Jeffrey Samsel

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  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

More than headlines

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

I only ever knew of Bellevue by the news reports on TV and newspaper headlines, the rest of the story and the long history of this institution is absolutely fascinating. Bellevue has affected our daily lives in more ways than most of know. This is just a great story, even if history or medicine are not your main interests.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,723

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book I wish I had 25 years ago

  • By Jason DeFillippo on 05-08-14

The Obstacle is the way

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-16

I plan on getting a hard copy of this book. This book was a real game changer for me at age 50, it has clarified many of the things I've always known about Stoicism but never truly understood or fully practiced. Thirty years ago a man who has been like a second father to me told me when I was struggling to put my old car back together, " sometimes the long way is the short way". This sounds a little " folksy" but I have lived by these words and the message they send. I worked through the problem, the obstacle is the way. My first son, aged 18 years, has just left for college to study linguistics, five languages, and he grew up hearing this message his whole life and just finished listening to the audio book and said that he took a lot away from the wisdom in Ryan's book.