- A True History of the United States : Indigenous Genocide, Racialized Slavery, Hyper-Capitalism, Militarist Imperialism and Other Overlooked Aspects of American Exceptionalism
- Daniel A. Sjursen
- June 1, 2021
- Daniel A. Sjursen
My review of this book is primarily of the audiobook.
This book is a perfect example of just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I’m not referring to the history of the U.S. and the many failings and shortcomings of the nation, mentioned in this story. I’m referring to the author doing the narration. This is the second time I’ve reviewed an audiobook where the author did the narration and it’s the second time their lifeless reading nearly put me to sleep.
There other complaints I have are minor. The mispronunciation of the country of Chile and referring to 0 as o when naming off dates. Both have always annoyed me, but they’re especially annoying with how well researched, written and spoken the rest of the story is.
I’m glad I stuck through the dull parts at the beginning, he does eventually begin to speak with some gusto. I was surprised at how well-written and informative this story is. I’ve learned more about the history of the United States while listening to this story than I ever did in school.
The pacing and organization of the information presented are handled extremely well. I find it unfortunate that the majority of the people who need to read this book are either illiterate, brain-dead, brainwashed patriots who would dismiss anything in this book that contradicts their narrative of the world.
I often seek out well-organized narratives for things I enjoy. Documentaries, movies, Youtube videos, etc. The goal is to do what this book does. A complete narrative history, in as close to timeline order as I can get it with as much relevant info as possible. I appreciate the work that the author put into this narrative and this is absolutely a book I’ll be returning to in the future when I need to brush up on my U.S. history knowledge.
NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.