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  • Debriefing the President

  • The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein
  • By: John Nixon
  • Narrated by: John Nixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world. At the time John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not What You Think It Is

  • By Doug on 01-10-17

Petty and short sighted

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

One mans personal opinion. Petty and whining
Too much talk about his feelings about the agency.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Run

  • The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
  • By: David Zucchino
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Called “the best account of combat since Black Hawk Down” by Men’s Journal, Thunder Run is a no-holds-barred look at the sweep of Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 by U.S. armed forces. One of the boldest gambles in modern military history, the surprise attack on Baghdad by three battalions of tanks and APCs and less than 1,000 men total was the single stroke that is credited for ending the Iraqi war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good reporting, but not a great book

  • By Dr. Jonathan Newman on 04-01-12

So Intense!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-12

I never thought a book written in 2003 about the dash to Baghdad could be so damn riveting. No matter what type of military books you read, this one is a stunner. Starts off a bit slow, but by the time it was over I was so enthralled!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Striking Back

  • The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response
  • By: Aaron J. Klein
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

1972. The Munich Olympics. Palestinian members of the Black September group murder 11 Israeli athletes. Nine hundred million people watch the crisis unfold on television, witnessing a tragedy that inaugurates the modern age of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History of the Israeli Secret Service

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 01-09-08

IDF, IAF... how can you hate someone thats so good

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

Reviewed: 01-03-12

If you hate Israel, then dont bother commenting or reading this book or review. But if you love Israel, youll find this book another amazing account of how the hand of God is on the nation and its protectorate. Detailed and truthful; admitting lapses of intelligence when they happen.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Decade

  • Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis

  • By Michael on 01-31-11

Very thorough yet understandable

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

Reviewed: 01-03-12

Much like "America's Secret War", the title does no justice to the content. This book is captivating in the author's strongly founded opinions on the direction of global affairs and how in fact the presidency matters only in so much in how the president responds to current issues (and the impact they will have on the next decade.) Very good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raid on the Sun

  • Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb
  • By: Rodger W. Claire
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So, when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned, especially when they discovered that Iraqi scientists had already formulated a secret program to extract weapon-grade plutonium from the reactor, a first critical step in creating an atomic bomb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real thriller

  • By Jonnie on 09-20-09

IDF, IAF, thank God theyre our allies

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I would hate to have Israel against us. I think they are the only super power in the world, as long as the liberals in the Knessett dont de-ball the military as in our country.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • House to House

  • An Epic Memoir of War
  • By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As raw as it gets

  • By Robert on 09-24-07

Deeply Emotional and Riveting Account of Fallujah

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

Reviewed: 09-04-11

This book must be the most emotionally inspiring book Ive ever read. I have never served, but I felt as if I was in SSGT Bellavia's boots as he was fighting hand to hand. The story is amazing, this man is amazing, there is no reason you should not buy this book. It is plain factual first hand observations of the terrifying fighting in Fallujah.

  • The Forgotten 500

  • By: Gregory A. Freeman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Here is the astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines. During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read for WWII Fans

  • By B. Beck on 03-06-08

Thrilling adventure and very amazing story

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

Reviewed: 09-04-11

I asked my grandparents (grandfather served in WWII) if they remember anything about these events. They do not. The story is thrilling and exciting, the information very palatable, and the impact on your knowledge of WWII history undeniable.

  • Roberts Ridge

  • A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
  • By: Malcolm MacPherson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

For the U.S. Navy's elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: to take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Account.....

  • By Jeffery on 01-27-09

Choppy story-telling but lots of detail

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

Reviewed: 09-04-11

This is the third book Ive read that describes the events of Takur Gar. This book has the most details, but the story is choppy and the narrator was nearly monotone throughout. Very good details however and if youre interested in the events of this day its a good addition.

  • Inside Delta Force

  • The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit
  • By: Command Sergeant Major Eric L. Haney
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844

Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both a How To book and a bit of history

  • By K on 10-30-11

Fantastic progression from training to covert ops

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-11

Command Master Sargent Eric L Haney describes his path from Airborne Ranger, SOFD-D selection (founding class), through some of our most well known and many unknown operations in AWESOME detail. Must have for military enthusiasts.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Stalkers

  • By: Michael J. Durant, Steven Hartov, Lt. Col (Ret) Robert L. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Here are thrilling, never-before-heard stories of the Army's elite aviation unit - the most daring and professional helicopter crews in the world. Special Operations pilots are notoriously reticent; they don't talk about their missions, at least not to anyone outside their small community. But now, with the publication of The Night Stalkers, Durant and Steven Hartov shed a fascinating light on these mysterious super commandos and take readers into a world they have only imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that does justice

  • By Robert on 10-05-07

In the murky depths of piss poor books comes....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-11

a very worthwhile book. The stories are top notch, enlightening, and scratch my patriotic itch. Absolutely worth it, I promise. A bit of cursing, but nowhere near as much as some other lesser books.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful