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This book presents the story as if across a big, well-ordered map, and spices it with plenty of the crucial details that illuminate and connect its parts and major players over time. I have not anywhere else seen this thoroughness end-to-end in this compact of a package. I am seeing connections I never saw before.
The narrator is utterly professional and sharp, dependable and well-inflected. He seems incapable of mispronouncing a word, and has a fresh buoyancy always perfectly, if slightly, injected into the tempo of the performance. Yet I have to mildly struggle to stay focused as he talks; nothing too bad, mind you. What's the problem? Have you ever heard music that is slick, smooth, perfect, and yet uninspiring? Might I say, elevator music? There is something elusive and yet unsatisfying to me, about this unerringly professionalized delivery. Maybe it's my quirk. Maybe it microscopically tips the book a little too much into the territory of being something I know I should listen to, because it is good for me. Like taking castor oil (old image, that!).
But I wouldn't let this dissuade me from listening attentively to this book that is, frankly, extremely good for me. Here you will have a capsule explanation very carefully made of the meaning and importance of most every major business figure in American history. Take, for example, Henry Ford. What every American should know about him and his accomplishments and views is here, in context of the big history story, without spending 12 hours on it.
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