The author has opened my eyes to ideas and concepts I had not considered. Very enlightening. The long historical view of Chinese self image helps me see why we must be careful in our diplomacy.
Where does Everything Under the Heavens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Very high in the ranking. Well researched and narrated - gives extensive Chinese and Chinese-Japanese History and provides the appropriate historical context.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Recent Chinese Leaders who made changes to made a great positive difference for their country.
Have you listened to any of Nicholas Hormann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No basis for an evaluation
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reaction.
This is a very serious book.
This is a very serious subject.
People interested in U.S. Foreign Policy and its future would do well to read and understand this book and the challenges it represents.
Any additional comments?
Are the American people sleeping? Do they recognize their world position is being actively challenged? Do they care? Are they willing to stop the clown show(s) and do something about it? Are they willing to accept the consequences of inaction?
This thoughtful and thorough analysis casts current events in historic context, taking the long view so often missing from contemporary american sociopolitical discussion.
Neither alarmist nor apologist, the author presents a well reasoned and supported argument for caution and consistency in responding to a resurgent and confident China's regional and geopolitical strategic goals.
For me as an Australian this work provides additional and valuable context to current affairs in south east asia and, notwithstanding Goff's reassignment of nationality, is well worth listening to.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Way too much historical detail
Would you ever listen to anything by Howard W. French again?
How could the performance have been better?
Some notable errors. For example Gough Whitlam was the Prime Minister of Australia NOT New Zealand.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Bits were satisfying.