I intend to listen to this book again because it is difficult to absorb all of the wisdom he imparts in one sitting even though he is a master of explaining very difficult concepts in simple terms.
Civilization - the West and the Rest
I did not find it moving - I had very little emotional response to it - but I found the explanations of the early cultures and how we got to where we are today from those points in history, very compelling.
David Liss nails it with a compelling, funny, and deeply moving (at times) novel of the early days of the American experiment, centering on events around the whiskey rebellion. One unlikely hero (protagonist) morphs from a delightful scoundrel to a man of substance as LIss takes him from one precarious adventure to the next, all told with understated humor. The other protagonist in the story, who at one point will be pitted against the our beloved scoundrel is more serious and points out the capricious and unrelenting nature of life in early America. The story of these 2 lives told separately and then finally together is masterful. The fact that it sticks very close to history is an extra benefit as it reveals a tumultuous and dangerous time in our early history.
I loved the dialog by the protagonist scoundrel - both his inner thoughts (as he justifies keeping a slave) who we find out later, he has actually set free. And his dialog with others - always acting the cad while being refreshingly honest and forthright in his judgements of himself and others.
Much better than any of Liss's other books because of the refined, understated but laugh out loud humor infused within the pages of the book
It was written in a style that kept my interest throughout every page, providing both the strengths and weaknesses of each of the admirals described. The author never lost sight of what he was trying to accomplish in writing about these transcendent personalities, and how they shaped the Navy of WWII and today.
Pacific Crucible. Another excellent book of the momentous first years of WWII and the men and the decisions that won the war.
It was read very well, with al the emphasis in the right places.
One of my favorite history books of all time, given how informative it was regarding a extremely important facet of warfare - leadership
Yes, very interesting facts about American in it's infancy and how we muddled through in this early war.
HIs emphasis was always spot on.
PC delved into the personalities, both American and Japanese, that were part of this struggle. The writing was also compelling - reminding me of John Toland's "But Not In Shame". Total masterpiece.
all of them
This is the first perforance by Grover.
HOw can anyone read about the lead up and Battle of Midway without being moved and realizing that our military was a reflection of our culture and how important that is in allowing us to make the right choices.
The book was written in a way that made it seem like an amateur pulled together some notes on a battle he took part in. The author seemed to have a grudge against Howlin Mad Smith and perhaps that is justified. But the author spent too much time on this fact and not enough giving context to the actions of the heroes on the field.
No - - there is no excuse for not knowing how to pronounce nautical terms like boatswain's mate - - it is pronounced BO-sun - not Boat Swane. Islands in several island chains were also mis-pronounced. The author also seemed like he was just reading the book (for the first time) - part of this was due to the way it was written, but some of it was just a bad performance.
I WOULD HAVE SPENT LESS TIME ON THE INDICTMENT OF GENERAL H.M. SMITH
Yes, there were some very interesting "facts" but the value was mitigated by a healthy dose of progressive politics injected into the dialog from time to time.
Yes, to try to capture all the momentus history of which he was a part.
I usually do not like it when the narrator tries to imitate the voices but he nailed Churchill's and it helped in knowing when he was quoting Churchill directly.
yes. But it drove me to distraction the way he (Chafer) or he (Reid) felt he had to define every single direct and indirect object. If HE said he was going to Chartwell for dinner I damn well knew that he was talking about Churchill, not the Archbishop of Canterbury
First were the years of 1940 and 1941, when Churchill and the Europeans were dealing with the Nazi and Axis push through Europe and we did not even seem to notice there was a war going on. The second - When Churchill was dealing with Roosevelt and Stalin - - It was so obvious that Churchill was right and that the world might have been in much better shape if Roosevelt had listened to Churchill rather than winging it with Stalin.
This really give us Americans a good idea of the war years we missed - when things seem so bleak.
The author went off on one knucklehead that did not reveal what he knew about the dangers of a certain chemical - - worth a note but not a chapter. His bent on climate change also seemed like a political rather than scientific rant. EVERYTHING I LEARNED IN THIS BOOK TOLD ME THAT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND HOW CHANGES WILL EFFECT THE EARTH. So just tell me about the science and let me draw my own conclusions.
I really liked the march of history, the reign of the dinosaurs, the very long history of Homo erectus and humans, and how genes and DNA and RNA change the world. I also liked the explanations of scientists, what they did and did not do - and how many broke new ground, while others ruled their age while their theories were later disproved. That - I never got in science class.
The time was well spent , but it was very hard to keep up with all the jumps in time and personnel. It would have been better if the author would have dealt with the history chronologically - rather than jumping back and forth from one time and director of Mossad to another - often without any glue to hold the disparate parts together.
Yes. but ony to those who are familiar with intelligence organizations.
HIs narration was good because I thought I was listening to an Israeli telling the story
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