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Mitchell

boise, ID, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By Douglas Brinkley
    Overall
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    Written by acclaimed historian Douglas Brinkley, this is the first full-scale, intimate account of John Kerry's Navy career. Brinkley has drawn on extensive interviews with everyone who knew Kerry well in Vietnam. Kerry also entrusted to Brinkley his letters home and his voluminous "War Notes": journals, notebooks, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after the war.

    Michael says: "An Excellent Introduction to John Kerry"
    "tour of duty"
    Overall

    Fascinating story, with good insight into what motivates John Kerry.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Triumph of the West: The Origin, Rise, and Legacy of Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (33)
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    (10)

    Over the centuries, two important beliefs arose in Europe: a faith that man could order his own destiny and that progress was normal. By 1900, doubts arose concerning traditional Western values. The continuing problems of the world's poor, environmental deterioration, the inequality of women, and continued warfare pose real questions about the advancement of the human race.

    Mitchell says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book really disappointed me. The topic begs for an answer to the question of why the West triumphed, but it only very superficially addressed that topic. It instead settled for what happened. This is certainly an easier question to answer, and any answer to why it happened is always a bit more subjective, but the why is what makes history come alive, and makes it relevant.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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