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Janet Pittman Henley

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  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (237)

    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"
    "Can't understand the low ratings!"
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    I am not a writer of reviews, but I could not let the low ratings for this book stand unopposed! In "The Unwinding," George Packer follows the lives of a variety of people, as a way to clarify wildly opposing viewpoints about what has happened in American society this last century. Here is history told as vividly as the best fiction, and it won my sympathy for people I would be unlikely to meet. A few high-profile people (like Oprah) come into the narrative. But some of the most revealing chapters cover U.S. citizens who seek meaning and success, work hard, "do everything right," and rarely make the headlines. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone, with any political belief, who is trying to make sense of what it means to live in the U.S.A.!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Where our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary Paul Nabhan
    • Narrated By Mitchell Leopard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
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    Jailed as a scapegoat for Stalin's famines, Vavilov had traveled over five continents, collected hundreds of thousands of seeds in an effort to outline the ancient centers of agricultural diversity. Gary Paul Nabhan weaves together Vavilov's story with his own expeditions to Earth's richest agricultural landscapes and the cultures that tend them.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Fascinating history & cautionary tale for our time"
    "Fascinating history & cautionary tale for our time"
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    I loved this book and have listened to it twice! Concerned about food security, I appreciated its clearly stated information about biodiversity, which the author wove into a real life hero tale and travel story.
    I chose the book, in part, because Barbara Kingsolver mentioned, in "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," that Paul Nabhan was a family friend. Also, the book received an average of 5 stars from reviewers at Amazon. I was sure "Where Our Food Comes From" would hold my interest, and it did.
    If you want to skip the long introduction by K.B. Wilson of the Christensen Fund, advance your player to 31 minutes and 50 seconds into the program.
    As an aside, I so much enjoyed the novel "City of Thieves," set in the Siege of Leningrad, that listening to it probably primed me to appreciate this true story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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