Yet another great book by a great author. Is there anything this guy cannot write about. I loved his travel books, his book about a history of everything and even the book about our homes. I was fearful of a failure but once again Bryson brought to life an immensly compelling story. This guy could write a dictionary and I would love it.... Oh yeah, he did and it was great reading believe it or not. Even the book on Shakespere was excellent. Good job Bill, only start cranking em out faster. :)
This book was such a great read and at over 57 hours, it took a while. In fact, it was one of those things, almost like Breaking Bad being over, where you just sat there for a while with silence pondering all that it meant to listen to it. This guy was in Germany during many of the pivotal parts of this time and this book, being written when it was, was a great primary source for so much information. His stories about the Nazi's and Germany itself, were compelling and terrorfying. I cannot imagine a better book to listen too to understand the full depth and breadth of that evil band.
So I have to come clean, I am writing this review after listening to this book and the sequel. This book was good and although it had a few moments of self serving political opinion, it was tolerable. I found this book to be really good. The story was believeable, the characters were good and the suspense worked for me. Overall, a great cautionary tale about the dangers of technology in the wrong hands.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For one thing, I grew up in the same area and most of the towns and places he talked about were places I have played football or otherwise been. I know that probably has skewed some of my feelings about this book but I found his explanations of rural West Texas life to be similar to my own.
Growing up in Texas, I heard many stories about the Texas Rangers. Occasionally you would see one and they created an aurora of power around them. They were bigger than life. I think this book was so good because it put a human face on these iconic law enforcement officers. I was impressed with the fact that Joaquin actually cared about the people that he arrested. He tried to look at what made them the way they were. He didn't simply hate them. I found that refreshing and unexpected for a ranger.
Frankly, we live in a society where you defend your beliefs regardless of the facts. People that think that Bush lied on purpose or that the war was about oil or taking out the guy that threatened his dad will still feel that way. I would recommend this book to my liberal friends if they can listen to it with an open mind, not so much to be swayed, but to better understand where he came from. To me, he did not apologize for anything he did as much as explain his decisions. Fact is, I disagreed with several of his decisions but listening to his thoughts about those decisions made me have greater respect for the level of thought he put into them.
My favorite part is when he talks about asking Cheney to run with him. Cheney told him about his daughters sexual orientation and Bush said he didn't care. To me that about sums up the kind of guy he is. He wanted Cheney because he thought he would be the best president if he was taken out and it did not matter to him what else was going on in the family. He did what he felt was right regardless of what others thought. The fact he picked Cheney when so many others could have pulled other voter demographics was yet another sign that Bush was his own man.
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