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Mitch Emswiller

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  • The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and the inexorable drift of nuclear-weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations acquire the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being used by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

    Mitch Emswiller says: "A Review"
    "A Review"
    Overall

    Fast-paced and full of hard facts. Demonstrates how little the public knows of the scramble that is taking place as poor countries, extremists, etc., vie for the ultimate weapon and a seat at the table of power.

    Tempered by how much is required to actually weaponize uranium & plutonium and conceal this from the rest of the world.

    Dovetails nicely with "The Nuclear Jihadist" by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins. The history of AQ Khan, the Father of the Islamic Bomb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coal: A Human History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Freese
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (104)

    The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock altered the course of history. Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy, and even today powers our electrical plants, has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe.

    Chad says: "About 1/2 good, 1/2 not so good"
    "A Review"
    Overall

    VERY INTERESTING! Enjoyed the history, but I fast-forwarded through dinosaur period. Found the Middle Ages and the history of London to be wonderful. Amazing detail of mechanical & hydrological engineering. Mining, child labor, social and health consequences,

    Did get a little preach-y near the end. But would recommend to another history lover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway, Jon Warshawsky
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's Monday. Time to hit the pause button on your personality and get ready for the next meeting because, for the next five days, we'll be speaking the language of business. And, from bloated jargon and monotonous memos to syrupy slogans and deadly dull presentations, the official language of business is bull. The second we get to work, we join the masses who trade the wit and warmth of their voices for a corporate stamp of approval and the comfort of conformity.

    Chuck says: "Good premise; should have been a short story"
    "A Review"
    Overall

    A nice break from more serious pursuits. Has many laugh out loud moments. Recommend for any of us frustrated "cubicle dwellers".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine & the Birth of Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Yaroslav Trofimov
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times.

    Mitch Emswiller says: ""The Siege" - A Review"
    ""The Siege" - A Review"
    Overall

    If you enjoy connecting the dots of past incidents in the Middle East and seeing their impact on today's world...A MUST "READ"! Fast paced, easily understood. Doesn't get into mundane minutia but flies at 30,000 feet. Fanatic zealots think their guy is the Machti (the prophet the returns to save the world and purge all infidels from the lands of Islam).

    To prove their point they seize the grand temple in Mecca and kill hundreds of innocents. This causes the entangling of the House of Saud, the US, other Islamic countries, and France's elite anti-terrorism squadron.

    CAUTION: you may miss work sitting in the parking lot, while waiting for the end!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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