©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose, All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
Not a whole lot new here if you read Stephen Ambrose books. Stephen Ambrose seems to use passages from other books he's written constantly. I have read 5 of his books and all have whole paragrphs ripped from one or another of his other books.
I sort of feel cheated actually.
Ambrose is a master of this kind of work. The narration is clear and does not get in the way of the great writing. I had hoped for more of an insight into Eisenhower whereas the work is really much more about the whole European Theatre of Operations. There is a fair amount of material which is really a cut & paste from Band Of Brothers and/or D Day by the same author but this material is appropriate and does not suffer from repetition. A good listen for anybody who has even the slightest interest in this period of history.
From the book description I was lead to believe the Steven Ambrose was going to address the personalities of Eisenhower and the Generals that reported to him. I was very interested to read how the massive personalities and egos of WWII interacted. To read insight into the disagreements and politics of high military command. This text delivered on none of that.
Instead, It is primarily a rehash of Ambrose's other work. There was little in this book that was new. Basically a rereading of parts of "Band of Brothers."
Yes. Ambrose is an excellent writer and has a great passion for the history of WWII.
The "Band of Brothers" was excellent. And another title that I cannot recall currently, I wound informative and a good read. This particular text did not deliver on what the book jacket implied would be covered. To little new stories, a lot of the same old, same old.
It is, alas, too much like a highlight reel (as another reviewer noted) and if I'd noticed it was abridged, I'd never have bought it. My mistake.
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