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John

I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

Chamblee, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Big Secret for the Small Investor: The Shortest Route to Long-Term Investment Success

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joel Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (47)
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    Let top hedge fund manager, Columbia business school professor, former Fortune 500 chairman and New York Times best-selling author Joel Greenblatt take you on a journey that will reveal the Big Secret for both individual and professional investors. Based on path-breaking new research, find out how anyone can beat the market, the index funds and the experts by following a new approach that relies on the principles of value investing, common sense and quantitative discipline.

    Golden Gate Love says: "Missing something important..."
    "Very Interesting Information"
    Overall

    This is a really interesting book on some specific approaches to value investing. It has a lot of practical information. The book is also relatively short and an entertaining listen -- well, for a book on this subject.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
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    (921)
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    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Fascinating Review of Technology"
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    This is the book Isaacson was writing that was interrupted by his very fine biography on Steve Jobs. Although a bit long and tedious at some points, the book provides a really interesting history of the development of computers and digital technology. It's amazing how far ahead of their time some of these people were. A description of a computer demonstration from1968 is amazing--at least 30 years ahead of its time. The stories are interesting, but the author's main point is that most technology does not develop as a result of a solitary inventor in a garage, but as a result of collaborative efforts that build on the work of others. His discussion of the tension between closed and open systems--which is weaved throughout the book--is very interesting. As so today we have Apple and Google. A good read. Could have been a bit shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Wu
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"
    "Great Analysis of Information Technologies"
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    This is a really interesting book that chronicles the rise of various information technologies, starting with the telephone and ending with the Internet. Wu presents a strong argument that information technologies tend to start free and then wind up being controlled by monopolies, the government, or a combination. His discussion of how AT&T suppressed important technological developments (such as the answering machine) for decades is both fascinating and a bit depressing. The same thing happened to FM radio and other technologies. So far, the Internet has been different, but the Obama administration has just announced plans to regulate it. So, despite Wu's hope that this time might be different, it looks like the cycle is on the verge of repeating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Selling and Get Clients: The Proven 9-Step Guide for Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernie DeSouza
    • Narrated By John Brown
    Overall
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    (3)
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    The audiobook clearly and logically takes the professional through nine steps in the process of establishing business relationships with new clients. The author has practiced this process in coaching individuals and training local companies and also helping organizations further afield.

    John says: "Great Ideas in a Small Package"
    "Great Ideas in a Small Package"
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    This is really a helpful book. In a little over two hours, DeSouza offers practical and actionable tips on prospecting, selling, and getting referrals. His tips on communicating effectively with customers are very thought-provoking. I'm not sure there is a lot here that has not been written before, but I don't think I've ever seen anything like it in such a compact and actionable presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk, George Friedman
    Overall
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    George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

    DS says: "SERIOUSLY GOOD READ"
    "Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away"
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    This is an important book for anyone interested in contemporary geopolitics. Friedman takes us on a quick tour of European history which focuses on the rise of Germany three times: As an economic and military power leading to World War I, as a military power under Hitler, and as the greatest post-war economic power. Now being a rich, but militarily weak, country, Friedman explains the many challenges that Germany faces for itself, and that it creates for the rest of Europe. His discussion also chronicles the reemergence of Russia, and its need to move its "buffer" to the west, having been re-positioned far to the east after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Friedman also weighs in on the enigma of France and how it is neither really a northern European economic power or a weak southern European country, but a curious mixture of both. And, of course, Great Britain's role is analyzed. No longer a world power, Britain needs Europe and keeps a watchful eye on it, but does not really want to commit to the European Union. Friedman's most incisive discussion, however, involves borderlands across the quilt of many nations that form Europe. Some borderlands are peaceful and will likely remain that way, while others--most notably Ukraine--form the flashpoint for future conflicts. Friedman's main point is that the contention that the European Union ushered in an age of prosperity for all that made conflict and war a thing of the past is simply not true. Very thought provoking. I may listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    Overall
    (386)
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    (348)
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    13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

    Curtis says: "Like you were there !"
    "Unbelievable Bravery"
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    This is a first hand and fast moving account of the disastrous events in Benghazi Libya on the night of September 11, 2012, as told by the surviving members of the Annex security team. If this was fiction, it might be criticized as pure fantasy. However, it really happened, and four Americans died.

    It is pretty clear from the account that not enough security was in place in the beginning. It is also clear that Ambassador Stephens decided to go forward with a dangerous trip with an inadequate security team. It is also clear that bad decisions were made by the CIA when the attack started. It is somewhat unclear whether additional U.S. assets or friendly forces could have been brought in during the attack (perhaps a story for another book), but one gets the clear impression that not enough was done.

    Six men were essentially left on their own to try to retrieve the Ambassador and, when that brave effort failed, to defend the Annex. Draw your own conclusions, but I strongly suspect things would have been far worse with almost any other group.

    Compelling. Also very sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19502)
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    (14383)
    Story
    (14449)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Amazing Story"
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    This book has been out for a while and has received numerous accolades. They are all deserved. Louis Zamperini's story is unbelievable. If this were a work of fiction, it would be described as fantasy. Louis lived an amazing life. To survive what he did seems like a true miracle, and maybe it was.

    The book is incredibly well-written. Hillenbrand is just a great writer. Time and again, she will leave a little clue as to a later part of the story. Even though the story is long, it moves very well, always leaving the reader to want to read (or listen) just a little bit more.

    Herrmann is a fantastic narrator, and his performance here is worthy of Louis' story and Hillenbrand's writing.

    Just excellent all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mick Fleetwood, Anthony Bozza
    • Narrated By Martin Dew, Mick Fleetwood
    Overall
    (25)
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    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In this candid, intimate portrait of a life lived in music, Mick Fleetwood sheds new light on well-known points in his history, including many incredible moments of recording and touring with Fleetwood Mac, as well as personal insights from a man who has been a major player in blues and rock n' roll since his teens.

    John says: "More than Just Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll"
    "More than Just Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll"
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    For even the casual fan of Fleetwood Mac, this is a great read. Mick's highly improbable life reads a little bit like a fairy tale that came true. The story of the beginning through the Peter Green era is very interesting and provides those of us who became familiar with the band only during the Buckingham Nicks era with a more complete picture.

    The book confirms, more or less, much that has been written and suspected of the excesses during the Rumours era. From the free-flowing drugs (how did they not get busted?) to Stevie's demand that her hotel suite be painted pink with a piano, almost anything went and it was all over the top. It really is a bit of a miracle that the entire band has survived, when, as Mick notes, many of their contemporaries did not.

    What the book particularly provides is an opportunity for Mick to reflect on his life, warts and all. For the guy who was supposed to be "Big Daddy" with all the answers, Mick is still looking for answers in his own life at 67. Fortunately, he seems to be closer to finding them and largely at peace. He is clearly elated that the entire band, including Christine McVie, is back together.

    Mick calls the band's current tour their "victory lap." Given the age of the members, that is probably an apt description. It is truly difficult to believe that the band's original reunion, with The Dance album, happened 17 years ago in 1997. It's equally difficult to believe they are still going, and, by most accounts, sounding great. But they won't be doing this 17 years from now. If the band is coming to your area, this might be the last chance to see them.

    Regardless, they have left an incredible catalogue of music that remains popular today. That is not only a tribute to their music, but an indictment of the current music scene. Mick promises another album with new material will be forthcoming. It may be the band's curtain call, but it will probably be a good one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Seth Lerer
    • Narrated By Professor Seth Lerer
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    This course offers an overview of the English language that is literary, historical, cultural, political, and scientific in its scope and designed to give you greater insight into the written and spoken word.The lectures provide a thorough understanding of the history of the English language - from its origins as a dialect of the Germanic-speaking peoples through the literary and cultural documents of its 1,500-year span to the state of American speech today.

    Ken says: "Fascinating and informative"
    "Good, But Could Be Better"
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    This course is very interesting, although it could be better. The first two parts of the book are excellent with a wealth of historical information about the historical development of the English language going, well, back to the beginning. Really fascinating, and I felt like I learned a lot.

    When the book gets to the later stages, however, it slips a bit. The professor lapses into more than a little political correctness, which is probably not surprising given his background. If you can take it or leave it, the discussion is still interesting.

    The professor is not a bad lecturer, but he has one incredibly irritating habit: He says "if you like" all the time. It becomes glaringly obvious, especially given the length of the recording. Maybe the professor can fix this in the third edition.

    Another irritation--although certainly not the professor's fault--is the trumpet music announcing each new chapter along with the fake applause (which also closes each chapter). Straight out of 1950s sound effects. Just plain awful and prevalent in the "Great Courses." But, fortunately, a small part of the recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
    • Narrated By Benjamin Isaac
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
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    (62)

    In Mossad, authors MichaelBar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal take us behind the closed curtain with riveting, eye-opening, boots-on-the-ground accounts of the most dangerous, most crucial missions in the agency's 60-year history.

    John says: "Amazing Real Stories"
    "Amazing Real Stories"
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    This is an absolutely fascinating book that covers Mossad missions from the formation of Israel to the present. The book is well written and the story moves quickly. The narration is excellent. It is very hard to put down.

    The book is generally positive about the agency, but not fawning. Flawed missions are discussed candidly.

    One comes away with a very definite view that the U.S. owes much to Israel and the Mossad, especially given our fumbled foreign policy of the last ten years through two diametrically different administrations.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
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    Performance
    (366)
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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....

    Dean says: "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"
    "Agree or Disagree, Everyone Should Read This"
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    This book begins like a mystery novel and expands into a wide ranging expose of the NSA documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. It then concludes with an expansive analysis and critique of the NSA, government officials, and, especially, the mainstream media.

    I began this book with few preconceptions where it would lead. I was highly disturbed by revelations regarding the NSA, but also cognizant of the real danger posed by terrorism.

    One thing that comes through from the outset is Snowden's sincere belief in what he did and his courage. As Greenwald points out repeatedly, Snowden made no effort to conceal his involvement and knew that doing so would almost certainly ruin his previously comfortable life.

    The revelations regarding the NSA and the prior deception regarding the scope of its program--and the rather complete lack of meaningful oversight--are highly disturbing. Why does the NSA believe it needs to "collect everything" instead of using a targeted approach focusing on likely sources of danger?

    Greenwald is at his best in making the case against mass surveillance. As he points out persuasively, people modify their behavior just by the threat of surveillance, and mass surveillance is the antithesis of a free society as history should have already taught us time and again.

    Greenwald also makes impressive indictments against politicians who regularly and reflexively defend surveillance no matter how absurdly broad and unfocused it may be. And the Constitution gets lost in the wringer of life inside the Beltway.

    Greenwald also swings for the fences and delivers in his indictment of the mainstream media. The mainstream media consist of lapdogs, pliantly doing the bidding of politicians. As Greenwald points out, the Obama Administration has not only carried on the Bush era programs, but has expanded them, with rarely an eyebrow raised in the media, especially a fawning media that (until recently at least) was willing to swallow and parrot whatever drivel the Administration chose to peddle.

    Greenwald gets off target, in my judgment, in criticizing the NSA for studying the economic interests of foreign nations and industries in foreign nations. Of course the NSA (and the State Department) need to be fully aware of the such interests, as they often define policy interests and drive foreign policy decisions. This is far different than spying on all Americans.

    Greenwald also, in my judgment, loses momentum in minimizing the threat posed by terrorism, particularly violent Islamic terrorism. While it may be true that a person (at least to date) is more likely to die of a lightning strike than in a terrorist attack, Greenwald ignores the damage that, for example, the 9/11 attacks did to the U.S. economy and our way of life. The reality is that it made a big difference. Greenwald's argument also pales--if not seems somewhat naive--in light of ISIS and other powder kegs around the world.

    So perhaps Greenwald overstates in a few instances and gets off track in others. That does not detract from the importance of this book and the importance of what Snowden--with the help of Greenwald--revealed about what our government is doing to us.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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