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First I would like to say that this is a good book, however it is more a history of a speech that was given in memorium than the battle itself. This made the book quite dissapointing for me. I feel that the actual telling of the trials and tribulations that these men went through was cut short in order to inform the reader of a few speech writers, interesting yes, but not what I expected and perhaps that is my fault. I like listening to books that detail obscenely difficult circumstances so that I can not find a reason to quit walking/running at mile 30. This book is only inspirational for about the first two hours, then it cuts over to people who got to sleep in a bed every night.
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This book misses out on the action; the actual taking of the German Position - the supposed foacus of the author - takes up some 30 minutes at maximum, I'd guess. The first half is full of hyperbole about just how brave the boys were - we know that - and how much braver they were than their British conterparts - a position which the boys themselves would never support. The second half wanders all over the place: Peggy Noonan, the Reagan Speech in 1984, politics, Irving Berlin, Reagan making films for GE.
Frankly, it's the first time I've wanted my money returned. Poor writing; irrelevant material and incessant musings over Reagan and the author's political baises.
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