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A. M.

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  • Berlin at War

  • By: Roger Moorhouse
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In Berlin at War, acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich. Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. It was the backdrop for the most lavish Nazi ceremonies, the site of Albert Speer's grandiose plans for a new "world metropolis", and the scene of the final climactic battle to defeat Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique study of part of World War II

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-25-17

Almost as good as his "Devil's Alliance" history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Roger Moorhouse is not only a superb historian but also a clear and uncluttered writer. And Perkins does an excellent job of narration too. However, the subject is not as penetrating and revealing as his Devil's Alliance work on the 22 months of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

I'll be looking out for more history from Moorhouse.

  • The Work I Did

  • A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels
  • By: Brunhilde Pomsel, Thore D. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Elka de Wit
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins', but, employed as a stenographer during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 90% Author's Political Diatribe

  • By A. M. on 03-16-18

90% Author's Political Diatribe

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Brunhilde Pomsel's banal life's story working under Goellbells was wholly devoid of historical interest but did serve the author's intent as a vehicle to preach her "Diversity is Strength" ultra-leftist progressive worldviews. Like with Marxism, this progressive utopian view believes in the promise of bending human nature to its will. If WWII and other wars throughout history have taught us, this folly only serves to undermine peace...the very thing she wishes to instill.

The narrator did a heck of a good job, though.

  • All the Kremlin's Men

  • Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
  • By: Mikhail Zygar
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The image of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. In its place is a weary figurehead buffeted - if not controlled - by the men who at once advise and deceive him. The regional governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable objects, far more powerful in their fiefdoms than the president himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pass the weak sauce

  • By A. M. on 01-29-18

Pass the weak sauce

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I expected a truthful hard-hitting expose and I got a cold hot dog with relish instead. It's hard to believe that anyone worth their weight as a journalist would write such a bland limp-wristed portrait of the world's most corrupt and criminal leader. Oh, I forgot, he still lives in Russia.

An Anna Politkovskaya he is NOT. I suggest reading something a little less whitewashy like Karen Dawisha, Masha Gessen, or Bill Browder. Anyone who reads this will know less than when they started...

Good narration, though.

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  • Revolution

  • By: Emmanuel Macron, Jonathan Goldberg - translation, Juliette Scott - translation
  • Narrated by: Jean Brassard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal story and his inspirations and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a "great transformation" that has not been experienced since the invention of the printing press and the Renaissance. This is a remarkable book that seeks to lay the foundations for a new society - a compelling testimony and statement of values by an important political leader who has become the flag-bearer for a new kind of politics.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious, arrogant, pompous, and French

  • By A. M. on 12-20-17

Pretentious, arrogant, pompous, and French

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-17

For whom did he write this book? What incredible dull tripe. Not a memorable sentence in this entire self-serving bland as vanilla book. A "Revolution" in nothingness. A complete waste of time. I just finished it and I can't think of a gosh darn thing he said...perhaps that was his evil plan?

  • The Retreat of Western Liberalism

  • By: Edward Luce
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy - of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but biased.

  • By James M. Tilly on 12-18-17

Dour leftist hand-wringing for 5 hours

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What's the purpose of this? After 5 hours I still do not know. A lefty's emotionally directed take on the world in which we live...with a heavy dose of Trump is bad, mmkay! Please, the world doesn't revolve around personalities or the kneejerk reflexivity of liberals everywhere.

Want to know why liberalism is in retreat? It's people like this and their doom and gloom self-loathing diatribes. For Christ's sake, get over yourselves.

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  • The Creature from Jekyll Island

  • A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
  • By: G. Edward Griffin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

  • By Stephen on 08-31-13

Good info but a bit over the top

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

A bit heavy on the conspiracy sauce. Too bad, a more reasoned and balanced examination would have more credibility. Nevertheless, this story on the Fed Reserve was an eye opener., indeed.

  • All the Best, George Bush

  • My Life in Letters and Other Writings
  • By: George Bush
  • Narrated by: George Bush, Barbara Bush
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Here is an intimate and revealing look at one of America's most private public figures. Although former president George Bush has been reticent in public, he has openly shared his private thoughts in correspondence throughout his life. This collection of letters, diary entries, and memos, along with Bush's commentary, provides an insightful portrayal of the forty-first president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the best

  • By Karen on 04-13-05

The right man for the right job at the right time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

We were very fortunate to have had George HW Bush as our president. History is just now starting to recognize that truth. So much could have gone wrong in this world if not for the wisdom and humility of this man. I doubt we'll see another like him in our lifetime. It seems as if American values have changed...

  • 41

  • A Portrait of My Father
  • By: George W. Bush
  • Narrated by: George W. Bush
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and Honoring

  • By Marie on 12-24-14

A great man in all respects

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

The more I know George HW Bush, the more I love the man. His son, #43, does a heck of a job telling the story of his life. America was very fortunate that men of his caliber served and sacrificed for his nation.

  • Losing an Enemy

  • Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy
  • By: Trita Parsi
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

This timely book focuses on President Obama's deeply considered strategy toward Iran's nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts. Drawing from more than 75 in-depth interviews with key decision-makers, including Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, this is the first authoritative account of President Obama's signature foreign policy achievement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of good info but biased

  • By A. M. on 10-28-17

A lot of good info but biased

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

The author fails to mention the reasons for Iran's reputation, it's acts of terrorism, the reasons for America's mistrust, and the many lies and deceptions it has engaged in with the IAEA. This book is not totally biased, I'd say about 75% biased. One needs more than this to understand the full picture.

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  • Hitler's Compromises

  • Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany
  • By: Nathan Stoltzfus
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

History has focused on Hitler's use of charisma and terror, asserting that the dictator made few concessions to maintain power. Nathan Stoltzfus, the award-winning author of Resistance of Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Germany, challenges this notion, assessing the surprisingly frequent tactical compromises Hitler made in order to preempt hostility and win the German people's complete fealty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History's nooks and crannies

  • By A. M. on 08-18-17

History's nooks and crannies

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Any additional comments?

It is far better to understand history than only to know enough to use it as a bludgeon. This is not a good first read of Hitler, but perhaps a good 4th or 5th read on the subject. It may have been better if a little shorter in length, IMO.

Reviewers who equated this material as some sort of excuse making for Hitler's indiscretions are missing the point entirely. History should never fit neatly into a little box!

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