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review 2019-08-22 05:04
Just a cursory introduction
The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroa... The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad - The Great Courses,The Great Courses,Joyce E. Salisbury,Joyce E. Salisbury


It is very hard to go very deep into such a long history in such a short period of lecture time but Professor Salisbury has done a good job providing an overview of the country's history and culture and how it fits into the rest of Europe and the "New World." If you are planning to travel in Spain, this is a good overview of things.


However, she is a historian and not a linguist and her pronunciation of many key words in both Spanish and English was off-putting to say the least. Isadore is NOT Ice-adore by anyone I know, including a number of gentlemen who bore the name--even in Spanish the I does not sound like the I in ice but like I in machine There is no T in Cordoba, neither in English or Spanish. The parliament of Spain is called the Cortes--with the accent on the first syllable and a a hissy S at the end not a buzzy Z or the lispy TH -- and not like the conquistador Cortez. Fingernails on a blackboard.




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text 2019-01-22 02:56
The House of Morgan
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance - Robertson Dean,Ron Chernow,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Thank goodness for an excellent narrator. When a title is 34+ hours long, you definitely need a narrator who doesn't drive you crazy.



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review 2018-11-16 04:05
Red. Blue. Green. No Matter What Your Politics...
American Dialogue: The Founders and Us - Arthur Morey,Joseph J. Ellis

...you have to read this book. Joseph J. Ellis explains it all. In his clear and concise style, he dives deeply into four issues that have plagued our nation since our founding-- racism/slavery, economic inequality, American imperialism and the doctrine of original intent--explaining why these four issues have brought us to where we are today and how they have shaped our current political quagmire.

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text 2018-03-26 16:18
A couple of Audible Daily Deals
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor - Anne Edwards,Corrie James
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics - Richard H. Thaler,L.J. Ganser

While the deals are daily, it is rare that they offer anything that would tempt me to plunk down the ready, so it is nice to be able to find two in such a short period of time. My TBR --or should that be TBH -- pile is growing and I am looking for ward to days and days and days of listening pleasure. 

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text 2017-11-29 15:22
2018 TBR Continues to Grow
The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World - Randall E. Stross,Grover Gardner
Meditations - Duncan Steen,Marcus Aurelius
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 5 - Harry Kemelman,George Guidall
The Lighthouse Keeper - Cynthia Ellingsen,Kate Rudd
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Jeff Woodman,Mark Haddon
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist - Dorothy Gilman,Barbara Rosenblat
Monday the Rabbi Took Off: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 4 - Harry Kemelman,George Guidall
Amadeus - Peter Shaffer,L.A. Theatre Works
Cosmos - Carl Sagan,Seth MacFarlane,LeVar Burton,Neil deGrasse Tyson,Ann Druyan

WOW! I am going to have a lot of fun reading in January and February! Nine books here and a few more that I have already mentioned. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! -- Well, except on the days we are traveling. 



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