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John

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  • Hiroshima Nagasaki

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paul Ham
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (67)
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    (58)
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    (59)

    The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 100,000 instantly, mostly women, children, and the elderly. Many hundreds of thousands more succumbed to their horrific injuries later, or slowly perished of radiation-related sickness. Yet the bombs were "our least abhorrent choice", American leaders claimed at the time - and still today most people believe they ended the Pacific War and saved millions of American and Japanese lives. Ham challenges this view, arguing that the bombings, when Japan was on its knees, were the culmination of a strategic Allied air war on enemy civilians that began in Germany.

    Gillian says: "While extraordinary, I can only give it 3 stars"
    "If you want drivel, this isn't it"
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    This well-documented and well-argued book is contrary to the accepted drivel we were all taught

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • China: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Keay
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid past. Keay's authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country.

    John says: "Needs new narrator"
    "great history of china"
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    detailed and particularly stated ...deals with ancient times as well as modern times ...comprehensive ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Morris Bishop
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    In this indispensable volume, one of America's ranking scholars combines a life's work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoritative and beautifully told, The Middle Ages is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance - a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Catholic Church, and the advent of the middle class.

    Dave Miller says: ""It's All left to the imagination.""
    "excellent, detailed, well written"
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    excellent, detailed, well written ...one of the best general histories of the period I've found

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Jennifer Paxton
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton Ph.D. Harvard University
    Overall
    (1188)
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    (1084)
    Story
    (1065)

    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    Claudia Murray says: "I'm sad it's over!"
    "thorough detailed analytical excellent"
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    ...and her lectures flowed well. Not cursory, but fleshed out. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistadors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Wood
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Following in the footsteps of the greatest Spanish adventurers, Michael Wood retraces the path of the conquistadors from Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, and from the deserts of North Mexico to the heights of Machu Picchu. As he travels the same routes as Hernán Cortés, Francisco, and Gonzalo Pizarro, Wood describes the dramatic events that accompanied the epic sixteenth-century Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

    John says: "Good starter on Conquistadors"
    "balanced treatment of the invasion"
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    balanced treatment of the invasion by the Spanish conquistadors. quite unlike what youlearned in highschool.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth-Century Egalitarian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hans L. Trefousse
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    One of the most controversial figures in 19th-century American history, Thaddeus Stevens is best remembered for his role as congressional leader of the radical Republicans and as a chief architect of Reconstruction. Long painted by historians as a vindictive “dictator of Congress”, out to punish the South at the behest of big business and his own ego, Stevens receives a more balanced treatment in Hans L. Trefousse’s biography, which portrays him as an impassioned orator and a leader.

    John says: "complex character, good explanation"
    "complex character, good explanation"
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    Thaddeus Stevens was ahead of his time ...an Abolitionist who was in the House. Great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War: 1848-1861

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David M. Potter, Don E. Fehrenbacher
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Impending Crisis is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully charts the chaotic forces that climaxed with the outbreak of the Civil War: westward expansion, the divisive issue of slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's uprising, the ascension of Abraham Lincoln, and the drama of Southern secession.

    jose says: "Great History Book"
    "the best book on this period, still"
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    written many years ago, but it is stil by far the best on the subject

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Leonard L. Richards
    • Narrated By William Dupuy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    During the bitter winter of 1786-87, Daniel Shays, a modest farmer and Revolutionary War veteran, and his compatriot Luke Day led an unsuccessful armed rebellion against the state of Massachusetts. Their desperate struggle was fueled by the injustice of a regressive tax system and a conservative state government that seemed no better than British colonial rule.

    James says: "Good info"
    "brilliant historical analysis"
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    a brilliant historical analysis of events that receive scant attention. how events shaped U.S. Constitution

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Taylor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell.

    Peter Stephens says: "Best book on the American Revolution that I have read"
    "A Masterpiece"
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    A masterpiece ... from the initial invasions through the War for Independence to 1800... Great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Colonies: The Settling of North America: Penguin History of the United States, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Taylor
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    In the first volume in the Penguin History of the United States series, edited by Eric Foner, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America, from the native inhabitants from millennia past through the decades of Western colonization and conquest and across the entire continent, all the way to the Pacific coast.

    CFuller says: "Excellent overview of the colonies"
    "the best ..."
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    The best history of this period I have ever found... comprehensive, detailed, and extraordinary fair

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Breach at Pusan: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in the Korean War: Campaigns and Commanders Series

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kenneth W. Estes
    • Narrated By Stuart Appleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Estes describes the mobilization, organization, and operations of First Brigade during the first three months of American participation in the Korean War. Focusing on the battalions, companies, and platoons that faced the hardened soldiers of the North Korean army, he brings the listener directly to the battlefield. The story he reveals there, woven with the voices of soldiers and officers, is one of cooperation rather than interservice rivalry. At the same time, he clarifies differences in the organizational cultures of the US Army and the Marine Corps.

    John says: "Good analysis"
    "Good analysis"
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    Good analysis of events ... and this includes analysis of the official history ofthe war

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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