The narrator was amazing. He happened to be the only thing that was fully credible and delivered on promises in this book though. The main issue with the book was that it wasn't what it said it was. It wasn't an exploration on why the world has gotten less violent, per se. Sure there were great pieces of information strewn about. But mostly, it was PEDESTRIAN and served as the author's soapbox for pushing political viewpoints.
No. If the author had stuck to writing the first section and the last section (promises; conclusions) the reader would have saved 28 hours of their lives and gotten the gist of the book. Unfortunately, just as you thought Pinker was going to change your mind and have you thinking with his vision, he smacks you in the face with some one sentence "definitive proof" statement that was a lightly veiled progressive talking point.
This book had real potential. Mr. Pinker researched it well, but it could have been done in a third of the pages/time and it was difficult to share his "logical" conclusions, because they were ANYTHING BUT LOGICAL.
One of the best narrators, well researched, but if you don't already subscribe to blanket progressive views of the world, it's more of the same cliche one liners and lecturing on how we need to be like the author (tolerant?). As a final note: this book, regardless of political content, IS an excellent resource guide to many interesting psychology based experiments.
Clayton Christensen is THE guy when it comes to innovative thinking. He was the most influential management expert in 2011. THIS is the book that perhaps has defined his path. The nuggets of gold within this text are both earth-shatteringly simplistic and amazingly insightful. You will not leave this book without at least ten excellent ways to improve what you're doing on a daily basis. It's not a self help book, it's an introspective tome with huge insight.
Mark Levin might lean heavily to the right; most on the left won't even listen but we should all be listening. Mark Levin has compiled the most incredible resource for understanding the Article Five process and how to change the Government Factory for the better, without the Congress. It's clear, concise and informative. If you don't read this, you can't say you understand the powers protected for the People and the States as fully as you should. Libertarians, Conservatives, Moderates and Liberals and Progressives, This book is about your rights and how you can protect them. This is not Right wing Propaganda. Mark Levin's writing in general is above the reproach of the standard political warfare because he backs a majority of his commentary with factual information and iron-clad research.
Exceptional War Book
This book ranks alongside the best war books of all time. The kind that treats you to an insight only being there, could surpass and then rips your heart out with the realities of war. You leave with a profound feeling of respect for those who would fight to protect your freedoms, even though they will never know you.
Professional, nearly flawless and without a "performance".
Say what you will about Jake Tapper, he can write one hell of a book. This book will put a lump in your throat and a fire in your heart.
You know going into this book that the outcome is bad. You know you won't enjoy hearing about it, but you cannot help but listen to it. I Think I listened over the course of two days...I just couldn't stop. Without a doubt, it's among the best, most detailed and interesting accounts of a wartime conflict.
This story is one I had heard of for some time; never having dived into the specifics. It takes a lot of courage to write a book so focused on the incredible bravery and selflessness of those who Sacrificed everything. One of the Best books written by an Ex SPECWAR guy.
It's at times almost comical to hear Kevin Collins Speaking with the "accent", but as you listen to the words, you can't help but be brought into this world of Marcus Luttrell, who, one could imagine, is the guy telling the story with his own voice. It's Texas style, through and through.
The movie is incredible, believable and keeps you on the edge of your seat with a lump in your throat. The movie cannot hold a candle to this book. The long and short: I was surprised by how little about the Battle of the Hill was in the book in one compact space, but I feel like I know these men, and THAT is more than worth the time and the money and the emotional investment required for this book.
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