Very powerful biographical story of a Vietnam War Marine officer. Should be required reading for all Americans, especially those who make war decisions. Like Sebastian Junger's book "War," this is an unabashed look from the inside of the experience of being in a front line unit.
The author's perspective on history is based on a simple formula: what's most shocking? Not, what fits the flow of history in an intelligent way. He fails to connect shocking moments in history to the broader claims he makes.
Mostly a collection of whines and moans about budgetary constraints for the secret service. The easiest presidents to work for are Reagan and Bush, while the most difficult are Clinton and Obama. So, it would seem one of the conclusions meant for the reader to walk away with is that elected Democrats are anti-military/secret service; while elected Republicans are typically just the opposite.
The topic of this book is a fascinating one, and one that deserves an objective take. "First Family Detail" is boring, when it's not, mean spirited.
Author's last book was full of interesting stories and insights into the life of an Eighties heartthrob. "Love Life" is filled with cliched stories and comes across as preachy.
Omigod.... this book has pounded me into submission! I get the point!!!! Over and over and over again. The same story repeats with different characters. However much I agree with Matt Taibbi's claims, I don't have to hear them made ten times. "Flash Boys" addresses the same points much more deeply and subtly.
Mostly, I found this book worthwhile reading, and I'm glad I read (listened to) it.
Well researched points made throughout, until the end, whereat the authors speculated and came to conclusions with no research foundation. So, in a jarring way, the last chapter didn't mesh well with the rest of the book.
I'm so sad to see this trilogy conclude. Such a great journey of history of American involvement in the European theatre of WWII.
This is clearly Atkinson's life's work of love and passion.
Fluff piece. No new information. Very superficial.
The narrator sounds like he's reading this book to a 3rd grade class.
Like early Nelson DeMille: witty and hard to put down.
GREAT narration. Stephen Hoye is perfect for this material.
Carl Hiaasen is a great find. I look forward to reading more of this work.
This story takes forever to start, and the meat of it is information I've heard before much better presented.
This was my first time testing Whispersync. It turned out to be impossible. Audible/Amazon needs to take lessons from Apple on userfriendliness. I'm computer wise, and I couldn't figure out how to use this feature.
Nicely laid out list of US errors in Afghanistan, but short on conclusions. Was the debacle primarily tactical errors on our part? Was it fundamentally a strategic error that's part of nation building?
The author offers no answers to these questions.
However, he does lay out a great history of the conflict, and very interesting details of how various agencies of government bungle, fail to communicate, fail to understand their mission.
For that, the book is worth reading.
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