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  • The Wizard and the Prophet

  • Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
  • By: Charles C. Mann
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

In 40 years, Earth's population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups - Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and deep

  • By C. A. McClaugherty on 02-04-18

Competing and complimenting views.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This book title makes a strong thesis statement the author has no problem sticking with through every chapter. Mann is no stranger to this sort of research and writing as his previous volumes, 1491 and 1493 have also demonstrated. All of his work present clear notions of our collective past, present, and possible futures. There are more than a few driveway moments here!

  • The Poison Patriarch

  • How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Pat Kiernan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
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    4 out of 5 stars 22
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    4 out of 5 stars 22

Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than 40 new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer); Ruby’s attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • He should stick to writing briefs

  • By Karenanne Brown on 03-28-18

Well reasearched and written.

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Reviewed: 03-18-18

Mark Shaw's book takes us to a logical conclusion. Unfortunately it has taken half a century of details and facts coming to the surface for the public to get the bigger picture.

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  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

Compelling and Sad

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Reviewed: 01-27-18

This is an informative look at a complicated period of American history. saddly, many of the social and economic drivers of the Cold War are still with us.

  • The Brothers

  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
  • By: Stephen Kinzer
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825

John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold war and intrigue - who could ask for more

  • By Angela on 10-26-13

America Sees Red

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Reviewed: 01-05-18

This os a fine primer on many of the events leading up to, and of the Red Scare.

  • Collusion

  • Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 862

Russia expert Luke Harding lays out the most in-depth look to date at the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia. Beginning with a meeting with Christopher Steele, the man behind the shattering dossier that first brought the allegations to light, Harding probes the histories of key Russian and American players with striking clarity and insight. Harding exposes the disquieting details of the Trump-Russia story - a saga so huge it involves international espionage, offshore banks, sketchy real estate deals, mobsters, money laundering, disappeared dissidents, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior to 'Fire/Fury' in Depth & in Making Case

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-01-18

Facts and Alternate Facts

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Reviewed: 11-23-17

This work is a contemporary account of the emerging Trump- Russia story. As the current Independent Counsel investigation unfolds, Luke Harding does a great job of placing details of the Steele Dossiea in perspective with Robert Mueller's efforts. There are many aspects to the story. Harding sorts out the facts and places them in perspective for both academic and non-academic readers.
Note: The narration in a English accent fits well as Harding is a British journalist with the London newspaper the Guardian.

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  • Devil's Bargain

  • Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising
  • By: Joshua Green
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just When You Thought You Knew It All

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-22-17

A Compelling History

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Reviewed: 07-26-17

Well written. Greene's work will serve as a primary source on Election 2016 for generations to come.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rightful Heritage

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America
  • By: Douglas Brinkley
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Brinkley traces FDR's love for the natural world from his youth exploring the Hudson River Valley and bird-watching. As America's president from 1933 to 1945, Roosevelt - a consummate political strategist - established hundreds of federal migratory bird refuges and spearheaded the modern endangered species movement. He brilliantly positioned his conservation goals as economic policy to combat the severe unemployment of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By judy on 02-16-18

Another Side of FDR

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Reviewed: 06-06-17

This book is well researched and written. It illustrates another side of FDR beyond the geopolitical issues of his time. Five Stars!

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,251

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Accuracy in Historical Fiction ...

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Reviewed: 10-02-15

This was required reading in one of my history graduate classes. It was assigned as an example of an accurate use of history woven among historical characters.

Major issues such as Lend-Lease, Isolationism, and the atmosphere on pre-war Anti-Semitism are woven with skill into the plot.

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  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,411

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Brilliantly written and read by the author!

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Reviewed: 08-26-15

All of McCullough's books are well done. This one read by himself is well worth your time.

  • All the Wild That Remains

  • Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
  • By: David Gessner
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, the award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists - from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches - braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. What is the future of a region beset by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to read my next gessner!

  • By Heather on 05-22-15

Great Writing about Great Writers

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Reviewed: 08-06-15

This is an in-depth comparative study of two of the 20th century's greatest environmental writers by means of the author's own journey through the lives of both Abbey and Stegner. Five stars!