There are some good nuggets of knowledge in this book regarding the history of taxes, debt and the value basis of our currency as a country (US). It was very helpful to understand that debt has been an issue for the US as far back as our revolutionary war. However, the author is very clearly highly partisan. He must be a Democrat or Socialist. He makes blanket statements affirming how the American public feels about taxes and government services that certainly do not represent my personal views. This writing style made this book somewhat offensive and I had to grit my teeth to listen to most of the book. The author is almost advocating socialism from a perspective of a collective benefit than referencing any of the founding principles that built this country. I will listen to counter perspectives to better understand a more moderate version of debt, the economy and some of these important financial considerations that we should all understand.
No... but probably not this author.
Yes... but somewhat flat voice... probably good for book on economics... would not work well for a story book.
Good history of taxes, debt and some controls that were put in place very early in our country's history.
Need a book with less bias.
This main character has the ability to change the world with his dreams. The way the book started off was quite intriguing. However, the progression of the story and the way the book ended was disappointing.
I had just listened to Sycamore Row by John Grisham and thought that this would be a similarly suspenseful novel. I was disappointed. At first I was confused between the two characters of Lila (mom) and Lucy (daughter). The author may have helped by picking two names that were not so similar. The story is being told with two different time frames in parallel. I was also disappointed with the ending although I cannot give it away. There was not one character that I felt was an actual hero in this story. They all just lacked a certain degree of backbone.
This was a great plot and story-line. I don't want to give all of this away to the prospective reader. However, there were some ridiculously unbelievable events that happened in the story that just wrecked any attempt at realism. If you can ignore these items, you will enjoy the book.
I learned a great deal while listening to Team of Rivals. However, there were so many characters and events that it was hard to take it all in with one book. It is interesting how we all learn about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in school; but this book really did highlight some details that you will never learn from your k-12 classroom. You will learn the details of how the civil war started; you will get a sense of the Republican primary and how Lincoln got the nomination against many odds. Quite different than today's primary elections. And you get a great sense of how Abraham Lincoln changed while in office. This is not talked about in most history books. It is great to contrast the Presidency then to now and see how so many current presidents could do so much better if they would take Lincoln's lead.
I have loved CS Lewis's books. I love his writing style, his intellect and even his radio voice. However, I was lost listening to the story of Perelandra. I am guessing that it may have helped if I had first listened to Malacandra this story would have made more sense. I did get the parallel with Adam & Eve... but really felt lost about most of the rest of the story. The descriptions of the scenes were quite vivid; but the story/plot were lacking in my opinion.
I guess I should have paid closer attention to the other reviews on this site. The book gave me two things that could have been included in a pamphlet: 1) Put one thing in the "box"; and 2) List your past competencies and passions. The author claims that he put a J in the box instead of a $. Life decisions are not this black and white. As a Christian, I am guessing that Bob Buford already had a J in his box... Just because you operate a profitable business does not mean that you are so single-minded as to only focus on money. Jesus has and always will be part of my life. I am trying to decide where to apply my experience, and expertise after a long life of working hard in a career. This book did not help me with that decision.
This is a great book go gain an understanding of how well-meaning government action can create quite negative consequences. John Stossel is a professional speaker... even though he claims to have problems with stuttering, he is great at delivering his message in a way that is quite engaging.
I am encouraged to know that the libertarian message is heard in some of our public schools. After so much proof that larger government cannot fix our problems, it is frustrating to hear Republican and Democratic politicians continue to promise to fix things with another bloated government solution. Great message... just wish it resonated with more Americans. Thank God our founding fathers understood the reasons for liberty or we would not be a country today.
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