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  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer | Kai Bird,Martin J. Sherwin

    American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Roy says: "A "Blast" from the Past"
  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames | Kai Bird

    The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kai Bird
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
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    The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East - CIA operative Robert Ames.

    Yehuda Gilead says: "A solid research and a great storytelling ..."
  • Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 | Kai Bird

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kai Bird
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
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    Through a blend of memoir and history, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kai Bird recounts the Western experience in the Middle East and just why it has been so turbulent. Through Bird ’s Zelig-like presence, the reader experiences the Suez War of 1956, the June 1967 War, and the Black September hijackings of 1970 that led to the Jordanian Civil War. Bird ’s memoir also shows how all of these momentous events led to the rise and tragic downfall of a secular Arab nationalist ethos.

    Ari says: "The reading is atrocious"
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