It took a little bit to get into this one, but once it got going it was absolutely fascinating. To truly understand the world of Islamic terror of our day and it historical roots, this book is indispensible. No agenda, everyone involved is criticized or praised where deserved. Winner of LA Times Book of the Year, Pulitzer Prize...everyone should read.
Far from dry history, this gives great insight into the world of Ancient Rome - Claudius and his reader are charming.
This is definitely a two-time listen, so much information and fascinating history, it will improve and deepen on subsequent listenings.
Really provides an excellent overview of the history, characters and events of the Middle East arena of WW1. Very in depth without getting TOO far into the tall grass.
It was in her own voice, a little hard at the onset as the quality is current to the time it was (tape) recorded, but really charming once it started to flow. It really takes one back in time to what it was like to be her and get a peek into her perspective on life. (I'd recommend listening on headphones, the car might be difficult to hear well.)
It helps to have read her memoir of archaelogical digging with her husband, "Come, Tell me how you Lived", which is fantastic and only 1.99 on Amazon for Kindle. This reading is also an extract from her longer autobiograhpy.
I felt the reading went just a tiny bit too fast - slow down a tad next time! Some laugh out loud parts.
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