I really enjoyed this book. I thought she did a great job both telling the story of the peace conference chronologically and also looping back to each country/region in specifics. The color of the characters (Lloyd George, Wilson and Clemenceau in particular) was really good and gave insight into their personalities and points of view. I came away with a much better understanding of the peace conference, the reasons for some of the decisions made and the context for subsequent events. I enjoyed the narrator as well.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Mr. Rove, but I found this to be a good read. I didn't know many of the sad details of his personal life, but it makes me more sympathetic toward him. I thought the fact that he narrated it himself was great and really improved the experience. All in all, I really enjoyed this insider look into the Bush presidency.
I really enjoyed this book, but I think it is important to note that Tuchman focuses only on the outbreak of WWI...so do not expect a comprehensive history of the war. Nevertheless, she does a wonderful job painting the pictures of the characters and the detail of the war planning and execution is outstanding. Her detail can be a little much at times, but it is worth it overall. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a deep look at the outbreak of the war and the planning that lead to it. The narration is really good.
I cannot say enough about this book. I was captivated and, despite the daunting length, it seemed like it flew by. Shirer does such a good job of covering both the history of Germany, but also the personal histories of the different characters to give a really full context of the whole story. I also love the fact that he was on the ground for much of the events. I agree with his introduction when he says that it sometimes helps to have been an eyewitness and this is one of those cases. His research is fantastic and his story telling is even better. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
I was really disappointed by this book. Although the narration was wonderful, I was disappointed in the book itself. I enjoyed Guns of August greatly and I appreciated Tuchman's elaborate detail in that book, but it just didn't work for me here. She spent so much time covering such a small segment of what went on in the 14th century (basically the wars between France and England) that I had a hard time staying with it. She barely covered anything that happened outside of England, France or the Vatican and I think the book loses a lot of what it could have been as a result. I muddled through, but I wouldn't recommend it for the average history reader.
This book does a great job revealing a figure that is often glossed over by Western historians. One often runs across references to "Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes" in other history books, but the references are very rarely explained in any detail. I had no idea about many of the topics covered in this book from the history of the Mongol people to the unique fighting tactics of Genghis Khan to the extent of the Mongol conquests and how they fit into a broader view of world history. I enjoyed the narration and the story definitely kept my attention. I would recommend this one.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it gave a really nice foundation for understanding the history of Iran and how the 1953 coup changed Iran and its relationship with America and shaped the rest of subsequent history. I liked that it was written recently enough to have a view to subsequent events, which inescapably color one's view of the coup. The narrator grew on me, although he is a little stiff. All in all, I would say it is a great quick read and would highly recommend it.
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