This is only the 2nd book Ive given 5 stars to. The author and narrator grab your attention from the opening paragraph and hold it to the very end. Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Truman literally come to life with each paragraph. You can almost see them as Bob Walter reads this brilliant work. You are transported back to 1945 and you are witnessing these giants of history formulate the next 50 years of anglo-russian relations. The cold war is born and you are there to witness it.
I have only 2 minor complaints. The first one is the humanization of Joseph Stalin. For a man that killed more people then Hitler, Stalin is not portrayed in this negative light. The book describes how Stalin sought German reparations to aid in the rebuilding of his country but fails to acknowledge how Stalin caused a lot of this suffering himself. I.E. the great hunger in Ukraine
Second is the SLIGHT drop in audio quality during the last hour.
These 2 reasons do nothing to detract from the overall appeal of this book.
Good book and recommended despite its faults.
1) Book slanted to the left. The author obviously has a dislike for Regan. Additionally, Barbara Bush gets a better review then George H W Bush
2) Each president is divided into 4 sections with each section getting a different narrator.This style does take a little getting used to.
3) Book covers all presidents up to and including Bill Clinton. Would have been interesting the review on Bush #43.
This lecture series is very informative and well presented. Professor Ramsden knows his subject matter well and feels confortable in presenting this to us.
My complaint tho is with his presentation. Professor Ramsden has this annoying habit of pausing mid sentence multiple times which makes this a challenging course to listen to. This might be typical of british lectorers but for a yank born in Brooklyn, it can be annoying.
That being said, once the listener becomes "immune" to the delivery style, this becomes an enjoyable and informative listen.