Hartmann had many interesting, thoughtful insights about the revolutionary war and Thomas Jefferson in particular. He clearly has done some homework on the subject and produced a fresh take on both Jefferson and the war. If only his hatred of modern-day republicans was as three-dimensional as his take on history, it would have been a very good book. As is, it is merely "OK".One should take into consideration, however, that I am more libertarian than democrat or republican--a philosophy for which he spares a few pot shots but little other comment. I have never listened to his radio program or even heard of him before listening to this book. Perhaps he expected that you already be familiar with his work and beliefs before listening.
The book was very well read. Coming from me, that's quite a compliment, given that skip many otherwise interesting audiobooks precisely because I can't stand most readers. I demand that a reader sound not just as though he is reading, but that he is reading to me.
It wasn't the book I expected. I wasn't prepared for the diatribe against corporations (some I agreed with, some not) or the abuse of conservatives. However, if you ARE conservative, it certainly does no permanent injury to listen to opposing points of view. However, if you are looking for thoughtful criticism of modern conservative or libertarian thought, you may wish to look elsewhere.
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