This is an interesting tour through the Western Theater of the War Between the States from the view of a 1st Tennesse infantryman. Apparently the author has a superior guardian angel because he is in the thick of it from start to finish. Assuming it's true it's an amazing accomplishment. When you hear the descriptions of the thick minie balls and the grape shot booming it makes you wonder what these people were doing. These people were CRAZY - all of them - blue coats and Johnny Reb. After awhile I began to gain a deeper understanding of the pace of the war, the automatation of the war machine of the Yankees, and the degree of "regimentation" that was instituted on both sides. I found the first hand accounts of the Confederate defense from Chattanooga to Atlanta very insightful. He got me doing some arm chair generaling and thinking of better ways to deal with the Blue Coat armies moving South out of Chattanooga. Personally I think the war was over in 1862 when the Federals took full control of the Mississippi - but revisiting these campaigns on such an "on the ground" view makes me ponder what may have been salvaged if handled a bit more dynamically. This narrative also helps to illuminate the "mass" nature of the Yankee hoarde; for me Cold Harbor is no longer some example of extreme slaughter but is what became the measure of what the North was willing to use up. Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, the Bloody Angle, the Kennesaw campaigns saw the Blue Coats march over and over to their deaths in doomed or very expensive assaults. Now I am suspicious of the "offical" 600,000 killed in this war - I now believe it to be LOTS more. I may have to go look into how those numbers were established - I'm curious now.
Lessons for Success
I did - some might say this book is just common sense but it goes deep into the lessons so you understand on a profound level that character, discipline, and our inner attitude are key to living a successful and prosperous life.
This is a book I would recommend for EVERY young person - it should be required reading in high school. I think it was written in hte 1920s and the writing style is mature yet direct and easy to understand - you really can tell that the mucky goopy psycho-babble we have today is so much B.S. Napolean Hill teaches with wisdom. This audio book is a gem.
Grover Gardner is excellent -
Grover Gardner is in synch with Will Durant. Grover Gardner (under the name Alexander Adams) narrated Will Durants Story of Civilization. The Story of Philosophy is sort of like Will Durants practice for his larger work on the history of human civilazation. Its a treasure.
Great audio book. Recommended to everyone. Its a delight to listent to the words of Will Durant and Grover Gardner is an awesome narrator!!!
The reader did a fine job - no annoying habits - good job.
I went through it fast. After the initial scenes of the story are set and explained you get pulled into a fascinating story of men and machines. The author takes us deep into the lives of Luftwaffe aces and reveals the lives of those pilots and the daunting task they were given.
If you like B-17s, WW2 aircraft and amazing stories of terror and courage in the skies over the Reich then here's one for you.
Yes - its a must. A third go through will be instructive as well
Eye opening -
The Constitution explained - Beware of judges!!!
A dangerous piece of writing - sets down some pretty challenging precepts. Exciting stuff!!
I read all these stories when I was about 18 and loved them then. They do a great job with the audio version. The story telling is great and the guy does Holmes and Watson very well. I enjoy listening to the vocabulary and the tone of their speaking - what gentlemen! Highly recommended.
Yes I have - generally when I get an audio book and see that Charlton Griffin is readng then I am assured it will be a good listen.
Holmes and Watson of course
Great stories to listen with your spouse and family - great stuff to share on a long car ride with the family.
I would and I am - I finished it and immediately started again.
Good pace, good pronunciation.
Too long for one sitting - But I got through it very quickly. I was using Wikipedia to get more details and check out some maps as I progressed through the book. This is fascinating stuff!
Get this and listen. Even being aware of a lot of this stuff I still found tons of new insight and information. If you don't know much about the Revolutions of 1989 and how the Commies fell apart this is a GREAT resource. EVERYONE should know ALL about this stuff!!
Yes - great stories, good insight into the phases of the bomber campaign.
Thoroughly enjoyed the detailed look at the bomber campaign.Explores the details of the B-17s mainly and the roller coaster ride they had from 1942 to 1945. Details include targeting strategies, crew experience, Luftwaffe strategies and coverage of the Fw-190 vs B-17 war plus lots of other details and little known facets of the bomber experience. A must read for someone wanting a good understanding of the European Air War in WW2.
An interesting look at the complex machines these physicist brainiacs build to observe and measure these crazy waves and particles. The author discusses the machines but also discusses the astronomy, the quantum stuff, and the overall theories on unification. I made progress in my slow investigation of this kind of material. It helped me to really begin to understand large energy machines and the dance between particles and wave and energy stuff. It amazed me when he was talking how these people are trying to catch tiny particles and using bended light to see around galaxies - it makes me realize people are way smart - there's no other animal that even begins to understand this stuff, yet humans have created machiens that measure and detect particles, waves, and phenomenon from billions of light years away and that reach beyond the sub-atomic scale - its amazing!
By the time you get through this the thought of 5 or 6 guys shooting rifles at you seems like no big deal - a bit annoying but no reason to jump in a shell hole or anything. I can't believe anyone survived this war at all- especially 4 years of it. Apparently 1914 to 1918 was no holds barred artillery pounding village leveling madness! And listening to Ernst tell his stories about this attack or that manuever or the hellish clatter of a machine gun is amazing. The whole world must have been making shells and bombs and bullets during this time - the scale of firepower is staggering.
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