I Saw Nora Titone on Charlie Rose introducing this book and got it immediately! It was obviously a work of love. This is a story that needed to be told and Nora Titone did her due diligence. Newspaper interviews with neighbors, letters between characters, you become a fly on the wall witnessing a truly Shakespearean tragedy. The list of characters is a veritable "who's who" of the era. Reading some of the reviews I must disagree with detractors. While facts are repeated, they are done so by arriving at a conclusion from a different path, adding dimension to a vividly drawn canvas. A "must read" for any one interested in American History and the Civil War. Worth every penny, worth every minute.
I don't know, haven't read it. Didn't have to.
The title character, Douglas MacArthur. FDR, Dwight Eisenhower,Harry Truman, Marshall, Chester Nimitz. A host of lesser known historic figures. All come alive in this story
No, but I sure enjoyed this one. Mr. Riggenbach's tempo and tone were seemingly custom picked for this narrative. Great performance
no, at 29 + hours it's a bit long for one sitting.
One day I was discussing history with a friend and we got on to the topic of MacArthur and soon realized that I knew really nothing about him. I was very fortunate to come across this book. It is very detailed and scrupulously researched. He takes on other biographers and takes no prisoners. For those who like American History, this is a must. Douglas MacArthur was a giant among his contemporaries. He was a major player in both world wars plus the Korean conflict. Geofffery Parret pulls no punches. He show's us the man, halo and horns. I understand he's written about JFK, I'm gonna have a listen to that next.
same song, second verse
Robert Langdon racing to beat the bad guys, a little history, a little culture. For me got stale just about the end of Da Vinci code. It's formulaic authorship was good once. Three or four times at bat doesn't work for me.
As a fan of Sean Bean, I got caught up in the HBO promos for this series. Knowing nothing of the genesis of the story. I understood it had something to do with a board game and was prepared to be disappointed. I was very surprised to be gobbled up whole by the characters and plots. Roy Dotrice as narrator is an excellent choice, setting the perfect tone and tempo for this novel. I try to limit my epic fantasy intake but this award winning story is worth every minute. I just hope the other books in the series doesn't start to ramble for word count like other books in this genre.
The Da Vinci code was a pretty good book but this is going back to the well at least one to many times. Are these guys paid by the word? Time to get a new idea. Recycling is good for plastic, not novels.
It's hard to reconcile that this book was written by by the same author that wrote Patriot Games,The Hunt for Red October or take your pick of a number of fine novels that bear his name. The characters in this work seemed one dimensional and immature. The moral angst was contrived and revisited ad nauseum. In Tom Clancy's other novels it was like he pulled the curtains aside to reveal motives and machinations not guessed at by ordinary folks. This read like a soap opera script. John Ryan has been retired and the next generation just can't carry the ball. The fact that it took two credits should have been a warning that this was a swan song. I'll not be buying any new novels with his name on it unless I hear he's done a 180 on his current style. I was truly disappointed and wanted to blame the editor, publishing company, anybody but Tom Clancy whom I have enjoyed reading for over 20 years.
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