This book is one of the rare war chronicles that reads like a novel. I particularly like how the author develops the character of the leaders on both sides. Also, the history leading up to the conflict is written well. The only negative I can think of was the lack of maps inherent with any audiobook. In this case you REALLY need them unless you are a geography expert on the region. I downloaded some maps of Israel and surronding countries before and during the war. I highly recommend you do the same.
I've listened to five of the Modern Scholar series and enjoyed them all. This one was the best yet. Professor Shutt gives many insightful comments and analogies throughout. His style is comfortable and engaging -- never dull. Finally, he does an outstanding job of examining the consequences of whatever event he is discussing.
I have already downloaded more from this professor.
When I bought this title, I was thinking, "This will be good for me to learn; it might even be interesting at times." I was surprised to find the book never had any dull spots. I did learn so many interesting things that helped set a great backdrop for the roots of France and Germany, feudalism, the history of education, the Vikings, the Ottoman Empire's rise, and even the Norman invasion of England in subsequent centuries. That I was able to become so much more knowledgable about a time and person we only hear little about while enjoying a biography that was so readable was wonderful!