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  • Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Red Mutiny, Neal Bascomb turns his attention to the legendary uprising aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin in 1905. After they are served rancid meat, 600 sailors rebel. Their violent struggle against oppression and hopelessness comes to symbolize the core ideals of the Russian Revolution.

    Karen says: "Hard to finish"
    "f"
    Overall

    A good review of a relatively little known, but important episode in history

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Aaron L. Friedberg
    • Narrated By Michael Scherer
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. Understanding China's foreign policy means fully appreciating these geostrategic challenges, which persist even as the country gains increasing influence over its neighbors. Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell analyze China's security concerns on four fronts: at home, with its immediate neighbors, in surrounding regional systems, and in the world beyond Asia.

    Chaohui says: "Recites superficial observations."
    "Recites superficial observations."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Contest for Supremacy? What did you like least?

    It is readable, but the author attempted no insight, off no new prescription, and large built a narrative by cherry picked quotes. In the end he exhorted the US to do what is has done, which he admits to be a born of shorted sighted narrowly self interested born of compromise, but do it better.


    Do you think A Contest for Supremacy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (112)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "I am not brought up to loath the human race."
    Overall

    It's a fairly pitiful gruel. This book is not a work of constructive self criticism the price of human accomplishment, but is instead a pathetic work of species level self-loathing.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful

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