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  1. 15.7 hrs • 6/8/2015 • Unabridged

    Many see China’s rise as a threat to US leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen argues instead that the real challenge lies in dissuading China from regional aggression while eliciting its global cooperation. Drawing on decades of scholarship and experience as a senior diplomat, Christensen offers a deep perspective on China’s military and economic capacity. Assessing China’s political outlook and strategic goals, Christensen shows how nationalism and the threat of domestic instability influence the party’s decisions about regional and global affairs. If China obstructs international efforts to confront nuclear proliferation, civil conflicts, financial instability, and climate change, those efforts will likely fail; but if China merely declines to support such efforts, the problems will grow vastly more complicated. Articulating a balanced strategic approach along with perceptive historical analysis, Christensen describes how we might shape China’s choices in the coming decades so that it contributes more to the international system from which it benefits so much.

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    The China Challenge

    15.7 hrs • 6/8/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.7 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for five hundred years, been the cultural hotbed of the world—Europe—and examines the most basic and fascinating culture of the region. Analyzing the fault lines that have existed for centuries, and which have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts—Friedman walks us through the “flashpoints” that are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again.  In Flashpoints, George Friedman begins with a fascinating history of the events leading up to the horrific wars that nearly tore apart Western civilization. Zeroing in on half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics, George Friedman does what few historians can—he explains precisely how certain trends are unstoppable, and what the future holds … both in terms of conflict and also opportunity. Flashpoints also explains in riveting detail how events in Europe will affect the rest of the world—from the United States to Russia, from China to Latin America. Continuing in his bestselling tradition, he reveals a geopolitical landscape that is at once a scintillating history lesson and a forecast for the coming years. 

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    Flashpoints

    11.7 hrs • 1/27/15 • Unabridged
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    24.6 hrs • 5/28/2013 • Unabridged

    All American presidents are commanders in chief by law; few perform as such in practice. In Roosevelt’s Centurions, distinguished historian Joseph E. Persico reveals how, during World War II, Franklin D. Roosevelt seized the levers of wartime power like no president since Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Declaring himself “Dr. Win-the-War,” FDR assumed the role of strategist in chief, and, though surrounded by star-studded generals and admirals, he made clear who was running the war. FDR was a hands-on war leader, involving himself in everything from choosing bomber targets to planning naval convoys to the design of landing craft. Persico explores whether his strategic decisions, including his insistence on the Axis powers’ unconditional surrender, helped end or may have prolonged the war.   Taking us inside the Allied war councils, the author reveals how the president brokered strategy with contentious allies, particularly the iron-willed Winston Churchill; how he rallied morale on the home front; and how he handpicked a team of proud, sometimes prickly warriors who, he believed, could fight a global war. Persico’s history offers indelible portraits of the outsize figures who roused the “sleeping giant” that defeated the Axis war machine: the dutiful yet independent-minded George C. Marshall, charged with rebuilding an army whose troops trained with broomsticks for rifles, eggs for hand grenades; Dwight Eisenhower, an unassuming Kansan elevated from obscurity to command of the greatest fighting force ever assembled; the vainglorious Douglas MacArthur; and the bizarre battlefield genius George S. Patton. Here too are less widely celebrated military leaders whose contributions were just as critical: the irascible, dictatorial navy chief, Ernest King; the acerbic army advisor in China, “Vinegar” Joe Stilwell; and Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, who zealously preached the gospel of modern air power. The Roosevelt who emerges from these pages is a wartime chess master guiding America’s armed forces to a victory that was anything but foreordained.   What are the qualities we look for in a commander in chief? In an era of renewed conflict, when Americans are again confronting the questions that FDR faced—about the nature and exercise of global power—Roosevelt’s Centurions is a timely and revealing examination of what it takes to be a wartime leader in a freewheeling, complicated, and tumultuous democracy.

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    Roosevelt’s Centurions

    24.6 hrs • 5/28/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 12.8 hrs • 5/16/2011 • Unabridged

    The world looks far different today than it did before the global financial crisis struck. Reeling from the most brutal impacts of the recession, governments, economies, and societies everywhere are retrenching and pushing hard for increased protectionism. That’s understandable—but it’s also dangerous, maintains global economy expert Pankaj Ghemawat in World 3.0. Left unchecked, heightened protectionism could prevent peoples around the world from achieving the true gains afforded by cross-border openness. Ghemawat paints a disturbing picture of what could happen—to household income, availability of goods and services, and other quality-of-life metrics—should globalization continue to reverse direction. He then describes a promising alternative path. Through a series of compelling arguments, he shows how a wide range of players—private businesses, policy makers, citizens, the press—could help open flows of ideas, people, and goods across borders, but in ways that maximize economic benefits for all. World 3.0 reveals how we’re not nearly as globalized as we think we are, and how people around the world can secure their collective prosperity through new approaches to cross-border integration. Through thoughtful analysis and compelling cases, he also clarifies the new types of trade-offs we’ll need to make to ensure that such integration delivers the promised advantages. And he offers guidance for making those trade-offs. Provocative and bold, this new audiobook will surprise and move you—no matter where you stand on globalization.

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    World 3.0

    12.8 hrs • 5/16/11 • Unabridged
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