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I found this course to be well taught and fascinating. The Professor was excellent. Although I may not agree with all of the battles selected by the Professor as being the most important in world history (especially some of the ancient ones)- I did enjoy the manner in which he described his methodology for choosing the battles and I learned a great deal about some historical events that I really knew nothing about. The biggest complaint that I have with this course is the lack of maps for each battle. You really cannot understand strategy, movement and terrain withoug some form of visual display. I really think that Audible should contract with the Great Corses to add a pdf file of the maps for each battle. Otherwise I would recommend that one purchase this course directly from the Teaching Company
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What did you love best about The Decisive Battles of World History?
The author, Prof. Aldrete, who is also the narrator, does a fantastic job of describing not only the occurrences on the battlefield, but also of the history behind and beside. This way, this course actually offers a bit of an overview of the last 3000 years of human history, in light of decisive battles. I really liked that Prof. Aldrete offers this list of battles as his own view, debatable and open for discussion. I have to admit - every time I thought to myself "why did he not include this", or "here his biases do come into view", I would always get my answer later in the lesson for why a battle was not included, or the battle I thought of was included in a later lesson. All in all, a truly interesting, engaging course. One caveat: for ancient times, Prof. Aldrete does not struggle with ancient names. He simply makes no effort to pronounce them in anything but a very American accent. As a narrator, he cautions in the beginning of the course that the course may reflect his own biases - well, this is the only bias I have found.
By the way - one of the reviewers said battle-maps were missing. In the one or two instances I really felt the need to see a map - I found it on Wikipedia. Hence, I don't find the lack of maps to be a real shortcoming. Their addition would of course have been welcome.
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What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
didn't finish this one as it got a bit much towards the end. A big problem with audible in general is that the chapter numbers give no indication as to what they contain. For a book like this, chapter titles are important as there is no index one can consult to establish where particular information is. This is a problem with all non-fiction on Audible
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What a brilliant and a fabulous piece of work by Prof Gregory! It amazing how he gives apt details of all the described wars. Apt because it is neither superficial nor too elaborated to get boring.
Prof Gregory has not only exhibited his deep and genuine excellence as a great historian but also demonstrated what a fantastic story teller he is. For me, listening to this book was a fabulous journey, both educational and intriguing. My next step is going to check out his other books and get on to another journey of great experience. Loved it! Just go for it.
Covers plenty of battles that are well known to most fans of history bit Aldo goes into good detail on battles that you may not know much about. The battles themselves and the pivotal figures in those battles are covered in a narrative like fashion making the content far from dry. Interesting and enjoyable, I highly recommend.