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I have listened to this book at least three times now and it is still one of the most enjoyable books I have ever experienced. The narrator is perfect for the time period and one soon forgets about him all together. This is really several books all in one. The plays and movies can never do justice to this story as it is so wide and deep that one would have to make a nine season television series on the BBC to cover it all. Listen to the book and then listen to it again. You will be rewarded with many things you missed on the first go around. All aspects of humanity are illuminated and thoroughly examined in Hugo's tireless style. Settle in and enjoy this book. It is worth every second.
A very interesting blow by blow narrative of the the last Great Recession. Mr. Geithner's unique positions, before during and after the crisis, allow him to give his side of the story. Whether or not you believe that his take is an unbiased telling, will likely be determined by you own political leanings. Never the less, one cannot help but gain a greater appreciation of the magnitude of the financial earthquake we all so recently lived through. As a recovering conservative, I felt his take was likely closer to the truth than anything we heard from the press. The counterintuitive methods used during the crisis seemed to ring true as well. History seems to be telling us that our natural instincts in an emergency are usually wrong, and the opposite course of the knee jerk reaction is a better way. I recommend this book to all, both conservative and liberal. It is always better to get the other side of the story whether you believe it or not.
Malcolm Gladwell is a genius. He looks at life from a different angle and gives us the ability to do the same. Good is bad. Weak is strong. Last is first. Believe it. Don't think that blond hair and blues eyes is the E-ticket. Listen to this book and you will know, you have a better chance than you thought.
Wow! We live in a great time. There were no, "good old days" . I thank god we did not live in the days of old, with all of the terrible things people took for granted back then. Read this book and you will be 79% happier about your life today than you were before you listened to it. Trust me!
Wow! Facts, facts, fact, Listen to this three time and you may be a genius. At least you will be a respected know it all. So much information in so little time. Amazing!
The characters are unknown to many and little remembered in history but one comes away with a deep appreciation of the greatness of our country and it's amazing people. Another great history of our of the USA from a different angle.
Sam Kean does an excellent job of making a mountain of information interesting and engaging. I think I will listen to this book three times and still not get everything in it. If you want to stretch your brain, this is the gym you need to go to.
Anybody who knows or is involved with a child with autism must listen to this book. A beautiful look from inside out in the most simple and clear terms one can imagine. Please get this book an listen to it with care.
History is best looked at from a great distance. We are still so close to these events that political passions can sway our opinions. Mr. Patterson does a fine job of chronicling this most recent period of our history, but I could not help but notice that he had a horse in the race. I am not saying that it is a bad thing or a good thing but that it just is. He may be a little too proud of his progressive cohorts, but I suppose he can't be blamed for that that. Having noted that, I enjoyed the book very much. Anybody who loves history will enjoy it as well.
The author touches on most of the important events during the period. The Nixon episode is very interesting. Every time I hear about it from a different angle I get just a bit better understanding of it. This book also shines a revelatory light on our world just before everything changed after 9/11. That alone made it worth the listen.
There are few concepts that can change ones life or perceptions as easily and quickly as those Mr. Gladwell so clearly lays out in this book. We already practice, on an instinctive level, many of them. If however, he is correct, then we can do much more to heighten our ability to see our world more clearly than we ever thought possible. I think I will look at everyone and most situations differently from now on. To find out what you are missing everyday of your life, listen to this book and "watch different".
It is amazing that most of us think we know the story of success and it's components. In this book, Mr. Gladwell, looking from a different perspective, shines a whole new light on the process. From hockey to billionaires, His theory posits that it takes more than skill or a genius mind to find the pinnacle of success. Timing and opportunity seem to play a larger role than we may have suspected. As I listened though, the truth seems to be quite clear. It takes a lot of things to line up just right to make a world changing individual. This is a great wake up call for parents, teachers, coaches or anybody else that might be in a position to guide, train or support a young aspirant in any field or endeavor. Are we missing out of 50% of the worlds talent? Listen to this book and decide for yourself. It is time well spent.
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