Days of Infamy

  • by Michael Coffey
  • Narrated by Robert Abia
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This compendium fleshes out the century's best known military mishaps. In a series of short chapters, Coffey shows how even relatively small misjudgments have become historical turning points, such as how a driver's poor knowledge of Sarajevo's streets in 1914 helped lead to World War I. He reminds us of some of the bigger blunders, including detailing how the Treaty of Versailles laid the groundwork for the Second World War. More recent events receive coverage, too. Here is the Bay of Pigs and Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Also underscored are the unexpected ways things go wrong, either from the design of a weapon, friendly fire, or complacency. This book is the official companion volume to the riveting History Channel 26-part documentary series.

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What the Critics Say

"Like the best general history volumes, Coffey's book, in clean, muscular prose, expertly informs as it artfully entertains." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Not For The History Buff

The book itself is plagued by numerous errors. Not tiny details, but large, easily verified points of fact that a decent pass through a qualified proof reader should have caught. Even viewed as light fare, it fails because of these errors.

Add to that the voice talent working without a pronunciation guide and some very labored prose (Must we use the word "blunder" constantly? I know it is in the title, but still.) and you end up with volume you are better off skipping.
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- John

For all it?s shortcomings, a good provoking book

I was quite excited when I discovered this book whilst browsing the titles. But alas it didn't really live up to my expectations. Although being mindful of the scope of the book, it's still very light weight. I would have expected a little more analysis as to psyche of the participants, is there a common factor with the participants involved with the events described. Even the nature of the information they acted on and whether perhaps they seen only what they wanted to see, and finally the reasons for a particular 'type' of interpretation.

Instead I got a rather brief collection of story's. Very interesting, and well narrated for that but its for the non history buff. (In truth it didn't claim to be any thing else!) In short, its great light listening, but just wasn't involved enough to engage me.
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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape