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  • "Bliss is Ignorance"

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    High school teachers around the country, desperate for a lively philosophical and ethical debate to waken a sleepy history class at the end of the fall semester, often throw out the question, "If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?" I've had years to think about that particular question, and after listening to Candice Millard's "Destiny of a Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President" (2011), I know what my answer would be: I would send President James A. Garfield's doctor, Dr. Doctor Willard Bliss, on a year long trip to Europe starting the month before Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau. I would leave the more famous incidents (like the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, 1865) to more showy time travelers.

    Guiteau, a former member of the Oneida cult and then an itinerant preacher, firmly believed he was THE guiding force in American electoral politics. Guiteau did not have a modern diagnosis - but his stalking and delusions are very reminiscent of attempted President Ronald Reagan assassin John Hickley, Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Hinckley's 1982 diagnosis was Schizotypal Personality, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and depression. Guiteau, like Hinckley, was trying to get someone else's attention by assassinating the president. Unlike Hinckley, Guiteau was put to death. In 1881, the nation knew Guiteau was legally insane, but it took its vengeance in blood.

    Guiteau fired the shot, but Doctor Bliss killed Garfield. Yes, Bliss' first name was Doctor. Bliss introduced, and repeatedly introduced, the sepsis that killed Garfield. Bliss' arrogant refusal to use the techniques of Joseph Lister, who pioneered sterilization in operations; and his refusal to fully accept the help of Alexander Graham Bell, who developed a way of finding the bullet in Garfield's body after Guiteau shot Garfield, and long before Garfield's death. Bliss refused the help of other far more qualified doctors, and hid Garfield's true condition from the world to cover his own incompetence.

    Wonderful book, but the audio - lets just say that Paul Michael did mostly fine, but the narration the voices of young girls - like Molly Garfield - really needs work.

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    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

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    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
  • "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"

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    About ten years ago, I was shocked when my now-teenager asked me, "Where we you when President Kennedy was killed?" I told him I was born after that, but I was sure his grandparents would remember. They do, of course - but even 50 years later, it's hard for them to talk about that day. My mother's eyes become unfocused, and she talks about the apartment she and my Dad lived in, and going to watch the news on the neighbors' black and white television. My Dad mumbles, talks about hearing the news at his first job after college, and looks at the floor.

    "Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later" (2013) is an ABC News Special by Diane Sawyer. Sawyer narrates a collection of radio stories and interviews, along with audio clips from television broadcasts made immediately after John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. "Three Shots" follows the story as reporters did, from Dealey Plaza to Kennedy's burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The Audible version includes reporter interviews of witnesses made right after the assassination that have never been rebroadcast, which are fascinating today. The interviewees are calm, sound and relate what they saw, without speculation. That's a real contrast to today's requisite "How did it make you feel?" end-of-interview question. I do remember 9-11 quite vividly of course, and the news, and I always felt like saying "Why are you asking that question? How does it help the story? Do you think you'll get an answer other than an eloquent version of scared and devastated, followed by tears?"

    Sawyer's piece also has interviews with the reporters, describing in more detail the various locations where the events happened. I was pretty startled to hear a thorough description of the Dallas Police Office basement, followed by audio of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. I realized that the screams I heard were Oswald's. Millions of radio listeners must have heard the same thing 50 years ago.

    It's a very good listen. If my future grandchildren ask me the same JFK question, I'll tell them to listen to this story.

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    Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

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    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
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    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
  • "Invaluable Middle East Perspective"

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    After the Arab Spring began, I wanted to know more of the history of conflict in that area of the world. I have paid careful attention to the news, but news is a snapshot of what is happening now. Without historical context, the “why” is elusive.

    “Six Days of War” is a detailed history of The 1967 Six Day War/The June ’67 War and the 1973 Yom Kippur/October War. It gives the historical context that gave rise to the long running Arab-Israeli dispute that started even before Israel became a nation. Orem follows with a comprehensive, but brief discussion of conflict until 2002, when he wrote his book.

    Syria triggered the 1967 war by a series of border skirmishes, and firing on an Israeli farming outpost. Six weeks later, after the Israelis and the Arabs gathered munitions; tried to convince the United States (Israel) and the Soviet Union (Egypt) to provide artillery and planes; nominally tried to resolve the situation peacefully at the United Nations; and mustered public support, the war began.

    Oren avoids easy stereotypes about the military prowess – or lack thereof –on either side. It would be easy to minimize the Arab military preparations and tactics because they were completely overwhelmed in combat, but Oren pays careful attention to the factors that caused that. Those included Soviet military equipment unsuited for desert warfare; an overriding Arab distrust of Jordan’s King Hussein; Syria’s failure to fight until 4 or 5 days into the war; nepotism and cronyism in the Egyptian army that meant incompetent men were making battle decisions; and an overarching communications problem.

    The Israelis had different problems and some spectacular failures. Because of mistaken identity, the Israelis bombed the USS Liberty, an American ship in international waters 25 miles off the coast of Egypt, killing 34 Americans. The USS Saratoga had planes in the area on a training exercise carrying nuclear armed missiles. Identities were established and resolved shortly before an accidental nuclear war started.

    The book is light on the actual armaments used in the war, which was a bit of a disappointment. Tanks and artillery are covered pretty well. External fuel tanks were a real issue, and what happened to those tanks and crews is as obvious as it was unfortunate.

    I liked the narrator’s voice, but he mispronounced words, which was annoying. He did well with the Yiddish and Egyptian, but he was hit-and-miss with the Arabic. Occasionally, some English words were wrong, which was jarring – it sounds like he is a native English speaker.

    I am glad I listened to the book. I now have a much better understanding of what is happening now, and why.

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

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    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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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"
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  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    "You cant get away from Orwell's "1984"."

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    If you could sum up Dear Leader in three words, what would they be?

    Thats easy!! A plagiarist of George Orwell, a pedophile, and a narcissistic sociopath. I am not overstating when I say this book could change your life. Your own problems will simply disappear into an embarrassing haze of utter meaningless. Forget North Korea's violations concerning nuclear proliferation, this government has inflicted genocide using starvation against its people, and should lose their sovereignty. The suffering of the Korean people most notably the execution of the soul is a repeat of man's worst history. Never has a such a high ranking official from North Korea defected and lived to tell about the horror left behind. There is actually a "Room 101" used for practically the same atrocities as in Orwell's 1984. Speechless and heartbroken, there is nothing else to say. A must read!!!


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    Where does Dear Leader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The combination of an exciting personal narrative with shocking expose about what goes on in North Korea as recently as 10 years ago blew me away. I loved this book.


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    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

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    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

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    The Nixon-Kennedy Debates: The Complete and Authentic Recordings of the Historic Debates (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter Marcus, John F. Kennedy (contributor), Richard Nixon (contributor) Narrated by Sander Vanocur

    The Nixon-Kennedy Debates: The Complete and Authentic Recordings of the Historic Debates

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    • By Peter Marcus, John F. Kennedy (contributor), Richard Nixon (contributor)
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    This compilation contains the complete audio recordings of all four of the landmark debates complemented by narration by Sander Vanocur (one of the original panel of journalists during the first debate), enabling listeners to hear, word for word, history in the making and to draw his or her own conclusions about who won this face-off between two of America's most noted Presidents.

    Bruce_in_LA says: "very interesting"
  • 4.9 (20 ratings)
    Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century  by The Great Courses, Jeffrey Rosen Narrated by Professor Jeffrey Rosen

    Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

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    • By The Great Courses, Jeffrey Rosen
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey Rosen
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    Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

    Joseph says: "Entertaining & thought-provoking. Highly recommend"
  • 4.5 (1979 ratings)
    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
  • 4.4 (1893 ratings)
    John Adams (






UNABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Nelson Runger

    John Adams

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    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
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  • 4.4 (1106 ratings)
    John Adams (






ABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Edward Herrmann

    John Adams

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    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
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    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
  • 4.3 (561 ratings)
    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour (






UNABRIDGED) by Lynne Olson Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

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    Here is the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and a reluctant American public to support the British at a critical time.

    Susan says: "If we are together nothing is impossible"
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    Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses  by Ronald Reagan Narrated by Ronald Reagan

    Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

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    From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. These addresses transform our image of Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

    Michael says: "I LOVED this -common sense in Reagan's own voice"
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    The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made (






UNABRIDGED) by John Ramsden

    The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made

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    "The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

    IRP says: "Excellent & Interesting Course"
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Francis Fukuyama Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

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    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Henderson says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Perlstein Narrated by David de Vries

    The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

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    In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term - until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over” - but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives.

    Gary says: "Gives context that newspapers lacked to events"
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jang Jin-sung Narrated by Daniel York

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
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    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
  • John Adams (






UNABRIDGED) by David McCullough Narrated by Nelson Runger

    John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
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  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael B. Oren Narrated by Robert Whitfield

    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"
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Suzanne M. Desan

    Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

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    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
  • Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by Bruce L. Shelley Narrated by Adam Verner

    Church History in Plain Language: Fourth Edition

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    • By Bruce L. Shelley
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    With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "EXCELLENT RESOURCE - GOOD, SIMPLE, CLEAR OVERVIEW"
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (






UNABRIDGED) by Evan Osnos Narrated by Evan Osnos, George Backman

    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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    • Narrated By Evan Osnos, George Backman
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    As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

    Sam says: "Important stories from contemporary China."
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  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (






UNABRIDGED) by Candice Millard Narrated by Paul Michael

    Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
  • The Lemon Tree (






UNABRIDGED) by Sandy Tolan Narrated by Sandy Tolan

    The Lemon Tree

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    In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramle, in what is now Jewish Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out of Palestine nearly 20 years earlier. One cousin had a door slammed in his face, and another found his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir Al-Khairi, was met at the door by a young woman called Dalia, who invited them in.

  • Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (






UNABRIDGED) by Max Blumenthal Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia

    Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

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    • By Max Blumenthal
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    In Goliath, New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008/9, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.

    William says: "The truth is rarely pretty"
  • The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert D. Kaplan Narrated by Michael Prichard

    The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

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    In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

    C. Telfair says: "Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?"
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Perlstein Narrated by David de Vries

    The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By David de Vries
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    In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term - until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over” - but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives.

    Gary says: "Gives context that newspapers lacked to events"
  • Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table (






UNABRIDGED) by Cita Stelzer Narrated by Davina Porter

    Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cita Stelzer
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    In this riveting, informative, and entertaining book, Stelzer draws on previously untapped material, diaries of guests, and a wide variety of other sources to tell of some of the key dinners at which Churchill presided before, during, and after World War II.

  • When the Hills Ask for Your Blood (






UNABRIDGED) by David Belton Narrated by Jonathan Slinger

    When the Hills Ask for Your Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Belton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Slinger
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    6th April, 1994: In the skies above Rwanda the president's plane is shot down in flames. The mass slaughter that follows is one of the bloodiest chapters in history. Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced. He revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not.

  • Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Drew Narrated by Jo Anna Perrin

    Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Drew
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
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    Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation's political conscience - told from within. In this book, we see corruption in its most prosaic and grandest forms, along with occasional flashes of decency, ethics, and humanity, and other sights rarely witnessed in the wilds of the capital.

    Susan C. S. says: "Fascinating history"
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  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick J. Buchanan Narrated by Arthur Morey

    The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

    Jean says: "The comeback kid"
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Jang Jin-sung Narrated by Daniel York

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
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    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
  • Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (






UNABRIDGED) by Danielle Allen Narrated by Robin Miles

    Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Danielle Allen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence changed the world, but curiously it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Unsettled by this, Danielle Allen read the text quietly with students and discovered its animating power. "Bringing the analytical skills of a philosopher, the voice of a gifted memoirist, and the spirit of a soulful humanist to the task, Allen manages to find new meaning in Thomas Jefferson' s understanding of equality," says Joseph J. Ellis about Our Declaration.

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