The title, subtitle, and publisher's notes give the impression that the book covers all of Eastern Europe. Not far into the book, I came to realize that the Balkans, my particular area of interest, are barely covered. Had I known this, I probably would not have purchased the book. It is primarily a book about Poland and East Germany, not Eastern Europe.
I agree with other reviewers that the author goes into much detail but gives almost no analysis or synthesis. A downside of listening to rather than reading this book is that it is difficult to keep all of the different individuals straight. I don't think of myself particularly as a visual learner, but I found it difficult to remember who was who.
Definitely for those with an interest in postwar Germany and Poland. For myself--no sure.
Fascinating book! Johnson tells stories that show how today's technology influenced and has been influenced by cultural changes. Read it and you'll look at the world differently -- not to mention your refrigerator. And your glasses. And your toilet.
Great job - held my intention, but didn't overpower the text. Just the right tone for a book like this.
Can't say, but the narration was just excellent. Kathe Mazur *inhabited* the author's role. I had to keep reminding myself that this *wasn't* Susan Cain speaking.
The book helps to put 20th century American popular and management culture in a new perspective. Raises the question of *why* we have come to believe that extroversion is normal, introversion not quite so good or even abnormal. Gave me a new perspective in looking at the organizational behavior in my field.
Saw myself in it--the quiet little girl in the corner with the book ;-> And I remember my mother saying that another mom had gossiped that there must be something wrong with me, just not normal for a healthy child to be like that.
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