The concise and direct historical presentation of a man lost to myth and legend as well as the refreshing perspective of his policies and rule. The life of Temujin, the boy who grew into the Great Khan sounds like a Hollywood movie! Father poisoned? Captured and made a slave? From that abject state to the greatest conquerer in history!
Surprise! My understanding was his empire fractured and collapsed soon after his death, much like Alexander the Great's. To learn the depth and scope of the Mongol Empire and it's unique longevity even decades after his passing is a testament to his vision and leadership.
When as a youth he single-mindedly forged an alliance to wage war on the tribe that had kidnapped and outraged his young wife, Borte.
When Temujin exhibits his ruthless nature for the first time by killing his rival step brother, their mother's grief and anguish at Bechter's loss and her favorite son's cruelty haunted me.
This book reveals a man that, even in the pursuit of a unified Mongol Nation by fire and sword, forged a Nation that was based on merit, not blood. Believed to be the world's FIRST true Meritocracy (albeit at sword's point!)
Helter Skelter. Both are definitive looks at shocking and brutal crimes committed by people given over to evil and the desire to inflict themselves. It is clear Obara, like Manson and his followers surrendered his humanity in his dark quest to satisfy base desires.
When they finally arrested this savage lunatic
How the Japanese regard the separation between themselves and foreigners as hierarchical as part of a "class structure" and act according to a missing persons "importance"
Obara's evil was endemic and widespread. His victims, dead, that we know of are 2, yet he also drugged and raped at least 90-100 other women.Was his money and influence so wide ranging only the death of a pretty western girl and her implacable family could bring it to light?
Very well, The author does tend to interject a lot of his personal story and life into the narrative as he covers modern security/civilian contractors but that aspect was actually compelling and well written.
My favorite character was Jon Cote. He was representative of so many of our guys and gals in Iraq.
Good narrative pace and tone.
It made me MAD! When you use locals as contractors, treat them like garbage and then fire them that SCREAMS to me "security breach!" but many of these guys seemed to be "sleepwalking" their time commitments. The tragedy that occurred was 100% avoidable.
Perhaps, this subject was revealing and exemplary in letting us hear the voices and thoughts of the men that built and were part of the Third Reich.
Yes, as I see the perspective here as vital not well known, how ordinary and plain these soldiers were, yet the Nazi Regime shaped them into people that could obey the unconscionable.
well enough, though the subject matter is quite dry at times
Reflect on how precious choice is and I thank God I have the freedom to have many choices.
The subject matter is dark and dry in it's presentation but was invaluable in showing what happens when ordinary men are compromised by leaders intent on evil. Good leadership is vital
The story! The fall, rise and struggle of Adam Brown against STAGGERING odds shows a man who went out a winner, patriot(and that is a title you have to EARN) and hero to anyone who has ever fallen but never quit getting back up!
The Last Lion by William Manchester on the life of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill had many failures in life but none personally more painful to him than his Gallipoli Campaign during WWI when he headed the Admiralty. After the crushing, costly defeat, which many thought would end his career he resolved that if he could not end the war he would shoulder a rifle and serve with the soldiers he had tried to save. So he went to Flanders with a Scottish Brigade and saw action. That was the character of the man and his resolve to "never ever quit" makes me think of the Seals.
Smooth, easy to the ear but his "women and kids" voice is the same and a little silly.
I had a stepbrother who struggled with serious drug and alcohol addictions his entire adult life only sobering up literally the last 5 years. The young adult life of Adam Brown is a painful story repeated everywhere but doesn't have the sad and tragic ending of most addicts. We all end, You have no say when you go and usually not how, You only chose how you live. Adam Brown's life is a life of guts and heart that moved me deeply.
Not only was Shatner's perspective truly informative and a trivia goldmine, his reading of it is witty, tongue in cheek and vastly entertaining!!
Shatner's insight on Gene Rodenberry, the before-his time genius who created Star Trek was a clear and heartfelt homage to a man he respects and owes so much.
Shatner covers so many hilarious as well as touching moments it would be hard to single one out, but the infamous "Green skinned Orion Slave Girl" incident has to take the cake!
Shatner remembers SHATNER! (As well as several other cast and crew!!)
The audio performance is top notch! The Australian accent of the narrator as well as his ability to deliver the Japanese side in a believable accent as well helped make this audiobook on of my most enjoyable.
As far as a book detailing an actual battle this compares to the classic ENEMY AT THE GATES by William Craig, a factual and in depth account of the Battle for Stalingrad. In Kokoda Paul Ham has captured the same amount of detail involving high level military, political and cultural maneuvers without losing the grit and blood of the men fighting to the death along the Kokoda Track.
Again the accents, both Australian and Japanese well read in detail and conversational dialogue make this a fantastic audio presentation
Absolutely recommended for it's stark honesty presenting the voice of our Soldiers in battle.
The hard reality of combat sniping is shown as well as the changes sniping has undergone, adapting to the needs of the new style of anti-insurgency warfare.
The "perimeter" defense incident regarding the "kill line" in Baghdad shocked and angered me. The author's stark honesty is appreciated but the incident itself left me shaken.
Overall a fine story, very informative and entertaining as the sniper's modern style is shown adapting to new terrain and enemies. But not for the squeamish.
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