Placentia CA, United States | Member Since 2013
Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.
The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.
Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.
Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.
Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.
If you want to learn about one of the greatest generals in history, this is your book.
So Annoying he dropped his volume to inaudible on the last syllable of many sentences. Very annoying. But I still loved the book.
I have already re-played the trial (first half) twice. SO AMAZING. That's all I can say. AMAZING.
This is my 6th or 7th book about first couple years of the Pacific War. This one is in top 2 or 3. The author jumps a bit between sides and frequently, for a moment, I am not sure which side he is speaking about until he mentions a ship or a name.
I never knew the extent of Navy's battles. Wow they were horrific. My Uncle in USMC just said "the Navy left us." You were right Uncle Georgie, but they they took an awful beating just like you did. I think I understand better now what happened.
John Toland tells the history of the Japanese rise and fall in amazing detail. I learned a lot. This is my 5th book about Pacific War. Best was Pacific Crucible. This was 2d best. The moment Hirohito met with MacArthur was hauntingly good. Rising Sun takes the time to also be funny! Very welcome.
There are better choices, but this one is ok. I strongly recommend, instead of this one, Pacific Crucible.
My favorite WWII book, second only to The Rise and Fall. I often fear getting into my car to hear the book, wondering what our poor lads will suffer tonight. And the most thoughtful and cogent analysis of area bombing you will EVER hear. I told my WWII POW father to NOT read this book. He will be right back there in the 15th AF flying over Poland and Hungary. Too real. Just awesome.
Falsely advertised as about computer security. 90% of book is about national terrorism, response to 9/11.
I am this close to asking for money back. Book is a collection of old essays, pre-NSA and Snowden, and almost entirely on policy level of safety against terrorism.
Not again, but I had to hear it. My father flew in a B-17 with the 15th.
No characters. The story is of the 15th.
Would like to hear more about the men, and the details of the missions. This was more about the 15th as an organizatoin.
The 8th gets all the pub!
Honest. Eloquent. WINSTON!
It is his perspective.
See the Story of our Time
Yes but not as the first and only. That would be: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.,
These are his words.
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