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  • A Savage War of Peace

  • Algeria 1954-1962
  • By: Alistair Horne
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 29 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused the fall of six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. From the perspective of half a century, it looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent history of France's Viet Nam

  • By David on 04-10-16

A classic

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Reviewed: 05-30-19

A modern Thucydides, the book is a incredible tour de force of a tragic and brutal war which was waged across North Africa. Highly recommend for those who want to learn more about Algeria and seek wisdom into war and human nature.

  • Empires of the Sea

  • The Contest for the Center of the World
  • By: Roger Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Empires of the Sea tells the story of the 50-year world war between Islam and Christianity for the Mediterranean: one of the fiercest and most influential contests in European history. It traces events from the appearance on the world stage of Suleiman the Magnificent through "the years of devastation" when it seemed possible that Islam might master the whole sea, to the final brief flourishing of a united Christendom in 1571.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant detail, exciting story

  • By Tad Davis on 08-17-08

A vision of hell

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Reviewed: 03-22-19

This book has the most vivid depiction of combat I have ever heard. Especially when the author covers the battle of Malta. You can see in your minds eye the combatants having at each other.

  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth the Time

  • By Chris Reich on 08-09-18

A tale of tragedy, heroism, cowardice, and a warning.

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Reviewed: 03-11-19

This is a fantastic historical overview that reads like a novel. I finished it in three days and found it to be very gripping. The world would be wise to learn the lessons of Chernobyl before another crisis happens again.

  • The Era of the Crusades

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? How did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, ultimately, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating background

  • By Tad Davis on 08-31-13

Great book, only one glaring historical error

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Reviewed: 02-25-19

I love this professor but he makes a mistake at one point. He says Cyprus was under Genovese control, but the problem is, it was actually under Venetian control. Otherwise it’s fantastic.

  • The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
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    5 out of 5 stars 452

The Peloponnesian War pitted Athens and its allies against a league of city-states headed by Sparta. The ancient Greek historian Thucydides captured this drama with matchless insight in his classic eyewitness account of what was arguably the greatest war in the history of the world up to that time. These 36 half-hour lectures draw on Thucydides' classic account as well as other ancient sources to give you a full picture of the Greek world in uneasy peace and then all-out war in the late 5th century B.C.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, not for Greek newbies...

  • By The World's Greatest on 04-26-16

A epic rendition of he Peloponnesian War

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Reviewed: 08-02-18

Kenneth Harl hits it out of the ballpark with this one. He brilliantly weaves the various narratives together into an emotional powerful story.