Great story, characters, and descriptions of the age. I haven't enjoyed a book this much since I finished Ken Follet's 'Pillars' saga. David Ball is now on my short list of favorite historical fiction writers. I highly recommend this book.
Donald's story is an authentic view of the time-period and the characters that could have been the genesis of the Robyn Hood legend. He captures the larger historical background of 12th century England and vividly constructs events in Sherwood Forest that make this book a gripping and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Worth the credit...and the next book in this series is now on my wish list!
Gripping story that really illuminates the fascinating politics and personalities of mid-evil Europe leading up to and through the third crusade. Highly recommend.
Yes. This book was more about family relationships, choices, and commitment than a 'page turning' historical fiction novel. The story itself is nicely woven together and, as good writers do, puts meaningful words to describe complex feelings and behaviors that provided perspective for me personally.
Provided a very good understanding of turn of the century (19th to 20th) NY and national politics, morals, and how Theodore Roosevelt tried to put NYC on a better path against overwhelming odds.
Anecdotes captured from letters, journals, etc. detailing Roosevelt's hands on approach to changing the cutlure in the NYPD.
Excellent book that is very readable/listenable. I have read several TR books and thoroughly enjoyed the detailed material focusing on TR's time as a Police Commissioner and the insight it provided into big city machine politics. While this book is entertaining, it is not a historical fiction nor is it intended to read like a novel. Bottom line, this book kept me entertained during 15hrs of commute and exercise time and I was smarter at the end; it was worth my credit and I have recommended to others.
Historically accurate with great dialogue, this was a very moving book about the men who sacrificed for America's independence. It also did a brilliant job of capturing the collective mood of the country and illustrates how fairweather a populace can be based on which side is perceived to be currently winning.
Entertaining and informative. Author writes the book more like an auto-biography vs that of an objective biography. However, it still provides interesting story lines about organized crime syndicates, mob life, and the government's treatment of the subject after his capture. Personally, I could not bring myself to empathize with Casso's reported 'unfair' treatment at the hands of the government given his life of crime. Ultimately, Casso's chickens come home to roost in a way you do not wish upon anyone. The book was worth the credit!
A great read for anyone who is a student of human behavior. Ariely's writings go much beyond theory and are imperically tested in fresh ways that provoke thought. The book is also well written and does not read like a dissertation. Highly recommended for people who find themselves asking 'why' alot.
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