If you are looking for a chance to read about one man's liberal philosophy while he runs an ultramarathon you have chosen the correct book. I had to quit this one.
I was looking for an inspiration tale of how someone took control of their life and beat their obesity. I would hope that anyone who has this surgery never goes back to being obese. Al is a wonderful fellow but I was expecting a superhuman feat. Not everyone could afford such a surgery.
Massie really puts the research in to make this the consummate biography about Catherine. I have a new respect for her legacy. Entertaining because I find it fascinating to understand how life was back in her time. Sick? Just bleed 'em!
I mean everything. The author is extremely detailed. You will find that the level of understanding was greater at that time than you might have known. You will also learn much about influenza than you ever knew!
A couple of gems but mostly passing fancies. Unless you have perfect recall you will not find most of the topics useful. However, it is a good exercise in "outside looking at human behavior on the inside."
Perhaps redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor would increase economic activity. But I will never be convinced that any regulatory agency could efficiently and fairly pull it off. Plus, it ignores what I believe about fairness and the rewards of hard work - even if it does not maintain a red-hot economy. Mr. Reich does not discuss the ill affects of a steep Federal Deficit.
I have been listening to survival stories and found this one to be one of the best.
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