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Nicholson

Pensacola, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (152)
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    (152)

    Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

    DJM says: "It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed"
    "Riveting"
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    I am an old guy born on the eve of America's involvement.(Feb 1942.) WWII. I have read quite a few books and seen a lot of TV programs about WWII. This book has it all,and fills in many gaps in my knowledge.I am about a third way through it.I can't get in my car without put it on with my Kindle and listening to it through the speakers. Sometimes I sit there with the engine running waiting for a particularly dramatic portion to finish.
    I would disagree with anyone who says that the book is dull,or that it does not cover all the areas,such as the Russian or Asian fronts.

    Much of the stuff that happened is sad beyond belief. If this was a good war,I would hate to see a bad one.The book is is powerfully dramatic yet understated. The thing that comes across again and again is the boneheadedness of leader after leader including generals and politicians who ignored the obvious in pursuit of their fixed ideas. It was way the innocent who paid the price for their stupidity. Also we should not complain so much about out bad times,as we do not know what bad times are.

    The book operates on a macro level with fascinating evaluation of what went on behind the scenes yet is sprinkled with fascinating details. There is even humor as in the fate of of the captured Italian divisions prostitutes who taken prisoner and forced to spent the rest of the war in a convent.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The current global financial crisis carries a "made in America" label. In this forthright and incisive book, Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest of the world, only to cobble together a haphazard and ineffective response when the markets finally seized up.

    Bry says: "Required Economic Reading"
    "Just a rant with a lot of finger pointing"
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    I was surprised at just how non- academic this is. For a Nobel Prize winner I would expect it to be a lot more enlightening. I had a hard time listening. In fact I haven't finished it.Perhaps it will wear better if I persist.,

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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