I bought this book on a whim, as it turns out, it has been the best audiobook purchase I have ever made. The writing is absolutely incredible. Edward Herrmann's reading is absolutely flawless.
This book is a must, I give it a 10 star rating!
This was an exceptionally well done book. It is a story I had never heard and appreciate all the research work the author went through to bring the story to the public.
This book makes me understand why the WWII generation is and always will be the Greatest Generation.
This is one of the most detailed historical accounts of World War II I have ever heard. The material is meticulously researched and presented to the reader in a way that keeps you riveted to your iPod or MP3 player.
The author presents the material in a completely unbiased way which lets the reader come to their own conclusions about the war effort in Asia and the dubious decisions made by Naval and political leaders. Unfortunately when inept leaders make bad decisions, it is usually the poor grunts and swabbies that pay the ultimate price.
Hornfischers book also makes a very solid case for why American soldiers, sailors and Marines should never be under the command of foreign military leaders.
If I could give this book 10 stars I would do so.
Most likely few history readers aren't familiar with at least one version of "Custer's Last Stand." A Terrible Glory goes much deeper than retelling the popular version of events. James Donovan uses extensive research to form a brilliant and compelling narrative of individual soldiers and officers and how they all ended up in such a mess on the hills above the Little Bighorn River. The author does a great job explaining the grudges and rivalries among Custer and his senior officers as well as painting a picture of the political context in which Custer was embroiled. As a result, the popular myth of a glory-seeking Custer stumbling to his own demise should be finally removed from the collective perception of events. The narration is perfectly matched to the narrative creating a whole work that you won't want to end.