Playing God

  • by Charles Mee
  • Narrated by James Armstrong
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Throughout time, leaders at the pinnacle of power - popes and kings, presidents and prime ministers, czars and generals - have subscribed to the belief that they can change the course of history, not by the force of arms, but through charm, skillful negotiation, honesty, deceit, and all the other arts of peaceful human exchange. Charles Mee, Jr. reproduces seven singular moments when heads of state have come together to decide the future of the world. He examines the uses of summitry, from the directness of Pope Leo's confrontation with Attila the Hun near Rome to Henry VIII and Francis I's meeting on the Field of the Cloth of Gold; from the surprise encounter between Cortes and Montezuma to the intricacies negotiated by Metternich and Talleyrand at the Congress of Vienna; from the ironies of Wilson, Clemenceau and Lloyd George's summit at the Paris Peace Conference to the unintended consequences of Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt's gathering at Yalta; and finally to Gorbachev's desperate appeal to the G7 nations in London to be included in their powerful club. Mee peeks through the curtains of diplomacy to reveal the hidden agendas and the glorious personalities at work. Taken together, these seven fateful moments are bracing and humbling reminders of the enormous complexity and mystery of human affairs.

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Very poor sound quality

I have just started listening to this book and am very suprised by the incredibly poor sound quality. It sounds as if it was done on an old cassette recorder. This makes listeing it it very distracting. I'm going to keep listening to see if the content overcomes the lack of quality, but if this might be an issue for you, make sure you listen to the sample before you buy it -- I wish I had!
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- Brian

I am not sure about this book...

I can't comment on the content of this book because the recording quality was SO poor that I never even made it through the first hour! I was very disappointed to waste a credit on this title, and I would encourage you not to make the same mistake.
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- cwdunn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2000
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.