Fantastic writing for which I would have given it a "5". But since we all lived through the election over the past year (at least) - nothing really new - which lowers the work. Bush had a major win and clearly too many people don't care about the business connections, Saudi alliances, etc. I enjoy Dowd's writing very much but after awhile the content "got old".
Added bonus that the author - Stephen Ambrose - is also the narrator. great story that moves along at a good pace and deals with the first hours of the battle for the Atlantic Wall - an incredible set of stories of heroism and loss - of how individuals made the difference. Well worth the read
This is an excellent follow-up to the first book - The Princes of Ireland. The introduction is Very helpful as it gives a brief review of the first book and refreshes the memory as to family names. The narrator is again Excellent and the stories unfold at a good pace -- most moving to me was the horrible description of death and disease from the Famine - very moving. One also comes to better understand the age-old religous problems that continue today. Even the last story - which moves a bit too quickly over the last 40 years of the book - has a very moving ending. Highly recommend - But read this after the first one
I had read this book years ago and listened with great interest again. If you are looking for a description of the various military battles of the war then this won't be the book for you. But if you want detailed info on the political forces at work over this long struggle (the book starts at WWII) then this author had incredible access to All sides - then this Is for you. I thought it was great to hear not only the American perspective but the North Vietnam leaders as well. While the story is a long one the narrator moves it along at a good - interesting pace.
An interesting and detailed story of the Mayflower - but really much more about the first 40 years on this soil. Intersting descriptions of the first landing in Provincetown and then how the ship moved along the Cape shore untimately ending in Plymouth. But that is really only the first 1/3 of the book. Long descriptions of the relationship with native americans and frankly not always a very positive view of how the puritans treated the "indians" or of the numerous wars. The King Phillip War descriptions are lenghty - possibly too long. Worth the read.
Dick Winters is clearly one of the bravest and best combat officers to ever have been described in WWII. That being said -- if you saw the HBO series and/or read the Ambrose book - this will be a series of repeats. If you have not - then I think you will find it excellent.
While I had seen the movie Many years ago - I had not read the book.
Good pace to the story and the narrator does a decent job with the multitude of accents of the participants.
Very moving when Paris is liberated and I found myself appreciative that there was some honor in the German officer corps.
Sad though with all the personal stories of loss -soldiers who didn't live to see the end result - citizens sent off to concentration camps at the very end.
All in all a great book
Why should we be surprised by any of this information. The story simply confirms what a great many Americans feel about the lead up to the Iraq war.
The interesting perspectives for me were that (1) Bush is more disinterested and stubborn than a zealot (2) Rumsfeld and Chaney are the Real culprits (3) Powell didn't stand up to be counted when it was most needed and (4) Garner, it turns out, Did know what he was doing.
After finishing the book it is indeed sad that Bush gave Bremmer and Tenant the medal of freedom
I have read a great deal of military history over the years, but despite the fact that my father fought for a year in Korea, I knew little of the overall situation.
The author does a very nice job - well paced - of moving thru the three years of the war (aka conflict). Near the end there are good detailed parts dealing with prisoners for example.
A very effective summary of a miserable conflict from all parties perspectives.
As an avid reader of Civil War history I found this book to be extremely interesting in that it details Lee After the war's end. While he did not live a long life after 1865 he made incredible contributions to "the South" in providing stability where others might have maintained the fight.
His leadership at Washington College (Washington & Lee) was amazing as was how he created and led a piece of post-war higher education in the South.
David McCullough has done it, yet again. A great story of this significnat tragedy told in a compelling manner. Hermann does his usual good job in keeping the story moving along. I was interested particularly with the post-flood stories and also of the many myths that came from the flood in later years.
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