Informative, interesting, provocative.
The explanations of the particular ways in which investigations can go wrong, not because of a lack of suitable technology, but because of rush-to-judgment, preconceived, prejudicial beliefs of police, district attorneys, and judges.
Specific recommendations on how the legal system can be improved (last chapter).
No extreme reaction. I mostly found this book sobering.
Fascinating, Informative, Inspiring.
The typical Australian home guardsman. What grit!
Great variety in narration. Compelling, actually. Clear enunciation enhanced with appropriate accent.
Kokoda: Unparalleled Herorism.
This would be a fabulous movie. It needs to be made. It would be expensive but no more so than The Red Line, which was rather a disappointment. There are many talented Australian actors who could play the parts. In the hands of the right production team this is a potential Oscar winner for sure.
High but not highest.
I did not much care for any of the characters.
No. The narrator is excellent.
No. It is a straightforward story about a dastardly crime. As far as crimes go, not a particularly interesting one at that.
Technically, this is a good production. The story itself, however, is not all that interesting. I think the author could have gleaned material more piquant than included herein.
Yes. The audio version is more exciting. The material lends itself to dramatic interpretation.
The ingenuity and steadfastness of the indigenous guerillas. What resourceful, brave, intelligent, loyal allies were they.
All of the characters are riveting.
Yes. The descriptions of torture are harrowing but also necessary to understand fully the barbarous ways of the Japanese military. Simply outrageous. They got what was coming to them.
Would make for a fabulous movie, if a very expensive one (given location, logistics, and the formidable environment/weather).
Learning about how the Legions were actually constituted and how they functioned. Just fascinating.
The Teaching Company has several series on Ancient History and most of them are excellent descriptions of daily lives of soldiers during this same period. These series compare favorably with Caesar's Legion. These materials complement one another nicely.
I was struck by how severe Caesar could be when disciplining his troops: Literally killing one in ten of the ranks???? Now that is severe discipline.
Not possible. Too long. Too much to absorb between listening sessions.
An excellent selection.
The courageous marines who would not accept flippant excuses from the bureaucracy. These tenacious, ethical marines stuck together and persevered against the shameful behavior of the Corp they once beloved.
Clear enunciation and varied rhythm.
Another example of dastardly bureaucratic malfeasance. How do they continue to get away with it??
A must "listen" for anyone overly enamored with the Corp or any other government bureaucracy.
The focus of the story is of a young marine. He is the main character and my favorite.
Entertaining variety of narration.
Toward the end of the campaigns fewer and fewer veterans were alive to fight the next battle. Very sobering. Poignant.
This is both an informative and entertaining "listen." Anyone remotely interested in WW2 will want to have listened to this audio. In fact, I think the story is a better "listen" than "read."
Japan's WW2 Crimes
I honor all the more now than before the courage and tenacity of Allied POWs.
Clear, even toned narration.
Would be too difficult. Too heartbreaking.
This is an important, dreadful story. Whenever possible, we need to be reminded of Japan's War Crimes and, more importantly, of their intransigence in owning up to these
crimes against humanity.
Yes. Interesting and informative.
Lawrence's perseverance in trying to secure an independent Arabia following WW1.
Lively narration and clear enunciation. Accent also appropriate.
Lawrence's rebuff of the king's decorations.
In its own way, at least as good--probably better--than the movie.
This story is not about Gallipoli per se, but a biography of one of the soldiers who fought in that campaign. I was expecting a more thorough description of the campaign, not a detailed biography.
Nothing, but a more appropriate title might be: "Gallipoli: One Soldier's Story."
I suppose he did, but that does not mitigate the fact that the book is misrepresented.
Should be removed from available selections. Not accurately marketed.
I enjoyed, if that is the word, relearning how duplicitous the U.S. government was in perpetrating this tragedy.
Again, my favorite (a dubious adjective) character is LBJ. He simply could not allow principles to supersede what he thought to be political pragmatics. As it turned out, his path was the most complicated, most destructive, and least effective.
The poignant moment when the last helicopter left Saigon.
I am again saddened by the misery of this atrocious war. Even if the war did serve to check Communist expansion, I am not at all sure it was worth it. At best, the U.S. can claim it as a Pyrrhic victory, but one which lost the confidence of an entire generation of Americans.
In conjunction with Smoke Signals, these two books tell us a lot about why Boomer Hippies and Wannabes distrust American Politics.
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