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  • Worlds at War

  • The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West
  • By: Anthony Pagden
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Tomas on 23-03-2018

excellent

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Reviewed: 16-01-2018

Great narration, This book stays on task, and does what it says on the label. A good idea well executed.

  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, okay narrator

  • By Ben on 06-02-2018

Connecting world history and Christianity

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Reviewed: 09-01-2018

I was looking for a book connecting world history with the development of Christianity. This book makes a brave attempt at doing that, though sometimes it has too much detail about religious controversies for my taste and perhaps too little detail on the historical side. I guess this is to be expected, as its focus is on Christianity rather than world history. The book still provides a lot of useful connections between the two subjects.

  • The Origins of Totalitarianism

  • By: Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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This classic, definitive account of totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism", beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 19th century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard but worth the effort

  • By Anonymous User on 26-12-2017

Hard but worth the effort

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Reviewed: 26-12-2017

Arendt had a brilliant mind that drew connections far and wide. In this book she manages to hold so many strands of thought together and shed light on the complicated contradictory crazy things that humans do. This book is very much worth reading today as it is so relevant for the way the world is turning