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Jim Diestel

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  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "How to recover your morals after war"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to What It Is Like to Go to War the most enjoyable?

    nuggets of insights throughout the book. This book has application to psudo-war situations like business and coaching.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The deep thought and crisp articulation.


    What about Bronson Pinchot???s performance did you like?

    clear and emotionally delivered; the author couldn't have read it any better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would listen to a passage and then have to spend an hour in thought; extemely impactful.


    Any additional comments?

    Every returning soldier should read plus every politician who votes to send troops into harms way. But it should also be read by business executives as it has as much bearing in this less extreme world.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

    Kent says: "Over the Top - Why did I waste my time?"
    "Biased Writing"
    Overall

    For an author known for excellent research he violates his own "let the facts" speak for themselves by adding biased condemnations such as Teddy's goons or Teddy's thugs. Clearly Teddy R was a racist but this should have been presented factually rather than through the filter of our current views on the evils of racism. It made all the historical ramifications appear to be solely race motivated as opposed to power hungry or empire creating. And what happened to the Imperial Cruise, hardly ten paragraphs even discussed Princess Alice and Taft's trip.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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