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Dale H. Reeck

Buffalo NY USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Best Overall View of World War II"
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    I found "Inferno" to be one of the most complete overall views of World War II. While other books of this type tend to drift off into one specific area of the Second World War, such as Andrew Roberts' solid "The Storm of War" being more about the British effort in Europe than the whole of World War II, Hastings delves in good detail into just about every aspect of World War II. And that detail is well distributed into all the major theaters: Europe, Scandinavia, the Pacific, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, China, Burma, Africa and the Middle East to name a few.

    Hastings touches on not just the obvious things, like battles and politics, but also the areas most people don't normally consider. That includes such topics as the participants' various home fronts and the colonial aspects (especially in regards to Great Britain). Hastings is keen to turn a just as critical eye on the Allies and he does the Axis. The horrors of war are definitely brought forward, regardless of the perpetrator.

    This is a highly recommended book, even for those well versed in the subject of the Second World War.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Holger H. Herwig
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The long-term repercussions of the Marne were tragic: four more years of what the future German military historian Gerhard Ritter, a veteran of World War I, called the "monotonous mutual mass murder" of the trenches. During that time, Britain and the Empire sustained 3.5 million casualties, France 6 million and Germany 7 million. Without the Battle of the Marne, places such as Passchendaele, the Somme, Verdun, and Ypres would not resonate with us as they do.

    Dale H. Reeck says: "Strong Text"
    "Strong Text"
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    Where does The Marne, 1914 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is a strong entry on an operational level of World War I history. There are many excellent books on the First World War, but many of them deal with cause and effect - what started the war and how it ended. Books such as The Guns of August and Paris 1919 are superb in this respect. But there care few books that deal with World War I at the operational level of a specific battle or battles and this one covers the Battle of the Marne quite well.

    I especially liked author Holger H. Herwig's descriptions of color. World War I is known as mainly a black and white war. There are very few color photos available and Herwig does a fine job in describing the colors of the war, for example, the uniforms. It gives you a unique visual sense of the war that other books do not.

    One reviewer noted the unwelcome reading all the footnotes. While I agree that it can be a bit distracting at times, I do not feel it is enough to detract from the strong narrative.

    The Marne, 1914 is a welcome addition to the field of World War I histories.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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