The narrator does a great job of presenting Massie's narrative history of the WW I war at sea, a pivotal facet of this great struggle between empires. Key players, motivations, events and outcomes are described in a form easy to comprehend. If the listener wants to understand the importance of the influence the powerful navies had on this conflict, consider this book.
The insight easily acquired into the actions taken by key players, from Jellico, to Beaty, Churchill, Fisher, Hipper, Scharnhorst, the Kaiser and many others. This is a great example of the power of narrative history to hold a reader's interest.
This is the first I've heard. I enjoyed the experience end-to-end. I will happily listen to Mr. Mathews again.
This book is a lucid look into the workings of the last stop for many Constitutional questions here in America. Even if you disagree with Scalia's findings, you will find it difficult to argue with the logical thread as it evolves from first principles to final finding for each of these interesting vignettes. There is a good chance you will learn a new way of looking at some of the important questions facing American society today.
As a Constitutional Originalist, Scalia's dissents are elegant in their dismemberment of the Loose Constructionist positions taken by other members of the Court where new methods of constitutional review or areas of judicial oversight can be, and are, created from whole cloth without a solid foundation in the US Constitution. Judicial Pragmatism as an argument for loose interpretation of the Founder's intent carries no discernible weight with this elegant and articulate writer.
Scalia's use of history, original intent and longstanding jurisprudence bring clarity to many of the issues under discussion in these pages. I found the book a fascinating listen.
Not sure why the publisher thought this work needed to be abridged. The final result is choppy and contains large holes in the main story. Recommend avoiding this work if you're after serious history of this subject. The narration was superb.
This book is a marvelous read and the narrator presents well. This is the second book I've listened to by Toll, the first being Six Frigates. Both have been a pleasure to listen to.This is a narrative version of the history of events in the Pacific theater from Tsushima in '05 to Midway in '42.
The story addresses the increase in Japan's Pacific influence, the reasons for the decisions made by Japan and other major countries to move as they did. Major events like Pearl Harbor and the battle of the Coral Sea are covered in fine detail. Many major players are described in detail as well: Nimitz, Yamamoto, Emperor Hirohito, Roosevelt, King, Rochefort, et al. Toll also presents their motivations for consideration insofar as history allows.
All-in-all this is a very well presented story of an important part of the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. Two thumbs way up.Some have complained in these comments about the abrupt ending after Midway. I found the author did a good job of finishing the description of that momentous battle and wrapping up the work. Yet there was much that occurred in the Pacific theater over the next 3 years of the 2nd World War. Maybe Toll is working on his sequel?
For those with a fantasy bent, this book will satisfy. While it may not be a five star classic, it is fun to listen to and the reader does a good job in the presentation. You won't be disappointed.
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