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Ralph

Christiansburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Lee's Last Campaign: The Story of Lee and His Men Against Grant - 1864

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clifford Dowdey
    • Narrated By Kevin Charles
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    By May 1864, General Robert E. Lee had been transformed from a young soldier into a gray-haired patriarch of the Confederate cause. As Lee struggled to keep his ragged soldiers alive, he faced pressure from two fronts. Grant’s Union Army not only had superior numbers, but a steadfast infrastructure of railroads and industrialized supply routes. Lee’s Last Campaign is a triumph of historic research and elegant writing. In this essential analysis of General Lee’s military strategy, Dowdey follows the triumphs and tragedies of the Army of Northern Virginia as it breathed its last gasps at the end of the Civil War.

    Ralph says: "Civil War history at its best!!"
    "Civil War history at its best!!"
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    This book is an excellent review of Lee's Petersburg campaign through Appomatttox. It is good for the beginner listner as well as a more advanced Civil War historian. The presentation is better than the sample on the listner page would indicate. I would highly recomend this book. It is GREAT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit 

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sheila Skemp
    • Narrated By Catherine Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3)
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    (3)
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    On January 29, 1774, Benjamin Franklin was called to appear before the Privy Council--a select group of the king's advisors--in an octagonal-shaped room in Whitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Spurred by jeers and applause from the audience in the Cockpit, Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn unleashed a withering tirade against Franklin. Though Franklin entered the room as a dutiful servant of the British crown, he left as a budding American revolutionary.

    Ralph says: "A Very Good Book"
    "A Very Good Book"
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    Explores Franklin's experience at the Cockpit and the ramifications for American and Franklin's relationship with his son, William. The author does a good job of placing the event within context of the revolutionary experience.
    Presentation is excellent.
    Highly recommended along with H. W. Brands, The First American, also an audible selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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