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  • Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War | Fred Kaplan

    Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

    Brian says: "decent, interesting but at to much of a high level"
  • John Quincy Adams: American Visionary | Fred Kaplan

    John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
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    In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new historical detail, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams - the little known and much misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams - and persuasively demonstrates how Adams's inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.

    Jonathan Love says: "Destined by birth, mentored by greats..."
  • The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War | Fred Kaplan

    The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
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    Based on previously unavailable documents and interviews with more than 100 key players, including General David Petraeus, The Insurgents unfolds against the backdrop of two wars waged against insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one led at home by a new generation of officers - including Petraeus, John Nagl, David Kilcullen, and H. R. McMaster - who were seized with an idea on how to fight these kinds of "small wars" and who adapted their enemies' techniques to overhaul their own army.

    Chupuk says: "How to fight a war and win"
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed | Fred Kaplan

    1959: The Year Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Acclaimed national security columnist and noted cultural critic Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed AmericaWhile conventional accounts focus on the 60s as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, Fred Kaplan argues that it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the decades that followed.

    James says: "Facinating look at a neglected moment in history"
  • Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power | Fred Kaplan

    Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    America's power is in decline, its foreign policy adrift, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past eight years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Daydream Believers combines in-depth reporting and analysis to explain how George W. Bush and his aides got so far off track - and why much of the nation followed.

    Me & My Girls says: "Repetitive Text; Poor Narration"
  • Obama's Way | Fred M. Kaplan

    Obama's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Fred M. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    This is a common critique of Obama’s foreign policy: that he evades hard decisions, that he is allergic to military force if it risks American casualties or escalation, that there is often a mismatch between his words and his deeds. “This is a pattern,” one retired four-star general said. “He issues stern warnings, then does nothing. It damages American credibility.”Is the charge true?

  • Sacred Tears: Sentimentality in Victorian Literature | Fred Kaplan

    Sacred Tears: Sentimentality in Victorian Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
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    What is sentimentality, and where did it come from? For acclaimed scholar and biographer Fred Kaplan, the seeds were planted by the British moral philosophers of the eighteenth century. The Victorians gained from them a theory of human nature, a belief in the innateness of benevolent moral instincts; sentiment, in turn, emerged as a set of shared moral feelings in opposition to both scientific realism and the more ego-driven energies of Romanticism.

  • Should Silicon Valley Go to War? | Fred Kaplan

    Should Silicon Valley Go to War?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Knezevich
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    On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration met at a federal office in San Jose with senior executives from Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Apple. On the agenda for the discussion, according to a one-page memo widely leaked to the press, was this question: “How can we make it harder for terrorists to [use] the Internet to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize followers to violence?”

  • Rethinking Nuclear Policy | Fred Kaplan

    Rethinking Nuclear Policy

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    Four months into his presidency, at a summit in Prague, Barack Obama pledged to take “concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.” Yet nearly eight years later, he presides over a program to modernize the entire US nuclear arsenal at a cost of $35 billion a year through the next decade and beyond. To those who accuse him of hypocrisy, Obama has said that he always regarded a nuclear-free world as a long-term goal, unlikely to be met in his lifetime, much less his time in office.

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