I enjoyed this book as much or more than Truman, John Adams, and 1776. It was much better than Alexander Hamilton. It gave an appropriate amount of time to surrounding historical perspective. The narration was a little less than 4 but acceptable. The book maintained my interest from the very beginning to the end. One small drawback was that the author glossed over Jackson's character flaws such as a hair-trigger temper and "my way or the highway" attitude. I enjoyed the book but came away liking Jackson much less as a person and President.
This was overall a great book and a great listen. I was put off initially by all of the negative reviews about the narration. They were true in that the narrator mispronounced a lot of words. Yes, I agree it is distracting and yes, where is the editing that should have caught these gaffs. If you can set aside the mispronunciations the narrator did an outstanding job. My favorite was the pronunciation for pseudo. He pronounced it sway-doe. It took me just a bit to figure that one out. Just see it as a game and get beyond the mistakes. Otherwise the writing is very engrossing and the narration is one of the best I have experienced (with the caveat about mispronounced words). Definitely 5 stars.
I had high hopes for this book but overall it was a disappointment.
My title says it all for me.
I enjoyed the character of Alexander Hamilton better in a previous book by Chernow but this book on Washington was a better and more interesting read/listen.
Oops we already tried that.
Great history and great recommendations about what to do from here.
This is a very worthwhile read/listen. Given our political landscape and the calibre of our politicians and electorate I believe we have ten to twenty years before our currency collapses and/or we default. Our nation is on an unstoppable downward spiral. Nice job on the book though.
If you enjoyed the movie Gandhi you will probably enjoy this book. It adds more interesting details on a personal level. If Gandhi is not your thing the the book will not be a page turner.
Good insight on the inner workings of a Moslem led government. This proves the value to me the value of a separation of church and state.
I love war history but have had to give up on this genre of books. Try Unbroken for a fantastic read and story. Unbroken has a very bare-bones minimum of foul language.
It was amazing to me how little these art treasures were valued by the FBI hierarchy and how few resources were allocated for their recovery.
I gave up listening to Savage and Hannity on the radio years ago because of the caustic and disrespectful way they treat their call-in listeners who dare to have an alternative point of view. I myself am very conservative and have given up on the Republican Party also. The Republicans are so close to the Democrats in philosophy and actions that there is realistically no major political options for the average American. I believe Ron Paul is the only current politician who offers any viable political alternatives to our current economic and political mess. I also believe Ron Paul is unelectable and is just a voice in the wilderness. The American politicians from both parties are taking a course of action that will sooner or later lead us to an economic crisis that will lead America into chaos. Just how soon is the real issue.
I enjoyed this book. Patrick and his wife came off as real people who, despite living and working in Hollywood, maintained their marriage and perspective.
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