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A. Stafford

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  • The American Revolution

  • By: Allen C. Guelzo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Allen C. Guelzo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Why did 13 colonies believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? And how did they eventually manage such an impressive feat? Get the real story on the battle for American independence with Professor Guelzo's 24 gripping lectures.With a focus on the war's strategy, military tactics, logistics, and most fascinating people, these lectures are a must own for anyone curious about the origins of the greatest nation in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, quirky prof

  • By Uferdinand on 08-02-16

Good coverage.

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Reviewed: 08-07-18

Good coverage of bothe sides. Enjoyable and engaging presentation. There were some gaps but he hits all the main areas.

  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Decent review of the British Empire.

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Reviewed: 07-04-17

Decent review of the British Empire but with high biases in the later periods although he recognizes this himself.

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  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Israeli, I knew so little about my region.

  • By Daniel M. on 09-15-17

Good and calm relation of the Middle East history.

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Reviewed: 05-13-17

Good and calm relation of the Middle East's history and turning points. Worth the listen.

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  • The American Experiment

  • By: James MacGregor Burns
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 88 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

James MacGregor Burns’s stunning trilogy of American history, spanning the birth of the Constitution to the final days of the Cold War. In these three volumes, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner James MacGregor Burns chronicles with depth and narrative panache the most significant cultural, economic, and political events of American history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • American History ABCs

  • By Michael on 06-16-15

Good history - strong biases

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-08-16

The author had done a lot of research but kept injecting their own moral opinions and biases.

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  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Gory

  • By Nancy on 07-01-08

Mesmerizing

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Reviewed: 10-08-15

Well worth your money and time. A fascinating story with important relevance for us today.