The narration is so off-putting as to make it difficult to pick up the book for the next listening. The up and down of his intonation makes it necessary to dial the volume up to hear the quiet parts, assaulting the eardrums a second later. And his bare attempts at imitating Pat Paulson's voice and timing, or Richard Nixon, or Lyndon Johnson, or Bobby Kennedy, grate on the nerves like dragging fingernails on a blackboard. Only the interesting subject matter elevates this rating to a 2.
Historically fascinating. George Washington kept a daily diary from his teens throughout his life, during an extremely trying time in our country's history. I highly recommend this book for any student of history. I was shocked at how little has changed in our political system since Washington's time. Bipartisan bickering was part and parcel of Congress from the formation of our country. It frankly dashed any hope I had of a 21st century reconciliation of political parties. There is apparently nothing to reconcile. They've always been at odds.
My understanding of the Revolutionary War was greatly enhanced. I now have a better understanding of why Washington lost so many battles and yet was still able to win against the all-powerful British Empire.
A couple of caveats about the book. Washington's own papers and journals are extensively quoted throughout the book, but it's often difficult to tell where quotes begin and end. The most annoying part of the book was the author's use of multisyllabic and archaic terms outside the quoted material. The reader will want to keep a dictionary close at hand because the author wore out a thesaurus during the writing of this book.
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