I highly recommend this book, and the other two in the trilogy. This first book provides details, in a definitive and entertaining way, illustrating how economic, social, military, political and cultural issues created the environment which allowed the Third Reich to come into existence and metastasize. I probably shouldn't use the medical term which conveys an emotional tone since the author's position is that the information should be presented objectively. He does present the information objectively and I agree that is the correct way.
It shows how arguably the most civilized society on the planet was transformed into one of the most uncivilized. It is hard to overstate the need for understanding this period in history and I believe this book goes a long way in providing that understanding. The extreme hardships and social turmoil in Germany which provided the incubator for the Nazi philosophy may not be unique. We should always remember that Hitler came to power in a democracy.
I liked them all.
Not only would listen to Spillover again but I plan to do so within the next week. The reason I will listen again is that it contains excellent scientific information encapsulated in a very entertaining story.
I frequently hike and hunt and I am concerned about Lyme Disease. I have read numerous explanations and discussions about the disease but nowhere did I find a description as clear and succinct as the information in this book. In fact the book completely changed my understanding of Lyme Disease.
The AIDS epidemic's beginning in the early 20th century. Especially the theory that early attempts to improve African population resistance to known diseases using hypodermic needle injection without modern sterilization may have been a key factor in accelerating the epidemic. The attempt to do something good may have had a bad outcome.
Yes but it a little too long for that!
I especially liked the way this book is organized. I frequently go back and listen to specific topics and this book is beautifully organized with many chapters which correspond to specific discussions making it easy to go back.
It ranks in the top 10%.
The flow of historical events since 300 BC and how they relate to the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. Really excellent.
The siege of Syracuse.
Michelangelo's letter to a friend regarding the Sistine Chapel, " I'm not in a good place and I'm no painter".
The very most interesting part of the book was William of Ockham. I had heard about Occam's razor. However, I was completely unaware of the global impact this idea had on the development of philosophy.
Climate, Famine not
Don't think so. Considering the title I expected this book to be about the 14th century famine and how climate caused it. However, the book is actually about the convoluted machinations of kings and nobles during this period and has almost nothing about the famine or climate. I expect the current heated discussions about climate change contributed to the selection of the title.
The narration was good.
Kings and Nobles
If someone is interested in details of kings and nobles, primarily in England and Scotland, during this period the book may be worthwhile.
I did not yet read the print version; however, the audio version is really excellent.
The book represents a unique combination of adventure, wildlife lore, insight into animal behavior and general storytelling that is absolutely great. I kept thinking it would drop off in interest and intensity, as many books do, but it did not. It is one of the best books I have ever read - listened to. And all the books I have read would fill a really large room top to bottom.
Excellent! He conveys the spirit of the story in a compelling voice.
The rescue of the baby elephant and the attempt to help it recover.
I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my 13 year old granddaughter today and I will recommend it to everyone I know.
Absolutely yes. It explains how our government works in a way I have not found elsewhere. It elucidates the interaction of Congress, the Administration and Foreign Governments, especially on military issues. That the book is written now, as opposed to 5 years from now, greatly enhances its value to the public.
The candid narrative from a person who was Secretary of Defense for two administrations Republican and Democratic. I believe Secretary Gates does his best to provide a true representation of the events described in the book. On several occasions he includes issues where he admits that he was wrong.
A sense of the emotional context.
I was very surprised by the high level of influence that foreign governments have on military decisions made by our government.
Excellent Book, almost
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. Both illustrate how politics, career advancement and Not Invented Here philosophy have adversely impacted military decisions.
The moment when Ordnance changed the number of rifle twists and powder in AR15, apparently without consulting the designer, Eugene Stoner.
The author discusses the changes made by Ordnance to Stoner's original design and powder. These changes resulted in rifle fouling and subsequent deaths of American soldiers. The author then dismisses the incident as a normal consequence of introducing new technology. This subject is also discussed in the book National Defense by James Fallows. Unfortunately National Defense is not available in audio format.
An excellent narrative for a compelling historical event.
The overall story and performance.
When Shackleton gave the order for him and his two companions to slide down the snow mountain, even though he had no idea what they would encounter as they went down. He simply knew that if they continued their slow pace, or stayed where they were, they would perish from the cold. And consequently, so would all the other team members who were depending on them to get through.
Many moments moved me.
An outstanding audio book.
Near the top.
No Simple Victory. They both give an unconventional view of World War II. Most books in English focus, understandably, on the USA and Britain. However, these two books provide a different view.
An enhanced emotional appeal.
I found it very emotional.
One of the best books I have purchased. I very highly recommend it to everyone.
Near the top.
The overall book was memorable. I have recommended it to many friends.
It is very disjointed; just a paste of notes. I had listened to Young Stalin by this author and anticipated a great book, which makes it even more disappointing.
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