Ryan does a laudible job in covering the Allied side of the battle with due care to the multiple fronts and locations. This is a great start before moving in to more detailed histories of the various segments of Operation Market Garden. It had been many years since I last read Ryan and noted that he did a good job covering the role of the Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron and the coup d'main operation at Arnhem bridge and his discussion of the radio problems was sound.
I really appreciate all the author had to say about why the New Deal worked. I wasn't convinced by his tax plan, but I do appreciate the effort. There have been a number of books in this area from the likes of Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz -- how can you not talk about the biggest financial crisis in the US (if not the world) since the Great Depression. Having the author read the book had for me the sense of Dr Reich talking to me and explaining what's happening in the economy. It's a quick listen so very worth your time.
Yes, I do think the biology is a bit dated. However, the basic premise is interesting and is told in a very engaging way. It's also a view in to the past when people more often sent off their "defective" offspring. I really enjoyed the various characters. I really questioned whether it was better for Charlie to not know he was the butt of the joke or to not be the butt of the joke. Being wanted was something he valued and got by being the butt of the jokes, and the surgury changed that for him. Had read this many years ago and found I enjoyed it more with age.
Really shocking story of young men who are slow to adapt to the world as it is. This is a great story of female empowerment and I do so hope men stop looking to the past. I found this depressing as the author didn't seem to me to provide any real prescription for moving forward. I also didn't get that she ever really understood the men in the story in the same way she understood the women. I do think this is worth a listen, just be prepared for some hard truths.
Overall great coverage of the many issues during FDR's term. The background was skillfully brought in to the story without distracting from the main narrative. Appreciated the many views of the events from so many participants. Overall wartime story was quite good. I appreciated that the author showed a good understanding of the war particularly for someone who is not identified as a military historian. It took a while to get throught the book. My wife complained that I was more interested in the book than paying attention to her, it was that engaging.
This is pure conspiracy theory stuff. There is nothing here at all. He makes really bold assertions and can't back them up. His claims about code breaking don't appear in any of the post war books on or by Rochefort, Layton, or any of the other key players. You can say one thing that the policies of the US Government did help provoke a war with Japan, I just don't buy the conspiracy. There are so many better books on Pearl Harbor. I read over 5,000 pages on Pearl Harbor and this is a real stinker. If you are interested Prangue is a great place to start.
Interesting story told by the man himself. He sure loved to fly. You just can't miss that in the story. You may want to google all the various planes he flew over the years. You also get the sense how much he longed to be a fighter pilot on operations. Author had a long career with the Air Force and was a bit of character. Interesting little story,
Two very interesting men are descibed in this book. This is one of those stories which lack much historical significance yet is interesting none less. There were parts of the story where I got lost as the author was trying to provide context. Not always sure that the context or asides were necessary. Not sure the author was following a linear time line or not. Still quite an unusual story. I don't want to give away the story as you're quickly told why this pilot can not fall in to German hands.
I understand more about the financial crisis and the prescription for ending it NOW. Very clear argument and very understandable even in an audio format. Even without charts and graphs the message is so clear. Dr. Krugman's writing is always very clear and direct. I have a little background in Economics so I so appreciate his clear language and argument. Unfortunately, I was left a little depressed as I don't think we have the political will to implement his prescription.
You can see so many of the incidents in the book dramatized on the big screen, but this is the real story. The film missed this filthy nature of these men who had insufficient food for much of the time they were POWs. Brickhill has done 3 classics of the WWII genre. This, the Dam Busters, and Reach for the Sky. He was in the RAF and at Stalag Luft III. I don't completely trust the book as history because of his personal involvement. However, it's still a gripping story. It goes by so quickly. Very enjoyable and one of the better stories in the escape genre. You don't get behind the escapers as much as those personal memiors or Reed's Coldtiz Story, but still jolly good.....
I've seen some of this work in other sources. I particularly like the breakdown of tradition reward and punish design. I've seen reward/punishment fail all too often. This book is so good, I've been searchng out the other books he recommends and have already downloaded those I could find on audio. This book is about what he calls Motivation 3.0. He talks about the 4 T's -- which our desire to have autonomy around Task, Team, Time, and Technique. I've seen the 4 T's at work in my own organization and it's marvelous. I wish more employers would recognize this DRIVE. Read it, share it!
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