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This is a nonfiction book but it is difficult to believe it to be so. The stories are so amazing, and the detail so complete that it strains credulity. Not to say that this book is not enjoyable, it is absolutely compelling and reads like a action novel. The characters are historical figures, as are the events,. The author claims this to be a scholarly work of history, I will therefor, give him the benefit of my doubts and suspend disbelief in this case. The is the history of the founding of the frontier and is a brutal and often disturbing narrative. I suppose is why it is so interesting. The Americans and the "Indians" are portrayed fairly in both harsh and flattering lights, there were few innocents in these times. It is clear that the Americans moved in on the aboriginal's land. I suppose little could be done about that, history is not fair, but the author does a pretty good job of telling it in a fair voice. As always, Ken Foley does a fine job in the narration. If you love history you will love this book.
Malcolm Gladwell is a genius. He looks at life from a different angle and gives us the ability to do the same. Good is bad. Weak is strong. Last is first. Believe it. Don't think that blond hair and blues eyes is the E-ticket. Listen to this book and you will know, you have a better chance than you thought.
Wow! We live in a great time. There were no, "good old days" . I thank god we did not live in the days of old, with all of the terrible things people took for granted back then. Read this book and you will be 79% happier about your life today than you were before you listened to it. Trust me!
Wow! Facts, facts, fact, Listen to this three time and you may be a genius. At least you will be a respected know it all. So much information in so little time. Amazing!
The characters are unknown to many and little remembered in history but one comes away with a deep appreciation of the greatness of our country and it's amazing people. Another great history of our of the USA from a different angle.
Sam Kean does an excellent job of making a mountain of information interesting and engaging. I think I will listen to this book three times and still not get everything in it. If you want to stretch your brain, this is the gym you need to go to.
Anybody who knows or is involved with a child with autism must listen to this book. A beautiful look from inside out in the most simple and clear terms one can imagine. Please get this book an listen to it with care.
History is best looked at from a great distance. We are still so close to these events that political passions can sway our opinions. Mr. Patterson does a fine job of chronicling this most recent period of our history, but I could not help but notice that he had a horse in the race. I am not saying that it is a bad thing or a good thing but that it just is. He may be a little too proud of his progressive cohorts, but I suppose he can't be blamed for that that. Having noted that, I enjoyed the book very much. Anybody who loves history will enjoy it as well.
The author touches on most of the important events during the period. The Nixon episode is very interesting. Every time I hear about it from a different angle I get just a bit better understanding of it. This book also shines a revelatory light on our world just before everything changed after 9/11. That alone made it worth the listen.
There are few concepts that can change ones life or perceptions as easily and quickly as those Mr. Gladwell so clearly lays out in this book. We already practice, on an instinctive level, many of them. If however, he is correct, then we can do much more to heighten our ability to see our world more clearly than we ever thought possible. I think I will look at everyone and most situations differently from now on. To find out what you are missing everyday of your life, listen to this book and "watch different".
It is amazing that most of us think we know the story of success and it's components. In this book, Mr. Gladwell, looking from a different perspective, shines a whole new light on the process. From hockey to billionaires, His theory posits that it takes more than skill or a genius mind to find the pinnacle of success. Timing and opportunity seem to play a larger role than we may have suspected. As I listened though, the truth seems to be quite clear. It takes a lot of things to line up just right to make a world changing individual. This is a great wake up call for parents, teachers, coaches or anybody else that might be in a position to guide, train or support a young aspirant in any field or endeavor. Are we missing out of 50% of the worlds talent? Listen to this book and decide for yourself. It is time well spent.
This is an amazing look into the mind and more importantly the brain of people diagnosed with Autism. We are finally finding some answers, but of more interest are the questions this book raises. Temple Grandin gives a look behind the curtain of Autism from the point of view of an eye witness. Are we missing a great resource in specialized thinking? What have we to learn about the power of our brains from the anomalies of the Autistic brain? Most fascinating might be that behind the facade of the non-verbal person with autism, might be a high functioning, communicating individual, that is trapped inside an uncooperative outer shell. Would you treat a nonverbal person with autism the same, if you knew they understood everything you said, but were just unable to get their response past the wall of their muscles and vocal cords. Being close to some people with Autism makes me attune to these questions, but I think that we all have something to gain when we have the answers to these questions and more. This book is a good place to start.
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