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Jack Fleming

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  • The Fifth Risk

  • Undoing Democracy
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy - an agency that deals with some of the most powerful risks facing humanity - waited to welcome the incoming administration's transition team. Nobody appeared. Across the US government, the same thing happened: nothing. People don't notice when stuff goes right. That is the stuff government does. It manages everything that underpins our lives from funding free school meals, to policing rogue nuclear activity, to predicting extreme weather events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lewis has done it again

  • By Anonymous User on 29-10-2018

The best book published thus far on the Trump Adm.

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Reviewed: 30-01-2019

While the book doesn't explore trumps high level decisions it follows the down river consequences of his blatant disregard for the functioning of government. The floor in this reasoning came to light in the most recent government shutdown where trumps administration could not see any disasters consequences from a government shutdown. Government is a complex Institution disregarding its function is something you make at your own peril and only heights the fifth risk to humanities existence.

  • Postwar

  • A History of Europe Since 1945
  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Postwar by Tony Judt, read by Ralph Cosham. Tracing the story of postwar Europe and its changing role in the world, Judt's magnificent history of the continent of our times investigates the political, social and cultural history of Europe from the wreckage of postwar Europe to the expansion of the EU into the former Soviet empire. Judt's stress is on the continent as a whole, from Greece to Norway, from Portugal to Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well worth a read for all students of politics

  • By Jack Fleming on 09-10-2018

well worth a read for all students of politics

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Reviewed: 09-10-2018

A slow building narrative that ultimately leaves you with a great understanding of the role of memory and memorislisation. the role of the welfare state and the emergence of the EU. well worth a read eventually got use to the voice you probably will too as it's a monster of an audiobook in length.

  • Napoleon the Great

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just 20 years, from October 1795, when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état, he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the revolution had descended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the listen

  • By The Lazy Book Reviewer on 20-05-2015

Napoleon the great

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Reviewed: 29-08-2018

Quite the epic for such great man. Overall I found the narrative engaging but to apologetic for my tastes. However having only read this one book on Napoleon it's hard to tell how much this is the case.

  • Exactly

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Best-selling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything. It is an integral, unchallenged and essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. The items we value in our daily lives - a camera, a phone, a computer, a bicycle, a car, a dishwasher perhaps - all sport components that fit together with precision and operate with near perfection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A revelation and a delight

  • By The Quiet Reader on 11-05-2018

A Thurley enjoyable romp through history

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Reviewed: 15-07-2018

first up I will add the proviso that I love the history of scientific achievement, so I was already positively disposed to the subject matter. I think Simon Winchester organisational of this book by orders of magnitude of procession was clever and works well. this book will appeal to anyone who likes engineering and science. the book contains fantasic narratives around each significant advancement in precision that made this book hard to stop listening to.

  • Energy and Civilization Part 2

  • A History
  • By: Vaclav Smil
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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In this monumental history, Vaclav Smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil fuel-driven civilization and offers listeners a magisterial overview of humanity's energy eras.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Energy usage throughout history

  • By Jack Fleming on 05-07-2018

Energy usage throughout history

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Reviewed: 05-07-2018

The perfect historical background for current energy debates over resource exhaustion, environmental degeneration and economic growth. particularly liked the exploration of ancient and prehistoric energy use. Finding out all about the advantage of being bipedal over quadrupedal was quite the eye opener for me personally having never undertaking any study in human physiology or biomechanics.

  • Debt - Updated and Expanded

  • The First 5,000 Years
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • important book

  • By Katie Batty on 16-03-2016

Money a history from someone who isn't an econ

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Reviewed: 12-05-2018

I found this an interesting, money, credit and debt are always examined through the lens of economics. So in that regard it was quite refreshing to hear about these concepts from a different perspective. However I personally found the argument unpersuasive. however I would still recommend this book for those who are interested in economics as it's an alternative view point that is well articulated and is at the very least an interesting narrative.

  • Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo

  • By: Nicholas de Monchaux
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: 21 layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation, best known by its consumer brand of "Playtex" - a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the best story I have ever heard about Apollo

  • By Jack Fleming on 13-03-2018

the best story I have ever heard about Apollo

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Reviewed: 13-03-2018

I found this book to be captivating from beginning to end would recommend to anymore who studies design, history, astrophysics and astronomy. Or anyone for that matter that is interested in the story of the us space Program as whole.

  • The War in the West

  • A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
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    5 out of 5 stars 23
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    5 out of 5 stars 24

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-05-2018

if you enjoyed the first you will enjoy the second

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Reviewed: 09-02-2018

when I first started the series I was sceptical of the interwoven narrative but it has grown on me and now I am of the opinion that it really complements the operational history of the war in the west.

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 170
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    5 out of 5 stars 159
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    5 out of 5 stars 158

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Mike Duncan book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-02-2018

if you loved the podcast you will love the audiobo

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Reviewed: 15-12-2017

Bring all his usual flair to his spoken work this audiobook is a dream to any long term listeners of the history of Rome or revolutions Podcast.

  • Heart of Europe

  • A History of the Holy Roman Empire
  • By: Peter H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 34 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Holy Roman Empire lasted 1,000 years, far longer than ancient Rome. Yet this formidable dominion never inspired the awe of its predecessor. Voltaire quipped that it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. Yet as Peter H. Wilson shows, the Holy Roman Empire tells a millennial story of Europe better than the histories of individual nation-states.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deep dive into The Holy Roman Empire

  • By Jack Fleming on 07-12-2017

Deep dive into The Holy Roman Empire

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Reviewed: 07-12-2017

Very enjoyable linkage of the history of the church and empire at start. Given the vast expanse of the history of the emperor it has a number of interesting interactions with the history of the reformation, the conceptualisation of imperialism and the French revolution. Overall does much to counter the narrative of the Empire being an institution that long outlasted it's usefulness. The 20th century historical interprations have come at the Empire with a nationalist focus or a nation state interpretation nor a progressive constitutional center of reform. well worth a read I certainly walked away knowing far more and being far more interested in the subject matter overall

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