This is a good general-purpose biography of the physicist Richard Feynman. Given that it's written for the average reader, it doesn't go into great depth about the Feynman's work. It does, however, give a good feel for Physics during the time that Feynman was beginning his career, notably during the period when he was working at Los Alamos. The beginning skips around quite a bit providing some background, so be patient, it does get around to Feynman's life. The only issue is with the reader. He manages to mis-pronounce a fair number of names in the book and someone should have taken the time to edit the performance so as to catch the mispronounciations in the mathematics and physics terms (e.g., "matrices" is *not* pronounced "matresses".)
I went into this book thinking that it might be more than I want to know about one particular person, especially given the length of this book. The author however fleshes out the book with helpful digressions on: the history of Texas, what it was like to be a plains indian in the 1880's, background on the Comanches, information on other tribes in the areas, what happened to captives of the Comanches etc. etc. The book is really a nice balance between a history of the last years of the Comanches and a biography of a single person living during that time. In fact, one could easily make the argument that this book is not really "about" Quanah Parker as you really only get the his story at the end of the book.
The book is nicely balanced between individual interesting anecdotes and material of broad sweep. And there is enough background information to help you really understand the amazing transformation of Quanah for plains indian living the traditional nomadic life to someone trying to adapt to living in white society. Without all of the background information it would have been difficult to appreciate the full tragedy of his story. And clearly the author has done a lot of research for this book.
Now to the reader: In a word, David Drummond is excellent. He reads with enough enthusiasm to convey the wonder of the story, but not the breathless awe that some readers affect that just sounds "off". I haven't enjoyed a reading this much in a long time and will seek out other titles that he's read. Really a pitch-perfect performance.
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