This is a great book even for non zombie-lit enthusiasts. It takes a single word and dissects it into social, political, military, and biological elements--each of which is interesting on its own and fascinating when considered as a part of the greater whole. The performance is great in concept. The oral history format of the book lends itself to the performance format of the audiobook, with each section narrated by the character who experienced it. My only objection was that some of the accents are heavy and fake sounding enough that it distracts from the material. Still, this is a great book.
This is the first of Malcolm Gladwell's books that I haven't loved. I didn't think the arguments he made in this one were as well supported as those in previous books. And though some of the stories were interesting, the theme that tied them together felt forced in places. I'll still look forward to his next one, but when I feel like re-listening to one of his I'll go with Outliers.
Joel Best's book puts language around statistics to give readers a basic vocabulary of statistical analysis and an awareness that statistics are not sacrosanct. I wish it were longer and jam-packed with additional examples that would really take you by surprise. But then it would be Freakonomics.
Well, it's Ann Coulter. Her voice is strident, her tone scathing, and this book becomes an endurance test to see if you can get to the end before you gouge out your ears. The overall theme is that liberal politicians have used racial issues to bolster their political positions without regard to actual social outcomes of their policies. She cites multiple historical examples as well as statistical evidence in her argumentation, some of which is interesting and some of which is hard to sit through (for example, she breaks out which "Goldwater states" supported which presidential candidates over the last 40 years). This book is interesting if you're conservative and probably intolerable if you're liberal.
This book is very much like every other Dan Brown novel. Lots of art and history references with a twist. If you like Dan Brown, you'll probably enjoy this book because of rather than in spite of its formula. It's not earth-shattering, but is entertaining and the performance is good.
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