The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.
This may be the best non-fiction book I’ve read. And that’s my favorite genre. Amazing history that isn’t as well known as it should be.
An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
Would you try another book from Terry Hayes and/or Christopher Ragland?
Yes, but I would definitely listen at a faster speed to get through all the backstories.
What did you like best about this story?
Very high-stakes intense story.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Less awkward voice for Ben Bradley
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing Iraq is in the hands of 20-somethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. They pursue irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity, angering the locals and fueling the insurgency.
Any additional comments?
I bought this on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. It's not action-packed, but it is a seemingly objective account of how America handled post-war Iraq. It opened my eyes to what was actually happening there, which would be very difficult to piece together from what you hear and see on the news. I would recommend this book.
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A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.
What did you like best about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? What did you like least?
Very quirky and unexpected, keeping it interesting. The performance and sound effects were pretty good. I heard this was a good book, but I didn't like listening to the radio broadcast like this. It was annoying to have the credits repeated every 30 minutes or so because an "episode" had finished. It would have been better if they edited those parts out, or pushed them to the very end.