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A compilation of trivia, in chronological order, does not make good history. You need context, you need to use your core story (in this case, the history of the fur trade) to say something about economic history or cultural history or social history, to write an excellent history book. Even (and perhaps especially) a popular history book. Dolin has failed to do this, I was very disappointed.
The narration is very good. It is not the narration that brings this work down.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Fur, Fortune, and Empire to be better than the print version?
I consider the audio version more practical to my needs because I can listen to is while walking the dog, driving across town, and while I do tasks at home. I bought the print version so that I could go back and study parts that I wanted to make sure I understood. Plus I like having access to the visualsI
What did you like best about this story?
This book provides insights into the complexities of ethnicity, social strata, and how commerce expanded cultural exchange and respected the Native knowledge. I found the contrast between how the United States and Canada developed the fur trade thought provoking, in a way that explains the attitudes that continue to haunt us in the United States.
Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first time I've listened to one of his performances.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I have an occasional laugh. Mostly I was on the edge of my seat in fascination with the plethora of information that I had never learned. This book has added to much to my understanding of how the United States and Canada developed into world nations, each emerging from a different world view.
Any additional comments?
The chapter on horses was very informative. It was the only place I where I could find specific information about how the Native Americans kept track of their horses. trained them, bread them, and prepared them for