This is the definitive history of Nazi Germany written by one who witnessed most of the events. It is exhaustive in detail yet eminently readable (listenable?). The perfprmance makes it a pleasure to listen to (if pleasure is an appropriate word given the subject).
It helps to explain, to some degree, how a civilized nation could fall so easily to Barbarians.
I would say that it ranks in the top 10
The revelation of how prevalent (and acceptable) anti-semitism was in the US before WWII
This tells the interesting and dramatic story of the clash between the interventionists and non-interventionists in the months between the invasion of Poland and the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is little remembered today how bitter and divisive that fight was. The story also reveals the attempts by both the German and British governments to influence public opinion in their respective favors. Overall, it is a good listen and is very informative about a little known chapter in American history.
I liked the realistice portrayal of life on a Destroyer in WWII. The performance was less than acceptable
He doesn't seem to be familiar with the terms in the story-mispronouncing many of them. Overall his performance seems choppy.
I have not read the print version
At times it made me sick. To think that this material was believed by a substantial number of well educated "civilized" people makes me despair for humanity. However, it is important for people to read and see how a dangerous mind works.
If only the Europeon powers had believed that Hitler meant what he said, humanity might have been spared much suffering.
Great end to the liberation trilogy
It combines discussions of grand strategy and the realities of the foxhole. It is a realistic (warts and all) story of the liberation of Western Europe. It illuminates the great heroism and wisdom, as well as the folly, of the victors. Many recent depictions of this familar story gloss over many instances of wate, foolishness and venality of the Western Allies. Making the Allies human does not diminish the heroism-it only enhances it.
Great read. He understands the subjec matter which shows in the reading.
The many instances of the sheer (and unnecessary) waste of human life in all too many cases drove me to tears.
right up in the top 5
South Pacific wasn't only a musical
The book itself was excellant-giving perspective not only from "flag country" but from below decks as well.
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