This purchase was because Dan Carlin (if you don't know him you should Google it) was going to have Lawrence Lessing on his podcast and I wanted to get a good understanding of his thoughs before the interview. I would recommend this book to people who want to know how our system can be so corrupt even though decent people make up the majority of the system.
His description on how the presence of money in the wrong place is enough to bring doubt and corruption without there necessarily being corruption. Also, the Author showed how well intentioned people who are elected to position can follow through with campaign promises, but that what proportion of their time they spend to each campaign issue is skewed heavily to the amount of money in the system interested in that issue.
The Author read the title himself. In some cases this can be good as the author should know the tones he/she is trying to convee. I find that this works much better in fiction. The Author is objiously knowledgable, but his reading skills seemed to introduce pauses in very strange places (I did not see the text of this book so for all I know there are many strangley placed commas).
This book could make a good documentary, but not a good movie. As a documentary it would just keep the name of the book.
Maybe. I got the jist of it and would go back to some sections I noted, but not the whole book over again. It gets pretty dry in parts towards the end.
No characters - only problems and possible solutions.
Ordinary people doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons in DC
Yes. Does a great job identifying and explaining the current problems within our political system and the history of how we got here.
Spoken like a true professor.
No extreme reaction.
Lessig craftily and compellingly uncovers what is the true problem of our time as Americans, and offers up what may be done to save the nation. I've passed this book on to all my friends... you will want to as well. This is a book for all Americans - young and old, conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian, city dwellers, country folk, tea partier or occupier - if you are a person who is dissatisfied and looking for progress in America, this is the book for you. If you are not dissatisfied, then this book is really, really, extra super so much the book for you.
For those interested, Lessig does a great introduction to this book on YouTube as part of Google's lecture series.
How clear the author makes the case that our government is corrupt.
The author spends so much time convincing us that there's a problem that he might have spent his time better getting to the point of presenting his solutions.
This is the truth how Congress works. (I was was a Congressional staffer for 30 years.)
It's packed with intelligent breakdown of the how, what, and why of our corruption problem in the US congress.
This is my first listen on Audible and only the 3rd audiobook I have listened to. The other two were novels. It is a pretty dry and tedious subject matter to make exciting to listen to but you could feel the passion the author had for the subject and that helped.
The first two thirds of the book paint the rather bleak situation that America finds itself in and I was glad when he finally got to the later chapters on solutions and how to get there.
He really took his time making a strong argument for the need to reform the system. But as a result those with a short attention span may find this book too long. I shorter version may be better for that audience.
This is a vital book for the PEOPLE to read and hear. It is OUR government that has been taken from us. I'm not 100% sure of Mr. Lessig's proposed fixes, but this issue should be the #1 topic on the mind of all voters. Mr. Lessig does a compelling job convincing the listener of this fact.
I have not seen the print version but narration by the author reinforces the fact that despite rationale logical almost legalistic arguments he is driven by a love of his nation and grief over the loss of the fundamental characteristics of its republic.
Yes it is an astonishing insight into American politics and warning about how it could be in Australia.
The characterization of Obama as Lucy in the peanuts cartoon whipping away the football. It was evocative of a great tragedy and sadness rather than satire .
Along with movies like "Inside Job" this book makes it clear to the rest of the world unless America can bring government and governance back to the financial system it is going to break again and we will all suffer.