For someone who didn't do very well in history during high school, I liked the way that Judge Napolitano kept my attention throughout the book. Much of this is not the history that is taught these days, but it certainly should be more widely known, and probably would be if the government wasn't setting the education agenda.
It's difficult to pick just one, but I was very surprised to learn of Lincoln's desire for separation of the races.
No, I usually go walking and listen during that time.
I would highly recommend this book, both for the information that it contains, as well as for the experience of listening to a speaker who will hold your attention.
The Communists/Progressives set an agenda at the beginning of the 20th Century. Bit by bit they set the stage for dismantling America. Now all of their dreams are being realized with the election of Obama. This is the story of those who he has been associated with, and who he has brought to Washington to "fundamentally transform" this country.
This turned out to be a political diatribe within a novel. The author kept making derogatory comments about President Reagan. This had absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the story. The rest of the book was OK for a while, but along with the Reagan distraction, it seemed to lose focus--I had to quit. No more John Irving for me.
I have listened to other books that, altogether, contained much of the information that was in this book, but non were nearly as comprehensive. It was obvious that much in-depth research and analysis was done by the author. While I was already following some of his recommendations, this gave me a more complete plan, and was much more concise than the other books that I have read on this subject.
While there is some information to be gleaned from this book, it is more a screed than a thoughtful treatise on nutrition. Dr. Campbell seems to believe that anyone that doesn't agree with his findings is misguided. While there may be some people who are helped by his diet, I, for one, have been helped more by going to a diet based more on fats, vegetables and fruits and away from many grains (especially wheat) and sugars. This approach has been documented by a number of doctors whose books are widely available.
Dr. Campbell espouses a diet based primarily on vegetables, high in carbs and low in fats. No real problem at this point, although it may not necessarily be right for everyone. But where he really started losing me was when he started talking about our eating of meat contributing to global warming, attributing the beliefs of anyone who disagrees with him to the evil corporate influence and, in general, ranting about the evils of capitalism. While I may be misreading him, he sounds like he thinks that he is a lonely crusader fighting to expose the grand conspiracy to keep us from a healthy diet.
If Dr. Campbell had just presented his findings so that you could decide whether his diet was something that might be worthwhile to try, I would have given it a higher rating. By making it such a political statement, he made much of it a waste of my time.
We usually learn about events like this without much context. This book filled in a lot of information that I never knew. While I didn't do very well in History class, I now read a lot of historical books. The information and the storyline in Killing Lincoln were much more fascinating than the dry textbooks from my school days.
The pacing was very good, but I was very distracted by many words being mispronounced. The worst was cavalry, which he kept pronouncing as Calvary. It was so distracting that I kept losing track of what was going on. Doesn't he have anyone edit these recordings? I don't know whether any of the offending words were correct in print, but I would expect that they would have been caught by a good editor.
I listen to many books while I'm out walking or working in the yard. I would have given 5 stars for the content and the reading, but the mispronunciations were happening so frequently in the middle of the book that I was greatly agitated, and sometimes had to stop it and listen to music instead. Knowing what I know now, I would buy the book, but not the audiobook.
This is very relevant today for understanding the motives of the political class and their enablers. Very thought provoking, even for those who may not agree with the author's viewpoint, if they're willing to listen objectively. While I thought that the reader was excellent, there was occasional background noise that made me think that someone was talking near me, although there was nobody around.
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