History as proven by Adam Goodheart is made up of people living ordinary lives in the right place and time, and who stepped forward to become natural leaders of change. Often emotionally charged dialog grips the mind of the listener--even over minute details. Clearly Goodheart found docuiments not used by other writers.
For me this was the best history because I already new the basics from ordinary historians. Too bad this is Goodhearts only work so far. The narrator is so professional you do not even think of him as an essential part of this fabulous experience.
This is not so much about the mythical Lawrence as it is about the hundreds of characters in his life with whom he played his life's role as an artist, scholar, military genius, literary writer, adventurer, etc!!! There seems no end to opinions held by people who knew him and the book seems to cover them all—one after another with less than ideal organization.
The publisher makes clear the objectives of this book. Take them seriously and perhaps reconsider whether this is the book you want. The ending part of the book and the epilog moves too quickly but is excellent to the date of publication when relevance to modern Southwestern Asian history is briefly covered.
If you are interested in the personal Lawrence you will find the book relates conflicting and contradictory opinions throughout. Apparently Lawrence had few or no fixed principles or morals and often “put on a show” to serve his own ends. The exceptions were alcohol, tobacco, wasted time, and women. The result is a very complex book reflecting these inconsistencies. As such the book is far better as a thorough and detailed history than for casual listening.
I listen only to Biographies and Histories.
If you think you know what the Victorian Age was then this book will change your view. It was really the Age of Albert???both before and after his death. The endless details about Victoria???s life is not a pleasant listen because the truth is much harsher than you expect???and much too detailed for enjoyment. Apparently Victoria was very self centered, and uncaring by nature. Albert inevitably comes out a far superior human being to Victoria. Credibility and assumed accuracy is the book???s strongest point. What might have been if Albert had lived is the theme of the book.
The author owes Robert Powell a debt of gratitude for raising an outstanding work to the highest level of enjoyment with beautifully rendered accents throughout this very fine work.
I am truly sorry I did not read a previous review BEFORE I bought this. What good is a book you cannot underestand the narrator?
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