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Dennis

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (454)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Uggh"
    Overall

    Verbose, pompous, tedious. I quit at the 5 hr mark. The book is more about the times and culture of 19th century Victorian England and has little to nothing about Churchill. This is more a sociology book than a biography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise History of the Middle East, Ninth Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Arthur Goldschmidt, Lawrence Davidson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (192)

    The ninth edition of this widely acclaimed text has been extensively revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment.

    Magnus Odeen says: "An honest, detailed and well written history"
    "Good on Detail Poor on Politics"
    Overall

    Covering the spectrum of Arabic History, the book did an adequeate job in limit space for the first 3/4 of the book. The addition of political analysis towards the end was an obvious attempt to promote a political agenda. The book played fast was facts and literary license glossing over many contributing factors in the U.S.'s Mid-East policy promoting such a pro-arab line it departed from norms of history writing right into a political science agenda. Discard the last 1.5 hours and you have a descent history of the middle east for dummies reference.

    20 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John R. Alden
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Recommended listening for all Americans as well as for foreigners seeking to gain historical wisdom and insight, this magisterial and lucid history of America, from the beginning to the present, is written with a lighter touch by a respected historian.

    Dennis says: "Rise of the American... Review"
    "Rise of the American... Review"
    Overall

    I've never read or listened to a more shallow book on history. The author jumps from one subject to another like listening to TV news sound bites and never getting to the core subject of the historic era or epoch. He treats the historic literature of each era as if the authors made the history or singularly affected the the course of history by their mere writings rather than the actual persons involved in the history. I wouldn't recommend this book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (98)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "How the Irish"
    Overall

    This is not so much a history book, but is more a philosphy and literary history from the end of the Roman Empire through about the 9th and 10th century. More than half the book is spent describing the fall of the Roman Empire and how the last few educated Romans deal with their education and historical literature.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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