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Doggy Bird

Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA Member Since 2001

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  • "One of the best surprises on AUDIBL..."

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    I usually only listen to the radio for traffic reports so I was not familiar with Sarah Vowell when I purchased this audiobook. I was impressed with the consistency of the reviews and figured I'd take a chance. I only wish Sarah Vowell had many more books to listen to as this was so enjoyable I sat in my driveway finishing one of the 'stories'.

    The moronic review of Vowell as a 'female Al Franken' reveals more ignorance on the part of the reviewer than insight into Vowell's politics. But if you think anyone who is not a fan of George Bush is Al Franken (a.k.a. the Antichrist) perhaps you won't like Vowell. She has her own very distinct voice --and her approach to politics comes via a Montana childhood, a gun-loving family, and very unusual taste in vacations for a person of her age. The comparison with Franken would be comical if it weren't so pathetic. Other than the fact that both authors are clearly more intelligent than average--and funnier--only their dislike of Bush unites them . I hardly think one needs to be 'warned' against listening to such a thoughtful and reasoned presentation of ideas--unless your mind is already atrophied and closed.

    Sarah Vowell does in fact have an unusual vocal quality--a sort of tiny, sharp voice that makes me think she must be short and delicate-boned; but in fact I loved listening to her voice reading her book. Her thinking is quick but she presents slowly and methodically and builds up to conclusions that somehow seem ineluctable once you've heard them--though she is nothing if not quirky.

    She talks a lot about visiting historical sites and landmarks...which are quite a passion of hers. It is this aspect of the book which gives her writing its distinctive voice and flavor.

    If you can expand your mind to encompass more kinds of Patriots than the 'my country right or wrong' type, don't miss Sarah Vowell's 'Partly Cloudy Patriot'!!

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    The Partly Cloudy Patriot

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    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
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    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
  • "Very enjoyable 'back story' to the ..."

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    I recently read a review of this book which criticized it as deriving from 'The Great Men' theory of history as opposed to a more social historical analysis of the longer term trends that drove the results of this election. Baloney!

    This is a reporter's book of what happened behind the scenes of the presidential campaign that many political junkies and others who follow politics closely love knowing about. It is NOT an historical analysis of the election results and in no way attempts to be one.

    I enjoyed it tremendously and the narrator was great.

    I also read GAME CHANGE and loved that - perhaps even more because there was more suspense to that election.

    This is highly recommended for those looking to understand what went into some of the decisions made by the campaigns rather than a social explanation of the outcome. The only reason I rated it four stars instead of five is that I enjoyed GAME CHANGE even more.

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    Double Down: Game Change 2012

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    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
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Vargas's greatest hits:
  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    "You Get What You Paid For"

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    The title of this book makes it so obvious what you are buying that I can't believe people actually take the time to write reviews bashing it. When I bought this book, I knew I was buying a trashy book that was going to smear Conservatives. That's what I wanted, that's what I paid for, and that's exactly what I got. So, please, if you are a sensative conservative reader, prone to tantrums and an undeserved sense of victimization, then you really should NOT be buying this book (unless of course your only goal is to buy the book cheap so you can not read it, but still bash it in the comments section).

    The Book is a wonderful collection of silliness. Numerous examples of how the Right has attacked everything good and educated in this world, dumbed it down, twisted it into an unrecognizable mass of bitterness and hatred, and then sold it as their own product to Limbaugh's acolytes. From the Creation Museum (terrifying to be sure) to the Conservative take-over of Talk Radio, the book is an fountain of interesting factoids and historical perspective coupled with a very sarcastic wit. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was my traveling companion as I was traveling through Utah, and I would highly recommend this to any Liberal/Progressive reader looking for a giggle inbetween conservative-bashing.

  • Why We're Liberals: A Political Handbook for Post-Bush America

    "A Must-Read for all Liberals"

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    This is one of those books that I recommend without hesitation. Every Liberal and "progressive" should have a copy of this book (or audiobook). Not only does the author provide an incredibly detailed history of Liberal philosophy, but he uses the opportunity to debunk many conservative attacks in the later chapters.

    However, this is a mixed blessing. I wish there was a 4.5 rating, because I really enjoyed this book, but I think the author may have slipped off his message a little in the last chapters. The author uses the later chapters of the book to debunk a number of myths about liberalism, such as "Liberals only want to tax and spend" and "liberals are elitist." Normally I think this is a great practice, however, I would have prefered if the author has used the opportunity to continue to explain and detail liberal philosophy. Instead the author falls back on pointing out how Conservatives are hypocrites in these various areas. I wish he would have continued to sing the praises of liberalism as opposed to pointing out the failings of conservatism.

    Aside from that, great book. Like I said before, all liberals and "progressives" should have a copy of this book, if for no other reason than to help them understand the roots of liberal philosophy and the truth about the philisophy that has defined America for 200 years.

  • Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence

    "Facing the Facts"

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    This book was like candy for the ears (and the brain). I was curious, because I have only a rudamentary understanding of the Declaration itself, to hear the history and background of both the document and the men who wrote it. Upon being presented with this information it became painfully clear that the religious argument claiming the Declaration as proof of religious intent could not be substantiated.

    I particularly enjoyed the author's discussion of the perspectives off Jefferson and his contemporaries regarding religion. Such information is incredibly helpful in understanding their intentions when it came to founding a nation. Most Christians should take the time to read this book before thoughtlessly echoing the lines pervaded by those who intentionally misinform for the purposes of pushing a religious agenda.

    What I particularly enjoy about this book is that it does NOT go so far as to suggest that America is a non-religious nation. Indeed we ARE a nation of religious people. However, it rightly points out that we are a nation of many religions, and a nation founded on the idea that each of those religions should be free from interference by not only government, but by other religions. The modern Christian power-grab of the Religious Right should not only be an affront to Non-Religious Americans, but also Non-Christian Americans, who stand to lose their rights as well should the government secumb to Christian rule.

    Recommended reading for anyone who enjoys reading about the views of the founders, as well as those who are looking for a defense against the misinformation surounding the "Christan Nation" myth. Listen and be informed.

  • True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

    "Truer Words Were Never Written!"

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    An excellent analysis of the current media culture in the United States, and truly it is a sad reality. This book is for everyone who reads the newspaper, watches TV, or listens to the radio and thinks "what happened to the news?" Sensationalism, celebrity, and ratings are all thats left of what was once a proud profession. Listen to this book and learn about our culture's abandonment of difficult truths in favor of the easy road to willful ignorance. listen and get informed!

Janet Pittman Henley

Janet Pittman Henley Elizabethton, TN United States 05-27-13
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  • "Can't understand the low ratings!"

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    I am not a writer of reviews, but I could not let the low ratings for this book stand unopposed! In "The Unwinding," George Packer follows the lives of a variety of people, as a way to clarify wildly opposing viewpoints about what has happened in American society this last century. Here is history told as vividly as the best fiction, and it won my sympathy for people I would be unlikely to meet. A few high-profile people (like Oprah) come into the narrative. But some of the most revealing chapters cover U.S. citizens who seek meaning and success, work hard, "do everything right," and rarely make the headlines. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone, with any political belief, who is trying to make sense of what it means to live in the U.S.A.!

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    The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"

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    Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert A. Caro Narrated by Grover Gardner

    Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
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    Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me (






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    Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me

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    Geert Wilders is a hunted man. He lives in a heavily protected safe house that is bombproof and bulletproof. Why? Because Geert Wilders is marked for death by Islamic extremists. In his new book, Marked for Death, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders tells his never-before-published story about the jihad being waged against him—and the West.

    William says: "Outstanding! Every American should read this!"
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    Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (






UNABRIDGED) by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris

    Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

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    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
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    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (






UNABRIDGED) by Rachel Maddow Narrated by Rachel Maddow

    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

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    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
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    Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark R. Levin Narrated by Adam Grupper

    Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

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    Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times best-selling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners and his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.

    Roy says: "Shifted My Point of View"
  • 4.5 (787 ratings)
    Letter to a Christian Nation (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Harris Narrated by Jordan Bridges

    Letter to a Christian Nation

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    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Stanley says: "the examined life"
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    Mountains Beyond Mountains (






UNABRIDGED) by Tracy Kidder Narrated by Paul Michael

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

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    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
  • Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You (






UNABRIDGED) by Greg Gutfeld Narrated by Steve Kramer

    Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

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    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
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    From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale. The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government - and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship their coolness.

    A. Sanders says: "Greg Gutfeld = H.L. Mencken 2.0"
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Krauthammer Narrated by Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern

    Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

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    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Colbert Narrated by Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman

    America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

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    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (






UNABRIDGED) by Michelle Alexander Narrated by Karen Chilton

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
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  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert A. Caro Narrated by Grover Gardner

    The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies (






UNABRIDGED) by J. B. West Narrated by Eric Martin

    Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

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    J. B. West, chief usher of the White House, directed the operations and maintenance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - and coordinated its daily life - at the request of the president and his family. He directed state functions; planned parties, weddings, funerals, gardens, playgrounds, and extensive renovations; and with a large staff, supervised every activity in the presidential home.

  • One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

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    • By Ben Carson, MD, Candy Carson
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    In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great. Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now.

  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson Narrated by Dion Graham

    America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

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    What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand... what is good about America... and where we have gone astray.

    Jonathan says: "A must for Americans"
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  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark R. Levin Narrated by Jason Culp, Mark R. Levin

    The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

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    Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous New York Times best-selling books - Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia - that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unravelling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

    Herb says: "We need to enhance the Constitution"
  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert A. Caro Narrated by Grover Gardner

    Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

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    • By Robert A. Caro
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    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (






UNABRIDGED) by George Packer Narrated by Robert Fass

    The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"
  • Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Prince Narrated by Jeff Gurner

    Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror

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    Blackwater is one of the most misunderstood companies of our time. As Erik Prince, its founder and former CEO, writes: "Hundreds of American citizens employed by private military contractors, or PMCs, would lose their lives helping our government wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only to have their memory tarnished by the unfair and/or ignorant depiction of PMCs as profiteers, jackbooted thugs, or worse."

    Jean says: "The inside story"
  • The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy (






UNABRIDGED) by Philip K. Howard Narrated by Allen O'Reilly

    The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy

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    The secret to good government is a question no one in Washington is asking: “What’s the right thing to do?” What’s wrong in Washington is deeper than you think. Sure, there’s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. But hidden underneath is something bigger and more destructive. It’s a broken governing system. From that comes wasteful government, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship.

    Jared says: "I Wish Everyone Would Read This Book"
  • Essays for the 99%: The Collection - Class Warfare (






UNABRIDGED) by John David Narrated by John David

    Essays for the 99%: The Collection - Class Warfare

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    Not only are we "taxed" without "real" representation, we are "surveilled," and "monitored" without probable cause, in direct violation of the Bill of Rights. King George could only dream of possessing the power that our current leaders have over us today, all in the name of "patriotism," and the prevention of "terrorism."

  • Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard A. Viguerie, Jenny Bath Martin (foreword) Narrated by Brian Holsopple

    Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It

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    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
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    One hundred and two years ago Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party to advance his progressive agenda. Progressivism, or Big Government Republicanism, became the philosophy of the Republican Party's establishment elite. Fifty years ago conservatives began a battle for control of the party. Now is the time for conservatives to finish the job and take back the Republican Party.

  • What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America (






UNABRIDGED) by Cal Thomas Narrated by Cal Thomas

    What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America

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    • By Cal Thomas
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    Solutions...not theories. Political progress...not political posturing. Instead of the constant jockeying for political advantage, in What Works, author and columnist Cal Thomas focuses on what promotes the general welfare, regardless of which party or ideology gets the credit. Thomas probes and provides answers to questions like: Why must we constantly fight the same battles over and over? Why don't we consult the past and use common sense in order to see that what others discovered long ago still works today?

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  • Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy  by Jim Marrs Narrated by Jim Marrs, Michael J. Long

    Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy

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    • By Jim Marrs
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    Fifty years after the event that rocked the nation and shook the world, Marrs reveals the facts behind the most audacious cover-up of our time, how it was planned, who executed the conspiracy, who benefited from it, and ultimately why this extremely well-orchestrated assassination could be so cleverly concealed. This extensively researched audiobook includes evidence proving the Warren Commission's report was a cover-up and a smoke screen for the true conspiracy. Learn why Lee Harvey Oswald could not have been a lone gunman, and that multiple shots were fired that fateful day.

  • An Audience with Tony Benn  by Tony Benn Narrated by Tony Benn

    An Audience with Tony Benn

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    • By Tony Benn
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    After he announced his retirement to 'spend more time with politics', much-loved parliamentarian Tony Benn brought his unmistakable presence to the stage in a sell-out 'Evening with' event. His only props: a flask of tea, some rubbed tobacco, and his trademark pipe.... An Audience with Tony Benn is a mix of politics, opinion, and debate as the man himself explores issues of today spiced with memories of the past. He then fields questions from a live audience, answered with his usual mixture of insight, analysis, and piercing wit.

  • Does Capitalism Have a Future? (






UNABRIDGED) by Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, Craig Calhoun Narrated by Stephen Hoye

    Does Capitalism Have a Future?

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    • By Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, and others
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    In Does Capitalism Have a Future?, a global quintet of distinguished scholars cut their way through to the question of whether our capitalist system can survive in the medium run. Despite the current gloom, conventional wisdom still assumes that there is no real alternative to capitalism. The authors argue that this generalization is a mistaken outgrowth of the optimistic nineteenth-century claim that human history ascends through stages to an enlightened equilibrium of liberal capitalism.

  • The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (






UNABRIDGED) by Lucy Hughes-Hallett Narrated by Karoline Newman

    The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

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    • By Lucy Hughes-Hallett
    • Narrated By Karoline Newman
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    Winner of the 2013 Costa Book Awards, Biography of the Year. Winner of the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. The story of Gabriele D'Annunzio, poet, daredevil - and Fascist. In September 1919 Gabriele D'Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern-day Croatia. His intention - to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career.