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Heather

Glendale, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dean Baker
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (85)

    In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.

    Vladimir says: "An eye opening book"
    "not persuasive"
    Overall

    I'm not sure I'm going to get through this one. It purports to be a liberal view of economics, but the arguments are so full of holes, it even annoys me, and I'm very liberal. I don't like the way it's written.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael J. Sandel
    • Narrated By Michael J. Sandel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    What are our obligations to others as people in a free society? Should government tax the rich to help the poor? Is the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? Do individual rights and the common good conflict? These questions are at the core of our public life today - and at the heart of Justice, in which Michael J. Sandel shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us to make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A very worthwhile book"
    "Very up-to-date issues"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book greatly. The author brings up current events and issues and then analyzes them in light of different theories of justice. I like the way he brought up a wide range of examples, from golf to war to finance. A lot of the analysis and theory was completely new to me; this book gave me tools to use when thinking about critical issues we face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2533)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1262)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Joshua Kim says: "Valuable"
    "really worth the listen"
    Overall

    I didn't expect much from a free book, but this one is excellent. Very informative and up-to-date.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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