The hype over this book does not subsitute for what turns out to be a "romantic" pulp novel approach to Gettysburg. The audio reader was silly. Save your money and find a good history of the battle rather than this TV series type of audiobook.
This is a "just okay" book but the reader(s) style is irritating to listen to. If you are interested in arcane reasons for the non-existence of god or the delusion of religion, I would read the book, rather than an audio version of it. Dawkins is as zealous as the religious zealots he mercilessly attacks. It doesn't say much about him as a person, in my humble opinion.
This book has everything: history of an relatively unknown adventure by a former US president, a naturalist's adventure in the strange, fascinating and beautiful world of the deepest parts of the Amazon rain forest, a psychological study of a father/son relationship during the most harrowing of times, an eye opening account of Brazil in the early 20th century, a thriller few novelists could match, and much more. I don't doubt it will be made into a movie. Well read and superbly written. Incredible.
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