A very amazing story of a one very lucky man’s experiences through the entirety of WWII. This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in how the average German Soldier perceived the war. It’s also a great background piece for how the East / West divide opened up during this period.
Narration was sound, but a little uninspiring. It wasn’t difficult to listen to, but it could have had more inflection at times and been more dynamic.
A warning: an general interest in military issues is an asset, as the average readers eyes may glaze over in parts where units, places, and dates are brought up.
In summary, an very good piece of work.
I was impressed with various topics covered within this book. While the central theme revolved around the launching of the first satellite, this book touched on topics such as the relationships within the Kremlin, the White house, and between the USA ans Germany post-WWII. This is not the limit of those topics, but just a sampling.
As such, this is an excellent read for anyone who grew up in that era or who can recall the cold war. Of course, if you're young enough to have heard of these things and are curious, this book will be of interest. It should be of interest to everyone, as it shows how politics and personalities can, and still do, drive national policy.
The author managed to weave all of these elements into a well paced and flowing work. The material in this work could have been very dry if presented wrong, but Mr. Brzezinski managed to breath much life into this book. He's the type of history teacher I wish I had.
If you read just one book about cold war history, make it this one.
I had never heard of this book, but saw a review scrolling down the right side of the screen and quickly clicked on it. It sounded like an interesting story, so I ordered it. Boy, am I glad I did. A wonderfully researched book that gives fantastic insight into the two different points of view of pilots in WWII. The story was well crafted and the narrator was well matched to the story.
I won't go on, but this was one of the most pleasant books I've had the pleasure to listen to in some time.