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Mike From Mesa

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  • "A worthy final volume in a great bi..."

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    This is the third volume of William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill. I first read the second volume, about the decade leading up to the German invasion of France, 25 years ago and thought it was so good that I bought and read the first volume. I had, by now, given up hope of ever seeing the third volume, but Mr. Manchester appears to have asked Paul Reid to complete the book and, when I saw it available on Audible, I immediately bought it.

    This book is billed as a biography (and so it is) but Winston Churchill’s life was so intertwined with the British participation in World War II (he served as both Prime Minister and Defense Minister) that this book also serves as a political (not military) history of British involvement in the war as seen through British eyes. There is little military coverage per se but the political decisions behind the military moves are discussed in great detail. While this book covers the period from 1940 through 1965 (beginning where the second volume ended) it is primarily concerned with Churchill’s actions during the war with approximately 90% of the book covering the period up to the end of the war in Europe and his loss of the office of Prime Minister.

    The book’s description of the political views of the Allies, its descriptions of the leaders and their conferences is really first rate. Mr. Reid has added liberal excerpts from the diaries of many of those involved, both Allied and Axis, and the resulting picture of how the war progressed, how the decisions that had to be made were reached and how the various participants reacted to the decisions transcends anything I have read before. I have read many histories of World War II, but all of them spent a great deal of time covering the battles whereas this book dwells primarily on the political decisions to be made and how and why the decisions were reached. The portraits of some of the leaders presented in this book are the best I have seen outside of biographies of those people themselves. The picture of Joseph Stalin, as presented in this book, is very different from that presented in other books, presumably because it is the view of him as seen by Churchill and his aides, not as seen by Soviet Marshalls or allied diplomats and one is drawn to the assumption that Stalin, like all of the other leaders, could present many different faces as needed. Similarly the portraits of people like Harry Hopkins, Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden, Alan Brooke, John Dill and others presented in this book seem much richer than I have seen in other books.

    One of the books on my wish list was Max Hastings’ book “Winston’s War”, but this book is so well done and covers Mr. Churchill’s wartime involvement so well that I am not sure there is anything in Mr. Hastings’ book that would contribute much new and I am now uncertain as to whether or not it is worth buying. I thought I knew the events of the war from my earlier readings, but after reading this book I realized that there was much that either I did not know or which I understood imperfectly. While I do not wish to spoil this book for others I can say that I did not know how fragile the Allied coalition was at times during the war or how much disagreement there was between the British and the US on strategy. Yes, I knew that the US favored a cross-channel invasion and the British wanted to pursue a Mediterranean strategy but I did not know how strong the disagreements were, how dedicated some of the military and political professionals were to one choice or the other or how the final agreements were reached. This book is a treasure trove of information about how and why the political decisions were reached and I recommend it without hesitation to anyone interested in knowing the background behind these decisions. It is one of the finest books on the war that I have ever read.

    The last 10% (or so) of the book covers Churchill’s life after he lost of the office of Prime Minister and after the end of the war. It covers, in considerable detail, his work in opposition to the Labor Party and his efforts to create a “United States of Europe”. While I understood how he, almost alone, understood the coming Nazi menace I was not aware of how he continued to predict the course of political events after the war. His foresight in seeing the coming cold war between the West and the Soviets and his efforts to preserve freedom and security during the late 1940s and early 1950s was new to me. It is also a very personal book and, at the end, I had tears in my eyes at the passing of such a great man.

    The book is read wonderfully by Clive Chafer who does a passable impression of both Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. One reviewer complained that the book is read by an American, but that is only true of the introduction, which is read by the author. The rest of the book is a pleasure to listen to. This is a worthy conclusion to the monumental first two volumes of this trilogy and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

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    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
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    Occasionally I come across a book that is so good that I don't know if I should keep listening or turn it off for fear of finishing too quickly. This book is one of those.

    I think that Nadia May, who narrates this and other Barbara Tuchman books, does a wonderful job. Descriptions and events are clear and largely riveting. I have only 2 complaints. One is that not all of the French is translated into English and the other is that there are no maps. I had to get my John Keegan book on the First World War and look at the maps to understand exactly what was happening. However the first complaint is problably a lack in the original printed form of the book and the second is a drawback of narrated books in general. One would hope that given the new visual capabilities of todays devices the producers would find some way to include maps.

    I gave this book 5 stars and think it is worth every one. In my view it is better than either of the other of her books (The Proud Tower and The Distant Mirror) that I have listended to. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the events leading up to the First World War.

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    The Guns of August

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    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
  • "A very interesting book with some s..."

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    I have been reading about the Second World War for the last 50 years and so did not expect to find anything really new in this book. I bought it thinking that it would be good to have a single volume that covered both the European and Pacific theaters and with the thought that there might be something new and interesting in it. What I found was a book that was very interesting; not so much because of new material, but rather because the book centers on the "whys" of what happened and contained a great deal of "back story" about the time that is missing in other books (examples - the actions in North Africa before the German troops were deployed there, the importance of the spy operations on both sides, the actions in generally neglected threaters of the war such as Burma, the fact that the Germans had broken the British Naval codes and so on) as well as a good overview of the major actions of the war. Add to that the excellent narration by Christian Rodska, including his ability to make his voice sound exactly like many of the political figures of the time, and this is a hard book to top if you want something on World War 2.

    There are some inaccuracies -

    (a) a rise of 500 feet over a length of 1000 feet does NOT make a 45 degree hill. A simple check of the trig tables shows this to be about 27 degrees,

    (b) a quote from Churchill (to his war cabinet) wrongly attributed to Hitler,

    (c) a statement, with no supporting evidence, that Churchill invented the story of Lord Halifax almost being offered the premiership. This flies in the face of every other book about the period and thus requires some supporting evidence,

    (d) aside from the Philippine Islands, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, very little detail about the Pacific war (with nothing about MacArthur's island hopping campaign). I assume this is because MacArthur's troops were mainly American.

    as well as some other issues.

    But, aside from these minor issues, this book is very interesting, contains a great deal of information about the war in North Africa, the Soviet Union and Western Europe as well as an interesting section on what could have happened if the German Generals had control over the war in the Soviet Union and Europe. I recommend it to anyone interested in a single volume overview of the Second World War.

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    The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

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    The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A very interesting book with some shortcomings."
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    "Excellent & Interesting Course"

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    Reading and studying history has always been on of my hobbies and I would say that the Frist World War is one of my favorite subjects of study. I usually read and listen to any books or courses on the subject that I can find and generally while I learn one or two new items of interest from each book or course, I generally have never found anything that gave me a new persepctive. This course changed that. I found it to be excellent. Although he made a couple of minor factual errors in a few of his lectures, I found both Professor Ramsden's course to be very well organized and presented as the course focused not just on the war and its causes (which is the traditional material) but also its legacy to this day. Most interesting to me were the lectures on the war's impact on art and literature (first time I ever took a course that focused on this area) and the impact of the war on the post Second World War world (all the way down to 1987). I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in the subject matter as well as to anyone who has never read or studied the First World War and has had an interest to learn something about it. This course is a great addition to the Audible library

  • The Guns of August

    "A Great Book-One Of My Alltime Favorite Books"

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    I first read this book years ago when I was teenager and found it be so fascinating and well written that it stimulated my interest in history (especially World War One) which I have maintained to this day. Although she went on to write several other excellent books , I believe that this was Barbara Tuchman's best book. This audiobook has reinforced my opinion. By listening to the audiobook, one really acquires a great understanding of just how August 1914 transformed the world. Up until that point, the old order (monarchs and aristocracy) held strong in Europe and Europe controlled the world. After 1914, things would never be the same. Although the war lasted until 1918, by the time it ended, nothing was left of the old order and it was really the personalities of the new order (Lloyd George, Clemenceau and Wilson) who brought about the peace. What makes the book great is the manner in which the author takes the historical figures of that time period (such as the Kaiser, Foch, Joffre, Churchill, French, Kitchner, Von Moltke, Poincare) and paints a very human portrait of all of them through short biography of their pre 1914 lives and how these pre war events shaped the decisions that they made during the first month of the war. The narration is quite good as the narrator does her best to put foreign accents on all of the French and German personalities (I actually think it might have worked better if a man had narrated the book- namely because all of the main characters were men-but Ms. May does a very good job). I also believe that listeners will enjoy the chapter that chronicles the flight of the German cruiser Goeben during the first month of the war. I would strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is interested in history and to anyone who has never been interested in the subject, because they found history to be boring when they studied it in school. It is very well done- a good recording

  • Europe Since 1815, Volume 1: Reaction and Nationalism

    "Excellent Book on The Topic"

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    Although I am an avid student and reader of history, I must admit that my knowledge of European history during the 19th century is somewhat sketchy- especially when it comes to the details leading up to the revolutions of 1848. This book was excellent at explaining those details. The authors start out with a detailed description of the catylist for the change in Europe during this time period- the industrial revolution- and they move forward covering critical events all the way up to the declaration of the German Empire at Versailles in 1871. Chapter 1 focuses in great detail on the industrial revolution and at times I found the description to be almost too tedious (I decided after a while to skip over this part)- but for those who are intently interested in the actual mechanics of the industrial revolution, it is quite good. The subsequent chapters focus on the changes between 1815 and 1870 on a country by country basis- starting with France, working through Austria, Prussia, the German Confedreation, Spain, Italy and finally Russia. The analysis is quite detailed and excellent. Great historical names of the past such as Metternich, Bismarck, Mazzini, Louis Napoleon, and Cavour together with their contributions are all woven into the fabric of the volume. The narrator does a very good job with his narration as well. I enjoyed the volume enough to purchase the second volume as well. In conclusion, I would recommend the volume to anyone who wishes to acquire better knowledge and understanding about Europe during the period

  • Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    "Extremely Interesting Book"

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    As has been discussed in prior reviews, this book focuses on the Great Depression and the events leading up to it beginning with the pre World War One period. While any of book of this sort will focus on economics, this one portrays the events through the biographies of the four central bankers of England (Montagu Norman), France (Emile Moreau), US (Benajmin Strong)and Germany (Hjalmar Schact) as well as other individuals who participated in the spectacle (John Maynard Keynes). The author does a great job in sketching portraits of each man. The book is extremely well written and read and merits the acclaim that it has received (Financial Times Award among others). What I found to be extremely interesting is the eiplogue in which the author takes the thesis of the book and tries to compare and contrast it to more recent events (such as the financial crisis in Mexico in the early 1990's followed by the Russian and Emerging Markets fiasco in the late 1990's and even the financial crisis in 2008) and how the modern era central bankers took affirmative action to avoid a replay of the Great Depression.

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    A highly enjoyable and memorable account featuring four of the greatest Supreme Court Justices in our history and some of the landmark cases in which they were called upon to decide. In his exceptionally well written and well narrated book, Noah Feldman paints amazing true to life portraits including the judicial philosophies and striking personalities of these complicated men and their very contentious relationships with each other.

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    Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices

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    They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. Scorpions tells the story of four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

    Charles M. Wyzanski says: "Narrated as admirably as it is written!"

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    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

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    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

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    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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    Scott says: "The pacific war from inside the Japanese empire"
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    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
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    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
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  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II (






UNABRIDGED) by Adam Makos Narrated by Robertson Dean

    A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
  • The Nuremberg Trial (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Tusa, John Tusa Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Nuremberg Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Tusa, John Tusa
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

    Sandy says: "A really interesting listen"
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Anderson Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner

    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Larson Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
  • Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson (






UNABRIDGED) by Jerrianne Hayslett Narrated by Sheila Book

    Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jerrianne Hayslett
    • Narrated By Sheila Book
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    Now an insider at The People vs. O. J. Simpson reveals the untold story of the most widely followed trial in American history and the indelible impact it has had on the judiciary, the media, and the public. As the Los Angeles Superior Court's media liaison, Jerrianne Hayslett had unprecedented access to the trial - and met with Judge Lance Ito daily - as she attempted, sometimes unsuccessfully, to mediate between the court and members of the media and to balance their interests.

    Tiffany Book says: "Good stuff!"
  • The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War against Nazi Germany (






UNABRIDGED) by David G. Dalin Narrated by Michael Floyd

    The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII and His Secret War against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David G. Dalin
    • Narrated By Michael Floyd
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    Rabbi Dalin explodes the resurrected, widely accepted, yet bankrupt smearing of Pope Pius XII, whom Jewish survivors of the Holocaust considered "a righteous gentile". With devastating scholarship and unblinking honesty, he sets the record straight in an audiobook that should shame haters of the pope, inspire conservative Christians, and sound a warning about the deep roots of Islamofascism.

  • Breve historia del condón y de los métodos anticonceptivos (






UNABRIDGED) by Ana Martos Rubio Narrated by Gladys Barriga

    Breve historia del condón y de los métodos anticonceptivos

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ana Martos Rubio
    • Narrated By Gladys Barriga
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    Ana Martos, en Breve Historia del condón y los métodos anticonceptivos, nos descubre, en un estilo ágil pero con absoluto rigor científico, no sólo la historia de los distintos medios para el control de la natalidad, sino las distintas posiciones que, desde la filosofía y la religión principalmente, se han opuesto a dichos medios.

  • Breve historia del Socialismo y del Comunismo (






UNABRIDGED) by Javier Paniagua Narrated by Juan Magraner

    Breve historia del Socialismo y del Comunismo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Javier Paniagua
    • Narrated By Juan Magraner
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    El mundo actual, y su eterna pugna entre personas y mercados, es incomprensible si no se entiende la historia de estas teorías político-económicas. La historia del S. XX puede narrarse a través de las distintas teorías sociales, históricas, económicas o filosóficas que convulsionaron a los distintos países y a las personas.

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  • Breve historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial (






UNABRIDGED) by Jesús Hernández Narrated by Jorge Lillo

    Breve historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jesús Hernández
    • Narrated By Jorge Lillo
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    Jesús Hernández nos recuerda que la Segunda Guerra Mundial, como un castigo penitenciario, duró seis años y un día, no hay otro modo de entender el episodio más terrible de la historia de la humanidad. Un conflicto que dejó una cantidad de muertos aún sin determinar pero que oscila entre los cincuenta y los setenta millones, una guerra que se extendió desde las costas del Pacífico hasta el norte de África.

  • Breve historia de Hitler (






UNABRIDGED) by Jesús Hernández Narrated by Jaime Patiño Arquero

    Breve historia de Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jesús Hernández
    • Narrated By Jaime Patiño Arquero
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    Una de las figuras más controvertidas de la historia, dejó tras de sí un reguero de destrucción pero aún hay aspectos de la vida de Hitler que se deben iluminar. Que Hitler es una de las personalidades más relevantes del pasado siglo es algo que está totalmente admitido por cualquier persona, tanto si está interesada en la historia como si no. Es también un hecho admitido que conocer la biografía del Führer y la historia del Tercer Reich es la única manera de impedir que la historia de muerte y destrucción que se extendió por Europa se repita.

  • Breve historia del Holocausto (






UNABRIDGED) by Ramon Espanyol Narrated by Oscar Chamorro Osa

    Breve historia del Holocausto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ramon Espanyol
    • Narrated By Oscar Chamorro Osa
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    Un panorama completo, descrito hasta sus más crueles detalles, de la mayor monstruosidad de la historia de la humanidad. El 20 de enero de 1942, en Villa Marlier, junto al lago Wannsee, miembros de las SS, de la GESTAPO, del ejército y del gobierno nazi, se reúnen para debatir sobre lo que ellos llamaron, con un terrorífico eufemismo, la "cuestión judía". El resultado de la reunión es el de llevar a cabo la "solución Final".

  • We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired (






UNABRIDGED) by M.J. O'Brien Narrated by Mike McCartney

    We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By M.J. O'Brien
    • Narrated By Mike McCartney
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    We Shall Not Be Moved puts the Jackson Woolworth's sit-in into historical context. Part multifaceted biography, part well-researched history, this gripping narrative explores the hearts and minds of those participating in this harrowing sit-in experience. It was a demonstration without precedent in Mississippi - one that set the stage for much that would follow in the changing dynamics of the state's racial politics, particularly in its capital city.

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  • Breve historia del Fascismo (






UNABRIDGED) by Íñigo Bolinaga Narrated by Jorge Pupo

    Breve historia del Fascismo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Íñigo Bolinaga
    • Narrated By Jorge Pupo
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    Si la historia tiene una utilidad por antonomasia es la de impedir que los episodios más oscuros de esta se repitan. Un conocimiento de los distintos movimientos fascistas que surgieron tras la Primera Guerra Mundial y que detentaron el poder en numerosos países europeos en el período de entreguerras, es necesario para impedir que, en épocas de crisis económicas y de valores, vuelvan a seducir a los pueblos con su mensaje de regeneración expeditiva.

  • Todo lo que debe saber sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial (






UNABRIDGED) by Jesús Hernández Narrated by Gustavo Dardes

    Todo lo que debe saber sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jesús Hernández
    • Narrated By Gustavo Dardes
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    En Junio de 1914 el asesinato del archiduque Francisco Fernando de Austria provocó la primera "guerra total" de la historia: un conflicto que cambiará el destino del mundo. Normalmente no se presta a la Primera Guerra Mundial la debida atención, las estanterías, rebosantes de libros sobre la Segunda Guerra Mundial, no tienen mucho sitio para su predecesora.

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