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  • The Jersey Brothers

  • A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home
  • By: Sally Mott Freeman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
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    5 out of 5 stars 307

They are three brothers, all navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war's most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first map room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and antiaircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm's way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Band of Brothers Meets Unbroken-a Remarkable Book

  • By Jack@NYC on 05-30-17

We must remember

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Reviewed: 10-24-18

This is a remarkable book. I applaud the author and if I had a wish it would be that these stories from ww2 will be remembered. So many just doing their duty. Absolute heroic action by common men and women

  • Back Over There

  • One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count
  • By: Richard Rubin
  • Narrated by: Richard Rubin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    5 out of 5 stars 21

In The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced listeners to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Interviewing the war's last survivors face-to-face, he knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story. But he soon came to realize that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very glad I read this book

  • By az-joe on 09-21-18
  • Back Over There
  • One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War, 500 Miles of Battle-Scarred French Countryside, and Too Many Trenches, Shells, Legends and Ghosts to Count
  • By: Richard Rubin
  • Narrated by: Richard Rubin

Very glad I read this book

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Reviewed: 09-21-18

A little different from anything else I have read about WW 1. Totally enjoyable. I wish I would have been with him as he traveled through all the sites. While stationed in Germany I traveled to the more popular sites and cemeteries, after reading this book I realize how much I missed. I was moved by his description of how empty the memorials and cemeteries were. his interviews with the last of the survivors was moving. It’s been 100 years and sadly it’s become largely forgotten

  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

It reminds me that history is written by the winners

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Reviewed: 07-01-18

WAR is universally horrible. I say this as a 30 year active duty veteran. I would hope many people will read this incredible story. Most times we forget the pain of war is universal

  • African Kaiser

  • General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
  • By: Robert Gaudi
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 538
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    5 out of 5 stars 508
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    5 out of 5 stars 506

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with each other not just in the bloody trenches - but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written, Well Read, Well Done!

  • By Matthew on 02-25-17

surprisingly GOOD

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Reviewed: 03-05-18

had some low spots but the coverage of the history of the day and how it related to the war in Africa was very good. The general was truly an amazing man.

  • Admiral Bill Halsey

  • A Naval Life
  • By: Thomas Alexander Hughes
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

William Halsey was the most famous naval officer of World War II. His fearlessness in carrier raids against Japan, his steely resolve at Guadalcanal, and his impulsive blunder at the Battle of Leyte Gulf made him the "Patton of the Pacific" and solidified his reputation as a decisive, aggressive fighter prone to impetuous errors of judgment in the heat of battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Greatness From An Ordinary Person

  • By Donna on 06-18-17

very good and thoughtful biography

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Reviewed: 01-11-18

a good book about a very effective human being thrown into a war,that all of us should be very thankfull. the author did a good job of telling you about the admiral and the man. actually very thoughtful. He was a true war hero.

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,467

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

So Moving

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Reviewed: 12-16-17

Simply Outstanding. President A Lincoln was the best man for those unimaginable difficult times. To this very day we still collectively owe him so much. Ms Goodwin Thank You for the wonderful book!

  • The Pursuit of Power

  • Europe: 1815-1914
  • By: Richard J. Evans
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 41 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
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    4 out of 5 stars 345
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Richard J. Evans's gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end. The first single-volume history of the century, this comprehensive and sweeping account gives the listener a magnificently human picture of Europe in the age when it dominated the rest of the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific comprehensive history

  • By Awake Tex on 02-02-17

very informative outstanding presentation

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Reviewed: 09-11-17

So much information, covering all aspects of life in the 100 year period. outstanding in all aspects.

  • The Bully Pulpit

  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 36 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448

Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good

  • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

simply wonderful

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Reviewed: 08-05-17

words fail me, how do you describe a book of this magnitude. as I said this book is simply wonderful!!!

  • Bomber Command

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly real. Gritty. Breathtaking.

  • By Robert on 10-11-14

another great book by mr hastings

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Reviewed: 07-15-17

the remarkable courage of these men can not be adequately described. my 30 years in the USAF and that of my fellow service members is utterly pale by comparison. as far as the opionions expressed about the killing of civilians, I for one do not share this compassion. war is a very ugly ordeal and unless all those involved military and civilian feel the pain it will inevitably always be with us. That I'm sorry to have to say.

  • Israel

  • A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
  • By: Daniel Gordis
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and, lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read; shows history, current story & nuance

  • By Wolfman on 11-13-17

I learned a lot

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Reviewed: 07-10-17

I enjoyed the book. I'm not jewish but if I was I would probably be a proud Zionist.