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    • The Spy and the Traitor

    • Written by: Ben MacIntyre
    • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
    • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 84
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    On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By ed mailhot on 2019-06-11

    Price: CDN$ 32.79

    • The Square and the Tower

    • Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
    • Written by: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
    • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
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      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It's about states, armies, and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An amazing read

    • By Serguei L. Primak on 2018-04-17

    Price: CDN$ 43.80

    • The World as It Is

    • A Memoir of the Obama White House
    • Written by: Ben Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 66
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    For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, great insight, even better narration

    • By Steve Cosby on 2019-07-05

    Price: CDN$ 43.80

    • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • Written by: Suzanne M. Desan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Suzanne M. Desan
    • Length: 24 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined by the narration

    • By Misty on 2019-07-12

    Price: CDN$ 71.17

    • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Written by: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson - editor
    • Narrated by: Levar Burton
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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    He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The King

    • By Andrew on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • Bring the War Home

    • The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
    • Written by: Kathleen Belew
    • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out - with military precision - an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the first full history of the movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • Written by: Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Cannot possibly retain the info... waste of $$

    • By Nick on 2019-05-02

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Something Fierce

    • Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
    • Written by: Carmen Aguirre
    • Narrated by: Carmen Aguirre
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Carmen Aguirre was six-year-old when she and her family fled to Canada following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. She was only eleven-years-old when her mother and stepfather joined the resistance movement and returned to South America, taking Carmen and her sister went with them. As their mother and stepfather set up a safe house for resistance members in La Paz, Bolivia, the girls' own double lives began. At 18, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia and euphoria.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It felt as if you had lived it.

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-30

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • World Order

    • Written by: Henry Kissinger
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Hormann
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    Henry Kissinger has traveled the world, advised presidents, and been a close observer and participant in the central foreign policy events of our era. Now he offers his analysis of the twenty first century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

    Price: CDN$ 40.04

    • Accidental Presidents

    • Eight Men Who Changed America
    • Written by: Jared Cohen
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.

    Price: CDN$ 35.52

    • Fascism

    • A Warning
    • Written by: Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to reemerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • super monotone reading.

    • By AR on 2018-07-09

    Price: CDN$ 20.29

    • Behold, America

    • The Entangled History of "America First" and "the American Dream"
    • Written by: Sarah Churchwell
    • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Behold, America, Sarah Churchwell offers a surprising account of 20th-century Americans' fierce battle for the nation's soul. It follows the stories of two phrases - the "American dream" and "America First" - that once embodied opposing visions for America. Starting as a Republican motto before becoming a hugely influential isolationist slogan during World War I, America First was always closely linked with authoritarianism and white supremacy. The American dream, meanwhile, initially represented a broad vision of democratic and economic equality. 

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Private Lives of the Tudors

    • Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
    • Written by: Tracy Borman
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior.

    Price: CDN$ 35.80

    • Stalin

    • The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
    • Written by: Edvard Radzinsky
    • Narrated by: David McCallum
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is explanation why Socialism is evil

    • By igor on 2018-09-12
    • The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
    • Written by: Edvard Radzinsky
    • Narrated by: David McCallum
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 1999-04-08
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 26.25

    • Phenomena

    • The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis
    • Written by: Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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    For more than 40 years, the US government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the navy, air force, and army - and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now, for the first time, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs.

    • The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis
    • Written by: Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Release date: 2017-03-28
    • 5 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • Chernobyl

    • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
    • Written by: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story

    • By Ryan Gravis on 2018-11-16
    • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
    • Written by: Serhii Plokhy
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 2018-05-15
    • 5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights

    • Written by: Richard Labunski
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes, the diminutive and exceedingly shy James Madison. Here is a vividly written account of not one, but several major political struggles that changed the course of American history.

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • John Adams

    • Written by: David McCullough
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Book!

    • By William Heaven on 2018-09-19

    Price: CDN$ 88.91

    • Six Days of War

    • June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
    • Written by: Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Price: CDN$ 37.53

    • American Default

    • The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold
    • Written by: Sebastian Edwards
    • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the US dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. 

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

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