Peter Hessler weaves a perfect tale of the aspirations of ordinary Chinese in a sympathetic way. In many ways, China's people have not changed from Pearl Buck's rural peasants of a century ago in "The Good Earth". The author gives a seamless sequel from the dynasties to today's modern China. The book gives countless insights into how the world's most-populated nation operates.
The reader finds himself drawn to the numerous personal stories of how rural China is changing. While American politicians may attempt to scare their countryman by the rise of China, you find after reading it yourself less fearful of China's ascent on the world stage. The author clearly loves the rural Chinese people and you will too after listening to this excellent book.
Although the Presidential race in 2012 seemed a tad boring, this book provides many revelations on how Obama's campaign team ran like a luxury vehicle and the Romney team was a lemon. Events went the right way for the Obama team, the only break for Romney was the Denver debate.
Any Democrat will love this book, while Republicans will hate it. Mitt Romney let the far right define his candidacy and it painted him into a corner. After the implosion of the Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty short-lived runs, Romney faces a bunch of clowns that brought him crashing to earth. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, and Rick Perry come from a casting couch envisioned by the writers of Comedy Central's the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert.
Robert Fass reads dramatically and the listener gets caught up in the sense of history being made. Even though everyone knows the ending of the story, the narration provides many thrilling details to keep the listener spellbound.
Although the Romneys and the Huntsmans are related distantly and come from the same Mormon Utah background, the two families share plenty of bad blood. Also, that Rick Perry considers himself a serious politician and not as a comedic villain.
I can't wait for the movie version, even though Sarah Palin only plays a minor role in the 2012 campaign. The real story of the 47 percent tape was revealed on MSNBC, but it helped define Mitt "Moneybags" Romney.
While the facts seem pretty damning, the administration of George W. Bush receives an almost fawning treatment as a history. NY Times White House correspondent Peter Baker relies too heavily on inside accounts of what happened during America's lost decade. Presidential official insiders give their slanted view and spin on the disaster caused by all the wrong decisions. History would be better served by a more critical voices and more insightful analysis.
Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman's "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" provides keener analysis and far more revealing reporting on how Cheney became the power behind the throne. The book provides many revelations and behind the scenes details than Baker's book.
The narrator does a fantastic job to keep the listener involved.
The book writes a sympathetic history of the George W. Bush. Republicans will love this book as it seems to vindicate all the bad decisions made. As a student of history or as a Democrat, most readers will find this book lacks balance.
If you think Bush was a great President, buy this audiobook. If you are a Democrat, the memories of this worst President of modern times will be painful. So much for the liberal media, the New York Times gives him a passing grade.
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