Nothing to see here folks. For anyone who has a knowledge of the Civil War beyond what the teacher told you in high school, there are no revelations in this book. The book is of course slanted in favor of the South and is full of opinionated writing that is weakly backed by questionable facts. One of the issues I have with the book is that it still doesn't take responsibility for the South firing the first shot. Had the South waited and gained support from Britain and France first, history might be very different. An outright falsehood in the book is the statement that Lincoln owned slaves. Lincoln's family left Kentucky when he was a child and he never again lived in a slave state. Lincoln did hire both black and white servants, and may have come into possession of an indentured servant (someone working to repay a debt, not the same as a slave). There is no definitive proof that this person was indentured.
Overall this book is a waste of time. If you want to learn about the war, read McPherson and Foote.
The reading of this book is terrible. It sounds like a teenager with no acting experience is reading. I gave the story 3 stars because I can't finish the book and it isn't fair to give the author a bad rating because of the narrator.
Great story until the end. I feel let down that justice was never served. Big Jim should have gotten his come uppance at the hands of the people he abused, but oh well.
Raul Esparza does a great job with all the different voices.
As usual Clancy has written a great book. The problem with it is that this is more an autobiography of Carl Stiner than a history of Special Forces.
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the autobiography, but that's not what I bought the book for.
The other problem is Jonathan Marosz. He has an easy voice to listen to, but his pronunciation of military terms (USAREUR), place names (Huachuca is pronounced wah-chuca not haw-chuca) and common words (ruck sack not ruke sack) is annoying as heck.
I would expect a professional to do some research and learn to pronounce the military terms and place names. I would expect a production team to correct the mis-pronunciation of common words that happened throughout the book.
Overall this was a good book even if it wasn't what I expected.
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