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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

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
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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

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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 314

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

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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

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

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 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

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

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.

  • The Work I Did

  • A Memoir of the Secretary to Goebbels
  • By: Brunhilde Pomsel, Thore D. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Elka de Wit
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as an 'apolitical girl' and a 'figure on the margins', but, employed as a stenographer during the Second World War, she worked closely with one of the worst criminals in world history: Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. She was one of the oldest surviving eyewitnesses to the internal workings of the Nazi power apparatus until her death in 2017.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slipping into Evil

  • By Adam on 06-13-18

90% Author's Political Diatribe

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Brunhilde Pomsel's banal life's story working under Goellbells was wholly devoid of historical interest but did serve the author's intent as a vehicle to preach her "Diversity is Strength" ultra-leftist progressive worldviews. Like with Marxism, this progressive utopian view believes in the promise of bending human nature to its will. If WWII and other wars throughout history have taught us, this folly only serves to undermine peace...the very thing she wishes to instill.

The narrator did a heck of a good job, though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Kremlin's Men

  • Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
  • By: Mikhail Zygar
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an accidental king and a court out of control. Based on an unprecedented series of interviews with Vladimir Putin's inner circle, this book presents a radically different view of power and politics in Russia. The image of Putin as a strongman is dissolved. In its place is a weary figurehead buffeted - if not controlled - by the men who at once advise and deceive him. The regional governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable objects, far more powerful in their fiefdoms than the president himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pass the weak sauce

  • By A. M. on 01-29-18

Pass the weak sauce

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I expected a truthful hard-hitting expose and I got a cold hot dog with relish instead. It's hard to believe that anyone worth their weight as a journalist would write such a bland limp-wristed portrait of the world's most corrupt and criminal leader. Oh, I forgot, he still lives in Russia.

An Anna Politkovskaya he is NOT. I suggest reading something a little less whitewashy like Karen Dawisha, Masha Gessen, or Bill Browder. Anyone who reads this will know less than when they started...

Good narration, though.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Revolution

  • By: Emmanuel Macron, Jonathan Goldberg - translation, Juliette Scott - translation
  • Narrated by: Jean Brassard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal story and his inspirations and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a "great transformation" that has not been experienced since the invention of the printing press and the Renaissance. This is a remarkable book that seeks to lay the foundations for a new society - a compelling testimony and statement of values by an important political leader who has become the flag-bearer for a new kind of politics.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious, arrogant, pompous, and French

  • By A. M. on 12-20-17

Pretentious, arrogant, pompous, and French

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

For whom did he write this book? What incredible dull tripe. Not a memorable sentence in this entire self-serving bland as vanilla book. A "Revolution" in nothingness. A complete waste of time. I just finished it and I can't think of a gosh darn thing he said...perhaps that was his evil plan?

  • The Retreat of Western Liberalism

  • By: Edward Luce
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy - of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durability.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but biased.

  • By Megan Tilly on 12-18-17

Dour leftist hand-wringing for 5 hours

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-17

What's the purpose of this? After 5 hours I still do not know. A lefty's emotionally directed take on the world in which we live...with a heavy dose of Trump is bad, mmkay! Please, the world doesn't revolve around personalities or the kneejerk reflexivity of liberals everywhere.

Want to know why liberalism is in retreat? It's people like this and their doom and gloom self-loathing diatribes. For Christ's sake, get over yourselves.

9 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Creature from Jekyll Island

  • A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
  • By: G. Edward Griffin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

  • By Stephen on 08-31-13

Good info but a bit over the top

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

A bit heavy on the conspiracy sauce. Too bad, a more reasoned and balanced examination would have more credibility. Nevertheless, this story on the Fed Reserve was an eye opener., indeed.