Slanted a bit in John Marshall's favor but not overly biased. Gripping story. A good listen
Killing Patton is Bill O's latest 'fast food style' book in the Killing series. Preceded by Killing Lincoln, Kennedy and Jesus, Patton has some tall expectations to live up to.
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard release a historical book every year and Patton is 2014's edition. All books are written in the same format so if you enjoyed the previous three installments, you will enjoy this book. It is an easy book to listen to. Add on top of that the fact that I'm a WW2 history buff made this book a must purchase for me.
THIS BOOK IS NOT WITHOUT ITS FAULTS
The first chapter of this book deals with Patton's automobile accident and subsequent death. You already know the ending before the second chapter begins. For me, it is anticlimactic
The rest of the book ping pongs back and forth through the final year of WW2. This book is not a thesis on the late General as the title suggests but more a weak melodrama. There are MANY MANY MANY incidents included in this book that have nothing to do with Patton or his immediate world around him. Examples are the chapters included about Auchwitz concentration camp The General and 3rd army never entered Poland or Auchwitz and therefor its reasons for inclusion in this book questioned. Additionally, the story of Anne Frank and her subsequent death are chronicled. Again, Anne Frank and George Patton have nothing in common. Why it is included is again a question.
All of the facts presented in this book are already widely known and readily available. One gets the impression that this book is meant for entertainment and quick sales and not as a historical thesis. Keeping that in mind, this book is recommended for its entertainment value.
If you enjoyed Bill's other Killing books, you will enjoy this book May I suggest to Bill a title for next years book, Killing Hoffa. Id preorder that copy right now.
The history of Nazi Germany told in bullet-point fashion. One gets the feeling that the narrator is reading from a stack of Post It Notes rather than from a book. I had to put this book down; maybe Ill come back to it sometime.
Professor McWhorter is FANTASTIC to listen to. I would give him 7 stars for performance but Audible only allows a maximum of 5 stars. The delivery and style are exhilarating. Just the right blend of wit adds to this wonderful listen. Don.t take my word for it, listen to the sample.
Where I fault the series is that way too much information is presented here for the introductory course. I did manage to totally enjoy this listen even though I felt at times over my head.
I totally recommend this audiobook.
There are so many bad points, where to begin ....
This is a five hour audiobook but way too much time is spent on WWI (over 1 hour)
Generals like Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, and Sir Bernard Law Montgomery are hardly even mentioned
Many instances of historically incorrect information.
Many battles ( Market Garden, Kursk, Monte Casino and alot more ) aren't mentioned
Need I saw more?
I bought this audiobook mostly because of George C. Scott however, the performance was dry and fast paced making the audiobook very boring to listen to.
There are many books out there on WWII far better then this one.
Do yourself a favor and check them out before buying this one
Very very very good account of the relationships of Pope Pius XI and the future Pius XII with Benito Musillini and to a lesser degree, Adolph Hitler.
Pius XI originally was please to find a working partner in Il Duce as he saw the chance for the Vatican to grow in influence against Pius XI's two ideological enemies, the Protestant Movement and Communism. Additionally Pius XI did not believe in a representational type of government.
Where Pius XI began to have serious rifts with Musillini was over the newly passed anti-Semitic laws. Pius XI believed that christian compassion should extend to the Jews. Additionally, Pius XI also held different ideas when it came to baptized catholic jews.
The future Piux XII, the papal secretary of state, favored strong ties to Mussilini and by extension, Adolph Hitler. Upon XI's death, XII ordered the total ban on the yet unpublished XI's papal encyclical which was viewed as very unfavorable to Hitler and Musillini. Both XI and XII have "a lot of 'splanin to do." Pius XII always had a cloud of antisemitism hanging over his head and this book greatly adds to that belief
Buyer beware tho ..... Lots and lots of Italian names most of which are superfluous to the main story.
This book is about the history of the 1972 Munich Olympics. These games most remembered for the terrorist attack on the Israeli athletes, is not the main topic of the book This is a complete history of Munich games from the very beginning stages the the final ending ceremonies.
This audiobook is broken into two parts. FEEL FREE TO FAST FORWARD THROUGH THE FIRST PART, as most of this part is boring. I just couldnt get into the history of german architecture.
The second part is the main gusto of the book. It is here where all of the action takes place. From Marck Spitz to Olga Korbut, the full flavor of the games come to life. As if that wasnt enough, the mens finals in basketball between the US and USSR is detailed
There was a lot more to the Munich games besides terrorism. This book succeeds in telling us.
This is a book written by Otto Dietrich. Dietrich was Press Chief for the Nazi party and Adolph Hitler beginning in 1931.In addition, he joined the SS and rose to the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer ( roughly equivalent to 2-star major general.
Make no mistake about it, Dietrich was a hard core Nazi.
Dietrich had a familiar relationship with Hitler but never pierced his inner circle. Because of this lack of intimacy, most of what is in this book is common knowledge. In addition, in areas where he could have imparted a lot of information ( ex. Geli Raubau and Eva Braun ) hardly any information is given.
The book however has its strong points. The author describes Joseph Goebbels and Joachim von Ribbentrop ( Dietrich's superiors ) in great detail. The author obviously disliked both men intensely. In addition, Martin Bormann and Rudolph Hess get alot of attention.
After listening to this book, I feel that Otto Dietrichs buyers remorse when it comes to Hitler is not genuine. One did not become an SS-Obergruppenführer without being an ardent nazi inside and out.
Despite this, if you had an extra credit lying around, you could use it here. If you get used to the narrators delivery style, the book is an easy listen.
This is only the third audiobook Ive given 5 / 5 / 5 stars to
A tremendous lecture series presented by Prof. Gallagher. The professor does such a great job presenting this course to us that no maps are necessary as you need for so many other military works. Each general is presented with both his strengths and faults not only individually but how each general inter reacted with each other and how this affected the total picture
On a personal note Id have liked to hear about Nathen Bedford Forrest
Buy this series
.... the narrator ruins the listen by his constant mispronunciation of many German names and cities. How anyone could pronounce the name KEITEL as Kah-tall is beyond me.
The author disagrees with most historians on the point of whether or not England or France could have stopped Hitler prior to 1939. The author believes that England and France were not of the mindset to successfully challenge Hitler in any way militarily. While most historians believe this to be true, the author takes it a step further and believes that Germany would have been victorious in any pre-1939 engagement. Even though the conclusions the author reaches are not universally accepted, the book is still a good listen and is recommended. If only a better narrator had been employed .....
Im going to keep this review kind of short because the main problem with this book is that for half of the book, it is totally boring. The overall history of the trial is presented with way too much useless information. Just when the book actually gets interesting and you feel the story taking on speed, the author feels compelled to ruin, it. Then it gets going again and again it hits a brick wall.
There is alot of information presented here and the history buff, if he can plow through it, might enjoy this book more then I did.
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