Category Archives: History

Tesla – W. Bernard Robinson

This scientific book about Nikola Tesla Narrated by Allan Robinson and written by W. Bernard Carlson is a great overview of Tesla, his inventions and his humanity. This book explores his ideas, his successes and his failures. It reads like a History Channel Documentary, but Allan Robinsos’s narration makes it an enjoyable listen. I would suggest you have Internet access when listening so you can see pictures of Tesla’s inventions to give you visual of what you hearing about.
I found out many things I did not know about Tesla.  I was surprised that Tesla traveled as much as he did as travel was difficult in early 1900’s. This story is not a puff piece but looks at Tesla’s flaws and success equally drawing no conclusions but presenting the facts.
If you are a history buff this book is a great listen.
I purchased this book for my own entertainment.

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Five Came Back – Mark Harris

Five Came Back – A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War written by Mark Harris and narrated by Andrew Garman is available at Amazon and Audible.com. 

This Audiobook is 20 hours of great insight and history of film during WWII. It chronicles the lives of five directors who left Hollywood at the height of their careers to join the military. They documented the war on film as well as made training videos and propaganda films.

The insight that these men had as well as the studios who hedged their bets against both sides of the war is an incredible look at business during wartime as well as sacrifice made.

You know the films, now look behind them to see the psychological impact war had on their creators and how it affected their filmmaking. If you like film of war history this book will grab your interest. Also many of the war films they speak of in this book are available to view on YouTube.  This is a great audiobook that grabs the listeners attention and takes them behind the camera during WWII.

I purchased this book for my own pleasure.

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The Black Banners – Ali Soufan

Narrated by Neil Shah this book is a true account of FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan. Soufan started investigating the USS Cole bombing and was still doing so on 9/11/2001. He was soon involved in the search for Bin Laden. Ali’s story tells of the conflict between the FBI and the CIA. According to this book the CIA kept information from the FBI that could have captured Bin Laden years earlier than he was. 

Soufan was an investigator and after several successful interrogations he became the FBI’s most successful agent at outsmarting those alQaeda operatives who were captured. Then the CIA moved in with their Advanced Interrogation Techniques. Although they never worked, the CIA continued to use techniques that were close to torture.
And when Ali got information from high level terrorist the CIA took credit and claimed success due to their techniques. 

This is a long audiobook but it goes into great detail on the FBI’s fight to stop terrorist attacks in the US. It has blank and redacted sections that the CIA didn’t want released. This book tells the history and reasoning behind AlQaeda’s actions. Be prepared for a version of events that you haven’t heard from the news or government.

This is a must listen for anyone who wants the truth about the US’s investigation of AlQaeda. You may be surprised at how dysfunctional it really was or is.

I bought this book for my own pleasure.
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Top Secret – W.E.B.Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin  is a masterful author of military historical fiction. He has covered WWII, the Marines, The Police , and Now the Cold War. Alexander Cendese narrated the first book in this new series with the care of other noteable narrators in W.E.B. Griffin series such as Dick Hill.

Listening to books the length of most Griffin series can be difficult because of the precise detail he puts into his books. Cendese reads Top Secret like an old fashion radio play. Every Character is unique and precise. I know who is talking each and every time . There are 20 plus different character voices and each is unique.

The story itself covers a secret US program to smuggle high ranking Nazi’s out of Germany and into Argentina, as well as setting up listening posts to monitor Russian activity in the East. This was a tricky operation because the Russians were our alli. 

After WWII Germans would rather die then be captured or turned over to the Russians who would torture and kill them. The US provided them safe passage to Argentina for information. This series will discuss the Cold Was from the end of WWII to the End of the Cold War.  I highly recommend this AudioBook as it is a great Listen and a great story.