Someone whose only exposure to history is what they 'learned' in public schools. For those with no additional exposure to history this would be an ok starting point, but his skepticism is borderline at best.
The idiotic explanation of the Great Depression
I found this book puerile at best. Professor Stoler has either never heard of, or is deliberately avoiding discussion of some of the most important aspects of American History to wit:
1. the role of the bankers and establishment politicians in destroying the anti-federalist papers, and forcing votes, including kidnapping representatives to obtain a quorum for votes during the constitutional ratification process
2. The extensive correspondence between Robt. E. Lee and Lord Acton concerning the need to rein in the US federal government and the dire consequences for the world if this was not done (how prescient of them!)
3. Anything other than warmed over Keynsian-light economics regarding the Great Depression e.g. Murray Rothbard's tome on that subject, or anything by Von Mises or Von Hayek.
4, the recently declassified documents showing that Roosevelt ordered a course that would force the Japanese to attack including firing all the commanders the month before Pearl Harbor because they objected to their forces being, 'sitting ducks.'
No, this is not a skeptic's history. This is a slight alteration of the standard government issued history.
thought provoking stuff.
How he weaves personal anecdotes with complex scientific theories and facts to make the book much more readable.
Did not care for his inflection. I think just personal preference.
the chapter on spirituality.
I have listened to this book three times now. This is brilliant stuff, and has made me rethink some of my long held beliefs.
He is a good reader. Good pace, Good inflection
the "formula" parents of the "formula" troubled girl
Tom Selleck makes the movies enjoyable. This book is so bad compared to say the Travis McGee, or Nero Wolfe stories as to hardly be called literature.
How thoroughly and logically he explained every postulate
Sorry, No "aha" moments, just many, many ideas well explained.
I rarely read books, I listen while traveling in my work, and while exercising, or hiking.
"Elementary my dear Watson"
A very thoughtful book I will definitely be listening to this again!
Masterpiece for the secular mind. Thorough documentation throughout. The complete dissection of the various arguments for the existence of God is wonderful. Told in an uplifting manner, with a British humorous twist. If you are on the fence re religion, it will give you much to think about. If you are a committed secularist, it will give you much ammunition. If you are a religious devotee, it will either drive you crazy or open your mind.
"You will feel better, I guarantee, once you let go of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own thinking."
With his British accent, and significant modulation in speed and volume, some parts were a little hard to understand in a car. Best listened to with headphones.
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