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  • "Scholarship at it's best"

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    An amazing work of perspective and scholarship. I enjoyed every minute of it. It?s not ?light? by any means, and justly it doesn?t claim to be, but it so engages you that its length becomes an irrelevance. And the characterisation is a brilliant ploy. Will Done Mrs Tuchman!

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    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    Annelli says: "A Distant Mirror"
  • "Masterful history. Story telling at..."

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    Absolutely stunning. Hastings takes the closing chapter of the war and shows it for all its complexity and horror. It’s easy to listen to and engaging even for a history buff like myself. Well done. I would recommend this work to anyone and is one of the best audio’s I have chosen in 6 years !! (I started with .com)

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    Armageddon

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By John Sessions
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    Armageddon tells the story of the climatic months of the Second World War and the destruction of Hitler's Germany. In this compelling study, the author addresses the big human and military questions. Why did the Allies not win the war in 1944, when they were vastly stronger than the Germans? Why did the Russians produce the best generals? What was it like to fight the British, American, German and Soviet armies?

    Joseph says: "Masterful history. Story telling at its best."
  • "A Very Good Read"

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    If you?re a history buff and want something less pedestrian than usual, this is for you. It presents the ?other? side of the picture for the Vietnam War. A side not often let speak in our anti American politically correct world. And please, I don?t want to sound like Ronald Reagan here, but as a previously serving British Officer (never having served in any such horrific engagement), and a student of military history this recording offers a very different and well researched view point than the accepted one by people that were there.

    Although the micro management of the conflict was reprehensible, and behaviour on both sides quite disgraceful, the recording is not an apology for the event, but more a clarification of the evidential truth that ?popular? history can so often misplace when written close to the pain of the time.

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    Vietnam: Why We Should Have Won

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Lyons
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Dan Lyons resigned as Dean at Gonzaga University to become the free world's leading advocate of winning the war in Vietnam, visiting there 17 times from 1963 to 1975. His 500 daily radio and TV broadcasts, plus his nationwide weekly columns and debates on college campuses, reached millions every week for 12 years.

    Joseph says: "A Very Good Read"
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