United States | Member Since 2007
No, I would recommend the earlier books.
The character delivery.
Some stretches of the book left me bored.
This series of lectures is an unapologetic look at warfare as a human condition which explores the ways it developed technologies from the stone age up to the 2000's and how it influenced, and was influenced by, economic, political, social and religious factors.
The topic of this book could discourage you from spending one credit on it. How can a lecture about the comparative economies of three nations with rich, complex histories be interesting? But if you've ever asked about the future value of the money in your pocket, this is a welcome addition to your library. It goes through the past few decades in each nation, then explores the future possibilities. Simple, educational and can be enjoyed in a single afternoon.
Don't let the fact that this is the shortest one of the Great Courses discourage you from picking it up. It's worth listening to more than once, and its length encourages it.
This is a concise, educational and interesting buy. I was familiar with the Art of War, but the Professor, who has plenty of experience in the US military and a passion for the Art of War, quickly delivers the facts with efficient, no-nonsense lectures that keep you interested.
This was the Thanksgiving Audible gift for 2013. I gave it a shot, and while it is charming I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it. But again, I'm usually more of the gritty sci-fi/fantasy reader.
This great course is truly worth going through if you want to understand the details, the reasons and effects of World War II on all fronts, linking it to its predecessor and focusing chronologically on the events of the war.
This course opened my eyes on the belief system of Judaism. The professor is probably the most qualified in this course than all the other Great World Religions courses, because it seems that he is a devout practitioner.
As a Muslim, I wanted to understand how Islam is being presented to non-Muslims in an academic way. This is fairly accurate on the fundamentals, but there were several points I would have wanted to correct the professor at, especially in the second half of the course.
The Hindu system of polytheism can be a little hard to comprehend, especially when you realize they believe in a pantheon of tens of millions of deities. This course does a great job explaining the fundamental teachings of Hinduism, but it isn't all encompassing.
While explaining the various Christian churches, it gets a little jumbled. Otherwise, this course is a decent introduction.
Buddhism was mostly a mystery to me until I listened to this course and learned more about the rich tradition they have, as well as their view of the greater universe.
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