When I have trouble going to sleep, I turn on my computer and hook up my good speakers, and listen to this history. It is like a review of western civ. with music in the background. Instead of lying awake, I learn something, and I fall asleep. If you are feeling frustrated with the everyday grind, the beautiful music and the celebration of human achievement will give you a peace of mind.
He is in what sounds like an auditorium. At first I thought, This is gonna make me sleep??
But he engages the mind, and the high-quality recording makes him impossible to ignore, and easy to follow. He offers messages that are interesting, and relaxing.
I?m glad I got this recording.
One caveat ... *he* doesn?t do anything to you. There is no magic or miracle in any hypnotic recording, if you don?t engage yourself with it, and believe.
I found this work to be a bit boring. I regret having to write a bad review but I have to be an honest person. I found that the stories were hard to follow, and they don't meet the contemporary audience at its level. Most people these days aren't schooled in the classics. I think that this book is about a hundred years old, if I remember correctly. The narrator's voice is very dry, and I don't think he identifies with the material very well. So, I would not recommend this book to a person who is not familiar with the classics.
This history is divided into 3 parts. His first one, on our colonial past really brought it to life. It was very fun to listen to and informative. It was easy to visualize this era, which I originally learned about through boring puritan journals. He brought the pioneers' experiences to us, and I realized how harsh the Am. terrain was. Survival was a real challenge then, and it helped me understand how the colonies and the indigenous peoples must have appeared to them. Also, he talks about England, and spends a considerable amount of time on Spain, - moving away from the traditional Anglo-centric angle on history.
Nineteenth century was also interesting, he literally guides the listener through how the US was pieced together from a rather regional and agrarian society. I finally understood the tensions that lead to the Civil war. The question of slavery finally was in a context that was away from "Good" vs. "Evil". The issue was moral, but also economic, and ideological. He outlines the atrocities of our agrarian and colonial past, but good or bad? I'd say he is very objective.
I found the first part of the twentieth century a bit sporadic for my tastes, he literally rattles off statistics and dates, and gets away from a "foundational" approach. Ideologically, he admits that he is toward the 'left' but he warns his readership about his sympathies. I actually found very little that could be construed as idological programming.
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