When one is looking quickly over the lives of the Presidents of the United States, it is easy to overlook William Henry Harrison. After all, he only served as the Chief Executive for 30 days, and he spent the majority of those in bed, fighting for his life and eventually losing. However, to ignore Harrison because he served such a short time in the White House is just as foolish as ignoring Patrick Henry or Alexander Hamilton because they were never elected to the nation's highest office.
the author may as well have ended this book with quote and then he died and quote. how about a little quote in conclusion in quote, about what Harrison's Legacy was. seems like he kind of glossed over the campaign, which created so many firsts. narration was hard for me to listen to - robotic, Scott Clem hovers around the bottom of what is vocal cords can handle and so sometimes his syllables cut out all together. sorry for the typos as I'm right it this through speech to text while driving.
John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind - a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise yet dedicated himself to politics and government. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office - at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate.
I thought the pacing was good and the history related in such a way as to make the moments very imaginable and personal. Whatever the narrator gets paid for his work, it's probably not enough.
In this lively and compelling biography, Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A fierce fighter in four critical Revolutionary War battles and a courageous survivor of Valley Forge and a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 - 1831) went on to become America's first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securing America's national and international durability.
The narration was mildly growly and affected at moments, yet I consider his performance one of the best I've heard in an audio book. Excellent. subject of this book was quite an honorable man, and learning how he deported himself was inspiring. Very well-written book.
Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy.
The narration was second to none. The prose, though not the easiest to follow and remember for my chronologically oriented brain, as the book is divided into segments based on Madison's relationships rather than on sequence if events, was very engrossing. Helping the enjoyment was dry humor peppered throughout the book. I found myself laughing aloud, followed by self conscious scanning of my environment to see if anyone thought I were crazy. Something that helped me remember the plot if his life was the periodical repetition of an event, sometimes through the lens of a different relationship
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Are you happy? It may be the wrong question. Most of us think we are relatively happy, while at the same time knowing that we could be happier - maybe even a lot happier. Ordinary people and the finest philosophers have been exploring the question of happiness for thousands of years, and theories abound. But this is not a book of theory. Resisting Happiness is a deeply personal, disarmingly transparent look at why we sabotage our own happiness and what to do about it.
The wise know the most important things of life; the genius can simplify these concepts for others; a master practically leads others to transform their lives for the better with these truths. Matthew Kelly masterfully lays out a clear path to happiness. The listener or reader is left without any excuse of obscurity or impracticality.
For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time. This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.
The halting speaking style and bad audio recording, which made the ends of sentences and the ends of many words taper off into inaudible mumbles, combined with a lack of structural flow and arc, made for a difficult lecture series to follow. Having said that, Professor Bartlett has some outstanding and clear-minded insights into his subjects, that I was very impressed by. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I were actually in a classroom and could hear him better.
How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.
Because of all the different names and dates involved in the Crusades as a whole, it was difficult to get a sense of what little story arc could be gleaned from centuries of pivitol events.
The narrator sounded too sing-songy for my tastes, though meanings were almost always very clear.
Content: Let's just say that if most people in both the East and West had an understanding of the Crusades as presented in this book, the flames of jihad would not be burning nearly so brightly, and at a minimum, Western leaders would have a more informed and accurate portrait of those terrorists and the financial backers and empathizers who support their cause.
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Unimpeachably sourced, Cobra II describes how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency that followed. The brutal aftermath in Iraq was not inevitable and was a surprise to the generals on both sides; Cobra II provides the first authoritative account as to why. It is a book of enduring importance and incisive analysis, a comprehensive account of the most reported yet least understood war in American history.
The narration was very well done. Natural sounding emphases and stresses helped keep me engaged and enjoying the sometimes complex content. I very much appreciated the author's' reminders of some events and concepts; it helped maintain a sense of context while delving into the details.
The Road to Safwan is a complete history of the 1st Infantry Division's cavalry unit fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Stephen A. Bourque and John W. Burdan III served in the 1st Infantry--Bourque in Division Headquarters, Burdan as the Operations Officer of the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry. Based on extensive interviews and primary sources, Bourque and Burdan provide the most in-depth coverage to date of a battalion-level unit in the 1991 war, showing how the unit deployed, went into combat, and adapted to changing circumstances.
I imagine that reading a paperback version of this book would still be difficult to get into and follow due to the shear volume of mind-numbing logistical information and military organizational jargon, but perhaps it might still be a satisfying read due to the dramatic content. However, when the prevalent technical info is coupled with Gregg Rizzo's strange, distracting word accents and hyper articulated style, it makes engrossment nigh impossible and getting through the book an annoying chore. At least I could understand every word.
Equally courageous, equally deadly, the British mercenaries in Bosnia have a story to tell, but a story without official blessing. War Dogs follows the fortunes of a gang of eight Bosnia mercenaries, a mixed bunch, old and cynical, young and naive, mean and psychotic, including two idealists; the rest just in it for the money.
the descriptions of the atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia revealed a piece of darkest hell on Earth. more of a series of vignettes then an overarching story. Not much context of the situation in that area of the world was given . powerful, Too Short powerful, too short, and the voice acting was occasionally off point, but otherwise quite effective. recommended for the inside it provides into the often-overlooked Baltic Wars and overlooked real life of mercenaries