Decent book but far too much "name dropping" of other political scientists and too little original thought. Author is a bit pretentious with frequent French phrases and bragging about his travels. Narrator reminded me of my old world history professor and he seemed almost bored speaking the material. Was hoping for interesting conclusions and analysis along the lines of George Friedman but was disappointed that he referred more often to the conclusions of others than developing his own.
This is the second George Friedman book I have enjoyed and I am again blown away by his insight into "Realpolitik". He goes beyond the headlines and even the conclusion of pundits to look at the core factors behind the rise of Muslim extremists. Of particular interest was his view on the Iraq war. Great stuff, well worth the listen
I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell and was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, not as good as Tipping Point and Blink.
Guns, Germs and Steel is a favorite of mine and I was looking forward to Jared Diamond's latest. Unfortunately, it didn't have nearly the scope of the prior book. "The World" seemed to re-hash the same issues based on his observations of the indigenous peoples of New Guinea. Some interesting insights but overall, somewhat dull and uninspiring.
Great book that helped me understand how critical naval power was to the success of the Allies in WWII. Loved to hear how these three leaders grew into their roles and I have new respect for all of them--especially Admiral Nimitz. Good description of key battles but there seemed to be too much emphasis on issues with the performance of Halsey--and too little talk of the Battle of the Atlantic against the Axis.
Great story that captures the craziness and futility of this conflict. You become engaged with the complex characters from all walks of life---and feel their pain, anger and frustration. Provided me with new insight into this brutal war and the loss that our soldiers experienced.
This is a great book for any committed leftist that as no knowledge of or regard for history. Biased view that is the flip side of the right wing garbage from Limbaugh/Hannity. If you are seeking good insight into the mistakes made over the past decade, this isnt the place to find it.
Incredible story of courage and staying "with it" in the most difficult circumstances. My wife and I enjoyed it with our boys (9 & 11) and found it totally appropriate for younger kids. It helps them understand the true brutality of war (on all sides) and how personal strength can overcome even the most difficult situation. Somewhat redundant at times and goes on too long but a great story none the less.
Good book that was especially interesting in the first half detailing the reasons for Blacks making the migration North and West. I was at times extremely embarrassed and angry at the behavior of Whites towards a people that are just trying to find a better life. It helped me understand the reasons why Black neighorhoods in the North evolved like the did----because African Americans were forced into these costly, crowded and often crime ridden areas. Great historical read and something than my pre-teens will be listenting to soon.
I am a native of the state in which this book is set and Udall captures perfectly the strangeness and complexity of polygamy. Richly written bringing you very close to all of the key characters. They may seem somewhat outrageous to people that arent familiar with the Mormon religion and it's polygamist offshoots but in my view is spot on! Well narrarated and one of the better books that I have listened to. Well done Mr. Udall!
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