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Wayne

Brainerd, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president. In Brands' sweeping, majestic full biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure who was fearlessly on the side of right.

    Tad Davis says: "Underrated hero"
    "Too much cut and paste"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unless the friend is a serious Grant scholar- no. The book contains far too little of Brands astute insights and analysis and far too much "cut and paste" from Grant's Memoirs, Sherman's Memoirs, speeches, letters and newspaper articles of the period.

    Using source material to make key points is helpful but droning on and on from letters and speeches is unnecessary.




    What did you like best about this story?

    The 10% that contained Brands insights and analysis.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    No, never.


    Do you think The Man Who Saved the Union needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron De Steuben and the Making of the American Army

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Paul Lockhart
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.

    Phillip says: "Fabulous"
    "Buy the book"
    Overall

    Great work. The book is fast-paced and well done. You understand 18th century life and culture. He helps make sense of why things were done a certain way-- for example why soldiers stood in long lines and blazed away at one another. Get the book, you will not be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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