I would listen to this book again because I particularly enjoyed Mamet's lexicon.
A central theme of this book is differentiating justice in regards to codified law and justice in regards to personal sentiment and compassion. Mamet seems to argue for the merits of the former. The analogy in Chapter 30 between the rules of sports and the policies of government provides a compelling discussion of this theme.
I have not listened to a Johnny Heller performance prior to this book. I did not enjoy Mr. Heller's narration style initially, I found it a bit raspy; however, I began to appreciate it as the book unfolded.
Also being a Chicago native myself, I enjoyed Mamet's commentary on his experiences within and near this locale.
I believe I will appreciate this book more on the second listen.
A the theme is more than interesting and it is a social fenomenum which I have observed all over the many countries I have travel too. what I cannot foresee is where all of this changes will lead to.
This book was written for right-wingers who are incapable of critical thought.
Within the first five minutes of the book, Mamet misidentifies the Obama agenda as change for change's sake and identifies the Republican opposition as primarily concerned with justice and the welfare of all Americans. He claims all good comes from a free market, though he and we have no real knowledge of free markets in a technologically advanced society -- there are none. (We live under a corporate capitalist system in which the government stabilizes the economy to enable corporate investment.) He states, "Justice cannot be infinite," and uses this rhetorical distortion of concepts to forgive corporatist policies. He claims Bertolt Brecht chose to be a communist based on the market for his ideas. Mamet is too smart this kind of cow-flop unless he's getting weak minded.
May he choke on the cow-flop he's spouting.
He was fine
David Mamet plays the passionate conservative/libatarian but for all the plaudits he sends to the so-called wealth creating rich, he seems to have been completely absent during the 2008 financial crisis.
He also missed the fact that the government support of the US auto industry helped it make its way back. His idiotic diatribe that the government didn't know anything about designing cars was embarrassing in it's lack of the reality of what happened - the companies have paid back the government and are doing fine.
He is relentless in his criticism of the left, over and over again, continuously bashing the youth of the sixties and of today. He subtly bashes Obama without once mentioning his name. .
The book was very repetitive but I stuck it out unitl the end to see if he had a plan. He didn't.
Mamet's foray into political writing is interesting, and not without its merits. He is a gifted writer and an intelligent man who has had the benefit of 60+ years of life, and much of what he has to say reflects this.
But, as Mamet admits, he is a rather new convert to conservatism, and as such, makes some of the missteps common to 'new believers.' While in many cases I agreed with Mamet's position, I often found the that the logic by which he supports his notions is fuzzy. This is not to say he's mistaken--again, I agree with many of his arguments, but were I not already predisposed toward his contention, I don't think I would be convinced. Mamet's view of conservatism seems to be one that is at times, almost unapologetically cruel, and I don't think it needs to be.
Having said this, "The Secret Knowledge" is still very much worth a listen, if not least for some insights into Mamet's own struggles with political thought and for the writing.
The narrator is very appropriate for the material, and does a good job.
I had expected to hear much more about Mamet himself.
I thought it was insightful. For example, he talks about why American Jews are usually liberal. I found that helpful.
Over all, a very good book.
Expertly articulated and well supported conservative views. No longer brain-dead. . .
Great narration -- as if it was Mamet himself speaking.
Memet is quite the wordsmith. He uses that talent to make a strong case for his beliefs on a number of issues impacting society.
Heller accomplishes what all good narrators strive to do. He doesn't distract from the narrative.
A wider world view. Less regurgitation of German ideals.
more war history
The words don't come out naturally, tries to bring charecter to content that is stale and misguided.
should stick to fiction