Great run over the second world war. But nothing new for those who have studied it already. Best on the Western campaigns and less in-depth on the complex Japanese/Chinese conflict. Hoped that Antony Beevor with his detailed knowledge would have tried to maintain an analytical overview of the war. However, instead he leads us through battle to battle and campaign to campaign in his usual entertaining style with lots of specific stories to bring the scenes alive. Maybe I was expecting too much.
What a bad joke. There's no part 2 available... Waste of time. You are warned.
The line of thought is often interesting - but the low quality of the sound with whisperings and chairs ruminating in the background as well as inaudible questions makes it difficult to recommend. Also we listeners do not have at hand or on-line the many handout that are used ad referenced throughout. All-in-all its a lecture recording "on the cheap" that needs to be updated and applied for tape/digital to make real sense.
Starts promising, but the author clear loses sight of his subject as he struggles - unsuccessfully - to encapsulate simplexity as anything more than a vague notion. A failed effort.
Worst book I have read in at least a decade (and I read a lot). Imagine being told how one of Alexander the Great's soldiers walks around an Afghan town worrying: "In twenty MINUTES (!!) the OFFICE (!!) will be closed".
Good listen if you want to know more about Patton the man.
As others have noted, the audio quality is bad (it is old and my guess is that is comes from a cassete-tape).
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