Absolutely. This book is a detailed primer on the urban, counter-insurgency warfare that we as U.S. citizens will face in the post Cold War era. If you want to understand the dynamics of our occupation of Iraq, this book will help you see that our experience was part of a long standing pattern,
Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. They both help the U.S. citizen, who is not part of our professional army, wrap his or her head around the consequences of modern war.
This book is not about interesting characters. It's about how the 90% of people who end up as spectators of a war are affected by it.
General Charl's decision to join the coup. He seemed like a good man, knowing he was doing the wrong thing, but he was overcome by the sense of responsibility to the thousands of Algerians soldiers he promised he would never abandon to the FLN.
Only my thanks to Alistair Horne for writing such an enlightening book.
Loved it! More people should read this book. I hope that they do it soon.
Absolutely. So little is known in the English speaking world about French Colonialism in our lifetime. First there was Indo-China, then there was Algeria. But to learn about it while listening to James Adams narrate this book, is pure delight. It is an extremely long book and I will still listen to it again. That's the best recommendation I can give.
The Afghan Wars on iTunes / LibriVox. "Return of the King" by William Dalrymple. Why? Because of scholarship, William Dalrymple's in particular, and the master class of both narrations.
Audible.com is to be commended for putting these gems out there.
This is an excellent book. A good overview of the Algerian war, well written, with a superb narration, that makes listening to it a very good and entertaining experience. The book does not limit itself to a narration of the most relevant aspects of the Algerian war, but it also provides a sensible analysis of such events, its causes and consequences and the relevant actors.
I bought this book after having listened to another of Alistair Horne's audiobooks, also narrated by James Adams. I can only recommend both. These books are history at its best, coupled with a narration that makes the book all the more interesting.
This is a very relevant story of an Arab revolt. The narration is excellent. Well worth purchasing if you want a clear understanding of what faces western nations, when fighting wars in the Middle East.
I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best history books I have listened to.
This was a story about many people during a very violent time in Algeria so having a favorite character wasn't an option.
Since I don't speak French and it is very difficult to look up French phrases while listening to an Audio book please don't use them. I feel I missed some very important point when the narrator rattles something off in French. As the book progressed this really got annoying and the producer of this audio needs to stick to English please.
No. Way to long for that.
Please use English in English audios or provide a translation.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
I too grew up with this war in the newspapers and on newsreels. Many many names and places are familiar from my childhood. Even so I too knew little about this war .It is not an easy listen. In listening I have needed to go back and listen again. This book is dense with detail. At times I found I wanted to go to Wikipedia to learn about other events occurring at the same time At other times I found having an older Atlas open was helpful James Adams has given us an excellent reading of Alistair Horne's masterfully researched and written account of 'A Savage War of Peace'.
Army's attempt to overthrow the French Government.
Translate all statements into English. Having the characters speak apparently critical statements in French without an English translation is very, very annoying and made me think I missed some important part of the issue.
Yes, assuming that if it is an English movie all the characters would speak English.
First if I have to rate this book on a 5 point scale I guess I have to give it a 3, but really I would say it's higher than that but I can't justify giving it a 4.
This book covers a point in history I knew almost nothing about -- which can make it more interesting but also more interesting since I don't know the outcome of each event. The downside is trying to keep track of who is who, a nearly 30-hour book mixed with French and foreign locations can make it hard to follow at times, but normally skipping back a minute or two takes care of that issue. The book is very long, I normally like that but for the reasons stated it was a chore to get all the way through, but I did and I did learn quite a bit even if I wasn't as entertained as I normally am when learning new material.
One thing that was annoying was at the beginning of the book when the author feels that its necessary to lecture the listener about the evils of torture and how ineffective it is. I would like to note to the author that the biggest torturers in the book, the FLN, won. That doesn't mean I promote the usage of it, but It was a very annoying, anti-logical point to hear. To be fair this isn't an anti-US book so while you might be annoyed for a couple of minutes here or there it doesn't ruin the book, it's just kind of annoying.