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.

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century [Audiobook]

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century [Audiobook]
The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century [Audiobook] by Joel F Harrington, read by James Gillies
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 39 mins | 265.59MB

Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who, during forty-five years as a professional executioner, personally put to death 394 individuals and tortured, flogged, or disfigured many hundreds more. But the picture that emerges of Schmidt from his personal papers is not that of a monster. Could a man who routinely practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionateŚeven progressive?

In The Faithful Executioner, Harrington vividly re-creates a life filled with stark contrasts, from the young apprentice's rigorous training under his executioner father to the adult Meister Frantz's juggling of familial duties with his work in the torture chamber and at the scaffold. With him we encounter brutal highwaymen, charming swindlers, and tragic unwed mothers accused of infanticide, as well as patrician senators, godly chaplains, and corrupt prison guards. Harrington teases out the hidden meanings and drama of Schmidt's journal, uncovering a touching tale of inherited shame and attempted redemption for the social pariah and his children. The Faithful Executioner offers not just the compelling firsthand perspective of a professional torturer and killer, but testimony of one man's lifelong struggle to reconcile his bloody craft with his deep religious faith.

The biography of an ordinary man struggling for his soul, this groundbreaking book also offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Europe on the cusp of modernity, a society riven by violent conflict at all levels and encumbered by paranoia, superstition, and abuses of power. Thanks to an extraordinary historical source and its gifted interpreter, we recognize far more of ourselves than we might have expected in this intimate portrait of a professional killer from a faraway world.

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