What more can be said about C.S. Lewis,and particularly the Screw Tape Letters. This is smart, interesting, compelling, and useful to every individual.
It is important, and humorous at the same time. Genius.
Great reading of the book.
Look out! The Devil is everywhere.
Do not miss this book.
very detailed account of the wars and societies
Sort of tough lister due to the many Greek names that made it difficult to sort through
I wanted to listen to this Poem because it is a key part of the fabric of Western Civilization's world view. Along with Homer's epic tales and the Bible, perhaps this is one of the foundational pieces of literature that defines Rome, it's view of itself, the basis of Roman society, law, honor, civic duty, and patriotism. It is all a story, well told, but it helps us understand the Roman thought process that was spread through out the Western World. It was entertaining, and given time, i would listen to it again.
Shocking detail at how it accounted for the known history of the world at the time it was written and included the heroes and gods of the Greek legends.
Clear, steady pace. Nice voice, easy to listen to.
No, not possible
If you want to understand the foundations of Western Civilization, and why we think the way we do, this is one of the important pieces of literature you should read.
I am a student of Latin American history, and I have never read a better history of Bolivar, the man, his times and the events of the 20 year struggle for independence from Spain and trying to bring democratic order out of the chaos that resulted from the defeat of Spanish forces.
Samuel E Morison's "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" about the life of Columbus is the very best biography I have ever read, and it won a Pulitzer. This history and biography of Bolivar was almost on par with that great biography. The author lets us understand the times, the life, the events, and the results of Bolivar's astonishing efforts. Great read, great book.
This was a great listen. Easy to listen to and to understand. it is a great story well told.
The amazing life of Bolivar.
Recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand modern day Latin America. No one can understand the current conditions of Latin America without understanding its history, Bolivar was a big piece of the history of the land and its people.
Absoltely, and i have. This is the most detailed, interesting, and comprehensive history of the conquest of the Inca's I have ever read. I have been studying Latin America History for 30 years, and this is the best treatment of the subject i have found. Congratulations to the author.
The level of detail concerning both the Europeans and the Indian lives at the time of the Conquest was simply amazing. The author covers every important detail of political concerns for both sides, geography, economics, religious, and social factors that played in this amazing feat of conquest.
I have not heard this man before, but this was first class.
Yes. How did 163 Spanish defeat the 80,000 Inca warriors in Caljamarca and capture the Inca? Simply, bold audacity. The Spanish were trapped, they could not go back, the only way forward was to attack the Inca and his guard and catch them off balance. Pizarro gave the order, the spanish attacked, and the rest is history.
Fantastic story well told. Everyone interested in human behavior should read this book, as well as those interested in the period or Latin American history. This is a book that is entertaining for everyone.
Really, this is one of the very best history books of the Mexican Conquest i have found. If you want to know the details of the amazing conquest of Meso America by the lawyer, Cortez, listen to this book.
The amazing detail of the lives of the key players, both European and Indian, the detail of the strategy, the detail of the nature of the Indian lives and how quickly so many accepted the Spanish as the superior tribe. Also, the detail of the politics, Spanish, and Indian, that Cortez had to contend with and manage.
The telling of the story is so rich. it gives a 3D feel to the story.
My extreme reaction is: OMG these men were men! They truly were conquistatores, and yet they lived according to the laws of the times. I do not know anyone that could have done what they did, the living with constant expectation of death or mutilation, the constant physical and mental hardships, the hope of riches ( that did not happen for most of them) and the sense of adventure.
If you are interested in Mexican or Central American, or Spanish history, buy the book. If you are interested in the class of civilizations, buy the book. If you are interested in the nature of human behavior, buy the book.
It is one of the very best history books i have ever listened to. I knew very little about the discoveries that happened in the Pacific and Africa, and Hermann give it all to us in vivid detail.
The descriptions of the European explorers of the African Continent were amazing to me because i had never read anything about them before. What bravery, strength, determination these men had. There are none like them on the earth today.
Stanley going down the upper regions of the Congo surrounded on both sides of river by man eating savages playing drums, shooting poisonous arrows, shouting that they promise to eat the white men soon! Can you imagine!
Courage beyond belief!
Great book, thank you for providing it to us in the audio format.
This is really the story of the great navigators: The Spaniards, the Portuguese, the Italians, and the English who set out across the Oceans to break the monopoly of the Turks and Arabs on the trade from the Orient and to spread the Christian Religion after 800 years of battle to retake Europe from the Muslims.
The clear descriptions of the details of the discoveries of the new civilizations. It is amazing how curious everyone was, Indian and European alike, to know and communicate with each other, to trade, to eat together, and to share or kill as the case determined. Who know that there were so many cannibals in the New World? Who know the Indians not only warred with each other, killed and ate each other, but also stole each other's people and enslaved each other.
Columbus was the greatest adventurer of all time. Not even fictional characters can live up to the life he lived.
Yes, but obviously you can not. As long as it is, i was disappointed when it was over. It is wonderful.
A great book, great story, well told, very educational, and just what i was looking for.
I have decided to buy the book after listening to it. Lots of good stuff there that I want to have available as reference material.
Clear understanding of the Great Experiment that Central Bankers are playing out on the world's stage! They are experimenting with the lives of billions of people!
Good listen, I have not heard him before, but liked the reading.
Not really, this is a very smart book, it made be stop do some research, check some of the facts and claims and then go back for more. This is a useful book for layman or expert.
Forewarned is forearmed!
This is the finest history of the discoverers in one volume I have ever seen! I have been studying, living in and teaching about Latin America for 3 decades, and to my misfortune, i am only now getting around to this master piece of historical description (and some analysis where necessary to deduce facts as left out of the written record, but always very carefully and with great effort to be true to the actual history and culture of the age). I listened to this book, and I wish i had bought the book so that i could see the pictures and used it as a reference book in the future. I will recommend its purchase for the local library.
If you are at all interested in the truth about these corageous, smart, tough, driven men and their age, read this book!
At first i was a little distracted by his accent, but that quickly passed and i grew to anxiously look forward to hearing him tell me more and more of the story. He was just right.
My reaction was "there has never been braver, tougher, smarter, nor more religious men who changed the world ever! Also, i was reminded that virtually all of the great explorers did not live to enjoy the riches of their conquests, except Cortez who is not a subject of this book.
Forget everything you think you know about the age of discovery and their great captains, and read this book, it will give you a very interesting education!
This book is very ambitious, trying to show the complexity of the problems facing America in Iraq from the beginning to the end (?) of the conflict and from the lowest private to the President. No book can capture it all, but in the age of unlimited television and press, and the familiarity we all have with our military adventures throughout the world, this book helps to flesh out just how complicated it all is, and how deadly it can be. I am not sure what the author's actual purpose was, but in my mind he bolstered George Washington's advice to the young nation as he was departing when he stated we should stay out of foreign intrigues and wars! His advice could not be more correct for us today.
The detail of description was outstanding. As a former soldier and staffer at the 4 star level and witnessing first hand American invasions and the aftermath, I can assure one and all these are very complex operations that would be hopeless failures with out the outstanding people from top to bottom of our military. Unfortunately, we need some military officers willing to fall on their swords to keep incompetent orders from being published and followed on occasion. We need a few Macarthur's out there.
Excellent reading of the work.
I had not read a good description of the transition of forces and the battle for Fallujah. There were excellent.
As screwed up as this thing got, it is actually less screwed up than:
1). The Revolutionary War, 2). The War of 1812; 3). The Civil War; 4). The Mexican American War; 5). The Vietnam War; and even WWII! War is hell! It never goes right, and once the dogs of war are unleashed, no one can predict with certainty the outcome. American's need to restrict the use of American forces to only those situations where clearly our National Security is at risk. As the Author has clearly shown, that was not the case in Iraq. Iraq was an experiment at culture change in the Mid East, only time will tell if it was successful.
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