The professor is clearly anti-Reagan. His claim that the military build-up in the 80's prolonged the Cold War rings hollow. He seems to believe Gorbachev won the Cold War. Odd.
Based on this history, the military leaders were sociopaths and the troops were hopped up on amphetamines or incompetent. Like Atkinson's works on WWII, he seems singularly focused on denigrating the military. If US armed forces were truly as inept as portrayed, I doubt they could have defeated a troop of Girl Scouts, much less win a conflict. It's a great listen if you ignore history.
He could try to be objective.
Narration was good.
Very good overall history of the campaign.
Someone who can pronounce Tinian, posthumous, and several other words that escape my memory.
The number of mispronunciations was disappointing. I'm not talking about Korean names. I'm talking about the English language.
Someone should have told the narrator that "X Corps" is "Tenth Corps", not "x corps".
The story is still well worth listening to...
The diaries reflect the true Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. Not the Reagan portrayed by journalists (alternately the most dangerous man in the world or a dottering old fool). His love for this country and his firm conviction of the failure of communism are clearly evident. His mission to defeat communism is clearly the focus of his efforts. Most touching and refreshing is the devotion he has to his wife Nancy. The diaries show his humanity, faith, compassion, strength and morality.
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