I don't agree with all of Mr. Gates' politics, but I think he is a fine example of what hard-work, personal responsibility and true patriotism looks like. Not flag pins and crazy talk, but calm, diligent problem-solving and putting your country before self-serving theatrics.
He seemed to have good and bad things to say about all the major players, but I did note a regularly reinforced and distinct anti-Biden and pro-Hillary perspective. Perhaps this reflects his true feelings, or perhaps he would like to have a hand in steering the next Democratic primary, I suspect both.
After Rumsfeld we needed a pragmatic realist who could listen to others and truly put country first. I believe we got that with Gates and I for one am grateful.
Definitely worth the listen if for nothing but the dry-humour and inside perspective.
Just to be clear these are the words of Quintus Tullius Cicero, the younger brother of the famous Marcus Tullius Cicero. So if you're looking for the well known historical figure's words of wisdom, these are not them, but they are close.
Close, because they are a list of political insights that mostly hold true to this day and are worthy of a listen for anyone interested in bringing history to life and discovering how little things have changed.
If you are largely ignorant of Islamic history and culture I can't imagine a more comprehensive whilst still approachable book on the subject.
I particularly liked the wry humor of the author which comes across beautifully in his narration of his own work.
Thanks Mr. Ansary for helping to bridge the cultural gap.
The only memorable nugget I got from this book....
"Make a start".
If you're procrastinating, just say that to yourself. It helped me a little, but as with most self-help books this one delivers a few bullets worth of content wrapped in blurb. At least it is short and sweet.
You only need to have little bit of common sense to see that monocultures are a bad idea. You only need a little bit of compassion to feel that the way modern farming practices treat animals is wrong.
You only need a little bit of conviction to change your grocery shopping habits, just a little at first, then perhaps snowballing in to finding yourself buying mostly local, mostly organic, mostly plant-based, and so on.
Start the journey and see where it takes you. I feel good because the food I eat is healthier AND because the food-systems I support with my purchases makes the world a bit happier.
Listen to this book if you want a catalyst for making the change.
I try not to buy in to conspiracy theories and I only bought this audiobook because it was on sale and the reviews here and on other websites were pretty good, but wow!
I kinda found it very believable.
Certainly without doing my own research I have to take the author's facts at face value. But even if only 50% of the facts are accurate, LBJ certainly seemed like a man of massive ego and hugely questionable morals who certainly had the power, connections and motive to clear the way for his own presidency.
It was certainly a very ugly period in US history and there are so many theories, so many movies, books and documentaries about the events, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. But this book read fresh and rigorous and I was left feeling uneasy and that he should have been at least a leading suspect in any true investigation.
It was alright.
Perhaps I was being unrealistic, but the sample on Audible's website made me think this would really be a story of human vocal development, how language first formed and then how languages have evolved over time. And it certainly has moments of this, but I struggled to maintain interest after a while as the lecturer descended in to pedantic analysis of syllable after syllable across many languages, often speaking with great authority on unusual languages that sometimes as a Welsh speaker I felt weren't exactly true.
After a while I started to think that entomology is really more astrology than astronomy as certain word connections across languages were authoritatively decreed as having been mutations of the same word and others authoritatively decreed as not, but my not really being convinced of what the evidence of such decrees was.
I'm naturally skeptical and I usually try to adjust for that in my reviews, but after a while I was asking myself, "since we don't really know for sure, and since we very likely will never know for sure, what use is it?".
As I say, it was alright.
A juicy inside account of the fall from grace of a world renowned map dealer. Moments of suspense, nuggets of very interesting history of early explorers and map makers.
Well worth a listen. Certainly inspired my own interest in the intricacies and quirks of historic maps.
Well written and well read.
A deep look at a troubling hate crime and a detailed account of the complicated aftermath.
I came away thinking that the victim was a brave and honorable man and that the protagonist was given far more attention than he deserved by both the author and some of the other folks he writes about.
I am in no way a supporter of the death penalty, and I can sympathize with those that campaign to end it. But there seemed to be a disproportionate amount of compassion and attention given to the confessed perpetrator of these crimes, beyond the ending of the death penalty itself. The people that commit that amount of time and energy to such a person surely could better direct that energy?
Well written and professionally read (by the author). An important story worth telling, but I had mixed feelings about the subject matter.
But that's probably the author's objective though, right?
Challenge your thinking.
First off, the author narrates the book and whilst he has a clear voice, the pace is slow and the intonation is sombre. I listened at x1.25 which made it bearable.
I think Rich Roll is a bit disingenuous in the title he chose. I took it to mean he was finding himself athletically at age 40. But actually he was re-discovering his former awesomeness! He was a super successful competitive swimmer as a youth. So if you're an overweight couch potato, you may be looking for inspiration to go from where you are at today, to Rich Roll levels of fitness. Perhaps it is possible, but this is not such a story in my opinion.
I furthermore think that Rich Roll is a bit of a self-promoting brand. He has nutrition products that he regularly pushes (albeit gently) throughout the book. When I googled him, it took me to a web site where you can buy his nutrition program!
Having laid out all the negative stuff, I did find it inspiring in that he is a successful competitive athlete on a wholly plant-based diet. And he gives some useful recipes and menu suggestions for anyone wanting to go plant-based. I have leveraged some of them myself, such as avocado sandwiches and almond butter on no-flout toast - delish!
This book is quite similar to Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. That book also has plant-based menu suggestions and so on.
I have listened to a number of evolutionary psychology books including Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow", so I wasn't anticipating many new concepts. I was expecting more of how those well known concepts apply to Political and Religious orientations.
I was however wrong. For me at least this book broke a lot of new ground by introducing the different dimensions of morality and the concept of 90% chimp and 10% bee. I was convinced by much of it and could apply the concepts from my own personal idiosyncrasies to geo-political history - hows that for breadth!
One thing that's important to me is how balanced a book is. Whilst I have my own political leanings, I really don't like heavy handedly one-sided books, especially regarding politics. I really felt that Haidt's book speaks to the whole political spectrum and encourages mutual understanding. If only we could get everyone to read it.
Excellent book - narrated perfectly by the author.
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