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  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • By: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content with a truly awful narration.

  • By John W on 30-11-15

Unmissable

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Reviewed: 01-09-18

If you have any interest in military history or in human failure, this is an essential listen. It provides not only 24 fascinating case studies but also an analysis of each one, and explains how each disaster could have been avoided. It concludes by categorising the types of failure and suggesting that it is the inability of humans to learn from past mistakes that often leads to disaster.

  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome, educational and epic work

  • By Adisha on 30-10-12

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 06-11-16

Takes the story of mankind from its earliest beginnings up to the present day. It highlights both the successes and failures of Homo Sapiens and how individual human beings have been instrumental in shaping our history. I defy anyone to come away after listening to this book and not have gained many insights into how society developed. A must read (or listen) for any serious student of mankind.