The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads

A New History of the World

Audiobook CD - 2016
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The epic history of the crossroads of the world, the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization. This book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : Highbridge Co., [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781681680521
1681680521
Branch Call Number: 909 FRANKOP CD
Characteristics: 19 sound discs (24 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Jan 29, 2018

I was looking forward to listening to this, but I was rather disappointed: world war two and the postwar world was far too large a proportion of the work (and its entirely political), there was relatively little of the varieties of peoples and there social customs and institutions described and elaborated (and for vast scope in space and time, its a glaring omission). I most disliked the reading of it: lots of sighing, deep breaths, shuffling of papers, a few false starts that weren't edited out, and even a growling tummy could be heard - and he seemed extremely bored by what he was reading. The set I had also had manufacturing defects in the discs themselves.

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PETE0311
May 28, 2016

Well written by an academic with impeccable credentials, something is missing from the book. That 'something', I believe, is a 21-st C perspective.
As delivered, the book is the product of a Westerner whose POV is that of a Westerner, who writes for a Western audience. As a result, and despite the title (roads - silk or otherwise - are usually bidirectional), one feels the souls living east of the Durand Line are given short shrift. Would have preferred broader inclusion of Eastern perspectives, something that Anatol Lieven pulls off quite well.

Give this one about a 3-3.5

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