On my second time through this book. After reading (and re-reading) The rise and fall of the third Reich by WIlliam Shirer I wanted even more information on this blighted page in our human history. Such a sureal unfolding of genicide when you read how one survivor came back to the author's village and railed against the Nazis and begged his fellow jews to leave while they could. No one listened to him until it was too late.
Thought at first this would be a "Dexter" style of book. Didn't anticipate the supernatural bent. I'd purchased it in one of those $4.95 sales- wouldn't have ever bought it at full price. It was an ok read - probably a little pulpy for my tastes.
Learn a little history of prohibition. Learn a lot of poisons through the ages: MeOH vs. EtOH; arsenic in beauty potion, CO, and other various and sundry means with which to do one's self in! Touches on the mustard gas chemical warfare used in "the great war". I'm a pharmacist and I guess I'm fascinated with the myriad chemicals to be discovered, used and abused through the ages so I was fascinated by this book. Great read.
As with any story of survival I am inspired. However, in addition to recounting his experience in the concentration camps, Viktor Frankl expounds on his unique psychological technique. Of course this is a fascinating and terrifying read but he provides an insight into his experiences that really must be read firsthand to truly be appreciated.
First, the narrator was wonderful. And I loved the humorous challenges faced by both Screwtape and his nephew when attempting to do their jobs of ultimate deception. Demons don't seem to realize that their task of subverting mankind may result in many seeming victories but will ultimately fail in the face of God's love for humankind. This book refreshingly and irreverently addresses so many of the spiritual traps we face our entire lives.
Best - the chronological history of his life with a brief overview of relatively current accounts of his survivors. Least - VERY BIASED euphemistic language requiring the listener to read between the lines to see clearly the true destruction this criminal egomaniac perpetrated on so many people in multiple countries.
More details from and about those people he utterly destroyed (both his murder victims and their survivers).
His accent is authentic and cadence is pleasant.
If you can tolerate the commitment of time to such a tragic story of a horribly destructive person who has now been venerated by ignorant or socialist minded (ignorant) people. Informative yes. Biased yes.
A meaty plunge into the history of the origins of the main players of the third reich. It layed out in copious detail the beginnings of the Nazi regime.
NO NO NO!!! (altho I may be forced to since I plan to listen to the remaining two books in this triligy). He is a very.......poor......narrator.......with .........inappropriately........placed........and ........lengthy ........pauses......(are you frustrated reading my visual representation of his vocal cadence yet?) intersperced throughout his narration.
This account of hunting one of the most notorious war criminals in history is non-stop. I was riveted from the start. After reading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "Bonhoeffer", and "In the Garden of Beasts" it was nice to read this post-war history of bringing this monster Eichmann to justice. Additionally, there were many other details concerning the Third Reich that were related to this main story and equally fascinating. Cannot recommend this book highly enough!
When at the beginning the author stated that this was not a story of heroes I was a little taken aback. How true that statement revealed itself to be as I delved deeper and deeper into this story of misplaced appeasement and self-willed blindness on the part of many of our countrymen who came face to face with horrors instigated by the Nazis. Usually a voracious reader I found myself needing to take breaks from this chilling account of misbehavior and enabling. I had a visceral reaction to Martha's self-serving ego that allowed her to proclaim with great aplomb the fact that her ancestors had owned slaves. This book (like Shirer’s "The rise and fall of the third reich" and "Bonhoeffer" by Metaxas and "The alchemy of air" by Hagar) gives a painfully clear insight into Hitler’s rise to power. Additionally, it eerily parallels events today with the same misplaced attitude of appeasement by our contemporary state department towards terrorist states in the middle east.
Although only a third of the way through this book I wanted to add my review to the mix since there are currently only 2 reviews. I vociferously disagree with the claim that the bird dung content was boring. The details included in the narrative illustrate the basis for the value of nitrogen as a fertilizer and therefore the justification for searching to create a synthetic product. I am so far riveted by this book. Will update my review after completing the read.
I loved this book because it was a well-crafted history of not only cancer but medical advancements over the past ~150 years. I am a pharmacist so much of the medical jargon was already part of my vernacular. However, I think that even a lay person would find this book interesting and understandable. The narrative was well written and the narrator was very pleasant to listen to.
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