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
I had previously read In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. I had totally enjoyed the book
I then see this book on the new release list and bought it hoping to learn more about William Dodd.
What a mistake. This book is extremely boring. Prior to his posting in Berlin, Amb. Dodd was a history professor who moonlighted as a political speech writer. He must have written for every unknown democrat on the east coast, and this book tries painfully to recount them all.
You find yourself saying that the book will pick up when we get to Berlin. It doesn't.
Read Erik Larson's book and pass on this
Andrew Jackson always interested me but I never purchased any books about him. All my prior readings on him were only chapters of larger books. I listened to the demo for this book and decided to jump on in.
Buyer beware. This is not an easy book to listen to. This book is more on the level of a doctorate thesis. You should have a solid grounding in the life and times of Jackson in order to enjoy this book. In addition, you should also have extensive knowledge about past historians and their views as this book is a comparative study
Recommended only for the master level and above student
Good book that is hampered by poor audio. John Mayer does a fine job reading this book to us. His style and delivery make this an easy and fun book to listen to. The problem is with the audio quality ( or lack of it ). This sounds more like a high school project rather then a historical thesis.
The "sthick" for this book is that it concerns itself with little know information abut Hitlers llfe and personality. Examples of this are that other books tell of Hitler being a vegetarian but this book tells us how this came to be. There are parts of this book that I dismiss such as the topic of Hitler's sexuality. Somehow, I cant picture this in my mind as described by the author.
I personally would have liked this book to be longer. The book seems to deal heavily with pre-war Hitler but then races to the end for the time frame 1940 - 1945.
This book is recommended for the WWII buff.
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.
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