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  • "Seeing America better"

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    I buy a lot of audible books and jog with a lot of books-on-tape. This is the first one I listened non-stop. If you think he's wrong you probably are under thirty and have not lived in another country as I have (six year in China). The Americans Goldberg lists are screwing America up far more than George Bush. In fact Goldberg's #1 is a hero among many Chinese youth for showing that America is immoral and a worthy object to hate (Who's #1? Buy the audio and find out.).

    I remember reading about a man who survived weeks at sea on a rubber raft. When he came back he could not believe the beauty of the green grass, the mulicolored flowers and the shimmering leaves of the tall shade trees. Coming back from China I could not believe how fat and cynical Americans are. Goldfarb's sees that we need to trim down our diet of cultural screw-ups and build up on the honor, respect and love that is a more important part of our American heritage.

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    100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37)

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    Bernard Goldberg takes dead aim at the America Bashers (the cultural elites who look down their snobby noses at "ordinary" Americans and detest so much of what this country is about); the Hollywood Blowhards (incredibly ditzy celebrities who think they're smart just because they're famous); the TV Schlockmeisters (including the one whose show has been compared to a churning mass of maggots devouring rotten meat); the Intellectual Thugs, and many more.

    Marc says: "Some good points (really), kinda partisan."
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  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    "Game Change 2.0"

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    As with their book Game Change which chronicled the 2008 presidential election, Halperin and Heilemann burrow deep into the back story of the 2012 presidential election. The book opens rivetingly with President Obama having a crisis within himself after his disastrous first debate performance in Denver.

    The book continues with the surprising infighting of the Obama White House, Mitt Romney's need to court the right wing of his base by picking Paul Ryan as VP candidate, and Romney's disdain for popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Trivial matters such as Donald Trump's birther comments, Romney adviser Stuart Stevens vomiting over Clint Eastwood's Republican National Convention performance, and tidbits such as John Huntsman Sr. being the source of Harry Reid's claim that Mitt Romney paid no income taxes for ten years add to the mix along the way.

    Although an enjoyable and fast paced read, this book lacks some of the urgency felt in Game Change. The latter part of the book dealing with the Republican Primary candidates is full of drama and excitement but strangely seems flat at the same time as most in the know, including the Obama camp, always expected Romney to win the nomination anyway.

    The authors should be commended for their non-partisan approach to the efforts. This is a book about the political process and its characters who are presented with strengths and flaws. The authors manage to tell the tale without taking a side which is an accomplishment in itself.

  • Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas

    "Clear- Eyed View of Texas Politics and History"

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    This book offers a serious overview of the historical, political and social forces that have shaped the attitudes of Texans and their views of government. The author has referred to this book as "Texas for Dummies" for people who are not dummies. This book does not so much engage the conservative vs progressive debate found in most books of this type, but rather explains the context of political thought in Texas.

    Being both informative and humorous, this book addresses negative stereotypes and prejudices leveled unfairly against Texas by some uniformed critics while also detailing the strengths and weaknesses of Texas government. The author relies heavily on history, data, and social custom to present the pro-business pragmatism that actually supports the basis of Texas political thought, despite the ridiculous comments uttered at times by some publicity-seeking politicians.

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  • "A Monumental Achievement"

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    Whether you're a righty or lefty, this book puts together the puzzle pieces of how American politics has become so polarized over the last 20 years. It will not cause anyone to switch political parties, but it will explain how we got from point A to point B.

    Roger Ailes is a media genius. He was the first to figure out that Americans vote based on how they feel rather than how they think, and that TV was the best way to communicate emotion.

    Ailes was never a news person ("newsie" as they are called in the TV industry). Aisles will probably be the first to admit that. He is impervious to being shamed by fact-checking because that's not his game. Making money and persuading people to his conservative politics are his goals. His ends justify his means. Any means.

    The author traces Ailes's humble beginnings from Warren Ohio to the NYC media vortex. As Ailes ages, he becomes increasingly paranoid and retaliatory. The last part of the book which deals with Ailes's war with his small NY hometown newspaper and local politicians is a microcosm of his life. It's unintentionally hilarious with an almost post-modern feel. They should teach this chapter in journalism school. It reminded me of The World According to Garp, except that it really happened.

    The predictable, preemptive push-back by Ailes and his supporters is vintage Aisles. Rather than undermine the book's validity, ironically it serves as corroboration because it's so Aisle-ian.

    Much of the book's criticism centers on Ailes not being interviewed. But the book's last chapter explains that the author quoted 614 live sources close to Ailes, most of whom were corroborated by other sources. The author asked Ailes a dozen times to be interviewed. Ailes tried hard to block this book, so why should he add to its credibility by consenting to being interviewed? This is also classic Ailes.

    Regardless of your politics, you need to read or listen to this book to fully understand the most important American politician since Reagan. I seldom re-read or re-listen to a book, but I'm doing that now.

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    The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a Country

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gabriel Sherman
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
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    When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities - Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others - who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades.

    Lawrence says: "A Monumental Achievement"

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  • 4.8 (97 ratings)
    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
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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""
  • 4.8 (33 ratings)
    Marked for Death: Islam's War Against the West and Me (






UNABRIDGED) by Geert Wilders Narrated by Lou Lander

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

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    • By Geert Wilders
    • Narrated By Lou Lander
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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!"
  • 4.8 (11 ratings)
    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Kozol Narrated by Keythe Farley

    Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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    • By Jonathan Kozol
    • Narrated By Keythe Farley
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    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood. For nearly 50 years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation.

  • 4.4 (1896 ratings)
    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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
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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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  • 4.6 (1428 ratings)
    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (






UNABRIDGED) by Rachel Maddow Narrated by Rachel Maddow

    Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
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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?"
  • 4.4 (958 ratings)
    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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    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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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 (833 ratings)
    Letter to a Christian Nation (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Harris Narrated by Jordan Bridges

    Letter to a Christian Nation

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    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
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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"
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (






UNABRIDGED) by Glenn Greenwald Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Justin says: "powerful"
  • America: Imagine a World Without Her (






UNABRIDGED) by Dinesh D'Souza Narrated by Walter Dixon

    America: Imagine a World Without Her

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    • By Dinesh D'Souza
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder? Or is America still the hope of the world? New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise.

    Kindle Customer says: "We can think for ourselves"
  • One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future (






UNABRIDGED) by Ben Carson, MD, Candy Carson Narrated by Prentice Onayemi

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, MD, Candy Carson
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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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.

    Michelle Love says: "Please lead our nation from the brink of..."
  • The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Ryan Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Ryan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election - including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics - Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, The Way Forward argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing going forward.

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  • Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed (






UNABRIDGED) by Jason L. Riley Narrated by J. D. Jackson

    Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jason L. Riley
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
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    Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries? In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist.

  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
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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"
  • Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (






UNABRIDGED) by J. Christian Adams Narrated by Johnny Heller

    Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J. Christian Adams
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Justice is supposed to be blind, especially to race and politics. Yet as Department of Justice (DOJ) whistleblower J. Christian Adams divulges in his shocking exposé, Injustice, justice under the Obama administration is anything but blind. Here, Adams reveals the never-before-published truth about the corrupt, racist, and politicized inner workings of the Obama Justice Department, as well as the untold story of the DOJ’s corrupt handling of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.

    Bret says: "Disturbing Revelations"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
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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.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
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  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonathan Haidt Narrated by Jonathan Haidt

    The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
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    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency (






UNABRIDGED) by Parmy Olson Narrated by Abby Craden

    We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Parmy Olson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
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    In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault by Anonymous on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Splinter groups then infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia, and an elite team of six people calling themselves LulzSec attacked the FBI, CIA, and Sony. They were flippant and taunting, grabbed headlines, and amassed more than a quarter of a million Twitter followers.

    Adam K says: "Awesome book. Felt like a hacker fiction novel!"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
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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"
  • Caesar: Life of a Colossus (






UNABRIDGED) by Adrian Goldsworthy Narrated by Derek Perkins

    Caesar: Life of a Colossus

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    • By Adrian Goldsworthy
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

  • Libya: Murder in Benghazi and the Fall of Gaddafi (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Chulov, Luke Harding Narrated by Philip Rose

    Libya: Murder in Benghazi and the Fall of Gaddafi

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    • By Martin Chulov, Luke Harding
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
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    The end for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi when it came, after 42 years of dictatorial power, was ignominious and violent. After months of bloody fighting, the Libyan revolutionary forces had driven their former leader from Tripoli before capturing him in a drainpipe in the city of Sirte. The gory images captured on the mobile phones of the victors were reproduced on newspaper front pages around the world, marking the end of a cruel regime. In the capital, ordinary Libyans explored the once forbidden compound that housed Gaddafi and his family.

  • The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Ryan Narrated by Jonathan Davis

    The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea

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    • By Paul Ryan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election - including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics - Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, The Way Forward argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing going forward.

  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (






UNABRIDGED) by Glenn Greenwald Narrated by L. J. Ganser

    No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Justin says: "powerful"
  • Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation (






UNABRIDGED) by Alfred W. McCoy Narrated by David Halliburton

    Torture and Impunity: The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alfred W. McCoy
    • Narrated By David Halliburton
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    Many Americans have condemned the "enhanced interrogation" techniques used in the War on Terror as a transgression of human rights. But the United States has done almost nothing to prosecute past abuses or prevent future violations. Tracing this knotty contradiction from the 1950s to the present, historian Alfred W. McCoy probes the political and cultural dynamics that have made impunity for torture a bipartisan policy of the U.S. government.

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  • Martin Van Buren's Final Address (






UNABRIDGED) by Martin Van Buren Narrated by John Greenman

    Martin Van Buren's Final Address

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    • By Martin Van Buren
    • Narrated By John Greenman
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    Before leaving office, Van Buren reminds Congress that he refrained from raising taxes, and kept the national debt in check. He makes no mention of the growing factionalism between pro-slavery and abolitionist groups, once again showing his concern for preserving the union.

  • Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again (






UNABRIDGED) by Steve Deace Narrated by Steve Deace

    Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steve Deace
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    Many great books have been written about what we should believe and why, or why the Left's beliefs are flawed, but never before has a book that shows how to do what we believe. Until now. The Left has its playbook, Saul Alinsky's infamous Rules for Radicals. Now the good guys have theirs. Endorsed by a who's who of the conservative movement, we present Rules for Patriots.

  • Among Murderers: Life After Prison (






UNABRIDGED) by Sabine Heinlein Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Among Murderers: Life After Prison

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    • By Sabine Heinlein
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    What is it like for a convicted murderer who has spent decades behind bars to suddenly find himself released into a world he barely recognizes? What is it like to start over from nothing? To answer these questions Sabine Heinlein followed the everyday lives and emotional struggles of Angel Ramos and his friends Bruce and Adam - three men convicted of some of society's most heinous crimes - as they return to the free world.