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Shoaib A. Naseem

History mania

Eau Claire, WI USA | Listener Since 2003

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  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (249)

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "An eye opener"
    Overall

    Having seen the influence of Colonial British in Pakistan (then India), this book brought sickening naustalgia. It is very ineresting to see how we as humans with power, make things that are none of our business, our business. And then when things go wrong, we blame everyone else but ourselves. A must read for everyone interested in longterm ramifications of un welcome intrusions into sovereignty of other countries.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Levering Lewis
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    At the beginning of the eighth century, the Arabs brought a momentous revolution in power, religion, and culture to Dark Ages Europe. David Levering Lewis' masterful history begins with the fall of the Persian and Roman Empires, followed by the rise of the prophet Muhammad and the creation of Muslim Spain.

    Larry says: "God's Crucible"
    "Buy the original book and read"
    Overall

    The text is very interesting. A scholarly work! It lacks, however, some authentic references, where it exposes the writer's lack of familiarity with Islam; and at times with the its principles. However, it is almost irritating to hear absolute slaughter of pronunciation Arabic and Persian words and names over and over again. It is exhausting to feel the labor of the reader. I wish the reader had sought some advice about the pronunciation, especially when embarking on an undertaking like this book. Spare yourself the trouble, buy the book and read it. It is much more enjoyable, then listening to it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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