Shaara does a great job with Generals and statesmen. But when the story jumps away to tell a soldiers story, it just doesn't have the same impact as the dialog the Generals speak. The soldier parts are almost forgettable, where the Generals seem to have better lines.
Finally a book which talks about how the army fought the war. But unlike most books which talk from 60,000 feet up, this book talks at ground level. It talks on combat strategy and how they adjusted their fighting approaches given the circumstances.
The book deals with fighting in the bocage, city fighting, river crossings, bunkers, etc. How they fought and solved problems. How ground, artillery, armor and air power learned to work together and how the process evolved over time. The book explains in detail the challenges and the conflicts with old thinking taught in training manuals that had to be adjusted or tossed out completely
While this book does a good job presenting a story based on many interviews. It is presented as a story. So one misses the research side of things, that is the story of their research process. And while names are mentioned, there wasn't enough time spent on the people they talked to. Also there was a lot of time spent on basic WW2 history, which wasn't really necessary for the book.
It's worth listening to and they do make a compelling story.
This is why audio books are better than reading. Once you get into the first chapter and the "reader" goes into character, you will think this book is actually being read by Bill and Babe, back in time. If fact it sounds like they are telling you their story, and nothing is being read. The reader truly makes this book come alive!
I enjoyed the book. We've been spoon feed how Monty was the big bad buggy man for so long. This author gives a balanced look at things. But Monty is not the focal point of the book, like some of the other reviewers would make you think. There is much to take away. This book is basically a samplier pack of the major pushes after normandy.
I was hoping for a story about the soldier. While there is a dusting of storyline regarding their story. It is for the most part a Rommel, Patton, Ike, and Monty storyline. The reader is fantastic, he changes his voices to cover several German characters, several American, and several British.
I found the story alive and interesting when it dealt with generals and above. The soldier parts were short and weak.
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