The Rasputin File [Audiobook]

The Rasputin File [Audiobook]
The Rasputin File [Audiobook] by Edvard Radzinsky, read by Edoardo Ballerini
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 25 mins | 612.56MB

From the best-selling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the state archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin's inner circle.

With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history.

Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.

Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution [Audiobook]

Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution [Audiobook]
Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution [Audiobook] by Kenneth D Ackerman, read by Stefan Rudnicki
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 32 mins | 316.36MB

Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as coleader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the 20th century, a global icon of radical change. Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow travelers. Where had he come from to topple Russia and change the world? Where else? New York City.

Between January and March 1917, Trotsky found refuge in the United States. America had kept itself out of the European Great War, leaving New York the freest city on earth. During his time there - just over 10 weeks - Trotsky immersed himself in the local scene. He settled his family in the Bronx, edited a radical left wing tabloid in Greenwich Village, sampled the lifestyle, and plunged headlong into local politics. His clashes with leading New York socialists over the question of US entry into World War I would reshape the American left for the next 50 years.

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam [Audiobook]

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam [Audiobook]
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam [Audiobook] by Robert S McNamara, Brian DeMark, read by Joseph Campanella
2009 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hrs 2 mins | 165.15MB

As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable.

In the years since he resigned his office, he has until now refused any public comment on the unpopular war with which he was so thoroughly identified. Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation, McNamara presents a classic insider account of how Vietnam policy grew, of exactly how we stumbled into the war and exactly why it quickly became almost impossible to pull out.

Both personal and historic, his account reveals the trials of leadership, of how a generation's "best and brightest" led our nation into tragedy, and what we can learn from their mistakes.

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