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James A. Bretney

Houston, Texas
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he leaves out a lot

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Reviewed: 07-29-19

how much did the author know and when did he know it. this guy is intelligence

This is my first Robert Caro book.

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Reviewed: 08-26-18

Robert Caro wields an authoritative approach to the subject. Consequently his style appears very dry. It was hard to finish at times. But you cannot understand the 20th century without understanding this man, who he surrounded himself with and where he came from. I learned a lot. I would only add that Caro didn't appreciate what an influence the Indian Wars has on shaping the Texan. More than the Alamo which is also in Johnson's Hill Country on the Edwards Plateau, the Comanche wages war in a brutal and indifferent ruthlessness. We have had 3 Presidents from Texas. Yet none are more Texas than Lyndon.

a superb work that demands greater exploration

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Reviewed: 02-19-18

It is a fascinating tale that deserves further exploration in a TV series. the setting and cast of characters intrigue the listener. I listened to this audio book 2x.

thoughful but sloppy Anti-Americanism

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Reviewed: 01-03-18

I struggled to finish. Both the narrator and author are very annoying. The author is a bigot and his book is all over the place only loosely connecting his thoughts. He writes so lazily he includes transcripts of media appearances he did for English speaking foreign press. He does have some insights. But don't fall for the hook, this is Rick roll about Vietnam.

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Narration not good

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Reviewed: 09-04-17

You have to be very familiar with Soviet Espionage History to keep up. His insights are some what esoteric. The narration of this book is very distracting.

not what I was expecting

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Reviewed: 12-26-16

I did not love it. I struggled to finish it. The futurism surprised me and stands as the most memorable moment. I feel the author doesn't understand human nature and feel he could have arrived it his points quicker. I also have problems with his argument. He argues for "productive war" and against "unproductive war." How can you discern that at the time when war strikes a nation at the most peculiar times and in strange and confusing circumstances.

Zachary Quinto is a great actor

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Reviewed: 12-17-16

I don't favor LBGT rights. But this actor is superb. He creates characters out of whole cloth. The story has a novel concept but the characters are not very likable. The plot reflects a philosophical foundation based on moral relativism and has too much sympathy for the devil. The author is clever. Minor plot twists intrigue. I agree with this statement on human nature. In the face of seemingly invincible evil, do you stand firm or lie flaccid?

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very educational

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Reviewed: 09-06-16

the performance was kinda stale but the story is very compelling and educational. This story filled in the gaps left by propaganda masquerading as legend.

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authoritative & informative

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Reviewed: 06-22-16

loved this book. not a comprehensive but an authoritative, informative and entertaining look inside an elite crime organization. It is a fascinating look inside the psychology and culture of Judas Iscariot.

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superb

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Reviewed: 05-22-16

it's a great book for Tatum anthro Robert Conquest examines of. Of History that is politically sensitive to this day controversial and bizarre it's all true