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Where does Turning Points in American History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I have listened to over 60 titles from the Great Courses series. They are almost universally wonderful, but of course a few professors rise to the top as my favorites. Professor O'Donnell has jumped to the top of that list. He is both incredibly organized and incredibly entertaining. Each of the lectures starts with a story, sets out objectives, and makes a strong and logical case for it's topic as a true turning point in history. Some of the turning points (such as the Boston Tea Party) would classify as "the usual suspects" (though not necessary for the reasons you expect), and others (such the eradication of hookworm in the South) are delightful surprises. O'Donnell's pace is consistently perfect.
You will be entertained. You will be informed. You will be a better citizen. 5 Stars for sure.
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I have listened to almost 100 of The Great Courses over the last 10 years or so and this one ranks within the Top 5! Professor O'Donnell clearly knows his subject matter plus he is a superb presenter. The lectures are clear, well organized, and fast paced. There are 48 lectures, which certainly seems like a lot, but each one goes by very quickly. I really liked the mixture of very well-known and little known episodes in American history. It also has a nice mix of political, military, economic, and social historical episodes so it always seems fresh.
Ideally one would have a basic grasp of American history overall before starting this series, but frankly it isn't absolutely necessary. Enjoy!
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If you could sum up Turning Points in American History in three words, what would they be?
Informative & entertaining
What about Professor Edward T. O'Donnell’s performance did you like?
Prof O'Donnell is a superb presenter and gets over the facts and the theory in an engaging and entertaining way; brilliant. Even better than Mr Oxley and Mr Todd all those years ago in high school - and they were excellent too.
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