Best.....inside story's from murderers.Worst...a bit too much personal info on author to maintain interest.
Depends on the friend.
I know you should never critique a book half way through it....but as talented a writer, and as inspiring as it is.....about half the information about Tony's brain injury & private life could be removed, and replace this space with more on the killers, would make it better for me.
Just to know the facts about the start of the dynasty...
How casually Binion could kill his competitors....and vice versa.
The day Binion & a fellow conspirator planned a murder in downtown Dallas (where I live now) at a bank....and basically get away with it, and many more.
Pure facination how illegal gambling was tolerated in early Dallas, and what effect it had on Las Vegas....
What a charactor this man was.
I never listen to any book twice.
How anyone could read this book & not understand how we've had a middle ages style religious war thrust upon us, is more than I could comprehend.
Info I never knew about the sinking of the Musashi
The pilot who survived & swam miles to be eventually rescued
I always prefer audio books, although I forget more.
The actual attack, the unbelievable effort involved to sink the Musashi.
I always wondered how this fight went down.....
Hair raising...this was no cake walk!
19 torpedo's & many brave airmen to sink this magnificent ship!
Does anyone know of an account of the sinking of the sister ship Yamato?
unbelievably scary story
I prefer audio....Dean is a fine reader.
The miniscule destroyer escourt attacking cruisers & battleships...the torpedo run.
This HAS to be one of the best story's ever written about....
ranking with the Alamo & Charge of the Light brigade in the Crimean war.....
The unvbelievable heroics of Charles Natter brings tears to the eyes.
Spartans have NOTHING on these American Sailors...
George WIlliams QM2 USNR....attached to the USS Whitehurst, DE634 (many years ago)
Finkel....only if it was fiction...(and I don't read fiction).
Boyett....definatly a superlative reader.
Yes...I will look for his readings.
It's not what I would take away...it's what I would add....objective depiction.
The good....the author is a very gifted, colorful writer..... good fiction style.
However, if you are expecting an unbiased reporting of the 2007 surge that saved America & moderate Iraqi's from almost
certain ignominious defeat in Iraq.......you will be sorely disappointed.
David Finkel, a journalist for the Liberal newspaper, the Washington Post has used this book to attack President George Bush...and scare the hell out of any American from fighting the ongoing war on terror....ever.
This is sad commentary portraying American servicemen as "caught" in "Bush's war", who simply want to go home, due to the hopelessness and poor management of the situation. His total focus on American casualties and failure...virtually nothing on American successes & individual effort.
To Finkel, there are NO American servicemen who know well that America has had a deadly religious war thrust upon them & understand where their duty lies.
My recommendation?...you want a good read about this war.....read Chris Kyle's, "American Sniper" or "Thunder Run" by David Zucchino....no politics, just uplifting books about real American hero's.
engrossing, compelling, unsetdownable
The First Family by Mike Dash....
Same "personal" connection for me.
I'd probably remember more (as usual) if I'd read it, but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining....Skylar is a talented reader.
What else, "Gaspipe".
No book has ever caused me to look into the locations of everything from resturants to "Social Clubs", to infamous "hits", as this book has. I'd highly reccomend using Google maps to view the present day locations of places mentioned in this book, mostly the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn....mostly between 14th Av & 16th Av on 86th St., Brooklyn.
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