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  • Daring to Drive

  • A Saudi Woman's Awakening
  • By: Manal al-Sharif
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 258

A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women's right to drive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book for 2017

  • By mary sheeleigh on 07-15-17

A Call for Decency and Respect<br />

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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: 09-05-18

Ms. al-Sharif courageously addresses the blatant disregard for women in a religion dominated society. The horrid genital circumcision of young girls nearing puberty; the permission required from a male to travel, obtain a place to live, or obtain a divorce; aspects of control granted even to a widower's son or derelict old father. Ms. al-Sharif's awakening comes in her ability to overcome numerous obstacles in her job in a male dominated though westernized Saudi oil company; through her enjoyment and participation in her child's play at her place of employment in activities otherwise forbidden to girls in Saudi society; and in a year working in the eastern U.S. through friendships she made that included a man from Alabama and a Jewish woman. Followed by her daring to drive, resulting in jail time, where again she demonstrates her humanity through her care and consideration of those in jail with her, women more unfortunate than herself. After the publication of the book, success for Saudi women in being permitted to drive. Much more progress is still to be made.

  • All the Shah's Men

  • An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a book!

  • By A Reader on 03-01-04

Vital history.

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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: 05-16-17

Exceptional coverage of vital history that should be common historical knowledge of U.S. and Middle East affairs. The author extols the former Iranian leader Muhammad Mosaddegh whose overthrow is the central topic of this book. As well he should. An honorable man whose story is well worth the read.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,289
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,216

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Remarkable Man

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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: 08-13-16

Lengthy and detailed and ultimately fabulous history of Alexander Hamilton, his family and his times. Such an incredible influence on numerous American institutions. A pleasure to now know the history.

The Master of Disguise
    My Secret Life in the CIA
    
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        John Pruden
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    579 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Master of Disguise

  • My Secret Life in the CIA
  • By: Antonio J. Mendez
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

From the author of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes story of espionage in action. In the first ever memoir by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez reveals the cunning tricks and insights that helped save hundreds from deadly situations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Refreshing and Unique Viewpoint

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

CIA history of the Cold War.

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

View inside the CIA of Cold War events. Excellent historical narrative including the events portrayed in the movie Argo.