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  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,888

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Required Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This book should be required reading for everyone. Period. The author had me from the first page. It's a true, disturbing and vivid portrait of our new "ally". Bravo to the author to have the wherewithal to write this memoir. I pity the current administration's fascination and love with the Red Empire.

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  • Thieves of State

  • Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
  • By: Sarah Chayes
  • Narrated by: Sarah Chayes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

A former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff explains how government's oldest problem is its greatest destabilizing force. Thieves of State argues that corruption is not just a nuisance; it is a major source of geopolitical turmoil. Since the late 1990s, corruption has grown such that some governments now resemble criminal gangs, provoking extreme reactions ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic insight

  • By Keefer on 05-25-15

PhD Dissertation

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Sarah Chayes wrote a fabulous Phd dissertation. But who really wants to read that? She makes her point and then supports it over and over and over and over and over and over... you get the point. It's a shame as I think her point should be "heard" around the world as her thesis is compelling, and in this reader's view, correct. But I was extremely bored listening to it.

  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

Step into the real world of the spy with this detailed and unforgettable tour of the millennia-long history and enduring legacy of espionage and covert operations. While most of us associate this top-secret subject with popular fiction and film, its true story is more fascinating, surprising, and important than you could possibly imagine. These 24 thrilling lectures survey how world powers have attempted to work in the shadows to gain secret information or subvert enemies behind the scenes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • depends what you're after

  • By Rachel on 08-20-14

Useless

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

What disappointed you about Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History?

There is no meat here. Rather a superficial glance at espionage. Didn't really learn anything nor was I entertained. A waste of time.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

yes

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