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John

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  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: the clash with Lenin; collectivization; the Great Terror; the Nazi-Soviet pact and the Nazi-Soviet war; the anti-Semitic campaign that preceded his death; and the legacy he left behind.

    John says: "Great 1991 Study on Stalin fka Dzhugashvili"
    "Couldn't get through it"
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    What would have made Stalin better?

    This book was too dry for my taste (I only got about a quarter of the way through). I was looking for more color and context. It is very factual, as if someone is reading from historical documents. I would have enjoyed this more had the author given more background info on Russian history, the culture of the era, personalities, etc.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Conquest again?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frederick Davidson?

    Maybe


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  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Remarkable, insightful, amazing."
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    This book is a must read, particularly for anyone with an interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Very well written--gripping and soulful. What a unique and remarkable perspective. Thank you, Mosab, for sharing your story. There may yet come a day when you can help lead the region to peace.

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