This book is a series of essays that constitute a broad review of what has been learned about our solar system and the cosmos since early civilization and right through to nearly the present. It is fascinating and written so that anyone with a moderate background in chemistry and physics can follow. I do not think it would be well understood without a comfortable familiarity with the periodic table of the elements, Newton's laws of physics, thermonuclear fusion, the electromagnetic spectrum from microwave radiation to cosmic rays and everything between and the significance of Einstein's seminal...e=m(c)squared.
I was fascinated to learn that all matter on earth (and elsewhere other than Hydrogen) was created in dying stars and the we are "all made of stardust".
This is a poor attempt at riding the wave of interest in Malcolm Gladwell's style. This book combines grating narration with lessons including: eat healthy food, save more money for your future and other obvious suggestions that need no explanation. You would be better off re-reading any of Gladwell's books and skipping Nudge. I love Audible but this book is down-right boring; I finished it on principle but my wife (smarter than me) stopped after 45 minutes.
A combination of historical fiction and mystery. Very suspenseful and engaging. A detailed description of the late 1950's and early 1960's incorporating a detailed biography of Lee Harvey Oswald into the story. Find out if you can change the future according to Stephen King.
The character development and their voices.
The imagery related to the moon(s)
Multiple narrator's with wonderful acting ability.
Tamaru with his quiet and controlled power and insight and difficult upbringing.
This book is delightfully rare (almost unique) in its style of relating a story through multiple character's voices sequentially. This aspect is similar to The Help.
The story is easy to follow and fascinating. It intertwines closely related accounts of contemporary giants, Dr Jospeph Lister (pioneer of sterile surgery) and Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone)
James Garfield is an ideal human being and a rare politician since he is intelligent, honest and was essentially forced into politics without any desire to control other human beings. He was intensely honest, brave and a self made family man with great respect for Black Americans at a time spanning slavery and emancipation. President Garfield is an inspiring human being. The biography reads like a captivating novel. You will not be able to put it down once you are through the second chapter.
The centennial world's fair which was attended by Garfield, Dr Lister and Alexander Graham Bell.
James Garfield's dramatic promotion from janitor to assistant professor at Western Reserve.
Great narration. James Garfield is well worth knowing. His life and story will enrich any listener.
This book is required reading for parents. I was doing a lot wrong. I am so glad to have read this book while my children are young enough to benefit from my correction. My wife completely agrees as well. Kind, well-meaning parents may create many counter-productive incentives for their children without the knowledge and insight afforded in this easy to read book. Please excuse the embarrassingly crass introduction and skip right to chapter one. Everything but the introduction is excellent.
An excellent introduction for those interested in understanding the historical grievances that are sadly perpetuated more than sixty years after the events. Readers who want to delve much further back may consider Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary in addition to The Lemon Tree.
A detailed account of the interplay of cold war superpowers posturing over the menacing and goading threats of Egypt's Nasser. Nasser entwines Jordan's Hussein while Syria taunts Israel with cross border artillery barrages complacent in its deep Soviet backing. Israel reaches a psychological and tactical breaking point and plunges into the stunning Six Days War. The US sadly suffered horrible and tragically accidental casualties as well in the Israeli offensive when a US ship stationed "between" Israel and Egypt is nearly sunk after mistaken identity. This book is a compilation of statesmanship, military build-up and tactical successes and failures that comprise the Six Days War.
I was surprised at the level of detail in this truly "day to day" account of Israel's formation. The book covers the Zionist movement and the interplay between American and European governments and the United Nations to facilitate the declaration of Jewish Independence within a segment of Palestine to the dismay of the neighboring Arab states. The military and paramilitary preparations and clashes are described seemingly to the last round fired from every gun in the territory. I enjoyed the narrator as well. This book certainly allows one to appreciate the seeds of the ongoing conflict over occupancy of the territory called Israel. The long duration of this conflict however is not explained by the origins of it. To understand the duration of the conflict to the current day one must study the subsequent politics and narratives that have prevented the countries in the region from behaving as sovereign and cooperative neighbors.
The history and legends that Muslims are taught and have been taught for 1400 years. This book allows people outside Islamic society to understand the history and development of the Islamic world in a far more comprehensive and thoughtful context than most other sources. This book has satisfied its promise to educate me and also sparked an interest to read further and deeper into more current accounts of the Islamic internal and external struggles.
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