The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook]

The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook]
The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook] by A J Baime, read by Tony Messano
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 21 mins | 395.92MB

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman's first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances and, through courage and a dash of luck, cement their places in history. Chosen as FDR's fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman - a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home - was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR's sudden death.

During the climactic months of the Second World War, Truman had to play judge and jury, pulling America to the forefront of the global stage. The first four months of Truman's administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings of Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of Imperial Japan, and, finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time.

Tightly focused, meticulously researched, rendered with vivid detail and narrative verve, The Accidental President escorts listeners into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenge even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times.

Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook]

Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook]
Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook] by Stephen R Taaffe, read by James Anderson Foster
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 17 hrs 1 min | 468.6MB

General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the US Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and His Generals is the first and only book to focus entirely on that selection process and the performances, both stellar and disappointing, that followed from it.

Stephen Taaffe explores how and why Marshall selected the Army's commanders. Among Marshall's chief criteria were character (including "unselfish and devoted purpose"), education (whether at West Point, Fort Leavenworth, or the Army War College), and striking a balance between experience and relative youth in a war that required both wisdom and great physical stamina. As the war unfolded, Marshall also factored into his calculations the combat leadership his generals demonstrated and the opinions of his theater commanders.

Delving deeper than other studies, this path-breaking work produces a seamless analysis of Marshall's selection process of operational-level commanders. Taaffe also critiques the performance of these generals during the war and reveals the extent to which their actions served as stepping stones to advancement.

The Last Days of Hitler, 7th Edition [Audiobook]

The Last Days of Hitler, 7th Edition [Audiobook]
The Last Days of Hitler, 7th Edition [Audiobook] by Hugh Trevor-Roper, read by Steven Crossley
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 56 mins | MB

In late 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. Missing for four months, he had simply vanished. Hugh Trevor-Roper, a British intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. With access to American counterintelligence files and German prisoners, his brilliant detective work proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin. It also produced one of the most fascinating history books ever written.

Originally published in 1947, The Last Days of Hitler tells the extraordinary story of those final days of the Thousand-Year Reich - a dramatic, carefully planned finale to a terrible chapter of history.

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