I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a true story of Alexander Dumas's father, a General in the French Army during the French Revolution. General Alex Dumas was born in Saint Dominique (Haiti) of a black slave woman and a white French Marquis. The book does discuss some of the history of Haiti. I recently read a book "Island Beneath The Sea" by Isabel Allende that covers the history of the island. If this story of Dumas interest you at all the Allende book will also be informative. I found the information about equality during the revolution interesting, the blacks found freedom in France while the U.S. and England still were slave traders. Dumas goes from commanding 53,000 men to secure the Alps for France to Egypt to being imprisoned in Naples. His story is the bases of all the stories written by his son. I was fascinated by tales of his imprisonment and the medical treatment he received. If you are interested in history you also will find this a must read book. Tome Reiss did a great job documenting the story and Paul Michael did a good job narrating the book.
This book was recommended by one of the people I follow on Audible. Miranda Carter writes an artful and sometime lumbering new group biography. Carter shows that the three Royals were ill-equipped by education and personality to deal with the modern world, marooned by history in positions increasingly out of kilter with the modern era. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm two were Queen Victoria’s grandchildren and the Nicholas, was her grandchild-in-law. They were fond of each other and it was thought their blood ties, could affect long-term peace in Europe. The myth was shredded by World War I. This is a book about ideas as well as history. The big question Miranda Carter poses is “to what degree can close personal relationship between Royals or the world leaders, prevent war?” This is the question that leaders of the world today contemplate. Carter tells the story of each of the Royals and then writes incisively about the overlapping events that led to the Great War and a changed world. The way Carter wrote I felt as if I was at times reading a soap opera about a dysfunctional family. The book is attractively written and well researched by British historian Miranda Carter. I am impressed with her ability and will be seeking out more of her books. Rosalyn Landor did a good job narrating the book. If you are interested in history this is a book for you especially as next year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One.
I have read so much about Churchill over the years I hesitate to buy a new book about him. So much has been written; how can there be anything new on WSC. Schneer has actually said something original about Churchill that makes the book well worth purchasing.
Schneer writes a compelling portrait of Churchill’s cabinet members and puts emphasis on the importance of post war planning. The author discusses some remarkable characters such as Lord Beaverbrook, who wanted to mount a second front to support the Soviet Union and austere socialist Sir Richard Stafford Cripps who mounted a credible attack to WSC leadership.
Schneer stresses Churchill’s skill in managing such a disparate team of rivals in his three party administrations. Schneer demonstrates how this cabinet was driven by personal as well as political discord plotted to replace Churchill, but it was Churchill’s skills in management and administration that kept it altogether and focused on winning the War. He also explains why Churchill lost his post in 1945 in spite of his popularity.
If you are interested in Churchill or World War II you might want to read this book for some new information or view point. Matthew Brenher narrated the book.