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  • Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (87)

    Written by Robert Leckie, whose wartime exploits are featured in the Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg HBO miniseries The Pacific, Strong Men Armed is the perennial bestselling classic account of the U.S. Marines' relentless drive through the Pacific during World War II.

    John says: "Great story"
    "The best book on the subject"
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    Where does Strong Men Armed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of Robert Leckie's books on the subject are fascinating but for me this one ranks the highest. It's comprehensive in the journey through the Pacific conflict and tells the story through the eye of the fighting men. It is very disturbing and very moving but for readers of military history, no one puts you so directly into the experience of the soldiers who made that history. (I would love to read an equivalent from the Japanese perspective.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "A lot of "Untold Stories""
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    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very highest level


    Any additional comments?

    When I bought this book, I wondered what more there was to say on the subject but because it was Max Hastings I went along with it anyway. Now I've finished it I realise that Hastings describes these same events from a different perspective and through a series of startlingly personal viewpoints on behalf of the protagonists and victims, he adds a sense of immediacy and involvement that can be lacking from some military histories. He also relates aspects of these stories that I hadn't heard before - the ugly truth comes out again and again and some of the heroes are perhaps not as heroic as I'd been led to believe............. Overall a fascinating book on this vast subject.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vietnam: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanley Karnow
    • Narrated By Edward Holland
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    In this comprehensive history, Stanley Karnow demystifies the tragic ordeal of America's war in Vietnam. The book's central theme is that America's leaders, prompted as much by domestic politics as by global ambitions, carried the United States into Southeast Asia with little regard for the realities of the region. Karnow elucidates the decision-making process in Washington and Asia and recounts the political and military events that occurred after the Americans arrived in Vietnam.

    David Ewing says: "As stunning as it was engaging"
    "Not exactly what I expected"
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    If you could sum up Vietnam in three words, what would they be?

    Lacking military aspect


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not too much - but it was perhaps my own fault


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to hear how the political and military machinations intertwined but I discovered too late that this is purely a political history - the military events are referred to only when they impinged on the political. It is a truly extensive political history of Vietnam so for those interested in that aspect it is excellent. I take full responsibility for not enjoying it as much as I'd hoped - it just isn't what i thought it would be and so should have investigated it more thoroughly before buying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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