This book could be considerably shortened - by at least a third, or even by half. It is filled with excruciating detail that begins to seem like historical filler. An abridged version in recommended.
No. I have read and listened to many Civil War histories, including Shelby Foote's multi-volume work. This book was disappointing but not enough to turn me off from other histories about the Civil War.
No, this is my first book that he narrated.
No - see my comments above
Bronson Pinchot is an excellent reader - good rhythm and intonation.
Yes- It gives an authoritative, first person account of one of the major historical events of the last decade.
Well written, to the point.
The conclusion's recognition of the many men and women who have and continue to serve the U.S. military - very often in obscurity.
This is an excellent addition to Robert Caro’s magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson. The combination of drama, character study and political detail makes this totally engrossing. I can’t wait for the next volume.
While Caro’s account of the assassination has received considerable attention, I found that his description of Johnson’s consolidation of power afterwards to be equally, if not more, compelling. The account of his working Congress to pass the landmark civil rights bill and other social bills of the War on Poverty keeps the reader (listener) on the edge of his seat. The specter of Vietnam haunts the text.
Mustering Congressional support to pass the civil rights bill.
Grover Gardner gets this one just right.
I am usually a big fan of David McCullough, but this book didn't have his usual flare and sweep. It is overly stuffed with details that don't add to the main theme of social inequality and environmental irresponsibility. The reader's flat delivery doesn't help.
I have read and listened to a number of McCullough's books and know that he can deliver excellent popular history.
It was hard to tell whether a different reader could have improved this text.
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