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Khoi Duy Ta

Khoi Ta, 1LT (USAF), ex-Cpl (USMCR)

Lancaster, CA

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  • The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (203)

    A widening gulf between performance and accountability has caused history to be kinder to the American generals of World War II than to those of later wars. In The Generals we meet leaders from World War II to the present who rose to the occasion - and those who failed.

    Arnold says: "Explains much about US military commanders"
    "A little simplified, but many points I agree with."
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    Would you listen to The Generals again? Why?

    For research yes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas E. Ricks? Why or why not?

    Very much so.


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    None, a non-fiction book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Tom Rick's conclusions were over simplistic. The military's promotion system is very rigid and assignments aren't always well thought out. Yet, almost all Generals I have seen or met were extremely bright and gifted people. However, the basis of his conclusions are correct. Generals are a product that shined in the system they were raise in. There are many inefficiencies in that system. Generals (and higher grade officers and enlisted) are not held into account nearly as much as they used to be. The current system of rotating Generals and the COs below result in much turnover, overlap, rework (reinventing the wheel). Perhaps its not that I disagree with his conclusion on modern Generalship, it's rather he should extend those conclusions to the modern promotion and assignment system as a whole... Another book?

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  • Driven: Inside BMW, the Most Admired Car Company in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Kiley
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    BMW is arguably the most admired carmaker in the world. It's financial performance is the envy of its competitors, and BMW products inspire near-fanatical loyalty. While many carmakers struggle with falling sales, profits and market share, demand for BMWs continues to grow, frequently outpacing production. Now, David Kiley goes inside the fabled German automaker to see how it does what it does so well.

    Khoi Duy Ta says: "Good book for BMW fans"
    "Good book for BMW fans"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from David Kiley and/or Jay Snyder?

    Yes, why not


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Kiley? Why or why not?

    Yes, why not


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hmm.. if it was a docu


    Any additional comments?

    If you own a BMW or love their cars, you should listen to this book. It's little dated. But it does a good job of telling the story of how BMW rose to become "The Ultimate Driving Machine", it's poor decision buy with Rover brand, better decision to buy the Mini Cooper brand and Rolls name, and the resulting company from. It recently bought a bimmer, so it gave me a little insight into the history of the my car.

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