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  • 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 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

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 163
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    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

"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
  • Shocking and fantastic

  • By Jacob M on 04-01-18

Excellent history and analysis

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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 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

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 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

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

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 103
  • 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 107
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

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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5 out of 5 stars

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: 26 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

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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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

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

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  • 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 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If You Follow North Korea, you should read.

  • By ESB on 09-02-18

North Korea exists because it is a capitalist

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5 out of 5 stars
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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
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    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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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

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
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

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