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  • Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson | Gordon S. Wood

    Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government.

  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom | Thomas E. Ricks

    Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

    Jean says: "Elegantly Written"
  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History) | Craig L. Symonds

    The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Craig L. Symonds
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

    Matthew says: "You may knock US down, but you can't knock US out"
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq | Thomas E. Ricks

    Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
  • Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun | Wess Roberts

    Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wess Roberts
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Discover the leadership secrets of the warrior who centuries ago shaped an aimless band of mercenary tribal nomads into the undisputed rulers of the ancient world-and who today offers timeless lessons in win-directed, take-charge management. Based on historical research-and filled with illuminating maxims-this essential guide offers the wisdom of a man who unified thousands, led the charge, kept the peace, picked his enemies wisely, and negotiated brilliantly.

    Dimitrios says: "Excellent reading with historical inaccuracies"
  • Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129 | Norman Polmar,Michael White

    Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Norman Polmar, Michael White
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Despite incredible political, military, and intelligence risks, and after six years of secret preparations, the CIA attempted to salvage the sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-129 from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean in early August 1974. This audacious effort was carried out under the cover of an undersea mining operation sponsored by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

    Boots says: "How did the Russians not know at the time?"
  • Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House | Robert Dallek

    Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, presidential historian Robert Dallek, whom The New York Times calls "Kennedy's leading biographer", delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors, their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles. In Camelot's Court, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy's administration - including the Bay of Pigs, civil rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam - were indelible.

    izic says: "Incredibly in depth in the best and worst ways"
  • The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden | Mark Bowden

    The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.

    W. Goodman says: "Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks"
  • Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win | Michael Useem

    Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Useem
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Leading up is not the same as managing up. Managing up is running the office; leading up is taking the reins and exceeding what's expected. As hierarchies everywhere shed much of their rigidity, upward leadership at all levels becomes more possible - and more necessary. Leading Up is a call to action. It asks us to build on the best in everybody's nature, and it offers a pragmatic blueprint for doing so.

    Bernard says: "I wish that I had read this earlier"
  • The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam | Peter Crawford

    The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter Crawford
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    The War of the Three Gods is a military history of the Near and Middle East in the seventh century - with its chief focus on the reign of the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius (AD 610-641) - a pivotal and dramatic time in world history. The Eastern Roman Empire was brought to the very brink of extinction by the Sassanid Persians before Heraclius managed to inflict a crushing defeat on the Sassanids with a desperate, final gambit.

    Roboto says: "Great book"
  • All In: The Education of General David Petraeus | Paula Broadwell,Vernon Loeb

    All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paula Broadwell, Vernon Loeb
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In All In, military expert Paul Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U.S. military.

    Jean says: "The scholar general"
  • Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science | Richard Preston

    Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Bizarre illnesses and plagues that kill people in the most unspeakable ways. Obsessive and inspired efforts by scientists to solve mysteries and save lives. From The Hot Zone to The Demon in the Freezer and beyond, Richard Preston's best selling works have mesmerized readers everywhere by showing them strange worlds of nature they never dreamed of.

    Doug says: "WAIT! Maybe this isn't what you think...."
  • Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations | Mikel Harry,Richard Schroeder

    Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Mikel Harry, Richard Schroeder
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Streamline. Improve quality. Eliminate defects or mistakes in everything your company does. These are the principles of Six Sigma, a breakthrough management strategy that is helping the world's top organizations - from Sony to Ford to GE - reduce costs and increase the bottom line. Learn how Six Sigma can work for your organization with this program written by the founders of Six Sigma Academy.

    Tom says: "Not happy"
  • The Gamble | Thomas E. Ricks

    The Gamble

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks's #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq - The Gamble is the next news-breaking installment. Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself.

    Joshua Kim says: "A Sure Bet"
  • The Warren Commission Report: The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy | Michael Beschloss (introduction), The Warren Commission

    The Warren Commission Report: The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Beschloss (introduction), The Warren Commission
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, James Lurie, Michael Beschloss
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    President Lyndon B. Johnson, by Executive Order No. 11130 dated November 29, 1963, created this Commission to investigate the assassination on November 22, 1963, of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The President directed the Commission to evaluate all the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin and to report its findings and conclusions to him.

    Richard says: "Best place to start to study the assassination"
  • Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century | Jonathan Moreno

    Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan Moreno
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    The first audiobook of its kind, Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. As the author discusses the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of the intelligence community and countless university science departments in preparing the military and intelligence services for the 21st century, he also charts the future of national security.

    Thomas says: "not super good. ."
  • Lincoln's Dreams | Connie Willis

    Lincoln's Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    For Jeff Johnston, a young historical researcher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure. On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms–two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both.

    Julia says: "Last chapter not missing"
  • Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter | Randall Balmer

    Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Randall Balmer
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice - one that has almost been forgotten since.

    Jean says: "Interesting"
  • Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944 | David Howarth

    Dawn of D-Day: These Men Were There, June 6, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Howarth
    • Narrated By James Lurie
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    June 6, 1944, is one of the most famous dates in world history, and, as David Howarth shows, a defining date in countless personal histories. In this intimate chronicle, the 7,000 vessels, 12,000 aircraft, and 750,000 men committed on D-Day are taken for granted. Instead, we see D-Day through the eyes of the men on the ground as Howarth weaves together the larger story of the beginning of the battle of Normandy with the stories of the beachhead itself.

  • Love Times Three: The True Story of a Polygamous Marriage | Joe Darger,Alina Darger,Vicki Darger,Valerie Darger

    Love Times Three: The True Story of a Polygamous Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joe Darger, Alina Darger, Vicki Darger, and others
    • Narrated By James Lurie, Eliza Foss, Kathleen McInerney, and others
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    He runs his own business and coaches Little League. She drives a minivan, and she'd be lost without her trusty BlackBerry. They go on date nights. Their kids attend public schools, play sports, and take music lessons. They live in a roomy house in the 'burbs. They're about as mainstream as families come. They're also polygamists. The Dargers move the conversation away from child brides, Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS to more mainstream polygamists who willingly enter into plural relationships as adults.

    Balathayaparan Thayaparan says: "Wonderful inside about the cherished plural marriage lifestyles"
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