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  • Anatomy of Victory

  • Why the United States Triumphed in World War II, Fought to a Stalemate in Korea, Lost in Vietnam, and Failed in Iraq
  • By: John D. Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    3 out of 5 stars 6
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This groundbreaking book provides the first systematic comparison of America's modern wars and why they were won or lost. John D. Caldwell uses the World War II victory as the historical benchmark for evaluating the success and failure of later conflicts. Unlike WWII, the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraqi wars were limited, but they required enormous national commitments, produced no lasting victories, and generated bitter political controversies.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well organized explanations by the author

  • By Preston on 01-29-19

Lost in the weeds

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Reviewed: 05-23-19

John makes a valiant attempt to relate war and battle details to Strategy. Unfortunately, the attempt results in some historical recollections that, in my opinion, are inaccurate. The following passage for example: “Deputy Chief of Mission George F. Kennan a year later, on February 22, 1946, sent a long cable from Moscow to the secretary of state outlining what came to be known as the “containment strategy.” I’ve read the Long Telegram and I highly recommend that everyone read it. I would not consider it an outline of the containment strategy. I would consider it a policy recommendation that was a precursor to the containment strategy.

  • Ike's Mystery Man

  • The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler
  • By: Peter Shinkle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
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    4 out of 5 stars 9
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    4 out of 5 stars 9

This exhilarating Cold War narrative takes listeners from top-secret Cabinet Room meetings to exclusive social clubs, and into the pages of a powerful man's intimate diary. Ike's Mystery Man brings a new dimension to our understanding of the inner-workings of the Eisenhower White House. It also shines a bright light on the indispensable contributions and sacrifices made by patriotic gay Americans. Ike's Mystery Man relies on thousands of personal letters, interviews, and previously classified archives to tell a gripping story that has never before been told. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Service to Country

  • By William on 05-23-19

Service to Country

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Reviewed: 05-23-19

We are very fortunate that America was not denied the exceptional competence and talent of Robert Cutler. Peter Shinkle has written a thorough and completely engaging biography of Bobby Cutler. I highly recommend this book. We can learn much from Peter Shinkle’s book.

  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

Sneaks up on you

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Reviewed: 05-23-19

I think the message of this book sneaks up on you. The message is still out there in the jungle stalking me.

  • The Ghost

  • The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
  • By: Jefferson Morley
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton's dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency's MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed Superpatriot

  • By E. Hughes on 11-23-17

Important Facts

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Reviewed: 02-22-19

My suggestion is that you read this book with caution. In The Ghost, you will find a lot of important historical details; just double check these details with primary-source material.

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

  • By blah on 05-12-13

Concerned that I will be misinformed

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Reviewed: 11-06-18

From what I've read Romans were not the progeny of Romulus, rather Romulus built Rome on Palatine Hill, and, according to Anthony Everitt in The Rise of Rome, 3,000 Latins moved there. Later, to expand Rome's population, Romulus started offering Roman Citizenship to the people that moved to Rome. Professor Fukuyama's use of the term progeny implies too strongly that Romans were the offspring of Romulus. Later, Professor Fukuyama describes how Roman dictators were elected under conditions of extreme duress. The way this passage is worded, it sounds like the leaders of the Roman republic were elected dictators. Again, from what I've read, Roman dictators were appointed by elected co-consuls only in time of extreme emergency.

I have abandoned The Origins of Political Order.

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  • Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

  • My Life
  • By: Sophia Loren
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

In her first memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance, and devoted mother. In her acting career spanning more than six decades, Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile for anyone who doesn't know the details

  • By Bil Antoniou on 08-26-15

Great Departure

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

This book was a great departure for me. It confirmed my love for Sophia Loren. She is an amazing women.

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Changed History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

On the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Biography

  • By Jean on 01-29-15

Winston Churchhill Writes About Winston Churchill

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

Boris Johnson was exactly the right person to write this biography. It is informative, fast, fun, and thorough.

  • The Rise of Rome

  • The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
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    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-11-12

Not a pea of fact beneth a mattres of invention

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

This book is thorough, and it gives you a feeling for the people and their lives. I highly recommend this book.

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  • The Mission, the Men, and Me

  • Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
  • By: Pete Blaber
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life. As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DELTA Adventures with Everyday Tactical Advice

  • By Billy on 05-16-14

Fun Read with Good Advice

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

This book is fast, interesting, and you'll leave the book with practical advice you can use in everyday life. "Developing the situation"

  • A Passion for Leadership

  • Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service
  • By: Robert M Gates
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful for leadership in the public sector!

  • By AlexJouJou on 01-30-16

A Leadership Course I Would Take

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Reviewed: 09-02-16

I have used concepts suggested in this book to do my job and live my life. The message is clear, practical, and without a bunch of grandstanding. I highly recommend this book to everyone.