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If you are interested in the history of anarchism and its place in the modern world, you will enjoy this in depth account of anarchism. Chomsky puts on his scholor's cap and dissects the anarchist movement in modern times.
Chomsky takes issue with those who believe that anarchism and effective state action are opposed to each other. He sees anarchism as fitting in with an enlightened socialism.
This is a book that makes you think - and then think again.
Chomsky has gotten such a bad rap as some kind of extreme nut that rarely do people take the time to notice that he is one of the greatest political, social and philosophical thinkers of our time. He has always been spot on in his criticism of our - and other - governments when they trample on international law, people's rights and - most importantly - trample on the best tool we have for understanding even the most complex problems - our reason.
If the book at been what it first seemed to be - an exciting look at the philosophy of Plato in today's world.
Yes, she can write well but sometimes seems to put in a lot of 'filler' to beef up a simple point.
The book was well narrated.
Yes. it does look at today's world and place it in a larger context.
Yes. This is a book about a life - the good, the bad, the relationships, the triumphs and the disasters. It is beautifully written and has so many phrases that stick in your memory.
There is no other book quite like this one. It is totally a 20th century book. Maybe the best of Henry James.
Yes. She managed to convey all of the emotional intensity of the pivotal moments in the story.
The end of the book is as moving as literature can get.
Too often, Fitzgerald is thought of as a one-book author, but this book deserves to be read and re-read.
Yes. This book traces the early years and career of Lyndon Johnson. In his early years, Johnson was associated with two of the major figures in American politics - Sam Rayburn and Franklin Roosevelt. Caro provides mini-biographies of both of these men and their politics. Also, Johnson was associated with the building firm of Brown and Root which is now part of Halliburton Company. Caro traces the rise of major contractors who built the long-lasting legacies of the FDR years, the dams and highways and federal projects that still dominate the American landscape. Caro then proceeds to develop the story of money in politics - a story that is as relevant today as it was almost 100 years ago.
Yes. The detail is overwhelming. Caro goes on and on about a point that is made - but having said that, I would not let that stop anyone from listening to this incredible tale of ambition and the power of one man to change - for the good - the place he represents.
Gardner is the voice of the time - it is a perfectly modulated voice that helps a listener to endure some of the more unessential details.
No because it is a lengthy book and read - it occupied the better part of a month of commutes. This was something to look forward to each morning and evening to pass the time and be entertained and instructed on one of the 20th centuries central characters.
Caro seems bent on emphasizing the flaws in LBJ's character- something that LBJ didn't need anyone to do since they were so apparent. Yet, next to his achievements, especially before Vietnam, they pale in comparison to the good he did. Caro is always quoting a former rival or political opponent who claims that LBJ did some terrible thing to win - often those he defeated claim it was all due to money. But EVERY candidate claims he lost because he was outspent - and yet history abounds with tales of those who won elections and were outspent by their opponents. Merely because you outspend your opponent doesn't mean you will win - and when finally LBJ looses and election, it is because he wasn't as devious as his opponent. Even though he outspent him by a fortune. LBJ cannot win in Caro's eyes. That is sad because this is a fine book with a lot to tell you about the time and the people of that time. It would have been a far better book if Caro had been as skeptical about what he was told by LBJ haters and he was about what he was told by his supporters. Of course, Caro would say that he verified everything by 'facts.' But it is impossible to verify much of the alleged financial misdeeds. More importantly, it is was possible to compare what LBJ did in office opposed to his opponents - he was head and shoulders better for the people he represented and certainly that must have swayed a lot of voters to support him rather than the alleged enormous amounts of money he spent on his campaigns.
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