Tom and Micheal present an accurate portrayal of the US today. Are we as a country in decline, well we certainly embrace mediocrity as a way of life. The pictured portrayed is not pleasant but not unsolvable. We Americans can and will do the right thing but only when the pain becomes to great to not do it. Are we there yet, I suggest you answer that question when you have read That Used to Be Us.
Have no idea since I have not read the book but will say the interpretation by the reader and voice inflection adds to the experience.
Discussion of the Philippines insurrection
Not a particular scene as much as the consequences that lay the history of WWII and the last half of the century.
I find the quality of resolve or the human spirit to overcome adversity a most remarkable trait. It is to the degree of the hurdle and ultimately success strengthens the phrase "press on" to solve our problems.
I found Bryson a delight, first his ability to compress history into meaningful chunks and his sense of humor and use of language makes for a compelling book to listen to.
I read the Prize many years ago and found it very interesting and insightful. Yergin delivered the same attention to detail in the Quest. Since the time period for the history of oil was only 22 years he filled the rest the pages with a discourse on all energy sources and problems with each source. In being able to get an indepth overview of energy including renewalble and nuclear I now have a greater appreciation of the problems that we face on this planet as well as potential opportunites. The book is so well crafted that I need to buy a hard copy to serve as a reference source.
This is a 3 volume set. The story line is good but the writing becomes stilted and tedious. Far to little is conveyed in far to much time.
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