Covering the spectrum of Arabic History, the book did an adequeate job in limit space for the first 3/4 of the book. The addition of political analysis towards the end was an obvious attempt to promote a political agenda. The book played fast was facts and literary license glossing over many contributing factors in the U.S.'s Mid-East policy promoting such a pro-arab line it departed from norms of history writing right into a political science agenda. Discard the last 1.5 hours and you have a descent history of the middle east for dummies reference.
Verbose, pompous, tedious. I quit at the 5 hr mark. The book is more about the times and culture of 19th century Victorian England and has little to nothing about Churchill. This is more a sociology book than a biography.
I've never read or listened to a more shallow book on history. The author jumps from one subject to another like listening to TV news sound bites and never getting to the core subject of the historic era or epoch. He treats the historic literature of each era as if the authors made the history or singularly affected the the course of history by their mere writings rather than the actual persons involved in the history. I wouldn't recommend this book.
This is not so much a history book, but is more a philosphy and literary history from the end of the Roman Empire through about the 9th and 10th century. More than half the book is spent describing the fall of the Roman Empire and how the last few educated Romans deal with their education and historical literature.
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