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  • Just and Unjust Wars

  • A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations
  • By: Michael Walzer
  • Narrated by: Gregory St. John
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4 out of 5 stars 37

From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved - participants, decision makers, and victims.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All's Fair in Love and War?

  • By Troy on 03-27-15

Eye opening

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Reviewed: 07-16-17

This book was masterfully put together. As a military professional, it has opened my eyes and has a lasting impact in my decision cycle. The legalities of war and the conduct of war told from an outside view that provides an in depth perspective on cause and effect of leader actions.

  • The Revenge of Geography

  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • By: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
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    4 out of 5 stars 401
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    4 out of 5 stars 401

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?

  • By Carole T. on 02-27-13

Must read

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Reviewed: 03-11-17

This book is ground breaking in the world of geopolitics. Kaplan, has extensively researched experts past and present to formulate his conclusion. This book is a must read for anyone studying political science or international relations. Arguably, can also lend to sociologists and human resource practitioners.

  • Plan of Attack

  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
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    4 out of 5 stars 73

Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rorschach Test

  • By Michael on 05-03-04

Bureaucratic politics

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Reviewed: 12-26-16

Bob Woodward takes the reader into a behind the scenes look at how short sided vision and goals are manipulated by hawkish bureaucratic politics and technocrats of the Washington system. Outlines personal agendas, strengths and weaknesses of the Bush administration.

  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

  • By: Robert M. Gates
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and evenhanded

  • By DaWoolf on 02-05-14

Insightful and profound

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Reviewed: 07-11-16

Sec Gates gives us a glimpse into domestic politics while preserving international relationships. Sec Gates masterfully navigates the treacherous political waters on the hill and in the White House to provide for the men and women fighting for the very freedoms they themselves debate over. His articulation throughout the book regarding endgames and processes are eye opening. This book sheds light on the mistakes and miscalculations by policies, politicians, and military leaders. It is human to error; but to learn from our past and mistakes is what makes us leaders. I strongly encourage that this book be a must read in leadership courses, international relations programs and political science.

  • The Cuba Wars

  • Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution
  • By: Daniel P. Erikson
  • Narrated by: Steven Flam
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    4 out of 5 stars 9

There are few international relationships as intimate, as passionate - and as dysfunctional - as that of the United States and Cuba. In The Cuba Wars, Cuba expert Daniel Erikson draws on extensive visits and conversations with both Cuban government officials and opposition leaders - plus key players in Washington and Florida - to offer an unmatched portrait of a small country with outsized importance to Americans and American policy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow reader

  • By Rob Mathews on 03-18-16

Slow reader

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Reviewed: 03-18-16

This book is relevant today as when it was written. It's time for the US to look at ourself and see the image we portray to other world leaders. This book takes a look at US policy against Cuba in all faucets. It is well researched and concussions are sound. A wide breadth approach with focus. The audible reading, however was slow. This may have a methodical purpose, but at time it felt arduous to listen.

  • Banker to the Poor

  • Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty
  • By: Muhammad Yunus
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Believing that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Yunus aimed to support that spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which the poor might lift themselves out of poverty forever. Grameen Bank now provides over $2.5 billion in micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will change the way you think about the economics.

  • By R. Hilton on 01-18-08

Insprational

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Reviewed: 09-01-15

I had no idea this kind of program existed. This book has opened my eyes and my mind to all the possibilities that exist to assist in eliminating poverty. No matter what the country, process and innovation are hindered by institutional people! It's a shame that this exist. Love this book