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Caleb

Madison, WI, USA

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  • Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Timothy B. Tyson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    The battle for civil rights was not won in the '60s, certainly not in many parts of the country. It never touched Oxford, North Carolina, where young Tim Tyson was growing up. In 1970, when a black man was killed in the town square by a Klansman and his sons, and an all-white jury acquitted the murderers, both blacks and whites were swept into a firestorm. Amid the violence and fear that enveloped the town, Tim's father attempted to bring the two sides together, only to be reviled as a traitor to both.

    Caleb says: "This Is A Very Good Book"
    "This Is A Very Good Book"
    Overall

    Listening to Tyson describe the North Carolina of the 1960s, I was reminded how much the world has changed in the last half century. Ku Klux Klan rallies, widespread white supremacism, corrupt judicial systems -- that culture of hate is almost unrecognizeable today. In addition to solid history and a gripping true crime narrative, the book includes thoughtful sections on nonviolence. Tyson shows that much of the nonviolence movement of the 1960s was a myth, and that violence and physical force were necessary to change our culture. This book is filled with big ideas and big questions, but it is written in a plain style that is easy to understand. It is smart without being difficult. Highly recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (289)

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "Excellent history"
    Overall

    This book reminds us how America is partly responsible for the current mess in Iran. The book raises good, hard questions about American foreign policy. Some of the middle section is pretty dry. But, overall, this was a fast, enjoyable listen. Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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