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By Matthew on 11-18-08
Great history good naration
I truly enjoyed this book. The writing flowed nicely and the narrator was quite good.
This is a standard biography of de Steuben that covers his life in great detail drawing upon a number of sources including many that are highly critical of the Barron. It was a "page turner" and the author strove to be even handed in his presentation of the sources available to him although his analysis of that evidence was heavilly slanted towards the Barron. The author's statements border on the hagiographic. This is, however, not a problem since he makes is very clear when he presents his own opinion and he includes all sources including those which are highly critical of the Barron.
That said, it was an entirely conventional biography without any very keen or deep insights. This does not stop me from giving him five stars however, because the writing is clear, the Barron has not been adequately "biographed" (is that a word?) prior to this book, and the life covers often overlooked portions of history and the American Revolution.
I can unreservedly recommend this book to anyone interested in military affairs, the Revolution, or even the enlightenment period as there are interesting lessons and insights for all of these areas contained in the Barron's life.
The Narration is very good.
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By Phillip on 05-15-09
Fabulously written and narrated, this was a very interesting book that did a great job of telling the story of De Steuben. One of many foreign volunteers who I think have been under appreciated for their roles in helping us gain our independence.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful