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  • Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 | Anne Applebaum

    Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.

    jackifus says: "Important story, imperfectly executed"
  • The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail | Tim Moore

    The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim Moore
    • Narrated By Tim Moore
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    Scaling a new peak of rash overambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000 kilometer route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively subzero desolation of snowbound Finland.

    James says: "Iron Curtain Shopping Bike"
  • Operation Valuable Fiend: The CIA's First Paramilitary Strike against the Iron Curtain | Albert Lulushi

    Operation Valuable Fiend: The CIA's First Paramilitary Strike against the Iron Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Albert Lulushi
    • Narrated By James Conlan
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    In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today’s National Clandestine Service), flush with money and burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania, the weakest of the Soviet satellites in Europe, from Moscow’s orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954.

  • Escapes from Behind the Iron Curtain | Zoltan Bartok

    Escapes from Behind the Iron Curtain

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    • By Zoltan Bartok
    • Narrated By Troy Cunningham
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    The author was accused of sabotage on the 10th anniversary of the 1956 revolution. He was 17 years old. He tried to escape through the Hungarian-Yugoslav border with one of his classmates. Caught by border patrol, he was jailed and treated very badly. He barely survived the month-long ordeal. Stamped as an enemy of the state, he was taken to a labor camp at age 19. He had to do forced labor instead of regular military service. Against all odds, he was able to break free from the communist bloc at age 23.

    Robert says: "Freedom!"
  • Piercing the Iron Curtain: My Journeys of Faith | Becky Ruland

    Piercing the Iron Curtain: My Journeys of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Becky Ruland
    • Narrated By Becky Ruland, Maria Erokhina
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    A single woman missionary, Becky Ruland, vividly writes about death defying adventures in communist nations where she lived for 14 years. From the challenges of learning Russian to understanding how to live cross-culturally in spiritually dark lands, Becky's words tell the stories of real people.

  • Iron Curtain: History |  iMinds

    Iron Curtain: History

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    • Narrated By Hamish Hughes
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    Learn about the Iron Curtain with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The "iron curtain" is the term used to describe the strict division of Western and Eastern Europe between 1945 and 1991. The conflict was between Western Allies and the Soviet Union. Although they had been allies during World War Two, they soon became bitter rivals after it ended.

  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge | Robert Littell

    The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

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    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
  • The Enemy: Jack Reacher 8 | Lee Child

    The Enemy: Jack Reacher 8

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    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
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    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. Soon America won't have any enemies left to fight. The army is under pressure to downsize. Jack Reacher is the duty military police officer on a base in North Carolina when he takes a call reporting a dead soldier. The body was found in a sleazy motel used by local hookers. Reacher tells the local cop to handle it, it sounds like the guy just had a heart attack. But the dead man turns out to have been a two-star general on a secret mission.

    Lewis says: "Reacher at his best"
  • The Bob Edwards Show, Anne Applebaum and Timothy Egan, September 2, 2013 | Bob Edwards

    The Bob Edwards Show, Anne Applebaum and Timothy Egan, September 2, 2013

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    Anne Applebaum won the Pulitzer Prize for her book, Gulag, about the history of the Soviet Union labor camp. Now the columnist for The Washington Post and Slate takes a wider look at the brutality of Communist rule with her book title, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945 – 1956.

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