It's one thing to skim a topic but having in depth knowledge of more than one of the incidents cited in this book it left me questioning the validity of the rest. Loosely connected trivia doesn't do well to accentuate the disasters but they are included for someone's sake.
It read like my elementary school social studies book with text and descriptions that suits that age group. I was hoping for much more as an avid reader of 20th century history.
One of the disasters was accurately described in my opinion.
Recommended for anyone looking to learn enough about a disaster to discuss it briefly at a cocktail party.
The humanity of the event in each incident that lead to this Victorian calamity
The crash itself
Emphasis on humanness
Unfortunate story of an occurrence overlooked in American history.
Insight to the passion that some have for creating food, the detail at which they do it, and the never ending drive one needs to work in this profession.
Some additional tonal emphasis
The description of the Master Chef testing
Insightful glimpse into being an American chef...
If it had a storyline or interesting facts for someone other than a Chemistry major
He read well
definitely not by the narrator as I found his voice sluggish. I hope the other book I bought Made to Stick is better. Switch references too many other books that I have already read so I wonder if it has any original thought presented.
Present material that seems original
Yes. It is historically accurate and presents both personal and business views of the character which allows the listener to fully develop an understanding of the persona of the first Vanderbilt. Like his type or not, remember he did business in a different time and the results often created wealth and livelihood for many. Besides the account of his life, this book describes well the times in which he lived.
Story did not drift from the chronological events that made up the life of the character. It is just the facts. ma'am.
Vanderbilt's favoritism of one child over others
Long but worth the listen especially for business historians
Yes from the narrator Hillary Huber
The book read more like a news report with little depth of description.
Hearing live speech always makes a reading more interesting when it is done well
There were too many characters to single one out
While interesting to a point, the central theme is that one cannot afford to live well on minimum wage or less. No kidding, really? At times the read is very sad and inspires you to want to act in some manner but the truth of business is profits before people.
Quite practical insights that we've always known but may not known how to apply to each area of organizing our stuff.
Realizing that I had much more to do to be organized than what I thought
Humorous tones and references to real time websites
A home for everything and like things together
Updates since the print version
Eye opening and revealing facts regarding the food industry and how they are able to adulterate our foods. Sad and scary facts on what we are eating and what we have become as a society of obese with chronic ailments. This can give you good insight on how that's happened and how to avoid the foods discussed. Interesting from a scientific standpoint add a star if you are a food technologist or chemist.
William, Alfred, and General Motors. Another historic snapshot of how the automobile changed America. The fortitude of Americans was keenly defined by everyday auto pioneers like the main character.
Historical accuracy and sidebars that make it interesting. Did you know that the Smithsonian has this car on display at the Museum of American History on the mall? That should give relevance to the significance of this journey.
Literally changes in the storyline occur with every turn of the wheel. Something that was hard to do then and would go unoticed if done today. Read it for the sake of learning about the culture of those times and enjoy the sense of accomplishment made by the main character.
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