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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

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Lot of information good natured and entertaining

By louis_wu - May 19 2019
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Batchelor is very smart but humble and polite. Many points of view and reliable

Great Show

By gjnether - Apr 13 2019
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Really appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, and insight.

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1244 Ratings
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1015
98
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38

Lot of information good natured and entertaining

By louis_wu - May 19 2019
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Batchelor is very smart but humble and polite. Many points of view and reliable

Great Show

By gjnether - Apr 13 2019
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Really appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, and insight.
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The John Batchelor Show

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The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

Rank #1: On the Road to Tokyo: Iran remains a direct threat to Boris Johnson's new government. Michael Singh. Managing Director at the Washington Institute.

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On the Road to Tokyo: Iran remains a direct threat to Boris Johnson's new government. Michael Singh.  Managing Director at the Washington Institute.

Michael Singh is the Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and managing director at The Washington Institute and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. During his tenure at the White House from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Singh was responsible for devising and coordinating U.S. national security policy toward the region stretching from Morocco to Iran, with a particular emphasis on Iran’s nuclear and regional activities, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, and security cooperation in the broader Middle East. Previously, Mr. Singh served as special assistant to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. Related articles●     https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/irans-response-to-britains-tanker-seizure ●     https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-us-europe-and-iran-have-sharply-different-views-on-security-patrols-in-the-persian-gulf/2019/07/24/8fd8973a-ad55-11e9-9411-a608f9d0c2d3_story.html?utm_term=.7e3f3402d97b ●     https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-europe-exclusive-idUSKCN1UI2C9 ●     https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-europe-exclusive/exclusive-britain-wins-early-european-support-for-hormuz-naval-mission-idUSKCN1UI2C9 ●     https://jewishinsider.com/2019/07/robert-malley-met-with-irans-foreign-minister-in-nyc
Jul 26 2019
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Rank #2: Malcolm Hoenlein (@Conf_of_Pres). Iran’s economy: suddenly reminiscent of 1920s Germany. Dwindling oil exports. Falling birthrate.

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Iran’s economy: suddenly reminiscent of 1920s Germany.  Dwindling oil exports. Falling birthrate. Birthrate crashing to 1.24% annual increase; damage for decades to come.  NE Iran “terrorist attack.” Javad Zarif. Currency name-change to: toman – and dropped four zeros.  Collapsed economy! while increasing cash to Palestinian Authority. Oil exports ’way down. New missile systems. Malcolm Hoenlein (@Conf_of_Pres). 
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Amid-economic-environmental-crisis-Khamenei-urges-Iranians-to-have-babies-597856
Aug 10 2019
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Rank #3: Tales of the New Cold War: 1 of 2: Rumors of Peace in Ukraine and War in East Asia. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

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Photo: Krestchatik, (i.e., Kreshchatik), street, Kiev, Russia, (i.e., Ukraine)
Date | between 1890 and 1900
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Tales of the New Cold War: 1 of 2: Rumors of Peace in Ukraine and War in East Asia. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/western-partners-were-against-my-call-to-putin-zelensky-41808.html
Jul 24 2019
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Rank #4: [1 of 2] How Antarctica got its ice, by Caroline H. Lear, Dan J. Lunt (@ConversationUK ; @Bristoluni ), University of Bristol. Antarctica's whole ice sheet is only 34 million years old.

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Ice sheets such as those on Greenland and Antarctica today not only respond to changing climate but also can cause climate to change. Their sizes have fluctuated substantially in the past. In particular, Antarctica was effectively ice-free until its ice cover began to expand rapidly at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary around 34 million years ago. Recent research helps to identify the mechanisms that led to this rapid ice sheet growth.   http://science.sciencemag.org/content/352/6281/34
Aug 11 2019
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Rank #5: On the Road to Tokyo: Barr, Durham and Horowitz aim to answer the hard questions about Spygate. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO @ThadMcCotter @WJR

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Photo: Siege of Strasbourg, 1870Original drawing by William Simpson (1823-1899) redrawn by Arthur Hopkins (1848-1930). - Illustrated London News
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On the Road to Tokyo: Barr, Durham and Horowitz aim to answer the hard questions about Spygate. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO @ThadMcCotter @WJR
Jul 26 2019
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Rank #6: On the Road to Tokyo: Mueller does not or cannot answer the hard questions about Spygate. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO @ThadMcCotter @WJR

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Identifier: searchforspyadve00kayr Title: The search for the spy; the adventures of an American boy at the outbreak of the war Year: 1914 (1910s) AuthorsKay, Ross SubjectsPublisherNew York, Barse & Hopkins Contributing LibraryNew York Public Library Digitizing SponsorMSN
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On the Road to Tokyo: Mueller does not or cannot answer the hard questions about Spygate. @AndrewCMcCarthy @NRO @ThadMcCotter @WJR

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/with-collusion-collapse-public-loses-interest-in-mueller-theatrics/
Jul 26 2019
14 mins
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Rank #7: 'Mr. President': 1 of 4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Harlow Giles Unger (Author), Robertson Dean (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)

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'Mr. President': 1 of 4:  George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Harlow Giles Unger (Author), Robertson Dean (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)


https://www.amazon.com/Officer-Spy-Novel/dp/B00HFX8BME/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.
In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President” describes Washington's presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.

Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States
Jul 22 2019
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Rank #8: Large Russian protests across the eleven time zones: surprise to the Moscow kreml.

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Large Russian protests across the eleven time zones: surprise to the Moscow kreml. Anna Borshchevskaya (@annaborsh).  The spark was Moscow’s barring some candidates from participating in elections, but it mushroomed into wider complaints. Severe crackdown (force, tear gas, massive arrests).  Also: Russia’s support of Iran in the Hormuz crisis; the INF treaty.
Aug 10 2019
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Rank #9: Google may be the villain. @GeneMarks.

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Google may be the villain. @GeneMarks.

6.  Trump's health care initiatives are great for small business — except for one huge problem
https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/454244-trumps-health-care-initiatives-are-great-for-small-business-except-for-one
7.  Google's monopoly is killing small business
https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/456543-googles-monopoly-is-killing-small-business
Aug 10 2019
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Rank #10: The Black Count: 1 of 4: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.

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The Black Count: 1 of 4: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss.

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Amazon.com Review Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: Generations have been enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in The Count of Monte Cristo and the daring swordsmen in The Three Musketeers. Yet few realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding a bridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress, Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son's vivid imagination could have dreamed up. --Malissa Kent
Jul 21 2019
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Rank #11: The Birth of the West: 1 of 12: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century Paperback – March 4, 2014. by Paul Collins (Author)

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The Birth of the West: 1 of 12: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century Paperback – March 4, 2014.  by Paul Collins  (Author)


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A lively, full-to-bursting history of the turbulent tenth century in Europe…. Collins presents chaotic upheaval across Europe in an organized and riveting fashion.” —Kirkus (starred review)

The tenth century dawned in violence and disorder. Charlemagne's empire was in ruins, most of Spain had been claimed by Moorish invaders, and even the papacy in Rome was embroiled in petty, provincial conflicts. The stability once provided by Imperial Rome had dissolved, leaving a perilous landscape behind. Yet the story of the tenth century is the story of our culture's birth. This was the moment that civilization emerged from the Dark Ages into the light of day.

The Birth of the West tells the story of a transformation from chaos to order, exploring the alien landscape of Europe in transition. It thoroughly renovates older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval life was actually like. The result is a wholly-new vision of how civilization sprang from the unlikeliest of origins, and proof that our tenth-century ancestors are not as remote as we might think.

“The Birth of the West is a re-making of what we think we know about the end of the Dark Ages. It is also the gate to the utterly unexpected cosmos of European forebears.… The characters who people The Birth of the West are as familiar as relatives—as indeed they are—groping their way to a cohesive Western culture. The Birth of the West is thus the tale of our birth, and Collins tells it with a narrative grace and elegance which will make readers cherish it.” —Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's Ark
Aug 01 2019
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Rank #12: Best of #TheScalaReport: 1: "We tend to identify cool ideas, number one; or problems, number two." 2: A Canticle for Leibowitz: "It's similar to the Foundation trilogy." 3: "A borderless border." 4: "The High Net Worth Individual." Chris Riegel, CEO

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Best of #TheScalaReport: 1: "We tend to identify cool ideas, number one; or problems, number two."   2: A Canticle for Leibowitz: "It's similar to the Foundation trilogy."  3: "A borderless border." 4: "The High Net Worth Individual." Chris Riegel, CEO Scala.com#ScalaAPS @STRATACACHE  ⁦@ScalaInc
Aug 04 2019
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Rank #13: Troubled Refuge: 1 of 4: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Chandra Manning (Author), Bernadette Dunne (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)

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Photo:  The Virginia tourist Year: 1870 (1870s) AuthorsPollard, Edward Alfred, 1831-1872 SubjectsPublisherPhiladelphia, J. B. Lippincott & co. Contributing LibraryThe Library of Congress Digitizing SponsorSloan Foundation
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Troubled Refuge: 1 of 4: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  Chandra Manning (Author), Bernadette Dunne (Narrator), Inc. Blackstone Audio (Publisher)


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A fascinating and original portrait of the escaped-slave refugee camps and how they shaped the course of emancipation and black citizenship. 

By the end of the Civil War, nearly half a million slaves had taken refuge behind Union lines in what became known as "contraband camps". These were crowded, dangerous places, yet some 12 to 15 percent of the Confederacy's slave population took almost unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places Northerners came to know former slaves en masse. 

Ranging from stories of individuals to those of armies on the move to the debates in Congress, Troubled Refuge probes what the camps were really like and how former slaves and Union soldiers warily united there. This alliance, which would outlast the war, helped to destroy slavery and ward off the surprisingly tenacious danger of reenslavement. But it also raised unsettling questions about the relationship between American civil and military authority and reshaped the meaning of American citizenship to the benefit as well as the lasting cost of African Americans.
Jul 20 2019
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Rank #14: Hong Kong under existential threat; PRC under existential threat. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @ThadMcCotter

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Hong Kong under existential threat; PRC under existential threat. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast  @ThadMcCotter
Aug 06 2019
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Rank #15: Mission to Paris:1 of 2: A Novel Hardcover – June 12, 2012. by Alan Furst (Author)

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Photo: The gare Saint-Lazare (Paris) around the track #26 in the 1930sFrançais : La gare Saint-Lazare autour de la voie 26 dans les années 1930
Date | circa 1930
Source | http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/memoire_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_1=REF&VALUE_1=AP43LE01164
Author | Noël Le Boyer 
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Mission to Paris:1 of 2: A Novel Hardcover – June 12, 2012. by Alan Furst  (Author)


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It is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he’s coming—a secret bureau within the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France’s will to defend herself.

For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don’t know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.

From Alan Furst, the bestselling author, often praised as the best spy novelist ever, comes a novel that’s truly hard to put down. Mission to Paris includes beautifully drawn scenes of romance and intimacy, and the novel is alive with extraordinary characters: the German Baroness von Reschke, a famous hostess deeply involved in Nazi clandestine operations; the assassins Herbert and Lothar; the Russian film actress and spy Olga Orlova; the Hungarian diplomat and spy, Count Janos Polanyi; along with the French cast of Stahl’s movie, German film producers, and the magnetic women in Stahl’s life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the émigré Renate Steiner.

But always at the center of the novel is the city of Paris, the heart and soul of Europe—its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.
Jul 20 2019
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Rank #16: JFK's Last Hundred Days: 1 of 4: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President Audible Audiobook – Unabridged. Thurston Clarke (Author), Malcolm Hillgartner (Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher)

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JFK's Last Hundred Days: 1 of 4: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President  Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  Thurston Clarke (Author), Malcolm Hillgartner (Narrator), Penguin Audio (Publisher)



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Fifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy's legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been. As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, JFK's Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president's life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise. 

Kennedy's last 100 days began just after the death of two-day-old Patrick Kennedy, and during this time, the president made strides in the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, and his personal life. While Jackie was recuperating, the premature infant and his father were flown to Boston for Patrick's treatment. Kennedy was holding his son's hand when Patrick died on August 9, 1963. The loss of his son convinced Kennedy to work harder as a husband and father, and there is ample evidence that he suspended his notorious philandering during these last months of his life. 

Also in these months Kennedy finally came to view civil rights as a moral as well as a political issue, and after the March on Washington, he appreciated the power of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., for the first time. 

Though he is often depicted as a devout cold warrior, Kennedy pushed through his proudest legislative achievement in this period, the Limited Test Ban Treaty. This success, combined with his warming relations with Nikita Khrushchev in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, led to a détente that British foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home hailed as the "beginning of the end of the Cold War". 

Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged demands from his advisers and the Pentagon to escalate America's involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy began a reappraisal in the last 100 days that would have led to the withdrawal of all 16,000 U.S. military advisers by 1965. 

JFK's Last Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy's public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of all - not who killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.
Aug 03 2019
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