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    • A Great Place to Have a War

    • America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA
    • By: Joshua Kurlantzick
    • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    In 1960 President Eisenhower was focused on Laos, a tiny Southeast Asian nation few Americans had ever heard of. Washington feared the country would fall to Communism, triggering a domino effect in the rest of Southeast Asia. So in January 1961, Eisenhower approved the CIA's Operation Momentum, a plan to create a proxy army of ethnic Hmong to fight Communist forces in Laos. While remaining hidden from the American public and most of Congress, Momentum became the largest CIA paramilitary operation in the history of the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great history with a great narrative

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-30-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • State Capitalism

    • How the Return of Statism Is Transforming the World
    • By: Joshua Kurlantzick
    • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In State Capitalism, Joshua Kurlantzick ranges across the world - China, Thailand, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, and more - and argues that the increase in state capitalism across the globe has, on balance, contributed to a decline in democracy. He isolates some of the reasons for state capitalism's resurgence: the fact that globalization favors economies of scale in the most critical industries and the widespread rejection of the Washington Consensus in the face of the problems that have plagued the world economy in recent years.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Ideal Man

    • The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War
    • By: Joshua Kurlantzick
    • Narrated by: Josh Clark
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Jim Thompson landed in Thailand at the end of World War II, a former American society dilettante who became an Asian legend as a spy and silk magnate with access to Thai worlds outsiders never saw. As the Cold War reached Thailand, America had a choice: Should it, as Thompson believed, help other nations build democracies from their traditional cultures or, as his ex-OSS friend Willis Bird argued, remake the world through deception and self-serving alliances? This book explores a key Cold War epidsode.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Charm Offensive

    • How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World
    • By: Joshua Kurlantzick
    • Narrated by: Peter Hirst
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    At the beginning of the 21st century, China is poised to become a major global power. And though much has been written of China's rise, a crucial aspect of this transformation has gone largely unnoticed: the way that China is using soft power to appeal to its neighbors and to distant countries alike.

    Regular price: $14.67