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Troy

ARLINGTON, VA, United States

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5250)
    Performance
    (4444)
    Story
    (4457)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Laden with Political Soapboxing"
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    The book is almost a Socialist propaganda piece. All the characters "saving the world" are left wing socialist. All the narrow minded selfish characters destroying democracy are conservative right wing supporters. If you can get past these dogmatic and heavily biases political undertones, it is a great story, well written and informative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "Misleading title"
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    What would have made The Modern Scholar better?

    non biased Facts


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be titled Black History. The whole history of the US is recast in how it pertains to blacks and racial issues. In the first chapter he references blacks/whites at least 100 times, claims that history books were written by white supremacist and the KKK, and then claims that when he asked a question of one of history classes as to what the reconstruction period was, 16 out of 17 said it was the period after the civil war when blacks took over the state governments, messed it all up, and then it had to be taken back over by whites to fix. Now if he had claimed that 16 students had said they had no idea what it was, that I would have believed. But to say 16 out of 17 made the previous statement gives you an idea of what sort of glasses he is wearing to interpret the facts.

    As an example of one of the great pieces of legislation from this time he referenced the Homesteading act, which allowed people who went bankrupt to keep their home. I believe taking something without paying for it is the definition of stealing and I hardly think that the poor guy who lent the person the money to buy the house thought it was a great idea. But that sums it up. If this is the sort of statements you like, then this book is for you. Or if you are looking to root out some oppression from the past and recolor all of history with it, then you may like this book as well.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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