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Barry Stephens

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  • One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis.

    MikeCG says: "On the verge of annihilation."
    "Painful"
    Overall

    Ponderous, painful, poorly written, poorly read. This work simply fails to find the balance between the big picture and individual experience that marks good history. The threads of the story were not well interwoven and I found myself losing interest in almost everything as a result. It is hard to believe, but this book manages to make the Cuban Missile Crisis seem tedious and unimportant, which it certainly was not. Huge disappointment.

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Charles de Gaulle: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Don Cook
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Don Cook is the first American to write a major biography of Charles de Gaulle from an American perspective. Rich with new anecdotal material, it offers fresh evaluations and sheds new light on Europe's most controversial and enigmatic general, politician, and statesman. Arrogant, haughty, single-minded in war, politics, and his personal life, Charles de Gaulle ranks in many ways as the most powerful personality of an epoch blessed - or cursed - with powerful men.

    Barry Stephens says: "Unlistenable"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall

    I would like to be able to review this book but the sound quality is so bad I cannot listen to it, not with a great sound system, let alone on my ipod.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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