This was required reading in one of my history graduate classes. It was assigned as an example of an accurate use of history woven among historical characters.
Major issues such as Lend-Lease, Isolationism, and the atmosphere on pre-war Anti-Semitism are woven with skill into the plot.
My dream job would be reading for a living...
This book was wonderful but not for the reasons that many historical books tend to be. More often than not in this genre, I find that there is a one-sided view offering the historical record. Of course that is fine because the story is generally told through the lens of one person. However, this book is multi-faceted in its account and offers some brilliant insight into the sentiments and ideologies surrounding the events in WWII. I also appreciated the way that the author took the time to paint a well-rounded picture of the Germans. There is no shortage of history, strategy, and commentary where the war is concerned. But, in addition to that the author portrays a slew of beautifully flawed and relatable characters whose lives have been brought together and torn apart by war. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in WWII and likes historical fiction.
One of the most compelling WWII stories I have ever read, and one of the most comprehensive--it covers the war from all kinds of angles, all types of perspectives. It is an American POV, of course--an awful lot of generalizations about, say, Germans, are drawn--but then they get countered by other characters.
The performance is overall good. The number of accents required of this narrator is astounding, and he rises to the challenge admirably, especially when it comes to German accents. I also love his Roosevelt voice. I detracted one star, however, mainly because all the Italians sound (inaccurately) like Super Mario, which is a little distracting. But again, a lot of accents were demanded, and fortunately the Italians don't speak much.
I don't know if the historical figures, Hitler and his henchmen, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill are accurate, but the historical timeline of events leading to WWII are excellent. The invasion of Poland, air war over England, the red army in Russia depicts battles, and strategies. It gave me a much clearer picture of events at that time.