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Jeff

Love History, Biography and other non-fiction. I enjoy the process of learning. I love many of The Great Courses.

EDWARDS, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (499)

    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
    "One of the best books I've ever listened to!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, engineering, collaborative teams or just good story telling.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemy of Air to and why?

    books on the Manhattan project because it is a story of brilliant individuals responding to enormous challenges and ethical dilemmas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The use of gas as a weapon. The fog of war has a way of pulling scientists in. Before they realize it, they become Dr Evil.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't press pause.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (741)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "Perils of Pacifism"
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    Would you listen to The Second World War again? Why?

    Plenty of valuable lessons and insights relevant to the times in which we live. Churchill was a creative genius.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?

    Any moment when Churchill wields metaphor to paint word pictures. A master of language.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An epic told by the man who lived it.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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