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Rufus Putnam

Pittsburgh | Member Since 2003

  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 607 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve Yastrow says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Slow gooing."

    History can be presented for the general reader of for professional historians; this book is definitely NOT for the general reader. Even for me, a professional historian, I found it tedious and seemingly intermiable. Much of the focus is on the political machinations inside the Israeli cabinet,very little on the actual combat. There is no information on the Arab perspective at all.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "I got this audiobook for free; I paid too much!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.

    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    I have never listened to a more ridiculous “action” story. It employs every cliché from the genre. The hero faces hundreds of the vile enemy defeating and repulsing them all singly or in groups. I only listened to the end to get a laugh out of how many hackneyed twists in the story line I could count

    How could the performance have been better?

    The book is hopeless.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"

    The author tries to strike somewhere between professional history and entertaining popular history and dosen't achieve either. It certainly can't pass as professional scholarship at the same time it is too dull to please the general reader. And the narrator is melodramtic and bombastic by turns; much too over done.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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