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  • A Rumor of War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip Caputo
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

    Howard says: "Howie"
    "Impressive first hand account"
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    It's a first hand account of a Marine in Vietnam, from the first months to heavy combat action. He served multiple times and had many different roles. It's about anecdotes, processes and psyche. It's diary style focussed on micro developments. Very, very impressive. The fast pace style of writing is brilliantly met by the narrator.

    If you are looking for a story on first hand experience in Vietnam, this is the one to read. If you want the overall picture of the USA in Vietnam you need a different title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "Touching insight in a complex personality."
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    Being a right winged European, I have never been much interested in Cuba, Castro or Che Guevara, but I couldn't put down this work. It's full of details, and beautifully written so it never gets boring. The book gives a great insight in life and thoughts of Che Guevara and the contrast with other people, most notably with Fidel Castro. It's definitely not a hero's story. It's unbelievable how many of today's conflicts in Africa and especially South and Middle America were started with the help of Che Guevara. This is a fantastic work about a guy that lived and in the end died for his principles. A book I should have read 15 years earlier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "Just a general history book with lots of quotes"
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    The book is presented as one soldier's story, while it in fact is general history filled with quotes and memoires of lots of soldiers and a lot of quotes from one soldier. Being familiar with the European campaign I found the book boring and basically a waste of money.

    It is very suited for readers who want to get to know a few things on World War 2 in Western Europe and really believe most of the brutal fighting was done in Western Europe. Keep in mind that the book is written from an American perspective with the usual American typecasting and exaggeration. Only at the very end of the book do the Russians get one short sentence with some credits for bleeding the Germans to death. While it's generally known that the best German units with best equipment and commanders fought on the Eastern front, the overall approach of this book is one of an American unit fighting the best soldiers and commanders the Reich had to offer, beating them and thereby basically winning the war single-handedly.



    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • From Colony to Superpower: US Foreign Relations Since 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George C. Herring
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    This prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

    Doug says: "The Rise and Stall of the American Empire"
    "Informative, but kind of boring."
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    Very interesting subject, with lots of details, but dull writing made it (for me) a constant fight against putting it away. It took me at least 'till the US civil war before getting some traction. It doesn't have the splendor of eg. 'Streelife' (Europe, 20th century). I think the author is foremost a great researcher, but lacks the skill of presenting facts in a accessible way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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