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Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
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  • 80 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

    David P. McGivern says: "Overall, well worth the credit"
    "Fascinating and engaging look at lives sacrificed"
    What made the experience of listening to League of Denial the most enjoyable?

    Fascinating journalistic inquiry into role of concussions and culpability of NFL. Starts with Pittsburgh Steeler's center Mike Webster in early 80s and brings us up to current day [$345 million settlement was announced as this book was being published so discussion around that is included, too]. Maybe it's because I'm from Pittsburgh, but knowing many of the professional football players they documented in this book--as well as the many Pittsburgh places and people-- made it a quick read.

    Any additional comments?

    Not 100% unbiased. Focus is solely on head trauma as initial indicator of later chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Authors don't really ask any of the number of neurosurgeons and neuropathologists they interviewed about role of drug abuse like steroids, performance-enhancing drugs and/or alcohol abuse on prevalence of or likelihood for CTE--but maybe that's a different book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Greek history to exclusion of all else."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although advertised as a cross-cultural perspective on ancient life, there's a nod towards ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia but the bulk of lectures concerns what it was like to be an ordinary, every day pre-Alexandrian Greek.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Was more interested in hearing about cross-cultural norms rather than simply ancient Greek life. Even a comparison between ancient Greece and ancient Rome would have proved more interesting; advertising this as a comparative look at ancient life is in fact incorrect.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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