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Emmett C. Peachey

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  • The Influence of Seapower Upon History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alfred T. Mahan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    In 1886, the U.S. had no navy to speak of. But it did have Alfred T. Mahan, a captain of the U.S. Navy who had spent much of his career observing the exemplary fleets of the British Empire. At age 46, Mahan was just 10 years short of retirement age when the newly formed Naval and War College at Newport, Rhode Island, asked him to lecture on naval history and tactics. Out of these lectures grew a book that would change the world. It's no exaggeration that The Influence of Seapower Upon History affected the outcome of both great world wars. When it was first published in 1890, prime ministers, kings, admirals, and chancellors eagerly studied its strategies, which England first employed to rule the seas. Likewise, all the major powers have used it to shape imperial policies.

    Emmett C. Peachey says: "Great book spoiled by reader"
    "Great book spoiled by reader"
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    For nearly a century this book has been a "must read" for anyone interested in naval history. Unfortunately the narrator's technique of ending almost every sentence on a rising note, as if a question was being asked made listening impossible. It broke my heart but I had to put the tape away after an hour of teeth-gritting struggle.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Campaigning with Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Horace Porter
    • Narrated By Noah Waterman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Horace Porter served as lieutenant colonel on Ulysses S. Grant's staff from April 1864 to the end of the Civil War. He accompanied Grant into battle in the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg campaigns, and was present at Lee's surrender at McLean's house. Throughout the war, he kept extensive notes that capture Grant's conversations, as well as his own observations of military life.

    bachplay says: "Great book, narrator not so good"
    "Campaigning with Grant"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book covers primarily Grant's later military career, i.e.,the period of his 1864 Overland Campaign to the end of the Civil War. It shows all the marks of a book published in 1897 in that the language is a bit stilted for modern readers to completely enjoy. It also suffers from having been written by a hero-worshiping member of Grant's staff who tends to smooth over any weaknesses or failures that a modern historian would point out. Porter's coverage of Grant's performance at Cold Harbor is especially suspect.

    The reader, Noah Waterman does a nice job for the most part with a good, flat Midwestern accent but does have some understandable difficulty with certain southern river names such as Totopotomoy and Mattaponi.
    Additionally, he read the work rather rapidly for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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