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  • Pickett's Charge

  • A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack
  • By: Phillip Thomas Tucker PhD
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Pickett's Charge is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining events in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities, about the unforgettable story. With the luxury of hindsight, historians have long denounced the folly of Lee's attack, but this work reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry. Special emphasis is placed on the common soldiers on both sides, especially the non-Virginia attackers outside of Pickett's Virginia Division.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BAD!!!!!!

  • By Kenneth M. on 09-11-16

Worst CW book ever. Can't rate it low enough. It deserves negative 5 stars in all categories

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This is the worst book about a CW battle
I have listened to,. Author claims a Phd but it must be horticulture are some interest far fromhistory, I don't know where Tucker is from but I am betting either Virginia or NC. Even that is no excuse for the absurd and glaring inaccuracies in this train wreck of a book.
In keeping with the pathetic lost cause tradition, Lee is the brilliant southern gentlemen whose army is poor in material but overflowing with nobility and
Courage while northern troops are the dregs
Of northern big city life. One southerner is worth 10 Yankees, etc ad nauseum.
This is a "new look" at Gettysburg alright, but is a look so fake and dishonest as to be pure fiction.
In truth in this major battle the Union leaders did almost everything right, while Lee and subordinates were slow and misjudged essentially everything,. Lee never had a chance to win this battle. They might have briefly gained a piece of the stone wall, but success means keeping it and expanding it. They never had a chance to do either and were decimated. The author makes saintly figured out of every fallen rebel as if dying bravely was the goal. This is the worst CW book ever written. You'd be better off
Getting "The Killer Angels" which even as admittedly "historical fiction" is more accurate than this rag. His worship of VMI gets tiresome, especially when we realize it was purely bad leadership that put the boy cadets in harms way in the first place. He writes as if VMI is the greatest of military schools of the era and then admits it was modeled after West Point. Plus, the VMI grads at Gettysburg lost so completely that detecting any military expertise amongst would have been a challenge.
This book was a waste of time and money. I'll be returning it.

Richard
Bergen


  • The Germans and Europe

  • A Personal Frontline History
  • By: Peter Millar
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Based on a lifetime living in and reporting on Germany and Central Europe, award-winning journalist and author Peter Millar tackles the fascinating and complex story of the people at the heart of our continent. Focussing on nine cities (only six of which are in the Germany of today), he takes us on a zigzag ride back through time via the fall of the Berlin Wall through the horrors of two world wars and the patchwork states of the Middle Ages to the splendour of Charlemagne and the fall of Rome.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This could have a much more interesting tale.

  • By DUCKLover on 08-30-18

Left of reality

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Author is a self described hippie who refers to the National Socialists (Nazi's) as "right wing" and communist East Germans as "conservative". Apparently nobody on the left is capable of horrors such as Dresden etc. Of course the Soviets proved differently as they raped and killed all the way through Berlin.
Much excuse making from this Berlin native. Hand wringing over WW2 Allied bombing is tiresome and ridiculous. Germany got the total war it sought to inflict on the world.
I'm sending this book back.

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • War Without Mercy

  • Race and Power in the Pacific War
  • By: John W. Dower
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

War Without Mercy has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States." In this monumental history, professor John Dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War - race - while writing what John Toland has called "a landmark book...a powerful, moving, and evenhanded history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • War without Mercy

  • By rbergen on 05-02-17

War without Mercy

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-17

This book is historical revisionism without mercy. Main thesis is that the Japanese and Americans were at least equally racist, and often the US (simply because they were more powerful) was the most racist. Utter drivel blaming the US for everything and giving the Japanese a pass despite their overall aggression, the rape of Nanking and Pearl Harbor. I got my money back.

8 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • American Colonies: The Settling of North America

  • Penguin History of the United States, Book 1
  • By: Alan Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States series, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from millennia past through the decades of Western colonization and conquest and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview of the colonies

  • By CFuller on 08-10-17

Leftist version of reality

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-17

The classic liberal attempt to elevate native Americans and other groups into the main events which were planned and executed by
male Europeans. Another author that can't deal with the basic fact that white Christian males have dominated all forms of human endeavor since the collapse of the Chinese empire gathered steam in the 1500's,
I am returning it.

6 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Men

  • Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
  • By: Christopher R. Browning, Claire Bloom - director
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Batallion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as roundups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of moral norms to justify their actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Necessary Information

  • By William Michael Brauer on 04-04-18

Waste of time

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Takes cheap and intellectually dishonest shots at the U.S. whenever he can. Somehow manages to drag up My Lai and other American events as if they compare to the industrialized slaughter by Germany.
Criticizes American reluctance to take Japanese prisoners as racially driven murder. Since most Japanese did not wish to be taken prisoner and often attempted to trick there would be captors at the last second, shooting all Japanese attempting to "surrender" was justified. This is a basic rule of war and recently reconfirmed in Iraq.

4 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • 1914

  • The Year The World Ended
  • By: Paul Ham
  • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
  • Length: 22 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Few years can justly be said to have transformed the earth: 1914 did. In July that year, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Britain and France were poised to plunge the world into a war that would kill or wound 37 million people, tear down the fabric of society, uproot ancient political systems and set the course for the bloodiest century in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How the war started

  • By Jean on 02-24-14

keep your opinion out of it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-16

moralizing bore. tell the history and not what you think of it won't buy him again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting for America

  • The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871
  • By: Jeremy M. Black
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Whittle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

Prize-winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernán Cortés in modern Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. In this wide-ranging narrative, Black makes clear that the process by which America gained supremacy was far from inevitable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a worthwhile listen... with qualifications

  • By Mortimer on 05-23-15

A painfully dull political account ofearly america

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

not a military history as the title implies. a dull political and social history written in the language of a sociologist author struggles to make tenuous connections between past events and modernity that only detract from the story. the narrator assaults the ear like a jackhammer I hated this book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitler's Last Days and Hitler's 12 Apostles

  • The Nazi Story & World's Most Racist Dictator, Book 3
  • By: Aaron Cohen
  • Narrated by: Glenn Langohr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Much has been published about Hitler, but not enough is known about the 12 men who surrounded him and brought to power national socialism. This book shines a light on these 12 apostles of evil and what to watch for in current politics to make sure it doesn't happen again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lordy, lordy, lordy

  • By Walrus Rex on 06-29-15

A joke

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-15

This is a conspiracy based pile of nonsense and I want my money back. Nothing proven and nothing is cited in this nut job piece of crap.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful