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  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Listen to this one first"

    A great listen. Anyone who's read Freakonomics will appreciate the full story that was touched on in Steven Levitt's book. Gang Leader for a Day is the in-depth look at the experiences of the author that was dealt with anecdotally in Freakonamics. This book will give you a much better understanding of the lives of tenants in Chicago Housing Authority projects. It will make understandable and logical the way people in poverty adopt coping strategies that seem outrageous to middle class folks who are unable to sympathize.
    If you can't tell from the synopsis whether you'd enjoy this book, I highly recommend Freakonomics. It'll give you everything you need to know to realize that this book is worth the cost. If you're pretty sure you'll be getting BOTH those books, I'd recommend listening to THIS one first. The short treatment it gets in Freakonomics will just spoil the surprises in this one. Then you'll be able to skip over that section when get to it in Levitt's book.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Shawn Burton says: "Superb! More Clancy/LDP!"
    "In kind contribution to the RNC"

    The not so subtle mission of this book seems to be to erect a delicate strawman. Built as a caricature of liberal lawyers and dressed as a panty waisted Democrat politician. In swoops the hyper-masculine, do no wrong, selfless soldier to crush the strawman under his impeccably spit shined boots. As long as you are scared spitless into never voting for anyone left of a Neo-conservative, the story will have accomplished its task!

    If you can roll your eyes and dismiss the partisan drivel, you can salvage a decent plot from the book. It wouldn't have taken a great deal of effort to fashion a believable fine line argument to give a prosecutor a less silly reason to charge a front line soldier with a crime than the one, I'm guessing, Grant Blackwood came up with. I'm giving Tom Clancy the benefit of the doubt here. I know he's a right winger, but I've never noticed he was so lazy in masking his contempt for Democrats. There are flashes of Clancy at his best, detailing the finer points of military tactics and intelligence subterfuge, but only small pieces of sources and methods that will help the enemies of America terrorize our citizenry.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Shane R Massey says: "What it's really about"
    "Not for republicans"

    Terrific book, but if you're a republican you will HATE it. Aside from the evidence of the relative safety of guns, this book pretty much repudiates right-wing theories of human nature. Don't get me wrong, the book isn't written with any political slant, it's just that as I was listening I couldn't stop imagining the effect the facts presented would have on my conservative friends.
    The authors explain the methods and limitations of their research and clearly identify when they are stating their opinions or hypothesis'

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: Find Your Political Voice and Be a Catalyst for Change

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By
    • Narrated By Joan Blades, Peter Schurman, Al Gore, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In their own words and their own voices, these contributors prove that ordinary citizens can make a difference. They offer practical resources to turn inspiration into action. From effective online petitions to getting out informed voters, this empowering audio is an essential guide for being involved based on one criterion: a heartfelt desire to better our communities and country.

    DanO says: "Inspires"

    If you desire to put actions behind your words but are unsure of how to do it, this is the book for you. Plenty of options to choose from depending on your level of commitment. Pick an easy one, realize how simple and satisfying it is, then move on to a choice that takes more effort. See what a difference you really can make!
    Well written and well spoken.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful

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