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  • America

  • Imagine a World Without Her
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder? Or is America still the hope of the world? New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We can think for ourselves

  • By score bags on 06-21-14

Moderately disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-14

D'Souza presents a logical and well thought out argument that is a much-needed counterpoint to the overwhelming barrage of heavily left-leaning information in the media and educational systems. Regrettably, he seemed to fall victim to the urge to turn a solid analysis of a political ideology into an attempt to vilify a few individuals. I am no fan of either President Obama’s policies or of Ms. Clinton’s. However, it took the actions (or inactions) of 535 members of Congress, the parties that back them, the media that selectively attacks or promotes issues for ratings, and the American voters to take the United States further down this road. In my view, D’Souza’s choice to attack the figurehead of a deeper ideological issue undermined his message and turned this book into more of a campaign speech. A solid message with immense potential descended into anti-incumbent rhetoric.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

  • By: J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone

  • By Quaker on 11-04-13

Entertaining, but underwhelming

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-14

What disappointed you about The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History?

I recognize the challenging scope of the project, but felt the final product did not measure up to my expectations. I was unimpressed by the amount of speculation and opinion presented as facts.

Has The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will more carefully screen the reader comments prior to listening.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Though he was enthusiastic, I found Professor Fear to be more of a storyteller than a historian.

Any additional comments?

I had listened to one other book from The Great Courses: "World War II: A Military and Social History." In comparison to Professor Childers, I found Professor Fears sadly lacking. Frankly, I expected better from The Great Courses.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful