This is strictly the authors observations while touring the United States shortly after the outbreak of World War 2. It is more scholarly than interesting. He never allows individuals to speak but rather drones on about what they meant to say. This is not oral history,it is observation and opinion.
Of all the memoirs by members of Easy Company from the Band of Brothers, this has been the best. It explores feelings in depth both from that time and looking back from the present. It admits the fear the man had and the postwar depression he suffered. Yes, it still has the battles and fighting, behind the scenes stories that make it exciting, but it offers much more.
This is a fine book and a good memoir of a truly horrifying time in the authors life. I do not mean to take anything away from that and I'm hesitant to find any fault because of the circumstances. However in the context of the holocaust her story never really took me into the terror that it meant to be Jewish in Nazi occupied territory. She hid out with some families involved in the resistance movement and I could not help but wonder if their story would have been a better book.
Histories of the civil rights movement are abundant but this book focuses on those that wrote that history - the journalists.
The book brings their efforts alive and awakens the reader to the struggles and dangers they faced in simply getting the truth out. Reporters from the black newspapers excluded because of their race; small town editors taking brave stands that could cost them advertising; Northern writers not understanding the culture. Publications that are now respected that can not but be ashamed at their past.
All are included and all are worth your time.
Telex From Cuba is a confounding book; it has truly colorful and intriguing writing that I truly enjoyed. But throughout the book I was left wondering what exactly the plot was?
As others have said there are some characters that add nothing to the story while others are really interesting. I was not bothered by the narration, though a little excitement would be nice at times.
Yet without a plot-line, what is the point?
The book was only a three star to start with but the narrator is just horrendous. It is like listening to a bad imitation of William Shatner doing a parody of his James Kirk character. About every third word is over emphasized and his character voices are just a bad joke.
As for the book, it is highly predictable and rife with errors. I listened but never really enjoyed the book.
A fascinating tale of a young con man from a more trusting time. However the book ends abrubtly and you never find out the true ending to his adventures.
The early part of the book was most interesting as it covered Fidel Castro's childhood and pre-revolution life, an area I knew little about. As the book progresses from that point it get clear that this world leader has a huge amount of bitterness that builds as his story is told. Many of the facts are distorted and some things are just plain wrong. The interviewer is hardly a journalist and often sounds as if Castro is handing him the questions. It is a shame that Ramonet wasn't more probing and critical in his questioning akin to the Frost/Nixon interviews.
Still it is interesting to hear Castro's own version of history and his dealings with the "Empire" to the north (the USA).
I listened to this book immediately after finishing "Havana Nocturne." A book that dealt with Batista and the mob in Cuba. The books overlap and compliment each other in the history of Cuba during the revolution of the late 1950's.
It was refreshing to hear stories that did not revolve around the USAAF bombers and crew. I'm not faulting them at all, i have nothing but admiration for them.
But there were others in the fight and this is their story. It is a series of vignettes featuring airman from Austrailia and New Zealand. They have remarkable first-hand accounts of what they did to aide Britain in the European theater while their own homeland was under attack.
The Intrepid was a great carrier with a glorious past and this book outlines it very well bringing it to life for the listener. My only complaint was at times I couldn't get past the feeling of listening to a cheerleader extolling the virtues of her team.
The story of the Intrepid is the story of many warships and their brave crews. Allow yourself to understand and accept that as you read about one storied ship.
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