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  • The Phoney Victory

  • The World War II Illusion
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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Was World War II really the 'Good War'? In the years since the declaration of peace in 1945, many myths have sprung up around the conflict in the victorious nations. In this audiobook, Peter Hitchens deconstructs the many fables which have become associated with the narrative of the 'Good War'. Whilst not criticising or doubting the need for war against Nazi Germany at some stage, Hitchens does query whether September 1939 was the right moment or the independence of Poland the right issue. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What annoys Peter Hitchens about WW2

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-02-19

Refreshing perspective on WWII

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Reviewed: 23-02-19

Hitchen's critique of the special relationship is a real gem of this essential de-glamorised perspective of WWII and the decline of empire.

  • The Rights of Man

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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Written in the late 18th century as a reply to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man is unquestionably one of the great classics on the subject of democracy. A vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government, it defended the dignity of the common man in all countries against those who would discard him as one of the “swinish multitude.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint

  • By Dan Boresjo on 27-08-17

Does not disappoint

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Reviewed: 27-08-17

Passes my personal test for a great work - not only has it changed the world, but also it remains radical enough to challenge us today.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
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We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Magnum Opus in every sense!

  • By Jeremy on 14-05-12

Deserving of the term "tour de force"

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Reviewed: 23-11-16

A truly remarkable affirmation of Humanist optimism. Amazing well researched and engagingly written and performed.

  • On Anarchism

  • By: Noam Chomsky, Nathan Schneider (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Dan Boresjo on 16-08-16

Thought-provoking

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Reviewed: 16-08-16

A good introduction to an important area of political thought that one seldom encounters elsewhere. The reader's voice is a little too strident, it would be better if read in a more contemplative tone.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought

  • By Louise on 11-02-07

Essential

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Reviewed: 14-02-16

A magnificent tour de force that should be a mandatory part of any school curriculum.