Yes. It's as clear and concise a work as any I have encountered for the 'non-expert' wanting to better understand what appears to be conflict without resolution. It's also an easy listen. I'm on my third and the historical context is starting to sink in a bit.
The chapter on Ghengis Khan, his Mongol horde and the strong possibility I might be a direct decendent! Seriously, I never realized the significance of Khan's conquests and his impact on world history.
The reading sounded much like a computer generated voice. It was clear and technically correct but the emphasis and intonation often sounds misplaced and uncomfortably artificial.
Interesting idea for this book. Dramatization of such a condensed history might make a compelling series.
I'm not sure if it is my own or the author's objectivity that influences this impression but I often felt in the reading as if there was sympathy for the underlying causes of Islamic extremism and hatred of Israel. Nothing wrong with that if true but then there was nothing in the book to influence me to that perspective. The author tells us Palestinians have failed to create a state for themselves for an even longer period of time than modern day Israel has existed. I know there is so much more to learn but this is something I find hard to understand. The book gave me what I was looking for and more. I plan to use each chapter as a jumping off point for deeper exploration and understanding.
An enjoyable murder-mystery that happens to have the church, it's members both lay and clerical woven into the plot. I enjoyed the story 1st because its a good yarn and next because Emery's use of Catholics and Catholicism taps in to a rich vein of imperfection, humor, joy, sadness, and tragedy without overstated piety or whitewashing of personalities. It's all there in a great mix ... sex, drugs, and the blues. Looking forward to Obit.
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