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  • The Shadow War

  • Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America
  • By: Jim Sciutto
  • Narrated by: Jim Sciutto
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 256
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CNN’s chief national security correspondent reveals the invisible fronts of 21st-century warfare and identifies the ongoing battles being waged - often without the public’s full knowledge - from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weaponry. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • succinct

  • By Robert on 05-21-19

You need to know

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Reviewed: 07-07-19

This is vital to the survival of our country. “It shouldn’t take another Pearl Harbor or 9/11” to get our citizens engaged.

  • The Back Channel

  • A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal
  • By: William J. Burns
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, William J. Burns
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

 

Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time - from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post-Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post-9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. In The Back Channel, Burns recounts, with novelistic detail and incisive analysis, some of the seminal moments of his career. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Listen that Ends With A Proposal

  • By Scott Redwood on 04-18-19

Staff the State Department!

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Reviewed: 06-08-19

Sharply written and inspiring, this is a tale of highs, lows and triumphs in statecraft. The foreign service and diplomats are, unfortunately, not frequent headliners in the crisis obsessed media. Their contributions to averting crisis the world over have shone a bright light into some of civilizations darkest moments. Burns personal story is an inspiring and thoughtful journey around the world.

  • The Moscow Rules

  • The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
  • By: Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez
  • Narrated by: Wilson Bethel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
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Antonio Mendez and his future wife, Jonna, were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, tapped their phones, and even planted listening devices within the US embassy. In short, intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever. The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for enthusiasts

  • By Michael on 05-24-19

Magic of the CIA

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Reviewed: 05-29-19

Great vignette of the famous spy cases performed on the Moscow stage during the Cold War. This book takes you behind the scenes revealing the magic and tradecraft that made the stunning successes happen.

  • Dark Territory

  • The Secret History of Cyber War
  • By: Fred Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216

As cyber attacks dominate front-page news, as hackers join the list of global threats, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator - Malcolm Hillgartner

  • By Greg Davis on 07-20-16

Cyber Space

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Reviewed: 04-05-17

An excellent high-level view of the progression and importance of the digital delivery of weapons. Computing and its substantial growth in the past three decades has highlighted our Reliance upon these systems and the ease with which Our Lives could be completely destroyed.

dark territory feels like on Insiders justification/propaganda phamplet to make the expansion of powers or laws associated with this domain of warfare more digestible.

  • You're It!

  • On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found
  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Alan Watts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,488
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Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the Watts you'll ever need

  • By Rich S. on 12-02-11

Enlightening

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Reviewed: 01-08-16

I very much enjoyed this book. It really gave me different ways to look at life, and seemed to in turn give me peace.