Kinzer does a very good job describing the overthrow of the Shah in the 1950s. The actions that are described make one want to scream do the right thing for the long haul, not some immediate battle victory with long-term negative consequences. Doing the right thing does not have to be juxtaposed to a "reality" and a focus on consequences that are perceived on a short-term vision paradigm.
Interesting collection of ideas that are put together in a way that is useful. Makes useful generalizations that will be guides for future researchers to see if they can validate his narratives.
Outstanding, thought-provoking, grand tour of the map of time from the beginning until today. Very entertaining trip through time combining and describing pieces of human history into a meaningful narrative. Provides a sense of place in the universe that is useful.
This is an essential book for anyone involved in providing any aid or services to poor underdeveloped countries. It should also be read by people who involved in foreign aid, charity donations, and others assistance programs. It should also be read by folks who are hypercritical of U.S. law enforcement to help put their views in a wider context.
Security and safety are such basic needs that we too often take for granted. Without meeting security and safety needs advances up Maslow's hierarchy of needs will not happen.
It is a little long. I find the repeated references and descriptions of the World Fair as instructive to understanding the age tiresome and overdone.
Skipped some of the words.
War is not the answer.
I am not a Grisham groupie, but I have enjoyed the four or five things of his that I have read or listened very much. After driving home, I found myself sitting in the car in the garage waiting for a place to stop. If he keeps this up, he may be able to make a solid living with this writing thing.
An interesting overview of the development of governance in the ancient world and the middle ages. Panoramic view across cultures and the globe which provided some "oh that's how and why that developed here, but not here." Not being a specialist, it helped me understand the differences between tribal kinship systems in China and the feudal systems in Europe.
It was interesting to speculate about the role of the Catholic Church in the development of an independent judiciary, the separation of powers, and the rule of law. The importance of religions in setting the groundwork for the development of the rule of law which was a missing ingredient in China which offers an explanation of their continuing struggle in developing rule of law.
I would recommend that you download the PDFs because the maps and tables help provide some insight into the different areas in their historical context.
Fascinating to consider the comparisons between ants and people. The power of social evolution in the development of two such different species was amazing to see as the book developed. It was a perspective that I had never considered. As our social communications continues to develop and expand, it will be interesting in a few thousand years see what the results will be.
The presentation of the times, culture, governance, and the church. It was interesting to see how the laws and customs of feudal times were so different. The life styles of suffering under a repressive environment. The bands of hungry law breakers demonstrated a system that makes people criminals by the bad system.
Probably, Ellen, Tom, and their son. In some ways the characters seemed a little too modern. This seemed to be most pronounced among the women -- Ellen and Arianna.
Yes. I think his most recent work with the Trilogies about the wars in the 20th century The Fall of Giants and the Winter of the World were better, but he was still quite good. He is one of the best readers.
An interesting read, the parts about the architectural issues was a little more detailed than I wanted.In the end, the good guys do okay in the end which seems kind of unlikely, but then it is fiction.
Based on scientifically determined information with a clear examples of the scientific method.
Performance is difficult in a work of this sort which presents a lot of scientific information. Difficult territory, meticulous, and matter of fact.
Summarizes a lot of material and information without tying all together, but that may be a function of the information which doesn't fit into a neat easily summarized comprehensive thesis.
I have not read the print version, so I cannot compare. I enjoyed the Fall of Giants, the first book of the trilogy, better than this one.
Seeing the impact of the society and war on regular people provides some insight into the period of time.
He is wonderful. His change of accents is flawless which assists greatly in following dialog. He should definitely be kept for the next volume.
Carla von Ulrich, Lloyd Williams, or Daisy Peshkov. Carla's brave act to protect the unknown girl and her love for the child standout as extraordinary actions.
The transitions from the first book could have been better in spots to remind the reader where a character originated. I tend to forget over a few months. A family history chart might be a nice printout addition.
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