Even if you think you know about that crucible you don't unless you've read this book.
Surprising in so many differing ways. The South did not lose that war the first day or at little Round Top or certainly Pickets' charge. It lost the battle and arguably the war during the afternoon of the second day, as a result of Lee's philosophy of command, and Professor Guelzo does an outstanding job of allowing the listener in on this "secret".
No I have not but I will be looking for him.
This is so much better than "The Killer Angels" and it, not that text, should have been made into a movie. I doubt if Hollywood will but it by God it should. Better yet, a short TV series not unlike "Band of Brothers".
The book is very specific, probably best suited for use as a manual at West Point. What could be attempted are computerized graphics inserted in the text like "Berlin 1961, The Most Dangerous Place In the World" (title probably wrong but I read it sometime ago, clearly the future of eBooks).
I gravitate toward detail when it comes to military histories. So this was right up my alley. However, if you don't stay away. I found it very helpful to go to Google Earth to keep up with deployments, battles, etc. The narration was spot on.
On substance, Grant does not go into any detail about losses but does so with victories. I had to continually remind myself this book was written in the 1880s and that might have passed muster then, but not now. Even with that drawback I found myself liking Grant as a person more as chapter followed chapter. He comes off as a decent human being notwithstanding the ghastly horrors of which he was part, especially in the final two years of the war.
I really can't recommend the audible effort of what might otherwise be a commendable historical novel. The performance is very bad and in my mind continually attempts to assert itself over the content of the novel with regrettable consequences. Buy the written version.
I read "Killing Kennedy" first and my comments about that effort are there. This book is written and narrated in very much the same style. To any passing student of history there is little here that is "shocking". However, the authors do credible work tying together the widely separated events surrounding this historical tragedy into credible, if not also pop, history. Most troubling to me was the fate of Mary Surratt. There was reasonable doubt (at least as it pertains to the death penalty) but of course those times did not allow for such things and she was hanged with men much more intimately involved.
Once one accepts the fact that the story line of this book is about pedophilia (a curse we all condemn including its author) you are in for an experience that for me was breathtaking. Jeremy Irons is so masterful in his narration that it oft overshadows the writing which is even more masterful. What can you say about an artistic effort that you simply do not want to miss, no matter what.
I say don't miss anything written and narrated by this man. He is less material than a beam of light that will touch your soul. I am writing this to describe my reaction to "Uncommon Reader" but it goes for almost everything I have read by him. DO NOT PASS THIS OR HIS OTHER BOOKS BY.
I liked "Gorky Park" and stayed with it through the end but gave up on "Polar Star". Rented the "Gorky Park" movie, bought the T shirt, and both were just okay (as you can see I am a toughie). The problem the author has is a writing style that leads the reader from one more or less unpredictable moment to another. I found myself saying after a while, "who cares". Both books really could have used a much more ruthless editor (phone the copy desk).
Not all that high but O'reilly and Dugard do bring to light the full magnitude of Kennedy's flaws as well as his unquestioned brilliancy.
People have a vision of O'reilly based on his television show and here that does not serve them well whether they agree with his political views or not. He writes as an author with something to say and I lingered with the listen for that reason. The writing is not fascinating and his narration is okay, but with that said this book is worthwhile and I would urge those in whatever part of the political spectrum to approach it as a meaningful learning opportunity.
I can't imagine a psychology that would travel along with this very long. It may be the best evidence we have that an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of computers can come up with what we call a book. If it is porn you want there is plenty of that wherever but don't pay premium dollars for this stuff.
I traffic rarely in pornography (but I do from time to time) so the answer is no.
Do not write this book or see to its narration in the first instance. As an aside I should think that women would be especially disturbed by this work as the female "protagonist" is as dumb as a box of rocks.
The whole thing.
This is my first run in with Alan (I'm from Mars) and it was delightful. This book covers the kind of smut you and your mum can chat easily about over tea in the morning. Rather, it is all about a master writer who has honed his skills of comedic understatement and in so doing brings the whole damn empire up a notch.
Just about everything.
A really wonderful
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