Birmingham, United Kingdom | Member Since 2004
As a historian and a professional soldier I found this book to be fascinating on so many levels. It could have been written by a general of WWII. It has depth, strategic insight and explanation and a cold calculated analysis of why it all went so wrong so fast for the German Army. Well recommended.
It is had to do justice to this book in a short paragraph but I will try. It’s a soldier’s history, written by an author who understood to well the machinations often associated with battles. And you can see in your head the map changing and the divisions moving about to meet the luck of battle. You get to see the picture from the Army Corp all the way down, dancing so seamlessly between the memoir's of a corporal to the logistical issues facing a Brigadier and yet always kept in the picture. One of the best works of British task to arms I have ever read. I cannot paradise this book highly enough. It would seem there is a new player on the block for popular military history and he is exceptional.I have just started ‘Alan Brooke’ and am not being disappointed.
Mr Toland needs congratulations on what is a great read. So well researched and animated in a way many popular historians have not been able to do with such skill. I know the battle well (Soldier for 23 years), and who has ever done Staff College without the 'Bulge'.American arms growing up and entering world history with thunder and courage. It was a great battle and has never been praised enough for the shear courage and professionalism of American Armies. For that is what we are talking about, a clash of titanic proportion and infantry losses 3x that of the Eastern Front. Again, well done Mr Toland I would love to chat with you one day on certain points, but if you are a history buff and want a story to tell the 'Spartans' this is the one to get. (And and I apologize for the crass and churlish out pourings from Field Marshal Montgomery bringing shame to so many British Tommie's who bled and died next to their American brothers)
Alan Brook was at the very centre of decisions made in every theatre in WWII. He was a thoughtful and educated man with an excellent strategic mind. The book paints very well the circumstance, the evidence and finally the decision. It’s a fascinating insight into the man who gave the nod to world changing events and the advice he gave on why he did. Its well researched, its well written and an excellent company. I would advise it to any history buff's looking for a demanding picture of the relationship between senior military men and senior politicians and the fine line they both much tread.
So many say there is so little left to see in WWII. It has been all said before. But I would say people like Kershaw bring a revisionist eye to what we now know happened with the release of so many parliamentary papers. Why did the who Nazi edifice hold together even when it was doomed. Why could the US, UK, French, Australian etc in the west just not move forward as expected by the generals and ultimately why did the German people not just throw in the towel. Just say enough is enough.
Its an excellent and scholarly achievement. Well do. Having listened once already I have already started to listened again. (And being a member since 1996 I have many 100's to select from and this is one of the best)
Its in the top 10 and I have 100's. I does make the medical profession look human. As a Dr my self I found it so revealing. It visited feelings and concerns I had not looked at for 20 years or more. Its well written, well narrated and a moving account of how difficult being a Dr actually is. Well recommended.
Oh yes. The printed version needs a trolley to pull it around
It brought back memories of A level history in a school in the West Midlands.
I found this book to be a wonderful insight. and being a military man for 21 years some of the points were very valid indeed. This book will make you think and will place so much 'coffee table' history in the bin. I would highly recommend it to any student of history looking for a strategic view point of the war in the east. Its also a great read. Well do, would recommend it to anyone.
This is the first La Plante book I have listened to or indeed read and I did pick it on speck. I’m glad I did. Its an excellent story with detail and plot that don’t insult your intelligence. The characters are likable but not to ‘sweet’, full of the normal human flaws, and a plot that does leave you asking ‘what happens next’ And ‘how will he get around this one’. The name of the main character 'Edward de Jersey' put me off a bit but don’t let it, its part of the plot its self, Oh and the GG's (Horses to our American cousins), do not take over the story, but again, are a logical part of the plot. And the narration was excellent. Well done. I’ve acquired a second La Plante on the strength of this.
I have just finished this story and it was riveting. And so original an idea. Oh yes, and the story has nothing to do with ghosts. Goddard is so good with language. It starts almost whimsically, as if you had acquired a Mills and Boon by mistake but slowly you become more and more intrigued. Just when you think you have the run of the plot, it changes, but so plausibly. What an excellent story. I have more that 117 audible books and this is in my top 5. In fact I have purchased Full Circle an hour ago on the strength of it. The art of story telling is not dead with Goddard, even up to the last 5 sentences! perhaps that's why he produces so little. It must be hard to get it that right. Oh yes, and the narrating was perfect.
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