This book was excellent. If you're a WW2 buff, you will find this book very interesting. These men knew each other for years, and served with each other during the lean years between the wars. It details the rise to power, fall from grace, and resurrection of 3 men that were pivitol in our military history.
This is a very long book, but a worthwhile investment of time. Churchill is a 20th centry icon, well known for his WW2 war time leadership, but not so much for his early years. Understanding how me was raised and matured gives insight into his strengths and weaknesses. Churchill had to overcome personal disabilities, a distant father, financial and political ups and downs, and an empire at it's zenith and in decline. The narration is quite good, and keeps you engaged. There are times when, especially describing blood lines, this book gets a little dry, but that is the advantage of audio. I would have skipped those pages out of boredom, but missed some important information that I would need later to understand this man.
I am both a veteran and 30 year law enforcement professional. LTC Grossman's book is a must read for military and law enforcement personnel, and is especially important for professional leaders and those who treat or deal with soldiers and law enforcement officers that have been involved in violent encounters or shootings. It describes the human responses and cultural issues involving the taking of lives in uniform. Understanding how the body and brain responds to deadly encounters will help all involved deal better with line of duty killings.
I don't watch Fox, and I'm not a fan or foe of O'Reilly. I have always found Lincoln to be a central character in our American story. I have read quite a few books about Lincoln, but this one gave me insight into the man, and many of the others surrounding his life and death. I particularily liked the time line reporting of Lincoln's last days. I found the back stories on the characters extremely interesting. Readers who are concerned about Bill taking this into his own "spin zone" do not have to worry. I hope that he decides to do other books on key characters in American history!
I bought this book to hear Clausewtiz's "On War". The author's introduction, history and input on what Clausewitz wrote was great, but I waited in vain to hear what Clausewitz actually wrote. Much of what the author wrote about background issues was very important, but with the background it should have been my job to interpret and evaluate Clausewtiz's words, not just the authors. I was disappointed and hopefully I can find "On War" in it's entiriety so I can make my own decision.
I was a senior is HS when Nixon resigned in 74. I felt betrayed , then, because I felt he had lied to the American people. I was always, however, impressed with Nixon's accomplishments and his ability to always fight back and return. This book is about Nixon's post-watergate re-emergence. I found the book very interesting, especially the areas where Nixon worked behind the scenes in politics and world affairs. The portion dealing with his relationships and the death of his wife was especially poignant. Nixon's need to be remembered, and not for Watergate, was a driving force as he saw his end on the horizon.
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