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Boise, ID, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 2 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 184 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? In this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian John Keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence. In his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, Keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence.

    D. Littman says: "Military history more than history of intelligence"
    "Solid read, but misleading title."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The book is a fairly good overview of intelligence in war and uses tangible examples to illustrate key concepts.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book throws out a really key claim that the future of intelligence will need to focus heavily on HUMINT; however, it misses the opportunity to provide any strenuous examples of HUMINT in action. I.e., the reader is left wondering what operational role intelligence currently plays and needs to play in modern warfare & counterintelligence.

    What about Richard Matthews’s performance did you like?

    Excellent rhythm and pace.

    Do you think Intelligence in War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. The book seemed provided a good and in depth look at intelligence from the 18th - mid 19th century, but really needed to provide a more expansive look at pre-18th century and modern intelligence collection & its interaction with the military. Both also need intensive illustrations similar to the communications illustrations of Naval warfare. There was no knitty, gritty of HUMINT, which is what I most wanted to learn more about.

    Any additional comments?

    Great overview of how intelligence developed, just needed more modern content to truly be a full overview.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    E. Pearson says: "One to Read Again and Again"
    "Classic C.S. Lewis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I struggled to finish the print version, but the audio version was a perfect way to digest the work. I felt like I had a better insight into Screwtape's intended tone and didn't have to interpret as much (i.e., sarcasm sounded like sarcasm).

    Any additional comments?

    The books was very convicting: it reminded me of my failings and encouraged me to be more aware of my motivations & outlook. Hope to listen to it again to learn even more about myself and my own thinking in the light of Screwtape's perception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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