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Martha

New York, NY, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

    Nelson Alexander says: "What Every President Should Know"
    "Shocking and revelatory"
    Overall

    This book should be required reading for any American interested in our real foreign policy and its darker motivations and actions. The facts speak for themselves, and this is a well researched history. However, the author occasionally muses about what might have happened if our politicians had taken another course - this we will never know. Also, I found the reader's intonation to be rather stiff and his Henry Kissinger sounds more like Bela Lugosi. Perhaps intentional! Regardless, Overthrow is a riveting exploration of events, and listening to it late at night felt like being read an evil bedtime story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By R.A. Scotti
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    It was the splendor and the scandal of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe, the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave, to build a better basilica.

    Margaret says: "Spell binding"
    "Historical subject but novelized style"
    Overall

    A fascinating subject, relatively well researched but written in a "You were there" style. ('Michelangelo was out of breath as he wiped his brow with his calloused hands and thought...." etc. More annoying was the uneducated pronunciation from the British reader who has a pleasant enough speaking voice but displays shocking ignorance of the classical field. These are not accepted English vs. American pronunciations, mind you. "Tacky-tiss' instead of Tacitus? There are many more of this sort, and I'm no snob. But she should have been coached properly and the recording edited. Otherwise, the book is worth a listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (639)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Neither a polemic nor a diatribe."
    Overall

    The facts are scary enough! A riveting account of CIA history from an experienced reporter who does not have an axe to grind. However, with access to recently declassified documents, the truth is damning, indeed. I learned more about the hidden realities of the Kennedy, Johnson and Eisenhower administrations than from all of my other books combined. Although I had always considered myself to be quite knowledgeable about the Nixon era, I was stunned by some of these recent revelations. Every American citizen should read this book to comprehend how the world sees the USA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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