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  1. 14.4 hrs • 5/24/2016 • Unabridged

    When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg Trials. Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trials, that the man they are prosecuting, once Hitler’s personal lawyer, may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv. The two prosecutors, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, were remarkable men, whose efforts led to the inclusion of the terms crimes against humanity and genocide in the judgement at Nuremberg, with their different emphasis on the protection of individuals and groups. The defendant was no less compelling a character: Hans Frank, Hitler’s personal lawyer, friend of Richard Strauss, collector of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, and governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland. A second strand to the book is more personal, as Sands traces the events that overwhelmed his mother’s family in Lviv and Vienna during the Second World War and led his grandfather to leave his wife and daughter behind as war came to Europe. At the heart of this book is an equally personal quest to understand the roots of international law and the concepts that have dominated Sands’ work as a lawyer. Eventually he finds unexpected answers to his questions about his family in this powerful meditation on the way memory, crime, and guilt leave scars across generations.

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    East West Street by Philippe Sands

    East West Street

    14.4 hrs • 5/24/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.1 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    A nail-bitingly suspenseful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down Turkish officials following the Armenian Genocide In 1921 a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation “Nemesis” after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told—until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins. He sets the killings in context by providing a summation of Ottoman and Armenian history as well as the history of the genocide itself. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history’s most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, Operation Nemesis is both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.

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    Operation Nemesis

    11.1 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.5 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    A gripping work of reportage that, for the first time, tells the story of “Chucky” Taylor, a young American who lost his soul in Liberia, the country where his African father was a ruthless warlord and dictator Chucky Taylor was in many ways an average American kid. Growing up in Florida, he had friends, a high school sweetheart, and some brushes with the law. But then, in 1992, at age fifteen, he traveled to Liberia to meet his estranged father, Charles Taylor—the warlord and future president of Liberia. Adrift in a strange, underdeveloped country, Chucky became the commander of the infamous Anti-Terrorist Unit, aka “Demon Forces.” Suddenly powerful amidst the lawlessness of his father’s rule, any semblance of morality vanished. The savagery and pointlessness of his crimes shocked even his brutal father. Fleeing Liberia as his father’s government fell, Chucky was caught sneaking into the United States and became the first American convicted of the war crime of torture. Now Johnny Dwyer’s deeply researched book tells not just the riveting story of Chucky Taylor and his family but also of Liberia, a nation which only recently has found reason to hope for the future.

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    American Warlord

    13.5 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.7 hrs • 3/12/2015 • Unabridged

    Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research, two of America’s leading experts on violent extremism and terrorism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today’s most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State—and how we can fight it. Though terrorist groups are a fixture of contemporary politics and warfare, the world has never witnessed the degree of sheer brutality demonstrated by the group know as ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Its sadistic disregard for human life, sophisticated use of social media, acquisition of territory, and ability to attract foreign fighters—many from modern Western democracies—is unprecedented. Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger analyze the tools ISIS uses both to frighten innocent citizens and lure new soldiers—including the “ghoulish pornography” of their pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of “jihadic chic,” and its startlingly effective social media expertise. While this jihadi army poses a significant threat, our response must be carefully calibrated; sending troops onto the battlefield could become the ideal recruiting tool, increasing ISIS’ ranks. ISIS: The State of Terror offers practical ideas on potential government responses, emphasizing that we must alter our present conceptions of terrorism and terrorists and react to the rapidly changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the terrorists do. As it lays out what our next move—as a country, as a government, as the world—should be, it offers a vital assessment of the future of counterterrorism and countering violent extremism.

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    ISIS

    9.7 hrs • 3/12/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 14.5 hrs • 1/20/2015 • Unabridged

    An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee Since 2002 Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although his release was ordered by a federal judge, the US government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity, Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into US custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir—terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, Guantánamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance.

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    Guantánamo Diary

    Edited by Larry Siems
    Read by Peter Ganim
    14.5 hrs • 1/20/15 • Unabridged
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