Having always been and admirer of the Native Americans, I would have never guess the relation of the man and the other code talkers were so profound in the out come of the Pacific Island campaigns. Having been to Iwo Jima in 1995 and seen the beach were so many died, this book made a large impact on me. I hope to contact Mr. Nez and give him a small bit of sand from Iwo Jima.
To really absorb this story I would recommend seeing the movie first, so you can put faces to the names in this great historical event. Dava's love of the subject is well written and read well. Hearing the prologue from Neil Armstrong about his love of the stars and his on quest to see the real clocks in England is thrilling in its self. I was a young teenager when he walked on the moon, and only know his famous words. If you have any maritime experience or any kind of navigational interest this is a must read for the knowledge it contains!
I wish when I was younger I would have had some mentoring to have guided me towards a career in the US Forest Service, which is largely what this book is about. Ed Pulaski, a U.S. Forest Service ranger a little know hero outside the forest, and Gifford Pinchot are two icons, that to this day have saved what would have been destroyed decades past! Great story!
If you aspire to be a writer, read this book, or recommend it to anyone you know who loves to read. Ms. Karen Blixen was bless with the art of expression in her words to describe anything, and her life in Africa was full of much to express!
His real letters
The reading of the letters between Sherman and Grant make this book very real and personal. I felt like I was there on his staff when he was talking about the events of the day. General Hardy was smart to evacuate Savannah, otherwise the city would have ended up like Atlanta. Sherman was a ruthless commander but because of him and men like him, war is hell, but the actions taken are necessary! And the war has not stopped, just in a different place.
No I would not, it is to sad!
Having wintered over in Antarctica in 1990 with a military expedition for 13 months on the ice, I can relate to the cold temperatures these climbers endured and died in. However, I cannot even begin to imagine the oxygen problems of high altitude existence. This book is not a glory bound testament to those you have conquered the mountain elements but a sad story of those you failed in their attempts to achieve something that really means nothing in the end. In 2012 the graveyard expanded another 12 bodies with a total of 200 to-date and the the crowd will be waiting in 2013 to make their bid for the roof, we can only hope that no matter how far they ascend they make it to the basement in the end. "making it to the top is optional, making it back down is mandatory".
During the course of listening to these three volumes which took me over a year I collected four notebook binders of Civil War maps which I saved off the Internet. By listening to the audio commentary by Mr. Gardner, who does an exceptional job of narrating and bringing the action to life, I looked at my maps; I found myself there, in the battle, at Manassas, at Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, I felt the loss and Stonewall Jackson death, and the frustrations that Pres. Lincoln felt because for some reason the Union generals could just not bring himself to pursue the beaten Confederate armies after the battles of Antietam, and Gettysburg. Also the narrative helps you understand the politics inside the Confederacy and Pres. Jefferson Davis and the generals he had to work with. Reading these three volumes is a large commitment, now that I have all the maps, I look forward to re listening to this book again in the future.
When I first started reading this series, I purchased volume 1 in a hard back book. After about the third chapter I realized for me to understand the geographical narrative I need to have a map. Inside the hardback book on both and covers there was a map however very generalized. While searching the Internet to find maps I discovered audible.com. And found that the entire three volume series of the Civil War by Shelby Foote was available. It seemed to me that listening to the book would be much easier than trying to read it while at the same time trying to study the maps I have collected. We can only hope that someday this three volume series will be made into a miniseries, which of course would be the miniseries of all time.
Thomas Fleming, possibly one of the best historical writers of the 1980s and 90s. He does, as always, places the information in such a format to bring the reader into the story and live the events depicted by the subject. I found it useful while listening to the book to use a paper and pencil to sketch out timelines for each founding father in the people that surrounded his life. This enabled me to keep track and refer back to names places and dates as the book marched through the founding fathers. This book is certainly a must read volume and will bring facts to life which you never learned in school.
I will have to agree with Stephen from an earlier review, the title of this book is misleading. The story is more about the German officer in his life growing up in Germany and then his involvement with the plot to assassinate Hitler. Having seen both movies, the one with Tom Cruise and the other one which was produced by a German filmmaking company. Both are very good and showed some different scenes which were not depicted in the either film so you got to see pretty much the whole thing. But back to the book, it was interesting to understand the aristocracy of a young person growing up in Germany, to understand the feudal system which was Germany in the 19th century. If you're interested in World War II history and the German army, you will certainly want to read this book, I recommend it, and don't get me wrong I did enjoy listening to it.
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