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David

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  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (52)

    The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price.

    Alexis says: "Breathtaking"
    "A reporter's eye with a historian's perspective."
    Overall

    Rick Atktinson really seems to capture the strength of the reporter, to give the gritty detail and a feel for the experience of the participants, but still capture the larger perspective of the historian for the events. The Day of Battle manages to illuminate this under reported and ill-understood theater of war without overblowing its importance. North Africa/Italy was a sideshow of a sideshow, with the main event taking place on the Eastern Front, but it was also the crucible that formed the Anglo-American army destined to liberate Western Europe. I really wish an unabridged version was available however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dexter Filkins
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, we witness the chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.

    Terry says: "A memorable "read""
    "Incredible writing"
    Overall

    This books is more of a best of of Filkins' reporting on the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts then a coherent narrative. Filkins shares his extensive experience on the front lines of the "Forever War" and gives some idea of what it is like to live and work in that environment. Most of all he shares his incredible writing ability. Filkin's description of the Marine assault on Fallujah with the contrast of the Mosques issuing a call for Jihad with the Marine's blasting "Highway to Hell" is one of the most memorable pieces of journalism I have ever read.

    If this book was priced at one credit it would be an easy five stars. At two credits still a four.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen Tanner
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    For more than 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads not only for armies but also for clashes between civilizations. As a result of the United States' engaging in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

    Alana says: "Afghanistan: A Military History"
    "Compelling and informative"
    Overall

    As good local histories do, Afghanistan: A Military History places its subject into historical perspective and we get a glimpse of the Persian, Hellenistic, Mongol, Muslim, and British empires from the perspective of Afghanistan. The Twentieth Century history is just as compelling and provides a concise history of the Soviet war. The author has, of course, been overtaken by events in covering US involvement.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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