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  • No Place to Hide

  • Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
  • By: Glenn Greenwald
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best Read in Print Format

  • By Alfredo Ramirez on 11-22-14

Not one word about how this would harm America

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Reviewed: 04-13-19

A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor, he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. - Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • The Holocaust

  • A New History
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Eric Vale
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Laurence Rees has spent 25 years meeting the survivors and perpetrators of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. In this sweeping history, he combines this testimony with the latest academic research to investigate how history's greatest crime was possible. Rees argues that while hatred of the Jews was at the epicenter of Nazi thinking, we cannot fully understand the Holocaust without considering Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grim but important

  • By Tad Davis on 07-03-17

Pedestrian at best

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Reviewed: 03-25-19

There are so many informative historiographies on this subject that outperform this book. I recommend "KL," for instance. This book may be okay for the first time explorer of the subject but not for someone already in the know. "The Holocaust" offers nothing "new" in its summary style take of the Holocaust.

  • Let Me Finish

  • Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics
  • By: Chris Christie, Ellis Henican
  • Narrated by: Chris Christie
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 490

After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, Chris Christie stunned the political world by becoming the first major official to endorse Donald Trump. In Let Me Finish, Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-fighting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail. Christie takes listeners inside the ego-driven battles for Trump's attention and reveals how the literal trashing of Christie's transition plan put the new administration in the hands of self-serving amateurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anger and tears

  • By 🔧Eugene on 01-30-19

Trump's first mistake...letting this guy go

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Reviewed: 03-11-19

I've always liked and admired Chris Christie. I thought he allowed himself to be pushed around too much by the Trump team, though. His ability to tell the story in his own voice is well worth it for anyone with a political bone or interest in the Trump Administration. A good listen!

  • In Putin's Footsteps

  • Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones
  • By: Nina Khrushcheva, Jeffrey Tayler
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

With exclusive insider status as Nikita Khrushchev’s great grand-daughter, and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1993, Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler offer a poignant exploration of the largest country on Earth through their recreation of Vladimir Putin’s fabled New Year’s Eve speech planned across all 11 time zones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Up to date assessment of Russia in 2019

  • By Joseph C. Wilson on 04-10-19

Not much meat on the bone

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Reviewed: 03-11-19

This is a travel narrative through Russia's 11 time zones. It touches on historical wrongs and other criticisms but only superficially. There's some whitewashing of Khrushchev's role as well.

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  • The Restless Wave

  • Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain, Beau Bridges
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true patriot

  • By Diane Peresie on 05-29-18

McCain's Swansong

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Reviewed: 01-06-19

McCain was the target of Russian active measures and was often maligned by Americans he served, but no amount of deceit or ignorance can tarnish this man's true patriotism or service to the country he loved. McCain has always been honest to a fault. He was among the old breed of men who stood for something in this country. I'll miss him.

The epilogue as told by McCain himself is heart-wrenching.

RIP

  • When the World Seemed New

  • George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
  • By: Jeffrey A. Engel
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

The end of the Cold War was the greatest shock to international affairs since World War II. In that perilous moment, Saddam Hussein chose to invade Kuwait, China cracked down on its own pro-democracy protesters, and regimes throughout Eastern Europe teetered between democratic change and new authoritarians. Not since FDR in 1945 had a US president faced such opportunities and challenges. As the presidential historian Jeffrey Engel reveals in this hard-to-pause history, behind closed doors, George H. W. Bush rose to the occasion brilliantly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New info on the end of the Cold War.

  • By brian on 11-19-18

The Right Man at the Right Time in the Right Job

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

History owes much to Pres. GHW Bush. He was a great man of character and a great president in his time. His steady hand and immutable faith in American values helped usher the world toward freedom. His deeds are mostly unknown and even less appreciated by most. There needs to be far more history written on this man so that the world can see what he did, hopefully before he passes.

When the World Seemed New is a testament to why this country requires great leaders. Americans owe it to themselves to understand the role HW Bush played in the world. A history to be proud of.

  • The Great Terror

  • A Reassessment
  • By: Robert Conquest
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 239
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    4 out of 5 stars 180
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stalin's Gangster State

  • By Michael Moore on 03-27-13

Stalin! Man of the century...

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Reviewed: 07-10-18

At least according to a recent poll taken by a Russian TV game show. I scratch my head in wonder. Have they no idea who this man was? Is there a single family in Russia today that remains untouched by this cold-blooded murderer?

Stalin undoubtedly deserves no less scrutiny than Hitler and Mao. A history of the 20th Century would be incomplete without this subject.

  • The Fall of Berlin 1945

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 388
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    5 out of 5 stars 356
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    5 out of 5 stars 354

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc - tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Salui on 09-06-16

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 06-20-18

This book is 100% better than Ian Kershaw's "The End" which I hated. This is wonderfully written, incredibly interesting and perfectly narrated. At the end, I felt drenched in blood and exhausted by the experience. WWII History ain't pretty...

  • The End

  • The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing yet horrifying

  • By Liz on 10-14-11

37 minutes of history, 18 hours of pontification

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Reviewed: 06-05-18

So much time, so little substance. The author's endless and redundant multisyllabic pontifications did nothing to educate me on the war beyond what I already knew. I actually listened to the whole thing like one listens unattentively to elevator music. A far better read, and by far better author and historian is anything written by Roger Moorhouse, in my opinion. Or you can throw a dart!

I won't be reading anything else from Kershaw, sorry.

  • Berlin at War

  • By: Roger Moorhouse
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

In Berlin at War, acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich. Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. It was the backdrop for the most lavish Nazi ceremonies, the site of Albert Speer's grandiose plans for a new "world metropolis", and the scene of the final climactic battle to defeat Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique study of part of World War II

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-25-17

Almost as good as his "Devil's Alliance" history

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Reviewed: 04-26-18

Roger Moorhouse is not only a superb historian but also a clear and uncluttered writer. And Perkins does an excellent job of narration too. However, the subject is not as penetrating and revealing as his Devil's Alliance work on the 22 months of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

I'll be looking out for more history from Moorhouse.