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Drew

Clovis, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan W. Jordan
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and General Omar N. Bradley engineered the Allied conquest that shattered Hitler’s hold over Europe. But they also shared an intricate web of relationships going back decades. In the cauldron of World War II, they found their prewar friendships complicated by shifting allegiances, jealousy, insecurity, patriotism, and ambition.

    aaron says: "The best tri-hero book in years!!"
    "New Insights on the Generals"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (443)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Churchill"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Grossman
    • Narrated By Dave Grossman
    Overall
    (431)
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    The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

    g says: "Adam G"
    "On Killing"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3743)
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    (3336)
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    (3348)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Captivating"
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    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!

    Drew
    Clovis, CA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clausewitz's 'On War': A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hew Strachan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
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    Perhaps the most important book on military strategy ever written, Carl von Clausewitz's On War has influenced generations of generals and politicians, has been blamed for the unprecedented death tolls, and is required reading at military academies to this day. But On War, which was never finished and was published posthumously, is obscure and fundamentally contradictory. Hew Strachan, one of the world's foremost military historians, answers these problems in this fascinating book.

    Newell says: "Deceptive"
    "On War"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nixon in Winter: His Final Revelations About Diplomacy, Watergate, and Life Out of the Arena

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Monica Crowley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    This is the remarkable story of the final public and private years of the 37th president, based on full reconstructions of the conversations he had with Monica Crowley, his foreign-policy assistant and personal confidante.

    Drew says: "Nixon in Winter"
    "Nixon in Winter"
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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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