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David Macfarlane

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Simply Excellent

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Évalué le: 2020-05-06

I'll admit I was very skeptical of the grandiose claims that Dr. Carrington makes at the beginning of this book. One simple key to fixing the education system seemed too good to be true. However, her conclusion that the ultimate need we have is building relationships comes across very powerfully. In a world where we are becoming increasingly disconnected, we need to work twice as hard to reestablish those connections. This is definitely a must read for teachers.

Great Life Advice

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Évalué le: 2020-05-06

I really enjoyed this book. it has a lot of helpful advice. Not all of it was very applicable for me. Tracy's primary audience is corporate types. However there are good lessons to learn for everyone on such topics as personal finance, education, and interpersonal relationships. Definitely worth a read.

A Fresh Perspective on the Crusades

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Évalué le: 2020-04-13

It has become very common to view the Crusades in a negative light - Dark Aged European Christian fanaticism, greed and bloodlust against the glorious Islamic Empire. Dr. Harl presents a far more nuanced and complex analysis of this historical period without resorting to simplistic stereotypes that often plague this discussion. This is definitely a great resource for deepening your understanding of turn Crusades and dispelling popular myths.

Worth Reading

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Évalué le: 2020-03-24

Jennifer Wright tackles the topic of disease with an odd but very enjoyable tone of sobering sarcasting humour. This book was certainly enjoyable from beginning to end. Her research is very well done, and she does an excellent job making the history accessible. At times she does fall into easy "myths" with suspect accuracy, and at times can be trite in her moralizing, but there is a lot of value in what she has put forward in her book. I just wish she had also covered the Justinian Plague as she sweeps through the ancient world very abruptly where all of the worst plagues reside.

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging now, this is especially relevant reading.

Not best enjoyed as an audiobook.

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Évalué le: 2020-03-17

This book really should be enjoyed in print form as a sort of tour guide for Canada. A lot of it just doesn't make a lot of sense in this format. However, there are a few good laughs along the way.

A very interesting way of doing history

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Évalué le: 2020-03-04

I have really enjoyed Ken Albala's unique conduit for studying history. Method of studying history through the lens of food is something I had not considered before, and I would definitely recommend this series to anyone interested in history. This series is fun, informative and insightful. It looks not only at the types of food that have been enjoyed by various cultures, but how food becomes an agent of cultural, social, and scientific development in every society.

My only reservation about this lecture series is that there are a few lessons which were clearly meant to be viewed through video. These are sessions where Dr. Albala ventures into the kitchen to experimentally demonstrate various cooking practices and techniques. however these are obviously lost in an audio series. This is not a huge obstacle (or yooge as Professor Albala frequently says) to the overall production, and it receives a high recommendation from me.

Good but very Americanized

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Évalué le: 2020-01-01

I really enjoyed this course on WWII. It was very educational and interesting. Professor Childers presents the information in a very clear and engaging way with clearly thematic episodes, and subtle nods to humour.

My only complaint is that this course follows a fairly narrow scope in terms of its perspectives. Occasionally Childers will reference the events and perspectives of other nations, but it is clear which perspective is primary. constant usages of "We" to refer to the American military or government as well as a constant eye on what the Americans are contributing to every stage of the war seems to privilege the American position over those of the other contributors. This in itself is not a major offence, but I would have preferred if the course description was more explicit about the perspective of the lectures.

However, with that said, I still highly recommend this course. It is well presented by a very competent narrator and was overall a very enjoyable and educational listen.

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Wrong format for this book

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Évalué le: 2019-10-26

There is a lot to commend this book. It has a lot of really helpful advice and counseling. I thought the real life journal entries at the end were particularly helpful. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that an audiobook is the best format. This book was designed to read in short stints while keeping a journal on the side. It was definitely not well suited for binging which is the way I tend to go through audiobooks

Full of excitement

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Évalué le: 2019-04-30

Herman Melville has an infectious way of creating images and scenes in the mind. His use of the English language is masterful as he takes you along this adventurous journey from beginning to end.

Some parts of this book are rather dry and long. much of it is taken up with descriptions and classifications of whales and other such details. This will definitely not be an easy read, but if you can make it through those parts, it will be worth it.

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Practical Advice

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Évalué le: 2019-04-23

Anthony Wolf provides plenty of practical and reasonable advice. He makes it very understandable through the use of real life examples in the form of dialogues between parents and children.

Wolf is not idealistic, but adopts a realistic approach to parenting. Children will misbehave, adults will get angry, etc. He does not condemn what will naturally happen, but he does discuss ways on which these conflicts can be improved.