The intricate situation of the balance of powers between axis and allied powers was no where better reflected than the personal rivalries and contrasting strategies of these fine generals. Undoubtedly one of the most enlightening read on the battle strategies and mobile warfare , this book should be amongst the best books on the war. Steering clear of bias and political upmanship or avoiding being bogged down by the grotesque details of Holocaust, this is a fine read on how thin the margins were between victory and losses of some of the most key battlegrounds in world war II. More interesting was the contrast of their personalities which often dictated how they would proceed on a battlefield. The details of the battle of El-Alamine, Operation Overlord and Sicily campaign were fascinating to read. I would highly recommend this to everyone interested in world war II.
Superbly written and brilliantly narrated! Very easy to get absorbed into. Very detailed history of the men, their characters and their actions from both WWI and WWII as well as important details from their upbringing and early development.
I have read a few BIOS on each of these individuals as well as viewed as many documentaries as I could get my hands on, but this is, hands down, the best and most researched booked I have ever come across. If you are looking for something not only documenting one of these individuals but the European portion of WWII the this would also be a great book for you. This book is fascinating! I love it!
I like military history and this was a worthwhile listen. It was better than average but less than good. I would recommend it to a war buff but not an average listener.
This is a fascinating read, as documented by previous reviewers. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in the history of WWII specifically or military history in general.
This audio edition is, however, marred by a very poor narrator. It is difficult to say whether the inconsistent, almost incomprehensible fake imitations of French, German and British accents are more disturbing, or whether it is the constant mispronunciation of foreign names and words that can sometimes completely prevent the listener from understanding where something took place or who was a major player.
German words such as Luftwaffe, Grossinvasion and Reichstag are common enough that one should expect them to be pronounced correctly. One would hope that a reader of such an excellent tome on three of the greatest generals would also be directed on how to read place names (especially in France) and the citations that the author quotes in the original German and French. Unfortunately, even the mispronunciations are inconsistent, raising the suspicion that the narrator is simply stumbling through the text, an impression that takes away from the strength of this book.
Despite the fact that I believe accents are obtrusive and unnatural - especially when the quote being cited was made in the speaker's mother tongue - they are much less disturbing when they are accurate and consistent. Unfortunately Mr. Foster fails on both accounts.
If I were only rating the book, I would unequivocally give five stars. If this rating were only for the quality of the narration, I would have to give only two.