I would definitely listen again. There are a lot of details here. That may scare some people off, but I thought it made the story that much richer. I loved the snarly quotes that the folks made about each other. Politicians haven't really changed much. The background material about each man was great--stuff I never knew about how they related to each other before they came to prominence.
I guess my favorite guy of the six was Calvin Coolidge. He was unflappable, and had nothing to hide. He knew what he wanted to do and did it. And he had great quips too!
I haven't listened to Paul Boehmer before, but I enjoyed his narration. I have another book upcoming that he narrates.
It wasn't a particularly moving book, I don't think it was intended so. It was fast paced and full of fascinating people, most of whom were slightly shady, each with an angle and a goal--personal gain. If there was one moment that did make its mark on me was Coolidge's description of how difficult it was for him to meet new people. He described how he always found himself "back at that big kitchen door" not really wanting to push it open to meet new people. I could relate to this. I admire him for accomplishing all he did.
I very much enjoyed this book. I have also read 1960 by the same author. Also a fine story with similar style and fascinating tidbits!
I enjoyed this story very much. Much to pass on to my students. They need to know. Looking forward to the third book of the trilogy. joe Morton and CCH Pounder were magnificent readers. Their voices carried the pathos and the triumphs. Amazing!
This book was fascinating! I learned details of events only mentioned or never mentioned in history books. Detailed it was, but it never lagged. I can't wait to listen to the next volume of Branch's work. I am a history teacher of mostly white students in South Carolina. This book will greatly enhance my teaching of the Civil Rights Movement. For that I am most grateful.
This book is well researched, well written, and fascinating! I was amazed at the connections I made to actual history when listening to alternate scenarios. I highly recommend this audiobook. I look forward to listening to others by Jeff Greenfield.
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