This is a very well researched and written book. There is much more history left untaught -- or distorted -- than we hear in school. Our untold history is fascinating.
Best are new facts about some excellent and successful efforts by humane and community-minded government officials, individuals and organizations to develop programs beneficial to the well-being of individuals, business and the country.
Until today, listening for a few hours straight while driving in the countryside, I completely enjoyed hearing this "new" history. Then I realized I was also hearing about loud and brutal intolerance, violent efforts to crush individual workers and unions, corporate efforts to finance a military coup, wars, depressions and ever-growing economic class separation, ongoing for generations. Many gained obscene amounts of wealth while most struggled, and many died, of the business, banking, military, business and corporate manipulations, The juxtaposition of the few ultra-oober-rich to the many "ordinary" made me angry because it is so familiar. There have been repeated cycles of extremes, sadly no different now than then, quickly or slowly crushing any hopes of all but the wealthiest among us. This crushing of hope has been perpetrated by the same reasoning, the same greed, the same plans and the same disregard, by the same long-lived organizations using and used by the same greedy types of individuals for at least three generations behind us, and destined to continue for the generations born after us.
The facts uncovered in the research of this book are extraordinary. They are also quite discouraging. I don't mind if what I learn touches a little righteous anger, and raises my consciousness and willingness to stand up for what I know is right. I hate it when people are deliberately unaware, "I don't want to know," I do want to know, but I don't know if I can continue this book. The obviously recurrent brutal treatment of our citizens -- and the citizens of other countries -- is too disheartening. Usually knowledge is power. This knowledge makes me feel powerless.
Absolutely recommend this audiobook to friends, it's a great, entertaining story and listen. Plenty of laughs and enough hiking details to be interesting, but not so many a non-hiker like me would be bored. One of the few audiobooks that have made me laugh out loud while driving to and from work and on "Sunday drives" in the country.
No other books to compare this to, although I was reminded of Richard Brautigan's writing style.
Christopher Lane's performance was spot on.
Oh my Lord, I loved the whole book
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Not a King horror story, but one about a lone man's journey to stop a true horror from the past. Having enjoyed most, but not all, of King's works over the years, this one makes me think again, "Ah, King!" It's a great listen that makes me leave for work early so I can start listening sooner, and turns red lights and traffic jams into gifts. Exactly the kind of story that is meant to be heard.
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