This was my first entry into the land of audiobooks and I picked a gem. The author makes what could have been a dry and difficult read into an interesting and exciting narrative. He moves through the complex of lives touched by the events surrounding the 1993 Columbian Exhibition seamlessly. It delves into such varied areas as architecture, engineering, landscaping, city management, politics, social structure and forensic and criminal investigation, showing how each connects to the story and holding the interest of the reader thoughout. The narration of the book is clear and easy to listen to. All in all an excellent audiobook!
I have to disagree with the other reviewers on this one. I don't have the credentials nor the information to verify or dispute the historical accuracy of the work. That it paints Queen Elizabeth I as a less than perfect and at times indecisive ruler doesn't mean it isn't worth a listen. It looks at the evidence available and draws different conclusions than many of the histories about the two monarchs. As with all history, the historian brings their own views and biases to their work, regardless of how impartial they try to be. That this author is not impartial is fairly obvious, but the book is worth a look if only for it's contrary point of view and diffent interpretations.
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