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  • The Marshall Plan

  • Dawn of the Cold War
  • By: Benn Steil
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeply Researched Narrative

  • By Jean on 10-18-18

A must read for everyone

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Reviewed: 01-17-19

I wanted to know more about how Europe was created in the wake of the Second World War. This book should be required reading for everyone regardless of their age or experience. I never realize the significance of the Marshall plan nor the importance the US had in re-creating Europe and its own image and those implications that we are still benefiting from today. It has transformed my personal beliefs and opinions regarding how important it is to not only be engaged but to be moral leaders for the world. #BeTheCityOnTheHill

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  • On China

  • By: Henry Kissinger
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

The eminent historian and strategist reflects on how China's past illuminates its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on 40 years of intimate acquaintance with the country and its leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, academic, bland - AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!

  • By Ben on 02-18-12

enlightening and thought provoking

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Reviewed: 07-08-15

i am visiting china and this was required reading prior to my visit. despite my initial misgivings, Kissinger has changed my opinions and ignorance into appreciatio, and hopefully mutual respect. I am now handing out copies of the book and proselytizing its importance to my contemporaries.