This book is the first of a trilogy explaining how the Nazis gained power in Germany. It is an important, well written and accessible book. Unfortunately the alleged narrator (and I use that term lightly) manages to ruin it. He stumbles from word to word as though completely unaware that they are in any way connected to one another in things which we call 'sentences'. He manages to pause in all the wrong places as he drones his way through the book, systematically reducing it from fascinating information to monotonous drivel. Whatever this person does professionally he should return to it. Poor Richard Evans. Great writing, preposterous narration. The four stars go to the book with minus five black holes to the 'narrator'.
No. Each has its advantages. For example, maps in the printed version.
Moshe Dayan - Minister of Defence, Israel. His complex and perplexing character and ability to make sudden changes in regard to the war in the West bank, the capture of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Excellent narrator. Pronounces Arab and Israeli names and places flawlessly
The book is a detailed political as well as military history of the events surrounding the Six Day War. It tries to present information from both the Arab and Israeli viewpoints,. It clearly demonstrates the divisions among the Arab nations and the resulting problems in carrying out coordinated military and political actions against a determined foe.
Yes with recommendation that they read the full unabridged book entitled The Last Place on Earth
The destruction of the myth of Scott, His inept leadership. His lack of common sense. His pettiness and inability to lead. A bumbling amateur. The antithesis of Shackleton or Amundsen whose weakness resulted in the his own death and that of his commrades.
Hannibal's qualities as a leader are clearly shown.
The sad ending of his life after all that he had achieved
Inanely pompous. So pretentious as to sound like a new language. For example, his pronounciation of the word officer as OH--fizzer throughout the entire book. I often found myself wondering what various words meant until i realized that they were everyday English words spoken through a pompous mouthful of marbles.
At best a reasonable if familiar tale. At worst, the author frequently lapses into pseudo biblical prose for example, armies are 'beset' not attacked. Scenes are described in florid tones that would not have been out of place in a Victorian novel.
A gripping true story of survival and incredible leadership by Shackleton. Excellent narration, wonderfully told Against incredible odds Shackleton brings back his entire crew without the loss of a single man.
I have not heard any other book in its league.
When Shackleton finally makes it over the mountains of South Georgia and wanders into the whaling station but is so changed as to be unrecognizable
This book is a super example of true leadership in adversity. A testament to Shackleton's qualities.
A classic history
The myth busting about the BEF and the dreadful leadership of their commander Field Marshall French.
The March of Folly
The narrator has a shrill almost migraine inducing voice that gets worse whenever she attempts to put on ludicrous accents for French, Russians, Germans etc. Her voice grates on the nerves making it difficult to listen for anything but short periods of time. I recommend Tylenol or Ibuprofen be take with this otherwise excellent book.
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