Really enjoyed hearing the history of civilization as witnessed by the ordinary person of each period. The subject matter is fascinating, the lectures are well-written and impeccably researched and the delivery is fine - if not perfect. I would have listened around the clock if I hadn't had the inconvenient interruptions of life and work.
This is recommended reading/listening for any dedicated history buff! I've already suggested 'The Other Side' to many friends...
Forcing myself to listen to the writing, because I find the information worthwhile. But if there are any more 'why did I do this?' 'what do I mean?' 'how did that happen?', my head will explode.
As a devotee of the subject matter, I appreciate the attempt, but wish someone had edited the material.
Tracing Scientology from its beginning to the present, this book answers many of the questions I've had about this strange belief system, beginning with a look at its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.. Also fascinating: the trial of the Florida woman whose death is, apparently, directly attributable to Scientology -- and the celebrity campaign. The book makes it clear that this is a business, not a religion - and one that employes the most brutal and cutthroat tactics to ensure its profitablilty.
Well-written, enlightening, and revealing look at the way early psychological trauma impacts children. The vignettes make for an easy read, and the explanations offer just the right amount of detail.
Fascinating tale that unfolds in the midst of wartime Germany. Although I cringed at some of the main characters' connections to the Nazis, I found the story interesting and revealing. Great delivery, too.
Loved the clear explanations which, in some cases, demystified things I'd wondered about for years. Not so thrilled about the author's narration. But that's a small price to pay for such valuable content. I definitely recommend it.
While there were flashes of insight and some well-turned phrases, the majority of this book was a bit of a tedious read. Same old, same old relevations about war, America, etc., with a bit of cheerleader fantasy added in. I really did not like the story itself, but I loved the narrator's delivery. He was able to capture each character with an entirely different voice and persona, which made this a far more tolerable listening experience.
As a financial illiterate (or nearly one) I actively seek books that attempt to unscramble all things economic. This book accomplishes that, while offering some reassurance. As it turns out, I wasn't the only one confused about the worldwide financial mess. EVERYONE was taken in - EVEN the buttoned-up Germans.
Lewis capably explains how each culture was willingly bamboozled in its own unique way.
I've always heard about the potato famine, but never really knew the details - including how avoidable it was . The story is well-told, well-read, and well-documented. All that it missed, and this is a personal preference rather than a criticism, were some in-depth and personal stories about actual families deeply affected by the crisis. That said, it explained the ongoing struggles between the English and the Irish, the huge migration to American, and some pretty misinformed food policies. Worth reading!!
What a wonderfully candid, thought-provoking, and truly interesting book. I was already a Burroughs fan when I happened upon this thoroughly enjoyable read. I strongly recommend it for anyone seeking straight talk, delivered with just the right dose of self-effacing humor.
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