• The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1

  • A World History of Espionage
  • By: Jeffrey Burds
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 01-19-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 3.5 (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Professor Jeffrey Burds of Northeastern University delves into the history of espionage in this eye-opening lecture series. The course opens with espionage activity in the ancient world and the Roman Empire and continues with the American Revolution, Age of Napoleon, and American Civil War. Throughout this compelling discussion it becomes evident that spying is not only a never-ending source of fascination but also a major contributor to world history and the development of nations.
©2011 Jeffrey Burds (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Craig C. on 09-22-12

Fascinating!

What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1?

This has many very interesting stories about the important role of espionage in history.

Any additional comments?

I want Part 2!

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By Jesse J Frey on 12-18-12

Excellent

Where does The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks in the top ten percent of the three hundred or so audio books I have heard, probably because it relates to my 28 year career as an intelligence officer in the US Army. Professor Burds is to be congratulated for this outstanding presentation. I am dismayed at the gratuitous one star review posted here with no explanation of the reason for it. Why a person would do such a thing escapes me. Bad reviews are useful only if they have substance. If there were any way for the editors to excise reviews that serve only a destructive purpose, I would urge them to remove the review by F-M, and not to accept such contributions in future.

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I look forward very much to Part 2!

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By Steven on 05-10-13

Nice but...

The lectures are very interesting and the professor reads them fairly well but part two is not available on Audible. I might not have bought it if I had known.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful


By jacob on 07-30-13

I wouldn't bother

If you have a prior interest in history (I'd assume most people looking at this series do) what you'd learn from this would be mostly trite (if you've had a lifelong interest in the history of warfare and politics like me you won't learn anything at all). The account of espionage put forward is not compelling and as part two isn't included it's left ultimately unfinished. These lectures are not worth £30 and I'm not convinced that they'd be worth a credit either - I just wouldn't bother.

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