Goldberg's relentless search for truth
Although non-fiction, there are innumerable 'stories', all with great insight.
No, but I can't wait for his next book.
At the very end of the book, his personal account of the struggle to write the book after his brother died, is moving and inspiring.
The author displays a breadth of knowledge, combined with intense research, that makes his analyses quite convincing. Although I was familiar with nearly all his topics, I learned a lot I did not know and was reminded of a lot I had forgotten. Leftist ideologues will hate this book, though I doubt they will get through the first chapters. But this is not simply a book written by a conservative selling his viewpoint. Instead, Jonah Goldberg proceeds from one over-simplifying, or distorting, cliche to another, dissecting them with keen insight and wit. I was relieved that this was not another conservative gospel. I listened to this book at the height of the 2012 presidential elections, and I began to wince every time I heard the candidates refer to the "middle class." You will know what I mean if you listen to or read this bood. Of the 200 books I have listened to from Audible.com, this is unsurpassed.
More humor, more color, entertaining style
Academic style. I was bored by the time I got through acknowledgments, credits and goal statements. This tainted the whole book, which I found unimaginative.
Although the author was less than dynamic, I don't think Laurence Olivier or Daniel Tosh could have made this material interesting.
Just glad this was a Daily Bargain, I would have requested a new credit had I wasted one of my two credits.
Surely the top 10% of the 200 books I've listened to.
I enjoyed reminiscing about life in the America of my youth.
First one that I can recall, but he did a super job.
I laughed a lot, but there were parts, mostly Steinbeck's travel through the South in the Civl Rights era that were disturbing.
John Steinbeck is certainly one of America's greatest story-tellers and social commentators, and both are displayed in Travels with Charley. Some of his reflections verge on the bizarre, but always worth hearing. How often do you find a book that is constantly entertaining while offering insights and food for thought. This is a book both for those who lived through those times and for those who would like to know what it was like. Makes you want to get in your pickup truck or RV and go to see America. Narration is excellent, you forget that the narrator is not the author.
The writing and organization was so good that I always wanted to finish each biography.
When Madame Curie is accepted into the French Academy.
These are very interesting people who happen to have been great scientists. Their achievements are explained clearly and their lives described brilliantly. Anyon interested in achievement through intense struggle and effort will be rewarded by reading this book.
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