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  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

    Cynthia says: "Walking through London/Two Millennia"
    "The Visit"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World?

    If you are planning to visit London, this lecture plus a good guide book will give overview of the city and how it got to the place it is today.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War: History, Causes, Solutions

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Brant Shermer
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    In his college war course, Dr. Shermer mixes straight narrative history with science, philosophy, and theory as to the causes and solutions to war. The course begins with an overview of war and terms and definitions as they will be used throughout the course.

    Joel says: "It's not an audio book"
    "More mistakes and than true facts"
    Overall

    I purchase this book for the idea of the title. Although the theme was great, I got really annoyed with the misquotes that the author had throughout the lecture. He has to check his facts and how he used them. Because of this problem, it is not the worth the time to listen to it.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    As professional 21st-century historians cede the literary field to the popular amateur, history and its meanings become muddled - especially in the punditocracy championed by modern media. Copious amounts of cherry-picked facts and manufactured heroes are used to create a narrative rather than give any insight into past events. MacMillan offers an antidote to this by providing the necessary tools to help interpret history in constructive ways.

    Andrew says: "What Bad Narration!"
    "A New Approach to the Study of History"
    Overall

    Although I do not completely agree with author's thesis on the use of history by public personalities, it made me think about the subject of history and its uses to formulate public opinion and policies. Sometimes, it is used for positive formulations, but many times, it used to set policies that are not true to the "real history" of the subject. It more than worth the time to listen to it. I am sure that there will more questions than there are answer to the subject. But is that not the job of an historian in the long run.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    This course examines the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Good Beginning for Franklin"
    "A Good Beginning for Franklin"
    Overall

    This book is a very good start on the life and time of Franklin; however, the listener should also read The First American by Prof. Brands.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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