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  • The Death of Truth

  • Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
  • By: Michiko Kakutani
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America’s retreat from reason. How did truth become an endangered species in contemporary America? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm. In social media and literature, television, academia, and politics, Kakutani identifies the trends that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prescient Account of the Mechanics of Tyranny

  • By Brian Price on 07-27-18

an excellent analysis of the increasing

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

irrelevancy of objective facts in modern political discourse. a sad book, but it is accurate.

  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

  • By: Robert Middlekauff
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
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The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details

  • By John on 10-06-11

a comprehensive review of 1765 to the

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

adoption of the Constitution, a political, social, and military history of all 13 U.S. states

  • North Korea's Hidden Revolution

  • How the Information Underground Is Transforming a Closed Society
  • By: Jieun Baek
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
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    4 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

One of the least understood countries in the world, North Korea has long been known for its repressive regime. Yet it is far from being an impenetrable black box. Media flows covertly into the country, and fault lines are appearing in the government's sealed informational borders. Drawing on deeply personal interviews with North Korean defectors from all walks of life, ranging from propaganda artists to diplomats, Jieun Baek tells the story of North Korea's information underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • North Korea exists because it is a capitalist

  • By John on 08-19-18

North Korea exists because it is a capitalist

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

...country ? yep, it certainly does. an illegal market economy that permits the country tosurvive

  • The Phoenix Years

  • Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China
  • By: Madeleine O'Dea
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

The riveting story of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the four decades is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface - the story of the country's emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people's ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China's rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a review of the democracy movement, 1978-1989

  • By John on 08-19-18

a review of the democracy movement, 1978-1989

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

...and beyond, told from the perspective of artists, not political activists. a comprehensive, brilliant book

  • History of Japan

  • The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.
  • By: Rui Kanda
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 10
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 10

Now tell us - did you ever like Japan? Do you know anything about its history, or just what you learned from television and anime, in general? That's a good starting point, anyway. If you want to delve deeper into Japanese history, in chronological order, and see the main events that transformed Japan into what it is today, you've just hit the jackpot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Listen

  • By Richard G Cox on 11-17-17
  • History of Japan
  • The Most Important People, Places and Events in Japanese History. From Japanese Art to Modern Manga. From Asian Wars to Modern Superpower.
  • By: Rui Kanda
  • Narrated by: William Bahl

Hits the high points

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Reviewed: 07-21-18

Not thorough or complete, but hits the high points. just fine, for a short highlighting

  • America's First Adventure in China

  • Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation
  • By: John R. Haddad
  • Narrated by: Kirk O. Winkler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 6
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In 1784, when Americans first voyaged to China, they confronted Chinese authorities who were unaware that the United States even existed. Nevertheless, a long, complicated, and fruitful trade relationship was born after American traders, missionaries, diplomats, and others sailed to China with lofty ambitions: to acquire fabulous wealth, convert China to Christianity, and even command a Chinese army. In America's First Adventure in China, John Haddad provides a colourful history of the evolving cultural exchange and interactions between these countries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough and complete history

  • By John on 07-21-18

Thorough and complete history

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Reviewed: 07-21-18

A thorough and complete history of U.S. dealings with Imperial China, a little known story

  • Midnight in Broad Daylight

  • A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds
  • By: Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

After their father's death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara - all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - moved to Hiroshima, their mother's ancestral home. Eager to go back to his own land - America - Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Despite being sent to an internment camp, Harry dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers, Frank and Pierce, became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history

  • By S. Perreten on 02-10-16

great, moving historical account

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

A great, moving historical account of a family split by WWII ...unlike any other book

  • Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

  • By: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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A knowledge of China's imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire. These 24 lectures take you to the heart of life during China's imperial era, through the lives of individual subjects of all social ranks. Across the arc of the course, you'll witness what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, courtesans, imperial cooks, and many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful for academics and lay persons alike

  • By Huldren on 12-26-17

Equals the best Audible has

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Reviewed: 06-13-18

This course equals the best that Audible has ...which is anything Professor Ken Harl offers

  • For All the Tea in China

  • How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History
  • By: Sarah Rose
  • Narrated by: Sarah Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 121
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    4 out of 5 stars 120

In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One author who writes well but narrates terribly!

  • By ctfromnh on 03-15-11

everything you wanted to know bout history and tea

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Reviewed: 05-29-18

everything you wanted to know about history and tea ...the history will indeed surprise you

  • A History of China

  • By: Hilda Hookham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

Trying to squeeze an entire history of Chinese civilization into a brief, one volume account is a formidable task, but one that has succeeded brilliantly here. Hilda Hookham has provided us with a concise story that, while not getting too entangled with personalities and cultural issues, manages to navigate the swirling passage of events that comprise over 3,000 years of Chinese political history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't bother

  • By K. Doerr on 12-02-11

great shorter history of China

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Reviewed: 05-18-18

A great shorter history of China, along with addendum by someone else, and well read