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  • A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy S. Greenberg
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States authority and narrative flair.

    Tad Davis says: "The politics of the Mexican war"
    "Great book, I learned alot and enjoyed every minut"
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    If you could sum up A Wicked War in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening historical drama


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique perspectives from well known figures in our country's history


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I was not a huge fan of was how the narrator spoke with a "mexican" accent when quoting mexicans. It seemed to imbue character to a quotation that may have been taken out of context.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (821)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "This book is a military review of the civil war"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have learned a few interesting facts about the time period of the civil war and the characters involved, however the facts are hidden in tediously hard to follow accounts of military maneuvers. This book is a very detailed account of the military exploits and I am not familiar with the geography of the battlefields, nor am I educated in military strategy. Most of the information was lost to me. The tidbits of information gained about characters such as U.S. Grant, or Jefferson Davis, for example, were quite interesting and welcomed. Unfortuntely I found myself extremely bored listening as the reader went on and on about things that were not interesting and very difficult to follow.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. There are so many characters that the book references, and many times I didn't know if they were commanders or soldiers for the Union or the Confederate. By the time I'd figure out who the character was, the story was already on to the next character or the next battle. This created alot of confusion and was a main contributer to the book's difficulty for me to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a military buff and/or interested in the battles fought during the Civil war this is a great book. The detail and the passion which the author writes with are impressive. Unfortunately I am not a military buff, and my motivation for reading about the Civil war was to learn more about civilian life and the political events that shaped and were shaped by the event. My interests were not often touched upon and therefore this was not the book for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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