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  • Terrible Swift Sword

  • The Centennial History of the Civil War, Vol. 2
  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Terrible Swift Sword (Vol. 2): The dismissal of George McClellan and the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Better History of the Civil War

  • By Bryan on 07-12-11

blow by blow

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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: 03-15-19

blow by blow ...very heavy on the battlefield descriptions and not much else, little politics

  • Embracing Defeat

  • By: John W. Dower
  • Narrated by: Edward Lewis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

This illuminating study explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. The author describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pulitzer Prize Winner!

  • By KF on 10-09-07

beyond my expectations ...how the Japanese people

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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: 02-09-19

beyond my expectations
...how the Japanese people and culture dealt with defeat, in various ways

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

comprehensive and thorough

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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: 11-11-18

comprehensive and thorough. a great survey of this period...reform, slavery, the Mexican War, and more.

  • The American Civil War

  • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,943

Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series

  • By Rodney on 07-09-13

A Great narrative and analysis

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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: 10-29-18

a great narrative and analysis of the civil war and its aftermath and its causes

  • In the Shadows of the American Century

  • By: Alfred W. McCoy
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In a completely original analysis, prizewinning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America's rise as a world power - from the 1890s through the Cold War - and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the 21st century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony - covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance. Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Covert war history, frameworks, tech, dark sides

  • By Philo on 02-03-18

excellent and detailed summary

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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: 10-16-18

McCoy is brilliant ...he presents an excellent and detailed summary of events...not for the squeamish

  • Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

  • By: Scott Horton
  • Narrated by: Scott Horton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 200

"In Fool's Errand, Scott Horton masterfully explains the tragedy of America's longest war and makes the case for immediate withdrawal. I highly recommend this excellent book on America's futile and self-defeating occupation of Afghanistan." - Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing History the Afghanistan War

  • By josh on 03-24-18

Excellent history and analysis

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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: 10-06-18

Excellent history and analysis of recent Afghanistan in the last several decades. Pulls no punches.

  • Nemesis

  • The Battle for Japan, 1944-45
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Stewart Cameron
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling ‘Armageddon’, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history. Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Even for anti-British Americans.

  • By Ted on 07-15-14

exhaustive and balanced

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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: 09-20-18

exhaustive and balanced treatment of the last several months of WWII in the Pacific ...monumental

  • The Fall of Japan

  • By: William Craig
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

By midsummer 1945, Japan had long since lost the war in the Pacific. The people were not told the truth, and neither was the emperor. Japanese generals, admirals, and statesmen knew, but only a handful of leaders were willing to accept defeat. Most were bent on fighting the Allies until the last Japanese soldier died and the last city burned to the ground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly written history

  • By Saman on 01-22-16

excellent and detailed

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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: 09-01-18

excellent and detailed ... tells the story of the last few days of the Empire

  • Inventing Japan [Modern Library Chronicles]

  • By: Ian Buruma
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Primer on Modern Japan

  • By John Pavliga on 06-13-06

okay, but not well organized

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

okay, but not well organized ...it did have some interesting points. but was just ok

  • 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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • important points to be aware of

  • By Boys4me on 08-16-18

an excellent analysis of the increasing

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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: 08-19-18

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

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