Reviews all over the place on this one. After listening to over a 100 audio books I can easily give this one an "A". Certainly well written and well narrated. I even learned a thing or two. Flows well with some good anecdotes. A must for the history junky for sure.
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More energy, but reading this would be a challenge for any narrator...even Frank Muller in his prime.
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Really, really bad book.
Nobody needs to read this book to know the military industrial complex's of the US, UK, China, Russia, and Israel are out of control. What this book does is cronicle the outrages, and there are many by many. Obviously a tremendous amount of research has been done here. The author covers all the major players in the weapons game, and many of the smaller ones. Anyone who wonders why the US spends almost %5 GNP on the military, or how cost overuns work in the manufacturers favor, or what the real effect military programs have on job creation, needs to listen to this book. The level of legal bribery of US politicians by the military industrial complex is very depressing. The author digs the dirt on pretty much every country that buys and sells munitions...and its a really dirty business. An almost overwhelming (the corruption is for sure) amount of information, from coldwar manipulations of the soviet threat for the purposes of promoting weapon systems (a sales strategy that is used to present day) , to Iran-Contra, to the current Obama administration. Everything you wanted to know about the global arms trade but were afraid to ask....be very afaid.
It names names, dates, and places.
A story of someone who stood up for his principals while other religous leaders and institutions sold out to the nazis. Listeners will find much to think about after hearing this book. There are many lessons that apply to ourselves, our churches, our employers, and our government. Narration good, research exellent. Very highly recommended.
Off the beaten path book for sure. The writing is decent, the narration good. Basically its a book about the financial collapse of the United States and to a lesser degree the world. A bunch of survivalists get together form a survival club (formed 10 years of so before the collapse) and they of course prepare for the worst...totally rebuilt dodge power wagons...loads of food, weapons, and a bug out location in the northwestern U.S. They fight the obligitory heathen motorcycle gang (a must have foe in these types of books), and finally take on the United Nations, killing troops from from various Europeon armies with incredible skill and daring do. Unfortunately, all their enemies are pretty much incompetent (at one point, one of the militia members shoots 40+ bad guys before finaly getting killed). In the end they fight off the enemy forces, and reclaim america, stripping the federal government of its former authority/power. This is a book for the tea party crowd for sure. There is much description of gear and how-to advice for the would-be survivalist. The story is fairly entertaining, but character development is minimal. If you are like me and a sucker for these escape type books then its worth a listen. Just beware there is an endless list of weapon and equipment nomenclatures, to include manufacturers and models, which gets to be annoying for the non sky-is-falling reader.
Started good, and the maple syrup thing was pretty funny...then it gets bogged down with right wing rhetoric and some very tedious space construction. In short it started taking itself too seriously. I will pass on book 2.
Suprisingly good. Moves at a good pace, and the combat is not overdone. Looking forward to the next book for sure.
Really got romantically sappy. Enjoyed the first book, liked the second, and rolled my eyes after the third. They must get the overblown love interest in there no matter how tedious it is....this is about as bad as Faile Bashere and Perrin Aybara in the WOT series...well almost.
A knock off of Lucifer's Hammer? Its pretty darn close. LH is much better though.
Pretty well written with good narration. Not really much new here. Uses "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailor", and Ugaki's diary "Fading Victory" as the primary sources, so if you have read them then pass on this. "Fading Victory" is a very good read and a must-have for any Pacific War buff, but it is not available in audio format.
I will paraphrase the authors logic...Since none of the participants ever discusses what the author thinks was "Lee's Real Plan" and there is nothing in writing regarding "Lee's Real Plan" then OBVIOUSLY the plan must have existed!!! Amazing how none of the Rebel leadership ever discusses this after the war? Even more amazing when one considers all the finger pointing after the battle (and there was much). Lee was one of greatest maneuvering army commanders of all time. But, he did suffer from attack frenzy at times, and he had difficulty disciplining wayward subordinates. It was these two flaws in Lee's leadership that contributed to the Confederate failure at Gettysburg. Pickett's frontal assault on the third day WAS the plan. Lee may have considered the middle of the Union line to be weakened from supporting the flank defenses which had been attacked the previous day. The Cavalry was sent to the rear of the Federal army, but it was never counted on as a critical component of the day 3 attack. Cavalry had evolved into the scouting, screening, and raiding arm of the army, and not in an assault capacity as used in the Napoleonic wars (the author argues that Lee wanted to use it as such). The thesis looses even more credibility when one realizes that Stuart's troopers and horses were exhausted even before making it to the battlefield. Pickett's charge was a big gamble, but one could argue that Lee took an even bigger chance with his army and successfully so during the battle of Chancellorsville fought just two months prior to Gettysburg. This book spends entirely too much time covering the background of the characters, and events (a lot on Napoleon's battles), but nothing concrete to support his claims. The traditionalists of the battle got it pretty much right; Lee did have a bad day. I think the author needs to take the facts of the battle for what they are and not grasp at what is not there.
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