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Keith Storrs

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  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

  • By: Jean Edward Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 28 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, although biased, biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-15-12

Great book to get to know Ike

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-12

I like the pace of this book, the author doesn't focus too long on any one time in Eisenhower's life. I knew very little of him before reading the book and I definitely feel this was the right book to jump in and get to know the man. There are others out there that focus only on the presidency or the war, but this one has it all.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Birth of Modern Politics

  • Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828
  • By: Lynn Hudson Parson
  • Narrated by: Milton Bagby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The 1828 presidential election, which pitted Major General Andrew Jackson against incumbent John Quincy Adams, has long been hailed as a watershed moment in American political history. It was the contest in which an unlettered, hot-tempered southwestern frontiersman, trumpeted by his supporters as a genuine man of the people, soundly defeated a New England "aristocrat" whose education and political resume were as impressive as any ever seen in American public life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a very good popular history book

  • By D. Littman on 01-29-10

Great Find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-11

This book encapsulates a point in time where things changed concerning elections in America. The author does a great job of setting this book up, so the reader gets the benefit of learning a lot about Early America after the war of 1812. Good stuff, go for it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

Best Audiobook in a while!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-11

Simply put this is the best organized, read, and most interesting book I've listened to in a long time. I loved the way the author put this together. In one book you learn something about the evolution of medical knowledge, inventions, and politics all surrounding this always forgotten event. Fantastic!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Civil War of 1812

  • American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
  • By: Alan Taylor
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous borders, the leaders of the American Republic and the British Empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. Taylor’s vivid narrative of an often brutal—sometimes farcical—war reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A proper history of an obscure epoch

  • By margot on 04-22-12

Know what this book is and is not before purchase

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-11

I wanted to learn more about the war of 1812, and this book did help me understand more about it. However, it is not a end to end history of the war. The author is clear about this, and I don't mean to say this book isn't good. The focus of this book is on Canada and not the entire war theatre. I guess I was hoping for more. Oh, and can someone tell the narrator that the pronunciation of Marquis is "mar-kee" and not "mar-kwis"?

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Comrade J

  • Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War
  • By: Pete Earley
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Spymaster, defector, double agent....Here is the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold-war spy program in America. The revelations are stunning. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some Inaccuracies, but still good

  • By Rayne Police Detective on 09-21-08

Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-10

For anyone who's as fascinated by the inner workings of the cold war as I am, this is a must read. Easily the most interesting book on espionage I've ever come across. Great stuff!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar

  • World War l: The Great War and the World It Made
  • By: Professor John Ramsden
  • Narrated by: John Ramsden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

"The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & Interesting Course

  • By IRP on 10-29-08

Recommended

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-09

For someone who really didn't know an awful lot about WWI since WWII gets all the press, this was the perfect book to gain perspective on the times and the war itself. I really recommend checking this out. My only complaint is that I wish it was even longer and went deeper into each subject.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful