This is an excellent second part to his trilogy regarding WWII. Written from known facts and selections from diverse diaries, he writes an accurate history which does not whitewash any historical character.
This is war history very well-told. We get a glimpse of the personalities involved. I recommend this book.
A most interesting, and sobering listen. Incredible what the U.S. and their allies had to endure to finally win that portion of Sicily, and Italy. Great insight into the minds of some of those in command, that made errors in judgment because of their own egos. It really makes one stop and think of the courage, and bravery these men had, going up against such great odds. I felt like cheering when they finally won the long fought battle for the monastery on Mt. Casino.
You never know with history books if they are going to be as dry as the desert or so well done you want to stay in the car and listen once you get to work. This is in the latter category. The author takes you there so you can paint a full color 3D picture in your mind. Much of it is not pleasant. Much is brutal; but more than any other WW2 book I've listened to, this one paints a riveting picture of both the heroes and the incompetents.
I greatly enjoy this book. I had read a number of books and saw some movies of some of these events but this account gave a good overview of the battles and problems encountered. The political overlay was most insightfull. I learned a lot from listening to this book.