If you love history, you're better off going elsewhere for a look at Marie Antoinette. This is a shallow look at the person and especially the period. It doesn't connect with events outside the palace and show what leads to Antoinette's, and the book's, end. For history fans, an opportunity missed.
Unfortunately, the author must not have had an editor to help condense the first half of this book to one-third its length. But please, bear through the author's burden, as the second half of the book is what the story is all about. It is an American government outrage. Little was reported in the press about this aspect of Katrina, that the would-be rescuers spent time setting up and conducting a concentration camp rather than saving or helping storm victims.
The book is about one aircraft. But author Richard Whittle provides insight into how government (bureaucrats and officers, processes, budgeting) and private companies and their executives affect one product, a military aircarft. The books gets into the Pentagon, Bell and Boeing, but is driven by key civilian and military players in the development of new aviation technology. Importantly, Whittle shows how key decisions trickle down, and can mean life and death to the lives of our servicemen and women.
If you enjoy hearing someone brag about himself for hours will you like this book.
I don't know who could better examine this subject than someone fascinated by, driven by, and drawn to, war. Chris Hedges has found ways to get himself into conflicts over the past 20 years, not as a detached, in-the-briefing-room journalist, but as someone at the scene, again and again and again. He describes the emotion of living in war, the emotion when war is over, why and how conflicts begin, the importance of words. He lives with and talks with participants, blending their words and his observations with the literature of war, ancient to modern. From history, philosophy, theater, he adds perspective with others' voices. We are fortunate for his experiences, drawn together with that of others in the conflicts to offer meaning to this subject. Those bound by slogans and preconceptions may have to loosen up to gain the book's intended value. But the book is personal in more than the living and writing, Hedges also does the narration. Very well done.
This is such an informative and entertaining book, it is so informative, I know I'll have to listen again and again. I can't say this for other books, but for this one, I can fast forward through some areas and still find plenty of enjoyment more than once.
It's good to learn the details and stories behind what you thought you knew about this part of American history. The author shows what it took to survive, relationships with Indians and how that relationship changed over time. Beyond a bit too much personal detail at times, this book is an overall good read if you like history.
Here's a good look at Marconi, of interest to science and history readers, but at the same time, a running plot of a mystery. Wonderful character development and research nicely woven together.
This is justice in America, not that many years ago. The author has blended trial material, the legal teams and affected individuals into an engrossing book. A great read/listen.
Here is current information not found in news reports, a perspective taken from Islamic documents. In light of hair-trigger reactions, it's amazing that the author and publisher decided to provide this insight.
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