I liked Crazy Salad. Some people call it outdated. I call it history. I did skip one chapter because nothing bores me like Watergate.
Scribble Scribble...moreI liked Crazy Salad. Some people call it outdated. I call it history. I did skip one chapter because nothing bores me like Watergate.
Scribble Scribble on the other hand, that is outdated. If all the Watergate stuff wasn't boring enough, the rest is about infighting and minor scandals among reporters. Minor scandals and infighting don't age well.(less)
I feel mislead by the subtitle and by some other reviews. I want to give it one star because it wasn't at all what I expected or hoped for. But it was...moreI feel mislead by the subtitle and by some other reviews. I want to give it one star because it wasn't at all what I expected or hoped for. But it wasn't that bad, just misnamed and over hyped.
This is a history of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon with a minor lens toward race and slavery and even less about Dumas.
You know what Alexandre Dumas did that Edmond Dantes didn't do? Lead a cavalry for his entire adult life and more than half of his book. Bring servants and a goat and money into jail with him where he got to talk to his fellow prisoners.
Two stars doesn't seem like enough for a book so fascinating and educational. My knowledge of WWII POWs and the Pacific theater in general has grown e...moreTwo stars doesn't seem like enough for a book so fascinating and educational. My knowledge of WWII POWs and the Pacific theater in general has grown exponentially. But two stars is all I can give because I really really did not enjoy reading Unbroken.
The tragedy and the violence were just too much for delicate little me. I had nightmares. I was crying nearly every time I picked up the book. The whole thing is brutally heartbreaking.
I couldn't help but be reminded of all the stories in the news the last few years about Americans torturing prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Until those thoughts surfaced, I was able to leave the story in the 1940s and assure myself that it was over. But really, no.
And then came Billy Graham and I lost faith in anything Hillenbrand had to say. I don't believe for a second that PTSD can be cured by listening to two Billy Graham sermons. I absolutely do not believe it. Dismissing serious mental illness as curable through magic is disgusting and harmful. Yes, Zamperini got better, and yes, his religious practices and therapies may have had something to do with that. But he was not cured in an instant. Someone is lying, or exaggerating, or misremembering (and as a Christian motivational speaker and missionary, it's clear that he has a motive for exaggerating all religious claims).
The whole religion thing threw a wrench into how I believed the rest of the book. I started to question things that I'd taken to be true previously. For example, the conditions in the POW camps are horrific, absolutely horrific, I have no doubt on that. But the way they're described we're lead to imagine that maybe 1 in 10 prisoners could possibly survive. Then at the end the author reveals that 2/3 lived! Impossible. Either the conditions were exaggerated or the death rate is under reported.(less)
Did someone steal all the interesting White City pages from my library copy? I feel like I read a different book than all these glowing reviews.
The m...moreDid someone steal all the interesting White City pages from my library copy? I feel like I read a different book than all these glowing reviews.
The murderer chapters were page turning enough to get me into the first half of the book. I could bother with the White City to get to the next juicy chapter. But the fun parts eventually shrunk to few and far between and I had trouble finishing. Then the murder story came back, but from the perspective of a detective and without any clear sense of time line to keep things understandable. By the end it was a chore to finish.(less)
If Thoreau were alive today, • He’d carry a sign that says “Keep the government out of my Medicare!” • He’d be Tim Ferris. • He’d live in a custom-built...moreIf Thoreau were alive today, • He’d carry a sign that says “Keep the government out of my Medicare!” • He’d be Tim Ferris. • He’d live in a custom-built trailer and call it a “tiny house”.
If Thoreau were alive 2,000 years ago, he’d be Jesus. • What the H is he rambling on about? What do Egyptians have to do with this? • Let me tell you the only acceptable way to bake bread. • Wise, and quotable quip... Worship me, please. • Did he just say that black slaves had it easier than free white men? Really? I can’t even.(less)
I especially was interested in President Carter's discussions about fundamentalism, in religion and in politics. He...moreI like Jimmy Carter. Even more now.
I especially was interested in President Carter's discussions about fundamentalism, in religion and in politics. He defines fundamentalism in a way I'd not through of it before, but seemed dead on to me. He says that fundamentalism is the idea that we're right, and chosen and everyone else is wrong and therefor un-chosen and therefore disposable. Also that it gives power to leaders instead of to people, which leads to abuses of power. These are exactly the qualities of so many vocal religious groups that make me hostile to religion in general. Sometimes I forget that there are other kinds of religiosity. It's really rare to hear a public figure, especially a Christian public figure, standing up to the idea that some churches and church leaders have taken a selfish and corrupt path. I was preparing myself to really disagree with President Carter for the religious chapters, and I did disagree with him, especially when he talked about missionary work. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed what he had to say. He really shows that it is possible to separate religion and politics without being disloyal to your strongly held beliefs.
I was also so refreshed to hear him talk about religion in politics in a way that promotes peace, environmentalism and kindness, things that the most vocal religious political groups condemn. I want to give this book to all my Christian relatives who seem believe that Jesus wants them to starve the poor and bomb the middle east and all that other evilness.
I "read" this as an audio book, and I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have got through the book format. The second half or so got a big dull, but listening I could just tune out a bit without giving up entirely.(less)