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Audiobook: ‘The Great Influenza’

As bad as Covid-19 is, the United States been through something like this before. However, it seems we didn’t learn from the lessons of the great influenza epidemic of 1918. That epidemic infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time. John M. Barry’s book is thoroughly researched and well written. It’s […]

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We Actually Know What We Should Eat – WSJ

Mark Bittman and David L. Katz writing in The Wall Street Journal: The truth is that all good diets feature one or another balanced assemblage of wholesome, real foods—mostly plants. Even now, with our instincts suppressed, we know what a good diet is. We picture chickpeas, not Doritos; pinto beans, not jelly beans; broccoli, not […]

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Audiobook: ‘The Liberation of Paris’

The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von Choltitz. At the end of WWII, Adolf Hitler ordered Choltitz to hold Paris, but if that wasn’t possible, to destroy it. Although General Choltitz had been very loyal to Hitler, he […]

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Audiobook: James Taylor

I just listened to ‘Break Shot: My First 21 Years‘ by James Taylor on Audible. Taylor recounts his first 21 years in very personal and moving terms while interspersing his wonderful music. The audiobook is only 90-minutes long and worth every minute. Here are a couple of highlights that really resonated with me: “Memory is […]

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1,000 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free | Open Culture

Download Free Audio Books of great works by Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more… — Read on http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

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Audiobook: ‘Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations’

Retired Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in high profile special operations missions, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.  He narrates the audiobook skillfully. I felt as though I was sitting in my living room hearing Admiral McRaven tell tales that […]

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Audiobook: ‘An Officer and a Spy’

Before listening to An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, I knew only the broad outline of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal filled with blatant antisemitism that divided France from from 1894 until 1906. The twists and turns during this 12-year period are amazing and exciting. It is sometimes hard to believe this all really happened. Émile Zola’s 1898 […]