If you liked the other Dan Brown books, you'll be fine. Same formula. Pretty good.
This is as good of biography as I've ever heard. I wish it wasn't the "Rise" of TR, but had kept going. I felt a sense of loss at the ending when he learned of his ascent to the presidency. Sort of like watching a great movie that's the second part of a trilogy. You just want the next one to start! So I picked up "Bully Pulpit" in hopes that it would act as a sequel, but a quite disappointed. Think Godfather 3.
Compared to "Bully Pulpit" by Kearns Goodwin, this book is ALIVE. The motivations are explored and provide context and an understanding that is lacking in other books that just relate events.
Though not over the top, the narrator did great voice work, especially for Teddy. I am TRYING to listen to "Bully Pulpit" by Kearns Goodwin, and it's just oh so tedious by comparison.
An exceptionally honest, balanced, sober view of inside Washington at the highest levels. An extraordinary account from a strait shooter. I'm guessing his accounts will weigh heavily on history's verdict of the past 10 years of war. I very highly recommend that you give it a listen and make your mind up about his conclusions yourself. Don't let the media or politicians cherry pick quotes to make their own points. But why now? Guesses below...
The narrator made listening less pleasurable than it could have been. I think he was chosen because he sounds sort of like Gates. Tolerable.
I was extremely impressed with Gates. I've always been a fan and was surprised by the outcry and the non-contextual quotes. My reaction? Great book. Seemed very honest. But I'm left agreeing with Eric Holder: He should have waited to publish it until after Obama leaves office.
So why publish now? Three wild guesses: 1. He's sick and wants to get his story across while he can. As a self-professed terrible eater, smoker, and drinker, bombarded by stress, he must be pretty unhealthy. Purely speculation. 2. He is unabashedly supportive of Hillary. Although he calls everyone else by their last names, she, on the other hand, is always "Hillary". Just like her campaign wants it. Could he be setting up for a VP? Thus, distancing himself from Obama would be good politics. 3. There is no reason number three.
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