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  • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 | Robert Dallek

    An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
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    An Unfinished Life is the first authoritative single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing upon firsthand sources, freshly unearthed documents, and never-before-opened archives, prizewinning historian Robert Dallek reveals more than we ever knew about Jack Kennedy forever changing the way we think about his life, his presidency, and his legacy.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Great Biography - Neccessarily Disappointing"
  • Nixon and Kissinger | Robert Dallek

    Nixon and Kissinger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
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    Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified documents and tapes, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the quest for foreign policy achievements. With unprecedented detail, Dallek reveals Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate and the extent to which Kissinger was complicit in trying to help Nixon use national security to prevent his impeachment or resignation.

    Anna says: "This audiobook is abridged."
  • Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope: 1945-1953 | Robert Dallek

    Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope: 1945-1953

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    In a striking reinterpretation of the postwar years, Robert Dallek examines what drove the leaders of the most powerful and populous nations around the globe - Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Mao, de Gaulle, and Truman - to rely on traditional power politics despite the catastrophic violence their nations had endured. The decisions of these men, for better and often for worse, had profound consequences for decades to come.

  • The American Presidency: The Modern Scholar | Robert Dallek

    The American Presidency: The Modern Scholar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Robert Dallek
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    This course explores the tenures of the men who held our nation's highest office during the 20th-century. The lectures look at each president and examine his strengths and weaknesses, as well as the times in which he served. Through this analysis, listeners will develop a better understanding not only of this supreme office and how it has taken shape, but also how it has shaped America and, indeed, the modern world.

    Alexander says: "Great program"
  • Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness | Walter Isaacson (editor),Sean Wilentz,Alan Brinkley,Annette Gordon-Reed,Jean Strouse,Robert Dallek,Frances FitzGerald

    Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson (editor), Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, and others
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
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    What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians.

  • Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series | Robert Dallek

    Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    He was the plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president, yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.

    In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job, but Harry S. Truman would surprise them all.

  • Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House | Robert Dallek

    Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek, whom The New York Times calls "Kennedy's leading biographer", delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors, their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In Camelot's Court, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration - including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam - were indelible.

    izic says: "Incredibly in depth in the best and worst ways"
  • Democrat and Diplomat: The Life of William E. Dodd | Robert Dallek

    Democrat and Diplomat: The Life of William E. Dodd

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Ken Maxon
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    An insightful historical account, Democrat and Diplomat exposes the dark underbelly of 1930s Germany and explores the terrible burden of those who realized the horror that was to come. Dodd was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, arriving in Berlin with his wife and daughter just as Hitler assumed the chancellorship. An unlikely candidate for the job - and not President Roosevelt's first choice - Dodd quickly came to realize that the situation in Germany was far grimmer than was understood in America.

    Alan says: "Very disappoiting"
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