This is a great read. It was a lot of fun. The real "plus" on top of the excitement goes to those who are interested in the history of naval warfare and also of early British/American relations.
This is a delightful book that works far better in audio than it could ever work by reading a hard copy. After all, it is about story-telling, and the story-telling in the audio version is fabulous! The reader, with his authentic Irish accent, casts a magical spell through his intriguing tales that enliven the history, myths and national character of Ireland.
The book, however, is over-long. It could be 15% to 20% shorter with no adverse impact. A tour-de-force that is a bit tedious, but still worth the effort.
This book is an extremely well-written & informative blend of science and history. While Wyoming geology is the book's primary focus, the story has a profoundly human quality, tracing as it does the 100-year history of a lively and memorable family of Wyoming homesteaders. If you are scientifically curious and love good writing, you'll treasure this one.
Two reasons this book is an absolute must-read for conscientious conservatives and liberals alike: The first is, whether you ultimately agree with Ann or not, you will have to concede that her most important conclusions are based on primary research (by Ann and others, all cited), such as the Venona Project and the original research behind the McCarthy hearings. Her conclusions are not derived from a pile of contemporaneous and biased newspaper clippings, nor are they based on endless recitations of third-party experts (though these all appear). Because of this, her work does way more than provide talking points for cocktail party arguments: It provides brand-new credible evidence. The second reason to read her book is that, even if you throw out her primary research--on the grounds that if it were true it would already be in the history books--it is difficult to argue with her thesis on why things actually turned out the way we all know they did. Ann's biggest faults are her gross selectivity in the choice of topics, her shrill qualities, and her loose-wristed use of the term "liberal". However, the proper response is to conduct one's own primary research and prove her conclusions false. If you are not going to do that, then would you just get the rest of us a cup of coffee? This is a fabulous book. Every voter should read it.
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