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a mountain of interesting facts

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Reviewed: 2021-05-04

Really a decent book. Important work as it highlights how much changed after the Columbian exchange. The pre 1492 world, with its limited distribution of plants and peoples, is almost incomprehensible. Only note is that the author sometimes runs a bit and gets long winded. But overall a book bursting with interesting historical facts.

decent...

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Reviewed: 2021-04-20

Decent story of adventure. I found the tone kind of impersonal which made it hard to really get into. I think it was important to include all three journeys, but the true survival story is really the third journey. This is worth the credit to listen tp, but not nearly as good as Endurance.

he must be getting paid by the word

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Reviewed: 2021-03-30

If you are familiar with Michael Pollan you might have an idea of what you are getting into here. If not, please understand that while I agree with his general argument about the importance of cooking our own food, I can see how some people would not like his style. He can sound pretentious (maybe unintentionally) and he is definitely verbose. I feel I'm getting a better deal with longer books, but this particular one would probably be better at half the length. Overall, with this book he is likely preaching to the choir, as he was with me, and his style is likely to frustrate more than convert people who do not already care about what they are eating.

great book!

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Reviewed: 2021-03-18

really a great experience with this book. it is similar to Sapiens, in that it reviews much of human and pre human history and uses this as the basis to challenge our concepts about work. really shows that most of our current ideas about identity, work culture and social groups are not permanent and we should be able to challenge these ideas and open to new concepts about what role work should play in our societies and what value we should give it.

be careful with this author

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Reviewed: 2021-03-15

I was excited to start this book but quickly became disappointed. the author clearly relishes his role as a contrarian to the mainstream environmental movement. the main structure of the book is that he brings up a general idea / problem agreed upon by most environmentalists, and then he tells us why they are completely wrong and he is completely right. while I personally cannot dispute any of his claims, there are numerous articles that show that he oversimplifies and misconstrues facts.
Nikki Forrester, “Article by Michael Shellenberger Mixes Accurate and Inaccurate Claims in Support of a Misleading and Overly Simplistic Argumentation about Climate Change,” Climate Feedback (blog), July 6, 2020, https://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/article-by-michael-shellenberger-mixes-accurate-and-inaccurate-claims-in-support-of-a-misleading-and-overly-simplistic-argumentation-about-climate-change/.

Irvine accomplishes his goal

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Reviewed: 2021-03-08

the author, William Irvine, sets out to synthesize the teachings of the stoic philosophers into a modern-day manual. he fully accomplishes this and I know I and hopefully other listeners will find a lot to take away from this book and hopefully bring some tranquility to modern life. great book!

really worthwhile course !

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Reviewed: 2021-02-11

great course that I would highly recommend. the instructor is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also accessible and engaging. food and culture are so inextricably linked that so much of the material in this course is great for general knowledge and also remains relevant to our everyday lives. definitely a good listen for people interested in history, culture, and gastronomy.

only okay...

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Reviewed: 2021-02-06

I chose this book as it seemed well reviewed and a new take on the famous fall of Rome. That said I was not a huge fan for the following reasons :
- the author's objective is clear to change the narrative that the Roman Empire is seen as the 'good guys'. That said he does not present a more balanced account, he just flips the script with the Romans seemingly being all bad and the Goths being a tolerant and good people. He also seems to judge the Romans very harshly by modern standards of pluralism.
- as the author admits at the start, there are major gaps in the information about Alaric's life. So it feels to me as not a story about him, but a story about this time in the Roman Empire with random facts and assumptions about Alaric.
- I found the author's tendency to jump around in time to make this book difficult to follow especially in audio form.
To summarize this is not a bad book, but it is not one I really enjoyed or would recommend

good reporting

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Reviewed: 2021-01-18

interesting and important story. worth the listen for sure. very easy time commitment needed

the room where it happens...

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Reviewed: 2021-01-17

I'm not a fan of political biographies or autobiographies, so I was not sure what I would think of this. Overall it is a great book, well written with awesome narration from Obama himself. That said a few minor notes are
- it does a bit of his pre - politics history which was not my favourite.
- very detailed! This long book only ends at the Osama raid in 2011 and will be followed by a entire second volume.
-this book is good for a behind the scenes look at presidential decision making and as such is very political, so be careful if you have no interest in politics.

Overall, as long as you know what you are getting into, this is a great book! Thank you Mr. Obama for setting such a good example for our leaders.