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Mark Freeman

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Boring jingoism.

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Reviewed: 15-07-2020

I got about half way through the first of these three stories and had to stop because it was boring, and it was celebrating stupid militarism. This tripe has no similarity to reality and is military jingoism at its worst. It is the sort of dribble that pretends that Marines can beat their own weight in anything except bull ants and bumblebees. Utter rubbish and could only be enjoyable to someone who enjoys hearing young men being needlessly killed for no gain or advantage..

A deep strategy series - but slow towards the end.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-03-2020

The problem with doing a series of lectures on Strategy (or any thing) is that it is almost impossible to longtitudenaly cover 1500CE, with WWII, and the future. The stretegic conceptions changed so fast between 1900 and 2000 that it just lost me. Mixing military, commercial and personal stretegic process I found too hard as a auditory process. It may have worked in a lecture theatre venue. Essentially it is a cruise until year dot, interesting to about 1930, and then it confused me. There wasn't a clear segmentation of concepts. I gave it away about 2 hours before the conclusion. Probably my fault. Mark Freeman.

It is good but a bit of a re-hash. And mis-named.

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Reviewed: 17-03-2020

This somewhat negative review is probably my fault because I was expecting some new information on Mesopotamian lifestyles. Sadly (for me) it didn't reflect the lifestyles of those 5K BCE people but rather became a recitation of already well known history of the elete. I was hoping for a 'What the workers ate, how they slept, where they shit, how did they deal with teenager daughters". If you espouse 'Life in the' ....' you should deal with the life of the locals. It is a bit like stating a series of "Life in the USA 2020" and concentrating of the life style of Donald Trump. It is not a bad ancient history series of lectures but miss-named. Mark freeman.

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No glory without guts.

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Reviewed: 24-12-2019

These lectures are careful. The information is good but the lecturer never draws a conclusion that is heresy, even though he delivers almost all of the information. He does reach many obvious; if Christian confronting; statements (e.g. Jesus was born in Nazarrus) but carefully limits his pronouncements in most accuracy judgments. I suppose that if you live in bible belt America you need caution. It does make you wonder about the differences between fundamental Islam and fundamentalist middle America. Sadly, a university lecturer is not there only to deliver information, and carefully safe conclusions - but also to espouse truth as proved on their own information. To withhold it sniffs of charletanism.

Somewhat dated.

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Reviewed: 24-12-2019

This series of lectures is designed to give a comprehensive history of many interlocking facets of science, and where they are going to from here. The history works great but the going to fails. These lectures were delivered over 20 years ago and science has changed a lot since then. Astronomy, particle physics, everything; has veered off course or been massively developed since the mid 90's. Think a thousand exo-planets, the Higgs bosun, climate change; Titan landers, etc. The history is good but the modern stuff is incorrect speculation and it grates to have to listen to get to the next lecture.