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B Kevin

Avid reader of fiction and non-fiction. PhD in Astrophysics. Hobbies include Wagnerian opera, photography, and travel.

minneapolis, MN, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

    Liz says: "Engrossing yet horrifying"
    "Narrater needs a german diction coach"
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    What did you love best about The End?

    Fascinating historical account, but the mispronunciations of German terms and names was at times distracting.


    What other book might you compare The End to and why?

    Richard J Evan's "The Third Reich at War"


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Burleigh
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
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    In this sweepingly ambitious overview of World War II, Michael Burleigh combines meticulous scholarship with a remarkable depth of knowledge and an astonishing scope. By exploring the moral sentiments of entire societies and their leaders and how such attitudes changed under the impact of total war, Burleigh presents listeners with a fresh and powerful perspective on a conflict that continues to shape world politics.

    Ed says: "terror"
    "A study of society under the pressure of War"
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    While billed as an overview of WWII it focuses mainly on Europe, particularly the Nazis. There is a discussion of Japan at the end. He examines the moral attitudes of the countries involved, not just the political and military leadership, but entire societies, and how these attitudes bent and broke (on both sides) under the weight of total war.Fascinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Christian Propaganda"
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    Be aware, Benjamin Wiker is a fundamentalist christian from the Discovery Institute. The summary of his book: All evils are due to Atheists, if someone does evil and claims to be a christian, he is only pretending and is really an atheist, not matter how pious he acts. All the world's problems will be solved if we simply return to fundamentalist christian (and _only_ christian) fantasies. Bring back the Inquisition.

    Now you don't have to buy the book.

    27 of 40 people found this review helpful

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