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Steven

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  • Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bob Edwards
    • Narrated By Bob Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Long before the era of the news anchor, the pundit, and the mini-cam, one man blazed a trail that thousands would follow. Reporting live from the streets and rooftops of London as Nazi war planes rained terror from the skies during the Battle of Britain, Edward R. Murrow brought the stark horror of war and the shock of breaking news events directly into American living rooms for the first time, and that was just the beginning.

    D. Littman says: "Very interesting book, easy-listening"
    "murrow- one of a kind"
    Overall

    Let me start by agreeing with the that Murrow was one of a kind, arriving at a time that allowed his type of reportage and innovation,
    neither of which would have flowered in today's media.
    I found this book of great interest and it managed to whet my appetite for more. There can be no doubt from the book of the author's negative view of today's media, but this is limited to the last half-hour or so. I would have preferred a longer book that went
    into more detail, including more on his life before radio, but generally I can heartily recommend this book on a man of more parts than I realized. Some of Murrow's work is included, from old recordings, and this too is a bonus, though again I would have wished for more examples-if they exist!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Infamy: Military Blunders of the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Coffey
    • Narrated By Robert Abia
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This compendium fleshes out the century's best known military mishaps. In a series of short chapters, Coffey shows how even relatively small misjudgments have become historical turning points, such as how a driver's poor knowledge of Sarajevo's streets in 1914 helped lead to World War I. He reminds us of some of the bigger blunders, including detailing how the Treaty of Versailles laid the groundwork for the Second World War.

    John says: "Not For The History Buff"
    "a bad letdown"
    Overall

    There have been a number of books about military mistakes, some good some bad. This falls into the latter category. A book called "days of infamy" that doesn't even cover the mistakes of Pearl Harbor (the original "day of infamy"? That talks of Versailles, but fails to detail the blunder of Appeasement (which undermined the treaty)?
    That fails to record the Battle of France, together with "Sitzkrieg"
    as great errors? That goes into detail about Hitler's declaration of war against the US as a major error (when it is clear that the US would have found a pretext (after Pearl Harbor to soon declare war on Germany) while missing the turning point of WW2, the invasion of Russia, underestimating the Russian will to resist and the Russian winter? These are all signs of poor understanding. Add to this numerous factual errors (eg Bismark was sunk in the Atlantic , not in
    a fjord, and the Munich agreement was prior to the occupation of the Sudetenland) and you have (especially in the case of WW2) a poor result. Add also things that cannot be reasonably described as Military Blunders (eg the assassination of Franz Ferdinand) and an exagerrated breathless writing style (heavy use of phrases like
    "little did they know they were sailing to their doom") and it spells literary disaster. A further point, names are mispronounced eg
    the ship Graf Spee is pronounced Spay rather than rhyming with bee
    and French city names are also mispronounced.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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