Very well researched and written. The author did an excellent job with a very complex and controversial subject. But, it was almost too detailed and way too long. I almost forgot what climax I was headed for several times. I recommend the abridged version , if available.
The narration by Dufris make the story leap off the page (or out of the headphones, more correctly) directly into your very presence. This is a great listen for vacation. The whole family will thrill at Buck's adventures. This is a classic very well done.
Since there are so many previous reviews of this book, I doubt anyone will see this one. Still, I just had to say how much I enjoyed the story. Everyone knows the two men did eventually meet in the heart of Africa, but the story leading up to and after their meeting was just awesome. The explorations of both men were as riveting as any I've read to date, and what happened to all the key players after the meeting was excellent history. This is a great narrative history. Well (very well) done! Here! Here!
Drags in places,but the chapter on religion and the concluding chapter make this book well worth a credit. People of religion will find Wilson's thoughts difficult to swallow. If the book does nothing else, it will make you think.
I gave 5 stars because the history covered is so fascinating, but don't expect the book to be about rambling discussions the four great minds had at Einstein's home. That scenareo is used by the author only as a "launching pad" to the lives of the four men. Very little time is spent on these undocumented meetings. Still, great history.
I would most likely have given this book 5 stars, if I had read rather than listened. I love trivia and this book is filled with it, but the information is presented much too fast and in a somewhat disjointed style. The narration didn't help. The pace was much too rapid and I felt that the narrator (and I) were both out of breath from the first word. Full of wonderful arcane trivia but the pace was not comfortable and the information too dense. Get the hard copy!
A series of interesting historical vignettes, some well-known:others not, presented in an animated narration. I love history presented as a "story" and not a plodding trek through dates and factoids. This book is very much akin to The Devil in the White City, American Lightning, Thunderstruck, and Higher. By the way, the aforementioned books are at least 4 star quality as well.
Having zero background in economics, I found that the author explained very well how we got into this mess. The description of the Austrian Business Cycle theory was concise and easy to understand. Woods gives a road map for how to avoid boom-and-bust cycles and a great defense of (truly)free-enterprise. It's a shame the people in power don't understand sound economic principles.
Total waste of time. No real discussions of the vast gulf between them; just two guys dancing around their differences and exchanging books. I'm surprised they didn't break their arms patting each other on the back. No philosophical meat here.......Move along people nothing to see here!
Why this book is being hyped for teens and young adults is beyond me. I'm sixty and found it to be informative, interesting, and moving. The love story of Charles and Emma was amazing, considering the vast differences in their beliefs. There's just enough of the usual "Charles Darwin" history to keep one riveted. Something for the romantic and something for the scientist.....don't monkey around, you should naturally select this book!
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