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Klas Mellbourn

Stockholm, Sweden
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  • Ghost Wars

  • The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 26 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret efforts by CIA officers and their agents to capture or kill Bin Laden in Afghanistan after 1998.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Accomplishment

  • By Joe on 11-08-13

Fascinating background to 9/11

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Wars?

Interesting detail of how first the US and Saudi Arabia supported the taliban, and later how Pakistan supported the Taliban and Bin Laden.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops, Vietnam

  • An Operational History of MACVSOG
  • By: Robert M. Gillespie
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Without doubt the most unique U.S. unit to participate in the Vietnam War, the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACVSOG) was a highly-classified, U.S. joint-service organization consisting of Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Reconnaissance units, the Air Force, and the CIA. Committed to action in Southeast Asia even before the major U.S. build-up in 1965, it also fielded a division-sized element of South Vietnamese military personnel, indigenous Montagnards, ethnic Chinese Nungs, and Taiwanese pilots.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad 0 Stars

  • By Jrock on 03-26-17

Reads like a telephone book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-16

Perhaps there most boring book I have ever read. The cover indicates a completely different content

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Japanese Society and History

  • By: Harold Kerbo, John McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Japan has always seemed a puzzle to most westerners - so modern, so industrialized, yet somehow so different. Japanese Society and History seeks to initiate westerners to the learning process of making Japan seem a little less mysterious and a little more understandable. This book walks readers through some of the important features of Japanese society to help readers begin slowly forming a more complete picture of Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of interesting information and easy to follow

  • By Lexi on 12-05-13

not so exciting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-15

The narrator sounded uninterested in the subject.
The story was ok but hardly gripping. I would have preferred more on the history of Japan

1 of 1 people found this review helpful