I like Forsyth very much and found this to be very good. I preferred the Jackal and Odessa File more, but I was not disappointed
This maybe a tough book for most to stomach. The author Iris Chang talks straight and she doesn't hold back. The first chapter alone talks about the number of dead, and then later she goes into graphic details regarding how people died. She doesn't stop at a few stories either. A lot she takes from her own personal experiences as her grandparent lived through it. I agree with the author that the Japanese have not made amends or paid reporation for their actions in Nanking and WW II. Germany has paid about $60 Billion and Japan a minuscule amount. The Japanese in many cases were much worse than any Nazi's actions. It is a tough book to read, but its does need to be known what happened in those seven weeks of pure hell. It is unimaginable how something like this can happen just seventy years ago. It is happening again today in the middle east.
If you interested in this era or Napoleon then this is an ideal read. I have not found and equivalent book of Napoleon in audible. At first I didn't like the narrator as he used very short biting sentences, but he grew on me and I now recommend him, and I would seek his narration in other books. The book looks at Napoleons whole public life from the end of the revolution to his death at St. Helena. Many generals including Wellington say he was a brilliant military tactician. Wellington said "There is only Napoleon, before Napoleon, now and in the future" He didn't seem to tire of war though. He thrust so many men and civilians into battle from the late 1700's until 1815 from so many nations that he didn't feel empathy for all those casualties and loss of life even after battles in Italy, Austria and a brutal guerrilla warfare in the Spanish peninsula wars. He still took 600 thousand into Russian and only 100,000 survived. He seemed to be callous and indifferent to the losses. He was feared on land, but he had no connection or know how to address the British at sea. He didn't look to have his Navy trained better to contend with the British.
All in all this is a great read and a lot of detail is put into it, so I read it twice not to miss anything. If you only want to read one book on Napoleon then this is it.
It is a great book and it does tell the battles from 1775 until 1815, but I felt he could have talked about Trafalgar and The Battle of the Nile in more details. Those were very bill battles and they impacted the Napoleonic Wars Considerably. The lesser known battles in the America's could have been less because in my view they were.
All in all there are very few books like this that you can read that address the peak of the age of the sail. All in all I liked it and would recommend it.
The author interviewed pilots both commercial and military, as well as, police, and government officials. These witnesses to UFO's were from all over the world from Brazil, Peru, US. UK, Spain, Iran, Belgium and point in between. She goes onto show that many witnesses get smirks, or are demeaned for reporting what they say or saw. Especially pilots who lose their jobs if they indicate they saw a UFO. Her point is if so many reputable witnesses claim to have seen UFO's with evidence then why is it not a security threat? It is most likely the most severe threat to the world if these aliens have threatening intentions. Why not really take a global look at this? Many pilots have shot at UFO crafts in the past, yet governments and the media keep it under wraps. If you have interest in this mystery, I recommend this read.
I have read numerous Dickens and this is another great story with all the fantastic characters that Dickens is known for. Martin Jarvis narration is first rate. Jarvis does a great interpretation of Mr. Bounderby and the funniest Mr. Sleary. Sleary comes at the end of the book, but it is worth the download just to hear Sleary. I read this book long ago, but listening to DIckens is really the key, as you understand the character much more by listening. I know the book confronts the English society of the times, but this book like many Dickens books is about the characters. If you don't know Dickens this is a good starter book as it is far shorter than any of his other books. Most of Dickens books are 800 to 1000 pages while this one is in the 300 hundred range. I think this book will hook one into being a Dickens and Jarvis fan.
I have read several books on the economy since the 2007-2008 crash. This is very good in that he provides viable suggestions on what may happen and what to do. Now this was written years ago, and Schiff maybe ahead in his predictions. I wish I bought gold when it was $600 or $700/ounce not long ago. Gold is down now, surely will glisten again. The US debt and even that of Europe together with aging populations will cause a deflationary situation that will affect us all. Maybe 2014 is a more optimum time to read this book then on 08 or 09?
Excellent book about the the prelude to war and the final solution. The captain did all he could to help save the boat people. The Nazi's had spies on board, and the Cuban government was wishy washy to let the people land and then they said no even if money was paid. There were suicides, and you can imagine the desperation of these travelers trying to get free from the country that didn't want them alive. The Nazi's wanted the ship to return just to complete their final solution even though they could have let them go. Eventually many were free to land in England and France, but France was later taken over so free for a time. This is a very good read of real history of hundreds of family's fleeing a disparate situation.
This is a very good read about a potential if not inevitable change in the US dollar. I have read When Money Dies by Adam Ferguson which was about hyperinflation of Wiemar Germany after WW1, also The Road to Serfdom by F.A Hayek, which tells a similar tale of deficits and bad Central Planning. Rickards book refers to deficit spending, and the likely loss of the US dollar as a reserve currency. If that happens then the US will have a major problem with the cost of imports. Everyone holding dollars will be wiped out eccentrically. A new US will see much lower prices of homes, and higher prices of goods, and a much, much lower standard of living. Richards suggests the world will have SDR's issued by the IMF(International Monetary Fund) as the reserve currency. Although, SDR's are also a fiat currency so they will have to be back by gold. Thus gold prices will rise dramatically. This deficit spending which has gone on and on for decades may come to a head shortly with a depression that will last years. Nobody really knows, but one should know this information to protect your family. Either way something is going to happen. The US can't continue to keep spending at a deficit. If you have debts, and have mostly cash in you bank then you have to read and know this information.
It almost seems criminal hiding under the sea waiting for merchant ships to sink in the middle of the night but that is war. This is an excellent account of three submarines and their Captains and the set up to find targets. It gives details of life on board, and you can almost smell and feel the sea air when the Captains come above the sea to survey the horizon. There is even an account when the sub was unnoticed between two columns of ships and they had to choose which side to fire upon. I especially like the account after the Tang was hit (self inflicted) and how the sailors reached the surface. If you like WW2 or different look at the war then I recommend this book. Download it.
This is an excellent book from Captain Hara who was on numerous major missions including the invasion of the Philippines, Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Midway. He criticized the admirals including Yamamoto who he felt should not have commanded the Japanese Navy. And he saw that the Japanese were reacting to the US and not proactive in the war. Most books I have read on the Pacific War are from the US point of View, so this is refreshing to read it from a Japanese Captain. He was also a Nanking, but he played down the atrocities. He later admitted to being an alcoholic so there was honesty there. There are real accounts of his battles with the allies, and he notes a few time how the allies evasive tactics were superior to the Japanese. He goes through the battles concisely and meticulously so if you want details of what happen that night then this is the book for you. He also fired upon John Kennedy;s PT boat, which he give a brief account.
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