This history of WWI is unique in that it hopes to explain the cost and causes of the war, economically, politically, militarily, and humanistically. This is not a "Sandhurst" study of the war, but what were it's multi-faceted causes and costs. This book is very academic and analytical but not boring due to it being so well narrated and so interestingly outlined. Many histories of WWI start with the assassination in Serbia and then progress through it's major battles. That information is necessary to analyze the warfare, but you are still left with the more important and nagging questions of why the war happened. This book goes a long way answering those questions. Every aspect is meticulously researched and explained as G.J. Meyer's reverse-engineers the design of this war leaving the reader with a comprehensive blueprint of its construction.
I have listened to other Robin Sachs's performances and enjoyed this one all the more due to that fact. His reading style is methodical and calculated and does not over pronounce names and places.
I was most moved by the economic value of death and the poetry the war inspired.
What made this story "enjoyable" was learning about the sacrifice the Australians endured for their country and the allied, pacific war effort.
The final death toll!
Yes. Very moving. I had to control my anger about a people long gone and not shift it to their descendants.
Paul Ham is a very knowledgable author and his stories are engrossing and necessary. I have read the majority of his books and each one makes me appreciate the "digger" more and more. I served with the Aussies in Afghanistan. Truly remarkable soldiers!
Mr. Mayer did a wonderful job of conveying the story as though he where giving a fireside chat.
The fact that the author actually tracked down people and places that descended from the story of America and made the whole affair more human than history.
Yes, it's a story of us, not necessarily about us. He shows that memories can be quite long, i.e., the story of the oldest city in America. The present inhabitants are still arguing over it.
An excellent addition to anybody's American History reading list.
Mr. Chernow removed Washington from the pedestal history placed him upon, but didn't lessen his character, accomplishments, or appeal. Indeed, I respect and admire Washington more after this examination. A person's deeds are more the laudable when you know the shortcomings they overcame to achieve them.
The Marquis de Lafayette. He really adored Washington and was a man of conviction who tragically suffered for it.
Mr. Brick is a phenomenal storyteller! When he recites Washington's letters, he fully animates and fleshes out the great man to the extent you feel you can see him.
Sheepishly, tears came to my eyes from the recount of Washington's death. Though I certainly knew it was coming, Chernow's description, and the way Brick presented it, was very touching.
Paul Ham presents a honest and balanced account of the atomic bombings. Ham shows that no decisions, whether horrific or insignificant, can be pigeon holed as either a black or white finality by later day armchair historians. Ham presents the cacophony of voices that spoke for and against the use of atomic weapons and gives flesh to a few of the Japanese who survived the attack. I thoroughly enjoyed that Ham presented all sides, facts, opinions, and innuendoes and did not lead the reader, but allowed you to come to your own conclusions about this time in our history.
I learned more about the Manhattan Project and the results of its work than any other source I have yet read. "Hiroshima Nagasaki" reads like a historic novel where I sometimes forget I already know the ending.
It was very illuminating to learn about the real reasons for Japan's surrender.
I thought Mr. Meldrum portrayed all characters very well, but I enjoyed his rendition of Roosevelt the most.
Another Day of Infamy
Yes. The Author tames the hubris with the humanity by showing that Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same murderous coin and their victims deserved to be heard and acknowledged. Many of the books about the events leading up to WWII give mention to the cruelty of these two despots, but they do not drag into the depths of the mud and despair that millions of people suffered due to their ethnicity or religious affiliation. This book is depressing, but necessarily so. We need to remember that the tragedy of any war is the loss of innocent and non combative lives.
Mr. Cosham's tone and inflection were perfect. He made the story "enjoyable" by being able to give the necessary levity to the subject matter.
Yes. I sat in my car in the parking lot at work not wanting to stop listening.
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