the Republican Party in the last fifty years. If there was one word to describe this book, it would be 'honest', there's no pretension or spin on behalf of the author; instead he provides a clear understanding of his point of view, and an intelligent analysis of why it's failing.
This book openly criticizes most people in the political spectrum, but keeps the punches above the belt. Listen, understand something you (and the RNC) don't understand.
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