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Rick

Boulder, CO, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Nomad: From Islam to America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Hirsi Ali tells the stirring story of her search for a new life in America in this vivid philosophical memoir, picking up where Infidel left off. Nomad is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. But it is also a touching, uplifting, and often funny account of one woman’s discovery of today’s America.

    Matthew says: "Nomad"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Ali gives a fascinating look at the inner life of 3rd World Islam. Through the tragic lives of her relatives, she shows how the culture's extreme misogyny warps the healthy development of both girls and boys.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Beinart
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    In The Icarus Syndrome, Peter Beinart tells a tale as old as the Greeks—a story about the seductions of success. Beinart describes Washington on the eve of three wars—World War I, Vietnam, and Iraq—three moments when American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time, leading intellectuals declared that history was over, and the spread of democracy was inevitable. Each time, a president held the nation in the palm of his hand.

    Paul says: "Review of America's Foreign Interventions"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    Really good narration & interesting details that support a very timely thesis. It's like David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest but covering more history.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (483)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Unexceptional"
    Overall

    This is a pretty banal history of Lincoln during the Civil War. I was interested in it because Hillary Clinton and President Obama are both reported to have both read and liked it. (And there are some really interesting parallels between Lincoln/Seward and Obama/Clinton.)

    But there is apparently not enough history out there about the relationships in Lincoln's cabinet to flesh out Goodwin's theme. "Team of Rivals" is really a new marketing angle for the same old stuff.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Hansen
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen - the nation's leading scientist on climate issues - speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: the planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. Although Hansen was Al Gore's science adviser for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, his recent data shows that our situation is even more dire today.

    Brad says: "This is a must read"
    "Misleading title"
    Overall

    Much of the book is about the author's side of the story for scuffles with NASA, Bush admin, and climate deniers. Tiresome.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; U.S. involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach.

    Frank says: "Disturbing"
    "National security state"
    Overall

    I love the obervation that the more the national security bureacracy screws up, the more money it gets -- 9/11, Iraq, etc. That virtually insures more screw ups.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John J. Mearsheimer, Stephen M. Walt
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    "The Israel Lobby" by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds.

    David says: "The Truth At Last!"
    "Facts you won't find in the U.S. media"
    Overall

    One the really interesting observations in this book is that the debate over Israel's conduct is much more open in Israel itself than it is in the U.S., where detractors are immediately intimated with accusations of anti-Semitism (never mind that Arabs are Semites as well)

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2181)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (634)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Pretty useless"
    Overall

    Half self-celebration, half nuggets folk wisdom for his kids.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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