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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2010

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  • "Japanese viewpoint"

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    Eri Hotta is an independent scholar specializing in Japan international relations. Hotta was born in Tokyo. She received her BA in history from Princeton University, master and Ph.D. from Oxford. She taught at Oxford from 2001-2005. What led me to read this book was it offered the view point of Japan leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack. Hotta makes two central points, 1). Japan’s leaders and its people were influenced by a belief that Japan was destined for international greatness---going to war was a gamble. 2). Japan’s policy making process by 1940 was not open and parliamentary but Japan was not a dictatorship. Decision involved preliminary bargaining interaction with a complex administrative structure. The Japanese constitution allowed the military to advise the Emperor independently of the rest of the government. The author pain staking guides the reader through a convoluted mesh of personalities and principles. Hotta provides a brief history of Japan so the reader can understand what is happening in the eight months leading up to Pearl Harbor. Reading the book led me to learn something about Japanese politics and how Japan’s admiration for the United States began to turn sour in the first part of the twentieth century. A Hotta point out the Japanese language tends to be vague which led to problems with negotiation with the U.S. Secretary of State. Even though Hotta explains about Japanese history, government and politics she lays the blame for the war directly on Japan. Laurel Merlington did a good job narrating the book. If you are interested WWII history this book would interest you.

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    Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy

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    When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, argues Eri Hotta, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a conflict they were bound to lose. Availing herself of rarely consulted material, Hotta poses essential questions overlooked by historians in the seventy years since: Why did these men - military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor - put their country and its citizens in harm's way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start?

    Jean says: "Japanese viewpoint"
  • "A mesmerizing account of consequences"

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    Tyler Trafford was a reporter in Calgary Alberta Canada. Following his mother's death in 2004 he inherited a Campbell soup cardboard box from his Mother. It was crammed with letters, a journal and photographs that revealed a history of his mother he never imagined. His mother was a beautiful girl from a rich family in Montreal whose Mother was controlling. She met a young pilot from Norway who was training at a nearby base. His name was Jens Muller, the love letters were from him. He went down over German and was a P.O. W. he was with a group that escaped. A movie was made about the escape called "The Great Escape" Muller was one of the few that made it out. I will not spoil the story but Trafford wrote the book about how he puts his mother's life as a young woman together. It does show how decision made can effect our life forever. Mike Vendetti does a good job reading the story.

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    Almost a Great Escape

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    Following his mother's death, in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man he's never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Mller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it home after The Great Escape.

    Jean says: "A mesmerizing account of consequences"
  • "The scholar general"

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    An interesting story of the life of David Petraeus showing how he learned from one assignment and applied the knowledge gained to the next. A good over view of the wars in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The book also allow an insight into the sacrifice a high ranking officer wife and family must make. Petraeus's wife was the daughter of a famous General so she knew what was expected of her. The book tried to give a favorable view of the war in Afghanistan but I was left with a feeling we should have approached this problem differently, we expected to much from a tribal culture. Paula Broadwell is a person one should keep an eye out for she may become a leader herself. James Lurie did a good job narrating the story. This is a good book to understand the making of a famous General and to get more in-depth insight into current affairs.

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    All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

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    General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

    Jean says: "The scholar general"
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  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

    "Big Ups to Prof. Showalter and Audible"

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    If you could sum up Armor and Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Leibstandarte uber alles!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Prof. Showalter's account of the Battle of Kursk is military history at its best. He presents a thorough narrative of the respective operational histories of the combatants during this early July, 1943 battle. Also, the author shows his deep understanding of the psyche and motivations of the opposing sides.

    Try to imagine: It is dawn on July 8, 1943. You are a 20 year old SS panzergrenadier riding with your squad in the back of a halftrack on your way to try to gain a few more kilometers north towards Oboyan, towards Kursk. As you and your commrades scan the sky for apprtoaching Sturmoviks you get that dreaded feeling once more in your gut about what awaits you in a mere handful of minutes in that clearing up ahead. Belts of buried mines, T-34's buried up to their turrets; manned by condemned crews sealed inside who know they must fight to the end and probably already consider themselves dead, batteries of camoflaged 76 mm "Rach Bum's" zeroed in on the treeline your APC is about to emerge from...... What an absolutely surreal, incredible (insert any superlaive you deem appropriate), situation. The Battle of Kursk is one of those human events that can only be understood by the participants themselves. Prof. Showalter understands and respects this unalterable truth and it shows in his writing.

    Armor and Blood underlines the fact that Kursk was a bloody, mechanized maelstrom unlike any battle before or since. Nothing on the Western Front even came remotely close to Kursk in sheer weight of men, materiel and utter bowel loosening terror.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A understated yet authoritative narration that provided a sense of solemnity to the author's work. Mr. Dean was a good choice for this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part describing the situation facing IISS Panzer Korps on the morning of the battle at Prokhorovka. It is hard to relate in words, but Prof. Showalter's writing about those few hours transported my mind so that I felt I was standing on a tall scaffolding just behind the mass of men watching and hearing this incredible human drama unfold before me. I was spellbound. As I type these words I remember the feeling I had listening to that part. That, my friends, is what a exceptional audio book can do.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Audible for providing this book for us listeners. Less drivel about yet another shirtless, pouting, Highland bif romance and more quality writing about things / events that actually matter is always the right way to go.

  • The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

    "Best audiobook around on June - Sept. 1914."

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Professor Herwig is a WWI scholar of the first water. This book breaks down (from corps to division and regiment level action) all of the early engagements leading up to the Battle of the Marne. You will not find another audiobook that comes close to this book. Put it this way - The Battle of Guise / St. Quentin is given 1hr 20 minutes. Find another audiobook that even approaches this coverage - good luck, it aint there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Audible had it in them to put this book on audio. You guys have probably 12,000 books about some lame ass shirtless loverboy bif vampire or vampire hunter blah blah blah character pouting about whatever. Get out of that rut. Fire the mushy pussbags who think those kinds of books are what listeners want. At least think of cutting back on that tired genre for a while and give us more books like The Marne, 1914.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Stillwell – was your favorite?

    He doesn't do characters and he doesn't throw out some canned euro accent when reading something written or said by some German General. His pace and tone work well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    German soldiers let down by weak-kneed, indecisive "Gloomy Julius"! or Give von Kluck back those 2 corps you ripped from him and needlessly sent east just in time for them to watch Hindenburg's victory parade after Tannenberg! or Milktoast Moltke blows it!


    Any additional comments?

    nope.

  • Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4 - August 21, 1944

    "Well Researched Account of Canadian Forces"

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    Where does Breakout from Juno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook receives a 9.24 out of 10 on my Modified Indexed Listening Formula (MILF) scale. I own somewhere in the low four digits of audiobooks, so the above mentioned rating is my way of saying get this audiobook! If you are interested in books about Normandy operations and the fighting inland around Caen, then you will not find a more in depth account from Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakout from Juno?

    There was more of an accumulation of memorable moments that leave a lasting impression - Canadian soldiers fought with tenacity and valor against some of the most determined and well led soldiers Germany could produce - 12SS PzD "Hitlerjugend" and other I & II SS Korps forces. There was absolutely no love lost between the Canadian and Hitlerjugend soldiers, and I am putting it mildly. If the Canadian forces had mid level and divisional commanders even half as combat savvy and competent as the German forces had, then the Canadians would not have suffered such terrible losses in men and materiel in the July and August operations south of Caen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite scene does not really fit with my impression of this military history audiobook. A scene that I particularly remember was the fierce fighting in and around St. Andre, May-sur-Orne and Verriers Ridge areas between the Black Watch Regiment and elements of 9SS PzD "Hohenhstaufen". Listening to Mr. Zuehlke's account of this area of operations, one gets a strong sense of the vulnerability Canadian forces had in attacking a well entrenched enemy, armed with state of the art equipment - 1 Mg-42 per 12 riflemen, powerful Panther tanks able to knock out Canadian armor from a long distance, and support from Nebelwerfer detachments able to bring down deadly accurate fire observed from Verriers Ridge.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course I didn't laugh or cry - this is a well researched, sober account of a hard fought area of operations during the inland fighting phase of the Normandy campaign. Mr. Zuehlke provided a much needed / deserved historical spotlight on the Canadian forces who bore the brunt of intense, bloody fighting during the above mentioned time period.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very well written book by a military historian of the first water. Mr. Zuehlke has done Canadian veterans and all students military history a huge service by writing this and the several other WWII books about the Canadian Corps contributions to the Allied victory over the Axis. This audiobook is a must for all students of military history. I must thank Audible for the availability of Mr. Zuehlke's books to us listeners.

    Books like Breakout from Juno are what I and hopefully many other people want to see from Audible. I wish there were more audiobooks of this caliber available, and less mindless chick-lit formulaic romance dribble that takes so much of Audible's virtual book shelf space these days.

    In my humble opinion, I think it is pathetic that there is such a big demand for that kind of audio-crap. For example, count up each week how many audiobooks are released that have a picture of some guy without a shirt with some clingy chic wrapped around his torso versus the number of books about actual scientific topics (not esp or how to live with yourself or ufo conspiracies) and history books like Breakout from Juno. For the record, I have not actually put figures to paper, but why should I? It is so overwhelmingly scaled on the audio crap side that I end up having to rant like I am doing right now. Audible can do better. I wish Audible would do better.

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  • "Fantastic Read of an exceptional life"

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    Han Von Luck was in almost all the theaters of the war. The invasion of France, North Africa, Invasion of Russia, then Normandy and defense of Berlin. He takes you though the battles and politics of the war. Von luck was not a Nazi, but had to live with the insanity of the war and prison in Russia. He was an exceptional man who was not bitter after years of war with limited supplies, and then he endured years of captivity in the Russian coal mines including a punishment camp. Yet he has good things to say about everyone, North Africans, the allies and even the Russians. He was later released and was not able to get a good job since he was a war officer. He endured all over a decade, and kept his spirits and head up. He is an example of a great spirit, a survivor, and a man of character. Someone to look up to.

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    Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck

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    A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

    Joseph Hayek says: "From a former tank commander"

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    Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War ll (






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    Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War ll

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    During World War II, as the United States called on its citizens to serve in unprecedented numbers, the presence of gay Americans in the armed forces increasingly conflicted with the expanding anti-homosexual policies and procedures of the military. In Coming Out Under Fire, Allan Berube examines in depth and detail these social and political confrontations - not as a story of how the military victimized homosexuals, but as a story of how a dynamic power relationship developed.

    Susie says: "Bringing the Armed Services Out of the Closet"
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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (






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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
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    No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (






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    No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

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    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
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    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (






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    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (






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    Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

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    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
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    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (






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    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

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    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
  • 4.3 (1873 ratings)
    SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper (






UNABRIDGED) by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin Narrated by Ray Porter

    SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

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    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (






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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (






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    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

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    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

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    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

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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"
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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany (






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    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (






UNABRIDGED) by Eric Blehm Narrated by Paul Michael

    Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

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    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (






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    Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (






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    Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

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    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
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  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa (






UNABRIDGED) by E. B. Sledge Narrated by Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks

    With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks
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    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    Richard says: "This is the second audio book of Sledge's work"
  • Service: A Navy SEAL at War (






UNABRIDGED) by Marcus Luttrell Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

    Heidi says: "love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!"
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer Narrated by Holter Graham

    No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
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    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
  • The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe (






UNABRIDGED) by John Toland Narrated by Ralph Cosham

    The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Toland
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people - from Hitler's personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici.

    James Hazen says: "Terrible narration"
  • The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security (






UNABRIDGED) by Ann Hagedorn Narrated by Laural Merlington

    The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ann Hagedorn
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
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    The urgent truth about the privatization of America’s national security that exposes where this industry came from, how it operates, where it's heading—and why we should be concerned. Thirty years ago there were no private military and security companies (PMSCs); there were only mercenaries. Now the PMSCs are a bona-fide industry, an indispensable part of American foreign and military policy.

  • On the Bottom: The Raising of the Submarine S-51 (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Ellsberg Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    On the Bottom: The Raising of the Submarine S-51

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Ellsberg
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    The sinking of the submarine S-51 was one of the greatest tragedies in American naval history. Due to a miscommunication and subsequent collision between the sub and a passing steamship on a September night, the S-51, including 33 of its crew of 36, sank to the ocean depths. The tragedy of the S-51 captivated the nation, and was a fixture in the pages of American newspapers. The story took on a whole new dimension when the navy decided to take over the salvage of the 1,000-ton behemoth from a civilian company.

  • A History of the Peninsular War Volume 2: January - September 1809 (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Oman Narrated by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot

    A History of the Peninsular War Volume 2: January - September 1809

    • ABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Oman
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
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    FNH Audio presents a slightly abridged reading of this second volume of Charles Oman's military history classic. In this second volume, a detailed examination is made of the months January to September of 1809. The Talavera campaign is examined from both sides using reference materials from British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese sources. This book covers the entire Talavera campaign, from its inception right through to the near starved retreat of the victors from the field.

  • South Pacific Cauldron: World War II's Great Forgotten Battlegrounds (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Rems Narrated by Michael Prichard

    South Pacific Cauldron: World War II's Great Forgotten Battlegrounds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alan Rems
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    Unlike most other World War II accounts, this work covers the South Pacific operations in detail. The audiobook includes many now-forgotten operations that deserve to be well remembered. Significantly, the official Australian history of World War II correctly observed that Australia's part in the Pacific war is barely mentioned in American histories. This volume finally brings the major Australian contribution to the fore.

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  • Hell on Ice: The Saga of the Jeannette (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Ellsberg Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    Hell on Ice: The Saga of the Jeannette

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edward Ellsberg
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    In the 1870s, newspaperman James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald drummed up excitement and publicity for his paper through highly publicized missions of exploration. In 1879, Bennett's idea for a voyage was his most audacious to date: the North Pole. To do this, he hired a team of naval veterans in addition to a smattering of civilians with specialized knowledge in meteorology, whaling, and naturalism. The men on board the Jeannette set off in September of 1879. This would be the last time anyone saw them for two years.

    Christopher says: "Great story, and great way to approach the telling"
  • Breve historia de la guerra antigua y medieval (






UNABRIDGED) by Francesc Xavier Hernández, Xavier Rubio Narrated by Fernando Caride

    Breve historia de la guerra antigua y medieval

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Francesc Xavier Hernández, Xavier Rubio
    • Narrated By Fernando Caride
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    La guerra ha estado presente desde la Prehistoria, descubrir la historia de la guerra desde una perspectiva científica, es descubrir una parte de la historia de la humanidad. La guerra, el enfrentamiento humano, está presente en las sociedades humanas, si bien habría que distinguir entre el enfrentamiento personal y el conflicto organizado entra varios individuos representativos de un pueblo.

  • 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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