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David

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  • "Unusual and thought provoking...!"

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    Certainly a must listen to for anyone contemplating finding manufacturers for their goods in China. What we realise is the Chinese are a completely different culture to ours in the west and play the business game to their own set of rules - and the rules frequently change as they go along!

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    Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

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    • By Paul Midler
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    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    David says: "Unusual and thought provoking...!"
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A Peek at Sean's Bookshelf

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  • Black Hawk Down

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    abridged wait for the unabridged version, you loose so much of the story, I've read the book in full and this version does it no justice, to the Men or Author

Philip

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  • "A real tour de force - thoughtful a..."

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    If you ever wanted to understand what's happening in today's Russia and why, this is the book for you. Framed within an authoritative historical context, Dimbleby explains why this huge and still powerful country is wracked with contradiction, hostility towards outsiders and a sense of unease about its modern place in the world.

    Dimblebly shows that corruption is rife and debilitating and that democracy under Putin is little more than a cynical sham. Yet through his encounters with Russians of all types, Dimblebly also reveals the commonly held view that freedom without democracy is possible. And that strength and stability matter far more.

    From the cold wastes of Siberia to the throb of an 'aggressive' Moscow, Dimblebly paints an expert picture of the realities of today's Russian empire. Compelling, engaging, fascinating and thoughtful, this book shows the real Russia of today and what the future may hold for a behemoth that affects us all.

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    Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Dimbleby
    • Narrated By Jonathan Dimbleby
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    In this timely and revealing portrait, distinguished author and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby crosses eight time zones and covers 10,000 miles, from Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to the Asian city of Vladivostok, in an attempt to get beneath the skin of modern Russia. Travelling by road, rail and boat, his epic journey takes him from the splendour of St Petersburg to remote parts of Siberia.

    Philip says: "A real tour de force - thoughtful and revealing"

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  • 4.7 (23 ratings)
    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Damien Lewis Narrated by Michael Fenner

    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Fenner
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    The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

    Ross says: "Gripping account of a special forces op"
  • 4.8 (12 ratings)
    Even the Sun Will Die: An Interview with Eckhart Tolle (






UNABRIDGED) by Eckhart Tolle Narrated by Eckhart Tolle

    Even the Sun Will Die: An Interview with Eckhart Tolle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
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    When Eckhart Tolle agreed to be interviewed on September 11, 2001, he could not foresee the historic nature of this date or the suffering that would follow. As the day's events unfolded, in real time, he responded with a calm and clear voice, helping to make sense out of the fear and chaos that will forever define this date. Even the Sun Will Die documents this historic meeting with Eckhart Tolle and the comforting wisdom he revealed that day.

  • 4.5 (102 ratings)
    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Demick Narrated by Karen White

    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

    Eileen says: "Great book - dreary reader"
  • 4.4 (61 ratings)
    My Friend the Mercenary (






UNABRIDGED) by James Brabazon Narrated by James Brabazon

    My Friend the Mercenary

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Brabazon
    • Narrated By James Brabazon
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    James Brabazon is narrating this story of war, violence, and political intrigue. He wanted a war. And, for his sins, he got one. James Brabazon was an ambitious young war reporter when he entered the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in 2002. Running with the infamous LURD rebels, he survived numerous deadly ambushes, the privations of dysentery and a dramatic two hundred-mile escape from Government troops through dense equatorial jungle. He even had a bounty put on his head.

    Amazon Customer says: "Gripping"
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  • 4.3 (48 ratings)
    The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred (






ABRIDGED) by Niall Ferguson Narrated by Sean Barrett

    The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed, for most of its inhabitants, stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War.

    Niall says: "Brilliant and Eye Opening"
  • 4.3 (45 ratings)
    The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (






UNABRIDGED) by James Gleick Narrated by Rob Shapiro

    The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
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    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality-the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    jeremy says: "Fascinating, compelling and listenable"
  • 4.6 (34 ratings)
    Hellfire (






ABRIDGED) by Ed Macy Narrated by Ed Macy

    Hellfire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ed Macy
    • Narrated By Ed Macy
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    May 2006. Pilot Ed Macy arrives in Afghanistan with a contingent of Apache AH Mk1. It's the first operational tour for the deadly, difficult machines and confidence in the cripplingly expensive attack helicopter is low. It doesn't help that for their first month 'in action', Ed and his mates see little more than the back-end of a Chinook.

    Iain says: "Flying Soldiers reach the 21st Century"
  • 4.4 (34 ratings)
    Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Nicholas Shaxson Narrated by Tim Bentinck

    Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicholas Shaxson
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
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    Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

    M says: "To pay, or not to pay tax ...?"
  • Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Damien Lewis Narrated by Michael Fenner

    Zero Six Bravo: 60 Special Forces. 100,000 Enemy. The Explosive True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Damien Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Fenner
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    The No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling modern classic: A Bravo Two Zero for the Second Gulf War. They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy lines on a true mission impossible, to take the surrender of the 100,000-strong Iraqi Army 5th Corps.

    Ross says: "Gripping account of a special forces op"
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest (






UNABRIDGED) by Niall Ferguson Narrated by Niall Ferguson

    Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
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    If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe - Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland - would have seemed little better.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very entertaining, interesting and informative"
  • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Harford Narrated by Jonathan Keeble

    Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

    judith says: "A rising star"
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (






UNABRIDGED) by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson Narrated by Dan Woren

    Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
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    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    judith says: "History made science"
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  • The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Feinstein Narrated by Gildart Jackson

    The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrew Feinstein
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
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    The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

    steve says: "What an eye-opener"
  • The Undercover Economist Strikes Back (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim Harford Narrated by Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne

    The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart, Gavin Osborne
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    A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?

    Alistair says: "The perfect book for that business flight"
  • Bad Science (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Goldacre Narrated by Rupert Farley

    Bad Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
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    We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

    Marcus says: "Making science truly entertaining"
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman (






UNABRIDGED) by John Perkins Narrated by Brian Emerson

    Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
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    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Jason says: "FANTASTIC!!!!!"
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  • Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden (






ABRIDGED) by Peter L. Bergen Narrated by Peter L. Bergen

    Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Peter L. Bergen
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    The September 11 assault on the World Trade Center was the most sophisticated and horrifying in a series of operations masterminded by Osama bin Laden and his Jihad group - an organization that CNN's terrorism analyst Peter Bergen calls Holy War, Inc. One of only a handful of journalists to have interviewed the world's most wanted man face to face, Bergen explains the Jihadist network that operates globally and in secrecy.

    Shane says: "Gehad on the Western World"
  • The Second Plane: September 11, Terror, and Boredom (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Amis Narrated by Nick Sullivan

    The Second Plane: September 11, Terror, and Boredom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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    A master not only of fiction but also of fiercely controversial political engagement, Martin Amis here gathers 14 pieces that constitute an evolving, provocative, and insightful examination of the most momentous event of our time.

    Robert says: "Fabulous"
  • Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence: The Technologies That Are Transforming Them: The Economist (






UNABRIDGED) by Benjamin Sutherland Narrated by Chistopher Oxford

    Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence: The Technologies That Are Transforming Them: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Benjamin Sutherland
    • Narrated By Chistopher Oxford
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    This Economist book describes emerging military technologies and places them in the larger context of today's politics, diplomacy, business and social issues. It shows how efforts to win wars or keep the peace are driving enormous and multifold technological advances. Broadly speaking, defence technologies will continue to provide enormous advantages to advanced, Western armed forces. For anyone who wants to know just how smart the global war, defence and intelligence machine is, this will be revealing and fascinating reading.

    Collyermum says: "Interesting review of latest warfare technology"
  • A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Deutschman Narrated by Michael Cerveris

    A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Michael Cerveris
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    When journalist Alan Deutschman came to the California wine country as the lucky houseguest of very rich friends, he was surprised to discover a civil war was being fought between the Napa Valley and the neighboring Sonoma Valley. What develops is nothing less than a battle for the good life, a clash between old and new, the struggle for the soul of one of America's last bits of paradise.

    Steve says: "See the Film: read the Book!"
  • Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short (






UNABRIDGED) by David Archibald Narrated by A.T. Chandler

    Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Archibald
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
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    Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: 50 years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over - prepare for the twilight of abundance.

  • The Silence of Our Friends (






UNABRIDGED) by Ed West Narrated by Michael Fenton Stevens

    The Silence of Our Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Ed West
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
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    Over the summer of 2013 Egypt witnessed its worst anti-Christian violence in centuries, with dozens of churches burned down by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. In Syria Islamist gunmen occupy the faith's holiest site, while the Civil War has given Sunni extremists the chance to empty Christian villages through 'religious cleansing'. And 10 years after the fall of Saddam, Iraq's pre-war Christian population has fallen from a million to 200,000 and now barely clings on.

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






UNABRIDGED) by Albert Lulushi Narrated by James Conlan

    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.

  • China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa (






UNABRIDGED) by Howard W. French Narrated by Don Hagen

    China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard W. French
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    An exciting, hugely revealing account of China's burgeoning presence in Africa - a developing empire already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned to tell the story of China in Africa. Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting, French crafts a layered investigation of astonishing depth and breadth.

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  • Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy (






UNABRIDGED) by David Hoffman Narrated by Ben Bartolone

    Citizens Rising: Independent Journalism and the Spread of Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Hoffman
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
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    From the fall of the Soviet Union to the Arab Spring to today's continuing conflicts, media have played a decisive role in political affairs across the globe-driving the revolutionary changes shaping today's new world. This is the first book presenting a comprehensive look at the emergence of media as a primary actor, and not merely an observer, of global affairs. With the rise of digital technology, the power of media to intervene in global affairs is in the hands of everyone-including you.

  • Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Spencer Narrated by Russell Niemand

    Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Spencer
    • Narrated By Russell Niemand
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    Bestselling author and jihad expert Robert Spencer unveils the shocking truth behind the mainstream media's propaganda about the Arab Spring and shows how the Fort Hood attack, the Boston Marathon bombings, and other violent acts by Muslims in the United States are indeed fresh instances of the Arab Spring ideology coming to this country. Robert Spencer brings years of study on radical Islam to this shocking and insightful book. Arab Winter Comes to America is a powerful warning of the terror and tyranny to come.

  • Failures of Leadership: History's Worst Rulers and How Their People Suffered For It (






UNABRIDGED) by Frederick Parker Narrated by Kevin Pierce

    Failures of Leadership: History's Worst Rulers and How Their People Suffered For It

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frederick Parker
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Bad leaders never learn from their mistakes. Better leaders learn from their mistakes. But the best leaders learn from the mistakes of others, so they do not make them themselves. This exciting new audiobook from historian and entrepreneur Frederick Parker looks at the 20 worst failures of leadership in history and the consequences it meant for those under their rule.