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  • World War I: The Great War

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246

Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT SURVEY COURSE THAT NEEDS MORE CHRONOLOGY

  • By Ark1836 on 06-08-15

Fabulous dive into WWI

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Detailed but takes a lot of time to discuss the larger, idealogical and philosophical issues involved. Unlike many books and courses that end rather abruptly at the end of the war discussed, this class takes time to discuss the legacy of The Great War.

  • A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition

  • By: Thomas Childers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas Childers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Know thy enemy. That's what the wisdom of history teaches us. And Adolf Hitler was surely the greatest enemy ever faced by modern civilization. Over half a century later, the horror, fascination, and questions still linger: How could a man like Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany – an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl all of Europe – and the world – into a devastating war that would consume so many millions of lives? Professor Childers has designed this gripping 12-lecture course to shed light on these and other questions that have plagued generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forewarned is Forearmed

  • By Dana Keish on 07-01-14

Great short course

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Read this after the World War II course. Great supplement. Much shorter - flies through some important aspects and events but provides a great overview of the third Reich. If you liked this, read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

  • World War II: A Military and Social History

  • By: Thomas Childers, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas Childers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,092

Between 1937 and 1945, approximately 55 million people perished in the series of interrelated conflicts known as the Second World War. No continent was left untouched, no ocean unaffected. The war led to the eclipse of Europe and the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers; ushered in the atomic age; produced, in the Holocaust, the most horrific crime ever committed in the history of Western civilization, and led to the end of Europe's colonial empires around the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading title, but a good course

  • By O. D. S on 07-15-15

Amazing detailed account of World War II

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Covers everything: China, Spain, Finland, Africa, Greece, and of course the main theatres of war. Rotated through perspectives, focusing on the main events of the war. Of course it’s not as detailed as Churchill’s Six Volune series, but it provides a riveting and thorough overview of the greatest conflict in human history.

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like Forrest Gump ( a fiction )

  • By Randall on 11-08-16

A must read for any World War II buff

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Fascinating. This firsthand account of the three major theatres of Germany’s war + years in the gulag provides a perspective on the war I’d never heard from despite having read numerous related accounts. It’s beautifully written and read. Simply put, it’s a must.

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  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

An interesting read Regardless of political party

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Keep in mind this book is read from an openly democratic point of view. Nevertheless, while the author views the subjects of her narrative unfavourably, it makes for an interesting read for libertarian and socialist alike.

The story discusses several libertarian and republican magnates but focuses on the Koch brothers. Their story is fascinating.

While most people are familiar with the outspoken support of Soros and other wealthy and famous Democrats, those on the other side remain mostly in the shadows. This book sheds light on their passionate activities, revealing an almost incomprehensible network of organizations that work together to achieve a common goal from several angles.

For anyone interested in American politics, this is a must read.

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,469

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18

Could have been much shorter

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Slow in topic and performance. I had to listen to it on 2.0x. Some of this is very interesting, but overall it feels rather verbose and repetitive. I understood from the outset that this would be quite different from Shoe Dog, but I was hoping for something a little more exciting Than it turned out to be.

The first part of the book was the most interesting to me. It focuses on the background of the company and its Ascension.

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  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,424
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,763
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,755

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Relatable story of an entrepreneur’s struggle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

One of the best business book I have ever read. Knight masterfully tells the story of an entrepreneur, a team, and a company that fought for their cause despite unthinkable obstacles.

Most of these books (about a specific company or its team) fail to capture the troubled mindset of the founding entrepreneur. In shoe dog, Knight brings the struggle to the forefront of the story. The agon of the story is centered around Nike’s struggle to find the cash it needs to survive despite astounding revenue growth. It brilliantly brings to life the most paradoxical problem high-growth companies face. Any entrepreneur who has experienced the same issues will find the story hauntingly relatable.

For an early-stage entrepreneur, the company is your life. It affects your family, your marriage - everything. How can one justify sticking with an upstart when you have a family to support? It’s a classic issue. Knight’s story provides inspiration. He tells it in hopes of inspiring young entrepreneurs to keep fighting. He has achieved victory. The goddess of victory would be proud.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,303

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

One of his best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Great story - fun and exciting, filled with the scientific, historical, and architectural trivia we should all expect in a Langdon novel. Great little twist ending with only one plot hole I can think of. I loved it.

  • Phantom

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darker and Darker

  • By Steven on 01-14-14

Possibly the best Of the series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Packed with intensity. Full of surprises including several at the end. Finishes with unresolved issues - some about previously minor characters - that left me reaching for the next in the series.