It is easy to see how this book is relevant to understanding America today - society, politics and government.
Wood doesn't quite say it this way, but his basic argument is this: the founding generation were trying to create a new society, but they failed to create the one they envisioned. Instead, the society they created turned out better - from the perspective of modern Americans - because it is more democratic than they imagined any place ever could be.
Not love poems. Not by John Donne. Not read by Edward Herrmann. Other than that, no problem.
This comprehensive autobiography (well read by the author) reveals a lot about American government from the 1960s until 2006, mostly because Rumsfeld was close to the action for most of that period.
Rumsfeld doesn't spend as much time trying to set the record straight as he does just telling his story. He does do a good job explaining the Bush administration's defense policy/strategy, better even than when the administration was putting those policies in place.
If you are interested in recent American history, this book is worth reading. As a bonus, hear the story of how Rumsfeld refused to hire Dick Cheney - and then launched his career.
Great stories about a handful of people who predicted the financial crisis and profited immensely from their foresight. Michael Lewis is one of my favorite writers and his explanations in this book are a great example why.
If you want to know what people inside the Bush administration were thinking while they made foreign policy decisions like invading Iraq and Afghanistan, this is worth a read. Probably of more interest to foreign policy wonks or score settlers than a general audience.
I do have a hypothesis that this book suffers in its abridged version. I can't be sure because I never read the full version, but I think some of the history and arguments would have been more comprehensive if they were complete. Since the real audience of this book is people interested in nuance, the full version probably is better.
This book encouraged me to take a serious look at how I budget my time. By starting with 168 empty hours in each week and planning how best to use them, this book helped me use my time in ways that had more significance for me. Vanderkam uses examples of successful people to show how they use their time well and how they can make improvements to use it better. She covers work, leisure and family life - every aspect of how you spend your time. Innovative and easy to apply. Highly recommend!
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