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Extended Audio Sample The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, by Geoffrey C. Ward Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.99812324929972 out of 53.99812324929972 out of 53.99812324929972 out of 53.99812324929972 out of 53.99812324929972 out of 5 4.00 (357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns Narrator: Ken Burns Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739357293
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The magnificent companion volume to the PBS series from master documentary film makers: The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost. Focusing on the citizens of four towns—Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; THE WAR follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps—but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ken Burns has done it again. He has given us an intimate, memorable, and provocative portrait of America in World War II—the valor and victory, sacrifice and shame of ordinary Americans, north, south, east, and west. This is a treasure. Tom Brokaw
  • Heartrending . . . Unique not only among previous volumes that have accompanied Burns’s documentaries but among just about any book on World War II . . . It should be read by everyone in the family, from the high-schoolers to the Baby Boomers. Newark Star-Ledger

Listener Opinions

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 William | 10/25/2016

    " What a letdown this audio book was from the PBS documentary. Ken Burns, while the greatest american documentary maker, is most definitely not a quality narrator, having an inflection-less voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 2/9/2014

    " This book is a great recreation of actual events from primary sources in WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/4/2014

    " Great introduction to the war itself - so much of what we learn in school is the why and the ideas. These were very personal accounts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharpie T. Silverwater | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent, personal accounts of what happened to Americans in WWII. Should be mandatory for history class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/30/2014

    " Motivated by the passing of WWII vets, the author captures some great detail on historic events. the decisions and choices, good and bad, of the commanders is fascinating. Men doing their best. I would love to read a comparable work on the eastern front where most of those 60 million deaths occurred. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/19/2014

    " I guess I'm lazy, but the mini-series was much more enjoyable. Great photos in this book, but the level of detail was sometimes hard to ingest and retain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 1/4/2014

    " Graphic and disturbing-as war truly is. Great history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 12/30/2013

    " Useless, 10-word review: Audiobook version. Disjointed narrative. Annoying narrator spoke. In. Odd manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 12/23/2013

    " Matched up with the Burns PBS Series on WWII "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 12/19/2013

    " An excellent picture book, but you would be better to invest in the more expensive DVD set which contains extended interviews with the series participants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roderer | 12/17/2013

    " sort of gory. and it is way big. but very griping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrick | 12/11/2013

    " I still can't comprehend why we put people through war. Is anything really worth this? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/18/2013

    " Riveting personal accounts of WWII experiences. Vivid, engaging, and heartfelt. Some parts were extemely graphic, but equally extremely necessary to read. Personal stories were well-interwoven with historical accounts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 8/19/2013

    " Not the most detailed, but people need to remember it is a "companion" to the Burns' documentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/12/2012

    " Parter to the PBS series, narrated by Ken Burns. From a different angle than the series with other fascinating information. Really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Williamson | 11/1/2012

    " Another amazing book from Ken Burns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/8/2012

    " Excellent overview of both Pacific and European Fronts, including personal experiences of soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie Bonano | 2/22/2012

    " I loved all the individual stories that were included. There is so much to learn about this fascinating era, so much deeper than all the Hollywood-type hype that we usually see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kitedreams | 2/20/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this in all of the many forms i experienced it in (text, audio and video) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 2/18/2011

    " The Civil War was brought to life for me through this book. I was completely absorbed with the writing, artifacts and photographs. It was powerful, moving, fascinating and educational. Greatly enhanced the PBS documentary to which this is a companion book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/31/2010

    " Companion to the famous documentary series. Good read and amazing photographs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian S. | 6/20/2010

    " A superb companion to the Ken Burns documentary. The text consists of a greatly expanded version of the film's script, adding fine detail to every aspect of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 1/25/2010

    " Good overview and summary of the civil war. Good quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtiss | 9/2/2009

    " A superb companion piece to Ken Burns' "Civil War" television series on PBS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica (booneybear) | 4/16/2009

    " A very well detailed read and tv documentary. I was fortunate enough to have my copy of this book autographed by Ken Burns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 1/31/2009

    " I probably need to add that I just looked at the pictures- which were really cool! And read the captions. Well, it is the illustrated history... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2009

    " Excellent history book with lots of good photos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiana | 12/2/2008

    " If you are a history buff this is a great read. It is not as overwhelming as Battle Cry of Freedom but still does a good job of hitting the highlights of the Civil War from both sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 9/22/2008

    " The weight of that war fell on me as I read this book. When I started reading, I was a Civil War buff. I ended feeling like I was a survivor. It was terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 8/20/2008

    " If you liked the PBS series you'll like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/22/2008

    " if you like history . . . more than just battlefield stuff, a big picture look with lots of personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 4/20/2008

    " Lurvis may not care about the Civil War but I loved the PBS series and I loved this book based on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 4/17/2008

    " Well, Ken Burns is one of my heroes. He is amazing. I love this book, and haven't finished it yet, but of course I fully intend to. The losses sustained in these battles were immense. I mean, some towns lost all of their men! "

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