Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a HurryAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is absolutely the best book I have read or listened to in years. I could just listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson read a laundry list, but he makes astrophysics and the history of the universe so smooth.

I have read up a lot for a layman on a lot of the things he covers, yet with just this short book lasting less then four hours made it so much clearer.

While I hate the whole schtick of “we are made of stardust” that is liberally spread everywhere on t-shirts and memes. However, the way he explains why that is true makes it a lot easier to accept and actually does a lot to give you that wonder of the universe.

This book is good for whatever your religious or non-religious belief. He makes no attacks on people, only explains what science has uncovered.

I cannot urge people enough to read/listen/whatever this book. I think it would be great to start with all kids in high school. It would take less then a day and it might open up some eyes, or at least some minds.

I just saw that he has a Great Lessons course called the “Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries”, I think I need to pick that up ASAP.

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The Normans: From Raiders to Kings

The Normans: From Raiders to KingsThe Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is for the audiobook only.

Mr. Brownworth’s book is compelling and the quality of the sound is good. I have been listening to a lot of other books with not nearly the quality. He obviously did a lot of research and I always appreciate that.

I give it four stars because the information is interesting and presented in a way that I didn’t get bored with it. The disadvantage for the author is I have read a lot about the Normans, and his book didn’t bring a lot of new information to me. However, like I said I don’t want to bring the rating down to far because I am already familiar with the subject, after all it is a history book, not fiction.

I say get it if you like that part of history. It was a nice listen.

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Civil War Battlefield Guide

The Civil War Battlefield GuideThe Civil War Battlefield Guide by Frances H. Kennedy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent resource of every single battle in the American Civil War. It is not an in depth detail, rather a basic guide for all 350+ battles. It helped me find other sources for the battles as well so I could produce my American Civil War Battles youtube spots.

Definitely recommend for the American civil war history buff!

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