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  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar

  • What Everyone Needs to Know
  • By: P. W. Singer, Allan Friedman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

In Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®, New York Times best-selling author P. W. Singer and noted cyberexpert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of deeply informative resource book that has been missing on a crucial issue of 21st-century life. Written in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, the book is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For those that don't know, that they don't know!!

  • By Kiel Hunt on 12-14-16

Old but good.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Information found is very good and well researched. However in this field the information becomes old very quickly.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,138
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,094

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

The world needs this book

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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: 07-05-18

I hope this book gets the attention it deserves. Pollan is an amazing journalist and pulled together the intricate story of psychedelics in a way that every person, for or against, should be able to grasp the richness of their history and possibilities.

  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

  • By: Mark Steinberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Steinberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not story-telling but history-telling at its best

  • By Shah Alam on 10-22-13

Not what I expected.

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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: 06-12-18

After listening to two of the other great courses on China I expected a more similar approach to be found here in telling the story of Russia. However, while the content was less interesting from my perspective than had been the ones on China, the information was still very informative and good to know.

  • Tokyo Vice

  • An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
  • By: Jake Adelstein
  • Narrated by: Jake Adelstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package

  • By Steven on 02-07-10

Interesting stuff

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Reviewed: 02-16-18

This was a very interesting read that was both informative and easy to want to keep listening to. At some points I wondered if surely this wasn’t exaggerated some, but I imagine that be unlikely seeing as so much of it a person could easily research. I definitely would recommend to anyone who is interested in organized crime or Japan but, especially those interested organized crime in Japan.

  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

You should read it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

That's really all I can say without ranting. You should read it and it should make you think.

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  • Just Americans

  • How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad
  • By: Robert Asahina
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A sneak attack by an enemy power leaves thousands of Americans dead. A minority group in America is harassed for its ties to a foreign country. A worldwide conflict tests our resolve in combat abroad and our commitment to justice, equality, and liberty at home. Within months after Pearl Harbor, 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly "evacuated" from the West Coast, losing their jobs, their property, and their homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an exceptional book!

  • By JerryL on 10-02-09

An important piece on US history.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

A very interesting story that tells a portion of US history from a seemingly rarely visited perspective. I highly suggest it for it's historical learning value, and would rank it with the book "The Marines of Montford Point".

  • Gates of Fire

  • An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story is good The Narrator is Great

  • By Richard on 02-27-12

An epic story with many lessons

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Reviewed: 05-20-17

Definitely an interesting story with excellent insights into the thoughts and motivations of professional warriors.

  • Killing the Rising Sun

  • How America Vanquished World War II Japan
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,196

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice voice, just fine! *****

  • By Gramofalot on 11-25-16

More of a persuasive essay.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

I would caution anyone looking for an in depth history lesson or a book that attempts to be unbiased, as this book is not that. From his opening remarks referencing Al Sharpton to his method of using hand selected personal accounts to tell much of the story, O'reilly makes little attempt,in my opinion, to simply give a history of the War in the Pacific. Rather, he attempts to convince readers of the necessity of the Atomic Bombs. However, the writing is engaging; the author's passion for the story makes it an easy read, and the book never suffers from the dullness than can often occur in a simple history book.

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  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and informative

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

A happy mistake.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-17

So, I honestly got this originally thinking it was a more traditional style historical lecture on Japan. So despite my initial annoyance with myself for not properly reading the title I was very happy with what I learned. This course reached beyond my initial intended scope of learning and broadened my knowledge base in a very pleased "what do you know" kinda way. Would definitely suggest for anyone interested in Japan or world culture buffs.

  • The Marines of Montford Point

  • America’s First Black Marines
  • By: Melton A. McLaurin
  • Narrated by: Adam Lazzare White, JD Jackson, Karole Foreman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

With an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, the United States Marine Corps - the last all-white branch of the U.S. military - was forced to begin recruiting and enlisting African Americans. The first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville, North Carolina.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done

  • By noogsdad on 03-07-17

Should be read.

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Reviewed: 09-07-16

Honestly this is a book that should be read by everyone. Especially any interested in the military, leadership, or knowledge on race relations in the US.