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Double Cross audiobook cover art

A succinct telling of the great game.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

Unlike the authors excellent books dealing with a single person there are so many characters in this story that you really need to keep flipping back to check who is what. Hence the 3 star for story I think this is a book for reading more than listening. That is if you want to get the full details.

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria audiobook cover art

Enjoyable if you like history.

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

Reviewed: 08-23-19

An interesting well written and read piece on Egypt and the region, however it is not a significant work, such as Gibbons Decline and Fall, it is more a missing addendum to that work. What it portrays is that the Alexandrian effect whilst important was time based over a relatively short span, vis a vis the Roman Empire which left a lasting mark on our civilization.

A Spy Among Friends audiobook cover art

One of the better books on this most wicked man.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-19

It is a good book, to keep the whole thing in balance it may have helped to show, that not just MI6 had been infiltrated but basically the whole of western intelligence operations in UK US & European nations, had been hopelessly penetrated. As is pointed out in the book, we (the allies) would actually have inflicted less damage with no intelligence services at all.

Civics Test Audio Study Guide for the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization and the American Civics Exam audiobook cover art
  • Civics Test Audio Study Guide for the U.S. Citizenship Naturalization and the American Civics Exam
  • With All 100 Official Questions and Answers from USCIS
  • By: Immigration Consult
  • Narrated by: Immigrationconsult.org

Worked Well.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-19

Listened to book thru about twice a week for 2 months, got all questions correct at interview.

Crashes and Crises: Lessons from a History of Financial Disasters audiobook cover art

Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-19

If your are interested in a high level look at Economics this a good listen, easy to understand

The Spy and the Traitor audiobook cover art
  • The Spy and the Traitor
  • The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee

Amazing

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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: 06-08-19

This is a well read and researched book, that sheds a great deal of light on Soviet thinking. As well as CIA incompetence You have to keep reminding yourself, it is true not a thriller. The final chapters are nail biters.

The Creature from Jekyll Island audiobook cover art

Very Pertinant Facts

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Although the author doesn't mention it this book shows how the man of sin in Revelation will achieve momentary world dominance, an excellent book collapses at the end with rather unrealistic solutions.

The Sword and the Shield audiobook cover art

Unbiased Authoritative an in depth exposè

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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

Excellent book on USSR espionage however you do need to be interested in the subject

The Pentagon's Brain audiobook cover art
  • The Pentagon's Brain
  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen

Interesting book spoiled by Anti Govt. bias

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Annie Jacobson does phenomenal amount of very interesting research, then spoils it by having a chip on her shoulder against business and government. Typically when she mentions any figure who she dislikes she adds as many bits of dirt about their associates and background as she can find, yet when she mentions MLK leading an anti war march she makes no mention of the fact that he was a know communist sympathizer received money from left wing organizations and was an alleged rapist. Adding this information would for instance put his leading the anti Govt. / anti war march in context. It is this pushing of a personal agenda that spoils a lot of very hard work.

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Operation Paperclip audiobook cover art
  • Operation Paperclip
  • The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen

Complicated

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

As an over view of Operation Paperclip, it is overly complicated, low on real facts (about Paperclip) and difficult to follow.
[I bought this because I enjoyed the authors Area 51], however Paperclip is mainly a series of snap shots of various Nazi atrocities which in themselves are worth reminding the listeners of; the book deals more with these acts and a sort of, he said she said back and forth, on how Paperclip was managed, yet fails to illuminate as much as I would have expected from the title, the whole Paperclip scenario.
The book also looks at it with a holier than thou 21st century outlook, not from the perspective of the players of the time, who had just finished a terrible war, and who were worried about another outbreak of war with the communists, for which they needed to tap every resource available to maintain the balance of power.
She writes in this (and other books), from the perspective that every American govt. employee from the president down is a covert criminal seeking to help the Nazi party, or some other unworthy cause, or generally trying to dupe the people, with a more pragmatic view, I think the books would carry more credibility.

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