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LA County, CA USA | Listener Since 2005

  • 2 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 270 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht

    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Recording or voice is recorded too low - sound gets lost if there is any ambient noise.

    Any additional comments?

    Was expecting much better. Should have been divided into multiple books, perhaps including "Eisenhower in War with Kay", as author seems to be obsessed the relationship between Ike and Kay. Should have just addressed it once or twice and moved on. Keeps coming back to the issue, sometimes re-examining the same "evidence" but drawing different conclusion.

    Author expects reader to be forgetful, repeats himself - forget that Ike liked westerns? No worry, I'll tell you multiple times.

    Works too hard to defend almost every action of the Eisenhower, employing inconsistent logic. In a rare criticism, author hangs our modern problems with Iran on Ike's intervention with Iran, yet offers no similar critique of the handling of North Korea.

    Finally, the cartoon ahistorical characterization of the Hoover presidency and dismissal of Coolidge presidency diminish the book's credibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great material. Well read."
    "Masterpiece of Biography"
    Where does American Caesar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best. The writing pulls the reader in.

    Any additional comments?

    A little dated in its 1970s attitudes and fascination with Japan's modern economy, but otherwise an extremely engaging and balanced look at an important historical figure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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