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harry

confederate yankee

gainesville, ga, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (670)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "unapologetic review of the dominance of west"
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    Would you listen to Civilization again? Why?

    lots of intriguing detail of rarely referenced non western sources which bear further investigation


    What other book might you compare Civilization to and why?

    Gold God and Guns - WRM


    Which character – as performed by Niall Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Simon Bolivar - hard to believe the stereotype I was taught in school was such anti democratic figure in reality - lots of good quotes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was touched by the in depth look at slavery in North and South America with the different forms this evil took in different cultures


    Any additional comments?

    looking forward to the second half

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas and Alexandra

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Massie
    • Narrated By Bryan Schmidt
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The cast of characters says it all: Nicholas II, the last great Tsar of Russia; Alexandra, the self-willed wife; their son, Alexis, stricken with hemophilia; and the wild-man Rasputin - fight for their lives during the Revolution.

    Megan says: "Abridged to the point of NO content"
    "very abridged but repetitive too"
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    What did you like best about Nicholas and Alexandra? What did you like least?

    not history, but not bio , couldn't make their mind and unsatisfying for either especially considering how long it took to tell. does the author think restating his opinions again and again makes them facts?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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