The under-written about history. In my US History 1776-1860 class, we did not cover much at all of the history that this book delved so deeply into. This book was thoroughly enlightening.
Seemed to be very balanced, not making heroes and villans.
Yes, well researched and lots of information.
A very detailed history. The most frustrating part is the author's continual minimizing of any of Mao's achievements. Mao's history is undeniably disgusting in how he treated his own people, there is no real need to put everything he does in the least flattering light, it takes away from the credibility.
Yes, very informative.
Haven't seem the print version.
The speaker was very knowledgeable. Did not get stuck on any one era, except too much emphasis on modern America. Disagree with some of his choices, Michelangelo can not have the same impact on history that the invention of: railroads, steam engines, corporations, radio, television, or the internet.
Yes, Tell No Lies was an amazing book, so I expected this would become one of my favorite authors, but after this, I am not sure I will even try him again.
Not made everything so cliche. Could have developed the story more, and less action. Seemed to jump from action scene to action scene without much explanation.
Awesome description of mandated court therapy. Good use of moral ambiguity that shapes people's lives.
Yes, lots of historical information. Gives a better understanding of the suffering, and the callousness to that suffering that was going on during World War Two.
The book gives a good historical background. While appearing to be neutral, and does mention different racial or religious atrocities performed, the overall tone of the book sweeps aside attacks on Jewish, Christian, and non-Arabic people. It does not even mention Oman, Qutar, or other Middle Eastern states until late in the book, giving them almost no time. However it does a great job of connecting the past to the present. It also glosses over the problems of women's rights in Islamic countries.
When explaining the ancient territories.
Focusing on the Colonial Era.
Learning about dictators, uprising, and problems in modern Africa.
The use of personal stories, combining with historical events.
A narrative of a late 20th century journalist.
Do not get this book if you are looking for historical overview of Africa. Although the title indicates that it would focus on colonial powers taking and reshaping Africa, in fact it focuses on civil wars and dictators of the authors experience.
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