I liked this book a lot, even thought I have a hard time reading books on the Holocaust. It was interesting and heart wrenching. It's amazing to thinkI liked this book a lot, even thought I have a hard time reading books on the Holocaust. It was interesting and heart wrenching. It's amazing to think about what those people had to go through. It makes my trials in life seem so much easier to bear. ...more
I cried, I laughed, I smiled, and I sat in awe as I read this story. Mario Facione, an evil man involved in a very dangerous mafia was touched by 2 yoI cried, I laughed, I smiled, and I sat in awe as I read this story. Mario Facione, an evil man involved in a very dangerous mafia was touched by 2 young missionaries one day and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To do so, he flirted with death, lost everything he owned, went through a divorce, and was shunned by his family for years. He pressed on, though, and now he is a temple worker at the Detroit temple and has 3 children and an amazing wife. The Spirit confirmed to me again that the church is for everyone. I love this book and I'm sure I'll read it many more times....more
I started reading this, and decided that it wasn't really my cup of tea, so I gave it to my dad. He's an oceanogI won this as a Goodreads first read.
I started reading this, and decided that it wasn't really my cup of tea, so I gave it to my dad. He's an oceanographer, and is always ready and willing to read books about waves and all that cool ocean stuff. Here's what he thought.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. The author was very disjointed and lacking in continuity. It was like she sat down with a pad of paper and made an unorganized list of everything she wanted to talk about, and then wrote her book in that order. She was jumping around from situation to situation, location to location. I couldn't keep up with her. She also repeated herself a lot, so I had a hard time knowing where she was.
Her facts were accurate, but to the average person who had not studied oceanography, I'm not sure they would understand. Sometimes her use of the science itself made no sense.
I would have enjoyed more imagery and detail. I wished she had described her experiences in the water in more detail. I wanted to know how she felt, and how she reacted. This was written like a play-by-play with no emotion or connection to the reader.
I only finished it because I was intrigued, and I love the science.
UPDATE: July 26th, 2010 - It's here in the mail and it says "Advanced Reader Copy" on the cover! I feel so speciI won this is a Goodreads first read.
UPDATE: July 26th, 2010 - It's here in the mail and it says "Advanced Reader Copy" on the cover! I feel so special!! :P
September 6, 2010 - This book is very interesting! I enjoyed reading about the history and the artistic qualities of this bridge. Because I got an ARC, which did not include the 8-page color insert, I don't think I can really critique the pictures of lack thereof. I did see a few small B&W pictures, but they were not very good quality. I'm assuming they will be better quality in the final publication.
It's an interesting book that covers an interesting topic. The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon for not only California, but many other people throughout the USA and the world. The writing is done very well, and I like the division of the chapters. One reviewer mentioned that each chapter is like a small essay on a particular subject involving the bridge and I totally agree. Great read! ...more
I was at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert where David McCullough told us this story, so naturally... the book does not live up to my expeI was at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert where David McCullough told us this story, so naturally... the book does not live up to my expectations. When he told it, he was surrounded by beautiful scenery, under very nice mood lighting, and was backed by the amazing musical score composed by Mack Wilberg. I was captivated. Was I captivated by this book? Not as much. The text itself took me about 10 minutes to read, and all of the imagery interspersed throughout the story created a disconnect and I found myself forgetting where I was. The pictures were wonderfully heartwarming, though, so I'm glad they were there. I also love the story itself. I've heard it told many times in many different ways, and it is a truly inspiring story. As I was reading the addresses by both Roosevelt and Churchill, I was amazed that they each spoke with such spirituality and faith to the American public. I am sure that would not happen today, which is very sad to me.
Bottom line, this is not a book that will give you an in-depth account of the 1941 Christmas Eve in America. It was a nice, quick read and full of Christmas spirit. It was an appropriate Christmas Eve read, and it will be a fun one to pull out and share with the family every Christmas Eve for years to come. :) ...more