The structure of the book from afar is a sensible walk through military and warlike history. As written however, Keegan seems to spend so much time referring to and battling against the writings of Clausewitz (a writer from long ago who wrote "On War" - "war is the extension of policy (or politics)"). I, as the reader, wanted to learn and review the evolution of war, but grew bored and lackluster about the progress due to these constant efforts to refer to and contradict Clausewitz. When Keegan was truly discussing military history and the causes of different evolutionary changes, it was enjoyable, but the book could have been 1/2 as long and twice as enjoyable if he stuck to the substance.
No, because its stand-up comedy on paper.... but I'd recommend it to others.
Any good comedian's humor book.
No one can deliver a comedian's words like the comedian themself. Carolla read by anyone else would be bad.
His logical politics , they match up so easily with my own ... and they are both humorous and revealing in contrast to real politicians.
If you enjoyed either of his first two books, or his podcast, its a must read.
Bottom 50% of history books
Don't Know Much About History ... reviews so much but only skin deep, and tries to be humorous.
The intersection of the stand-up Eisenhower and the bottom-dweller Joe MCarthy in the early 50's.
No, but it did disappoint in the 1960s. Focuses on nothing but sex, civil rights, and the counterculture.
Its a solid survey history from 1932-1962, with interesting focus throughout on social and cultural history but then it loses its direction, ... possibly the fact that such "history" was too close in time to the book's publication affected its substance.
Probably a fine read in 2000, or listen in 2002. Do not waste your time in 2011, as I groaned too often through the first half of the book about the claimed novelty of word processing font innovations or PDAs - while listening to the book on my 2011 I-Pad. I did not listen to the end (something I have done on only one other occasion), and don't regret it at all.
The book truly brings you inside the heads of the various military participants. Instead of reading like a Stephen Ambrose novel of war-time first-person overviews, it takes you deeper into the true emotional and sensory experiences of the soldiers and the officers - and you appreciate the war (and the experiences of our military personnel) even more.
There is an unnamed extra character in the book at all times - due to the times and the forced mixing of races in the theater of military operations - and that is the racism of the participants. It is presented in such a stark and seemingly accurate way that you appreciate the authenticity of all of the interactions that much more.
Buy it to learn more about the Vietnam Conflict, and sit back and truly enjoy the ride into the lives and minds of all individuals put in harm's way.
I knew what I was about to listen to, and it delivered on those expectations. The one surprising element was how much I learned to like the father and son dynamic despite the brashness of the father. There is definitely great underlying love between them that comes through, and that made it extra enjoyable.
... it is more like a set of story pieces from the 60 year history of the use of subs in military intelligence gathering.... and less like a truly connected tale (or even history). The book basically lacks an arc. Also, the audiobook is abridged, and I think the connectivity across the years may get further disjointed as a result. Lastly, at almost every step it seemd as if both the author(s) and the narrator tried too hard to interject slightly heightened (yet transparent) drama whenever possible.
The topic is well developed (in some ways repetitively) and certainly allowed me to consider the previously unappreciated effect of the randomness aspect of life's turns - personally and globally. At the same time, after the issue is supported, there is very little "as a result of this conclusion, we should ..." Left me wanting.
The book addresses so many great interesting headline worthy topics, and each from a novel perspective. In turn, its a great audiobook listen, as it is broken down into interesting mini-lectures and issues. There is something for everyone. My one limited beef is that when a list is read in an audiobook, as compared to viewed in a paper book, it can sometimes be annoying to hear, and the lists included in the book (such as popular children's names, or crime statistics) gets tedious at times in those subjects. Not sure there is much for an audiobook producer to do if they are providing an unabridged reading, but I guess its a good time to hit 3X on the audible.com app when they begin.
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