This is a history of historian's views of the American Revolution and following years, not a history of those years per se. Very, very abstract and vague. Almost no names of individuals (except to say they weren't exactly mad)... A lot more mention of historians from the 1940s to 1970s than of the founding fathers or anyone else from circa 1800 AD.
The narrator seems to be trying to get through the text as quickly as possible, with no thought to the content of what he is reading, while trying to make it all sound "dramatic".
The content is pretty much standard ancient history, with the exception of the chapter on "Abraham" who is introduced as "the first monotheist" and followed by an uncritical rehash of the Biblical story in Genesis.
Well, that's all for now
this is a very refreshing take on war in general and of course world war two specifically.
however when during the battle of Stalingrad, "the temperature had dropped to twenty degrees Celsius" I think it's missing some minuses.
Great treatment of the battle with lots of detail, the book itself is fantastic. However, the narrator constantly mispronounces the last names of Harry Heth and Carl Shurz, (as "heth" and "shurz", rather than the correct "heath" and "shirts"). This doesn't detract from the work of the original author, but it is grating when heard over and over again...
Very superficial coverage of the development of the Roman Empire from the late Republic to 476 CE. Lots of glossing over of major developments (e.g., the end of the first triumvirate is described as 'Crassus got killed in a battle'). Lots of minor mistakes, like Pompey pronounced "Pompeii", Aetius called "German" with apparently a minor role in the late empire, etc. Should be $10 rather than $35.
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