I found it a bit of work in the early going, but was well rewarded for following it through to the end. Does a fantastic job of painting what is going on inside the remarkable protagonist.
I began this book knowing virtually nothing about the American revolution. This book was a very good introduction. At times it read like a novel. While providing excellent historic information, it did not get bogged down with the minutia; having said that, neither was it simplistic.
Some of the word lists can be a bit tedious, but it's a small price to pay for the insight provided in this book. A couple of friends have gone through this at the same time and we both believe we are the richer fo having gone on this journey.
I have only written a couple of these over the past 4 years, but I feel it's my obligation to help others use their credits wisely.
All evidence suggests that this rambling essay was written by a 13 year old for a grade 8 project. The only contradiction to the proof is that it lacks the focus you would expect from a child of 13.
Without exageration, I can honestly say that this is the least informative history book I've ever gone through. Now that I've finished it I'm left scratching my head trying to figure out how a book on the Gatling can be so dull...OH! I think I've got it! Don't write much about the actual gun, instead focus on the fact that it wasn't really used in the civil war, and that it wasn't used by Custer, and that it wasn't used by the NY Times editors in the riots.
On second thought: Maybe I'm being unfare; I guess she could have focused many more chapters on where the gun was not used. I just wish she would have included when it WAS used.
I looked up a small encyclopedia entry on the Gatiling and it told me everything she did, but in one lengthy paragraph and with no depletion to my credits.
I appreciate books that delve into the intricacies of the brain and mind. While I appreciate the concept - the elasticity of the brain - as well as the fact that it is a "pop science" book, I think the author erred by focusing too much on his interpretations of scientific experiments, while including "loads" of anecdotal stories.
Interesting, but too much filler.
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