Very informative and well researched series. I found Professor Kaplan easy to listen to. His presentation would be better if he picked up the over all tempo of his lecture. He feels the need to repeat himself more then is necessary to make a point. Overall tho, his style is very acceptable.
Professor Kaplan is not an electrifying orator but don't let this stop you from buying this series.
The course itself is not linear but rather is presented in topics rather then timeline format. This is understandable considering the topic.
A word to the would be buyer. This course is about the history of the American political parties and not about the politicians themselves. If you want to learn more about the politicians themselves, this is not for you. ( What is funny is that Huey Long gets more discussion then Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt combined) If you however want to learn about the history of the political parties that have dotted our history, then I wholly recommend this series.
This audiobook comes to us free from Audible,com and ABC News and Diane Sawyer. My thanks go out to both organizations.
This two hour audiobook is a return to November 1963 where the Kennedy Assassination, Oswald arrest and subsequent murder, and the presidential funeral are retold using ABC radio accounts of the day.
This book is non-political so members of both the right and the left can equally enjoy this work
Download this audiobook.
P.S. I cant believe its been 50 years. Im getting old
This is the first lecture series from the Great Courses that I have listened to. In the past I have totally enjoyed the Modern Scholar catalog. I have listened to quite a few of Professor Thomas Madden's work and have come to totally enjoy his courses.
First off let me say that Professor Childers does an excellent job presenting this lecture series to us. He speaks clearly and distinctly. His knowledge of WW2 is extensive and he feels comfortable talking to us.
Despite this, this series does have its flaws.
First off, this is a lecture about WW2 and not about Nazi Germany. As such, hardly any mention is made about the years 1919 - 1939. It is as if this period holds no importance. Many of the top Nazis aren't even mentioned. The Battle Of Dunkirk is discussed and we are only 40 minutes into a 15 hour lecture. This IMO opinion is a major flaw. Way too much history is ignored.
I was about to put this series down and move on when we hit the chapter of The Battle of Tarawa ( November 1943 Pacific Theater ) when all of a sudden, the lecture series comes alive with a BANG !! This is by far one of the best lectures in this course. In
fact, most of the Pacific campaign is vividly presented. It is from this point that the series takes off.
The discussion about the final bomber raid over Germany on April 21, 1945 is gut wrenching. Bravo Professor for including this.
Another defect of this presentation is the canned applause and chamber music that signals the start of another lecture. It got to be totally annoying.
This book is worth the credit and the time to listen to it and is mildly recommended. Personally I came away from this series wishing more time had been spent on the early years
Way way way too many names to even come close to remembering. Back in the 1860s, the national past time in the Ozarks appears to have been baby making as it was not uncommon for families to have 12 or more children. Just going back two generations on both the Hatfield and McCoy sides, Id guess close to 150 family members get mentioned. This does not include all the close friends and business associates and their families. Then all the politicians and such and their families. On second thought, better get 2 pads of paper.
It helped greatly that before listening to this audiobook, I had watched the History channel 2012 miniseries and knew the major players already. Without watching the minieries, I would have been totally lost. The miniseries varies somewhat with this book as the miniseries seems to favor the McCoy side and the book definately favors the Hatfield side
This book seems to downplay Johnsey Hatfield's relationships with the two McCoy cousins, Roseanne and Nancy. The book barely goes into the lives of these two gals.
This book is chock full of facts and tries to dispel the many myths concerning the feud. Where it falls short is that the listener sometimes has no idea who the author is talking about.
See the miniseries first, then you can give this book a try.
Good book and recommended despite its faults.
1) Book slanted to the left. The author obviously has a dislike for Regan. Additionally, Barbara Bush gets a better review then George H W Bush
2) Each president is divided into 4 sections with each section getting a different narrator.This style does take a little getting used to.
3) Book covers all presidents up to and including Bill Clinton. Would have been interesting the review on Bush #43.
Close your eyes .....
Now imagine that you are listening to Bill O'Reilly's talking points on his fox news show the O'Reilly Factor and the topic is Jesus ....also
You dont have to imagine ...
You can buy Killing Jesus
I am an O'Reilly viewer and have been for close to 5 years now. I am not an O:Reilly hater by any means. ( Full disclosure, I also loyally watch Jon Stewart ). But this book by O;Reilly is nothing more the the "fast food" style of books written by political pundents these days. This is not a serious book about life and times in ancient Judea. Nothing new is presented here. As like his Killing Kennedy book, Killing Jesus appears to have been solely researched via the internet.
The book is written in the style of Bill's prior two books which adds to the fast food flavor of this book
Will I buy another OReilly historical work? Probably not
Will I buy another O'Reilly political work? Probably yes
This is not an easy review to write as I dont want to spoil this audiobook for the listeners to come.
This is an eight hour audiobook that should be only six hours long. The portions of this book dealing with the notable nazi leaders and the Nuremberg trials of 1946 are exceptional. This is not a book about the war crimes of the accused but rather an attempt as portraying the men
( mostly Hermann Goring ) clinically.
The main psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Kelley, tries to locate "the nazi gene" that these defendents share that would possibly help in preventing such nazi horrors from reoccurring. Hermann Goring, the senior most nazi in custody, is also the most flamboyant personality. It is Goring that commands much of Kelley's attention. As the book progresses, both lives become inter entwined.
Where the book loses it is the two plus hours of the book that deals with Kelley's post Nuremberg life. Can anyone out there actually get excited about the personal life of a psychiatrist? I couldnt
If you buy this book, skip the last two hours
This is a fun diversion from the history / lecture series' I normally listen to. A warm uplifting book fill with Billy's memories.
The BEST part of this book are Mr. Crystal's stories of the great Micky Mantle and Muhammad Ali. A human face is painted on these sports legends that very few have seen. The chapter on the filming of his HBO movie 61 was probably the best chapter in the book. As a youngster, my father took me to Yankee Stadium to watch these very same legends play. Tears swelled up inside.
The book also has its slow chapters. One can sense that Mr. Crystal has a preoccupation with death. He deals alot with dying which detracts from the otherwise brisk flow of the book.
This book is highly recommended,
BTW, you look marvelous
This thrilling work by Ian Kershaw is not for the casual reader. It's not even for the occasional history buff. It's for the serious student of history circa 1900 - 1945. You must be willing to literally devote 2 full days of your life to listening to this excellent work.
Did I mention that it's 43 hours long.
The biggest problem with this work is not the lack of editing, it's the author's use of run on sentences. I dont believe there is a single sentence in this book that is less then six words long. A single paragraph can literally take ten minutes.
Putting the improper use of sentence structure aside, this is an excellent work about Hitler and his lfe. Keep in mind that this is a book about Hitler, and not about military strategy. This book deals with Hitler and the events around him as probably seen thru his eyes. This book deals a lot with Hitler's political reasoning such as his rationale for invading Russia and opening up a two front war. This book also investigates Hitler's opinions of other world leaders of the day and how these impressions ( whether right or wrong ) influenced his decisions. Hitler's hatred for the Jews is given a lot of coverage as a lot of his decisions were rooted in this hatred.
This book is well worth the 1 credit to purchase. It is also well worth the time investment to listen to it.
This audiobook deals with the life of Heinrich Himmler. It is not a history of the SS, You learn
how Himmler was a sickly man throughout his entire life and his battles with his own high standards he set for himself. His stomach ailments were crippling.
This book is also a story of intrigue, one which pits Himmler against Hermann Goering and Reinhard Heyrich. His battles for sphere of influence made him the most feared man in Germany ( second to Hitler )
Lots of intrigue in this book
Before you listen to this audiobook, spend 15 minutes and print out a few maps of France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. THEN sit down and listen to this book. Great listen for the history buff. Highly recommended.
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