Take away message... hmmm... exercise is good for you... DO IT!
Some very good research-based content. Could probably have been a much shorter, more f...moreTake away message... hmmm... exercise is good for you... DO IT!
Some very good research-based content. Could probably have been a much shorter, more focused book. Aimed at a number of different audiences and also a bit self-promotional. Provides example after example after example of why exercise is beneficial. Despite the fact that I grew weary of the somewhat repetitive content, it was worth the read and motivational.(less)
Interesting collection of stories about 6 events in American history that were not covered in school for most people. Davis has a palatable style of p...moreInteresting collection of stories about 6 events in American history that were not covered in school for most people. Davis has a palatable style of presenting history to a wider audience. However, one of the book's major themes is that religious adherents, particularly Christian, are the cause of most of the history's atrocities. I found this continual whine tedious and unoriginal. Clearly Davis has an axe to grind.
I like this trend of history books written to pull more people into reading history. While not deep examinations of history, these books are less daunting and more accessible to a wider audience. They pull people in with provocative titles and pithy presentations of things they never knew or hidden history. Of course, all this information can be found in traditional history books. These authors have just done the work for us and highlighted the titillating parts.
Excellent book. Slow in parts, but overall an informative examination of Alexander Hamilton and his incredible contributions to the founding of the Un...moreExcellent book. Slow in parts, but overall an informative examination of Alexander Hamilton and his incredible contributions to the founding of the United States. Author Ron Chernow is clearly a fan of Hamilton's and brings him to life. Hamilton's rise from an obscure upbringing on a Caribbean island to leadership in the U.S. founding epitomizes the American dream. His drive and self-education is inspiring. His impact endures as one of the authors of The Federalist A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States (as known as The Federalist Papers). But Hamilton's life is also a cautionary tale of 'less is more.' He seemed unable to know when to shut up (in writing and verbally), to stop, or to back off, thus creating highly motivated enemies. "The slashing style of attack would make Hamilton the most feared polemicist in America, but it won him enemies as well as admirers. Unlike Franklin or Jefferson, he never learned to subdue his opponents with a light touch or a sly, artful, understated turn of a phrase. (p. 60)
The descriptions of the vicious fighting amongst the founders, battles about the judiciary and freedom of the press, as well as Hamilton's adulterous affair and cover-up, underscore that politics today continues very much the same. I was amazed our young country didn't implode with all the infighting and am convinced, after reading this book, that George Washington was the key to its success - staying above the fray, appreciating the strengths/weaknesses of all the players, and calmly steering the ship through the political storm. Jefferson is a rather unattractive figure in this book. I used to be more of a fan. He certainly was an interesting character. However, the more I learn about him, the less I find I like him.(less)