Per the title of this review, the book is a mix of recent history and leadership lessons. I was surprised at how drawn into the book I became from the very beginning. It's great to get the perspective of one of our most respected Generals. Like a soldier diplomat, very carefully presents his version of every story in a way that the reader can empathize with. It's a long book, but well worth it.
Seemed similar to the book Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton because of the format and topics but from slightly different perspectives.
The story for book 3 departs from the main storyline that the first two books start out with. To be clear, this book does not follow Edward Stalker or his Marines on Avalon. This story takes place simultaneously or so it would appear on earth. The story explains in detail the collapse of empire.
Both the author and the narrator do a great job on this book. Christopher G Nuttal did a good job of painting the picture of a tragedy, but with a story of hope in its midst. Five stars. Would highly recommend to anyone over the age of 14.
My only quibble would be the explanation of how society on earth develops. The end result of societal development on earth seems to be very similar to the movie idiocrasy (A comedy with a plotline that was purposefully ludicrous). Basically, The entire population is too ignorant to do the most basic tasks.
Good storyline and great narration. This book transitions away from ground combat to space combat. New enemies and new heroes make their appearance.
Some of the best narration I've heard. The storyline follows a marine company and it's commander to a World other than earth where they combat multiple insurgent groups and deal with political challenges they weren't designed to take on.
Eri Hotta did an amazing job distilling the way in which the political leadership in Japan defused and abdicated responsibility for war. Their lack of political will, initiative and courage set the groundwork for so many innocent people to die.
This book would make a compelling read for every citizen. Although the author doesn't state it, it seems many comparisons could be made to modern political institutions. This books tragic story actually makes me grateful for the debates we have in our political institutions.
Most of us have heard one or two of these principles. The author goes into detail behind why the principles work and uses University studies to validate the reasoning. The book is 30% claim, 30% anecdotal, and 40% research study review. The author does a great job of engaging the reader and the narrator has a good balance in pace and tone of voice.
If the book had NOT had everyone but the narrator sound like Gomer Pyle.
Talk a little more about what the EC-130's do and their tactics. I realize Opsec is always a concern but there are ways to talk more about the mission and capabilities without breaking any laws.
Great talent but I doubt it was his decision to tell the story with varying versions of a Southern drawl.
It told a good story at moments.
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