The writing is frustratingly confusing and meandering at times. But the story is fascinating, especially if you're at all interested in the early history of the American navy.
Experiencing "Three Cups of Tea" and the harrowing story of Greg Mortenson's passionate endeavors to build schools in remote parts of Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, against all odds, is to share in the remarkable experiences of a modern-day hero. The obstacles are so extreme and dangerous, and the outcomes so extraordinary that the story becomes embued with almost mythical qualities - and yet it is all true! The writer, David Relin, is an unabashed fan of Mr. Mortenson's (as he openly confesses in the introduction) and the sparkling narrative reflects Mr. Relin's passion for his subject. Nevertheless, events in the story that seem almost beyond belief are carefully validated and cross-referenced by the author, making this a very satisfactory read. The reader, once he gets into a story-telling mode, does a fine job and is adept at applying different voices to characters as they emerge in a way that contributes to the listener experience.
An absolutely wonderful book!
Brilliant cross-blend of popular history with scholarly research. Previously undiscovered first-hand accounts of the amazing 31 days of December 5, 1776 to January 5, 1777 lend a sparkle to Mr. Fischer's narrative and add color and context. Nelson Runger's reading is vibrant and thoroughly absorbing. (Tip: Get the print version of this wonderful book for the first-rate maps and bibliography it contains!)
. . .you'll LOVE Ron Chernow! Chernow is every bit McCullough's equal as a story teller, but with breadth and depth to his approach that takes this remarkable book way beyond the realm of pop-history. This is an extremely well-researched, up-to-date, and thoroughly satisfying telling of the brilliant mind and ultimately tragic life of Alexander Hamilton. I could go on at length listing the high points of this book, but one real standout for me was Hamilton's prescient writings in the "Federalist Papers" and his visionary role in broadly defining the political essence of the U.S. Constitution. Chernow vividly recreates the context of a time when many of the rights and protections we take for granted today were novel, controversial, and all-too fragile. But the author uses primary sources throughout and, in doing so, firmly establishes Hamilton as progenitor of the most resilient political-socioeconomic system ever devised. (And for anyone who needs convincing: Thomas Jefferson was indeed a rogue and scoundrel!)
I LOVE this book!! It's a great telling of the strange life of a quirky genius. Ms. Huxtable is brilliant at describing Wright's unique and wonderous creations. Also, Ms. Carrington, the reader, really adds value to the narrative! HIGHLY recommended!
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