Churchill wrote an interesting history and made several hundred years of English kings and wars and castle intrigue cogent and arresting. I look forward to the subsequent volumes.
From the opening dedication to the final word of the narration, I found this book to be without equal as a history of a time period. It covers all aspects of American life from the close of the War of 1812 to the end of the Mexican War. Because of the scope of coverage, one learns of the religious, political, economic, and technological advances and other changes shaping the era.
Howe dedicates the book to John Quincy Adams and I have a new admiration for him. I found it difficult to hold Jackson in esteem; the development of the Democratic Party I found saddening but certainly inevitable.
I have listened to this book three times now and expect I'll do it again as each listening gives me new insight and appreciation for just how much our forefathers accomplished.
I bought the book for my son as a gift and I do look forward to being able to discuss it with him.
The battle of Prairie Grove won the Confederate state of Arkansas for the Union and and saved Missouri which was pivotal to Lincoln's war aims. The author does a masterful job of encompassing all the actions in northwest Arkansas and in Indian Territory. Union generals Blount and Curtis get good marks, Scofield flunks. Hindman as the Confederate commander does a creditible job but is handicapped by poor logistics and terrible weather.
The narrator is difficult to listen to. His delivery is stilted and so many words are mispronounced. His southern dialect is talented, but I had a hard time listening to the Union officers as speaking with a southern drawl. Most obnoxious to the narration is the mispronounciation of Scofield who is called Shofield throughout.
I do expect to revisit this battlefield soon and I will listen to the book again but the fault I found on the first listening is likely to be even more upsetting on the reprise.
As an American history buff, I am so disgruntled at the number of audio books available here with narrators who take no effort to correctly pronounce names and even words. Does not an editor check for the reading before uploading the book? Does not someone check facts? The author mistakes casualties numbers for battle deaths in several cases.
I have heard about every civil war book on this site and some names are read consistently wrong. To have a narrator call General McClellan as McCleelan is egregious. I will admit that the Chief Justice's name is correctly pronounced throughout the book, thank goodness.
The book had new information for me about the legal opinions and about Taney and offers more than I had previously known about Lincoln and his reactions to the Dred Scott opinion.
May I suggest footnotes be included in the readings; they are missed.
Shaara does a very good job of summarizing six battles of the Civil War with the focus on visiting the fields and seeing the terrain. If touring battlefields is one's desire, this book makes a great introduction.
This is the finest collection of antebellum and Civil War correspondence I've ever encountered. The book is compelling and offers a detailed view of life in Florida for an extended family. Even with slaves, Winston's wife, Tivy, had an incredible workload.
A skilled novelist would be severely taxed to create a plot that could surpass the complexities of the Stevens/Bryant families as revealed in the book.
Having read hundreds of Civil War non-fiction works, my recommendation for this book is very high.
Sue Henry has enlarged Jessie Arnold's world with an RV trip from Idaho to her home in a brand new Winnebago motorhome. On the trip Jessie meets with retired fellow RV traveler, Maxie McNabb and her daschund, Stretch. There is suspense and mystery enough to keep one listening until the very end.
As an RVer myself, I found the story so compelling a travelogue, I am beginning to plan my own Alaska RV adventure.
In an interesting and compelling format, the author has woven a history of the American Revolution with principles of leadership. The leadership maxims used are quotations from various founders. George Washington is most frequently quoted and the author's esteem for this giant in American History is apparent. I found this book enjoyable and will again listen to the book to better glean the timeless gems of wisdom.
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