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Prineville, IL, USA | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 119 ratings
  • 530 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • 1812

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Nevin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    The war of 1812 would either make America a global power sweeping all the way to the Pacific or break it into small pieces bound to mighty England. It was a second revolution of sorts to prove to the British that America had to be taken seriously. The principal players in this drama were James and Dolley Madison and Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Their courage and determination would shape America's destiny.

    Thomas says: "Couldn't stand the narrator"
    "Great insight into the War of 1812"

    This is a very good book. The details were informative and the story was captivating. I have just finished the biography of Andrew Jackson and found the details in this book on the war and the Burr incident more informative. The accounts from the battlefield gave a good visual of the stategic and carnage in the battles. If you want to know about the War of 1812, the leaders and the heroes, buy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Lux
    • Narrated By Richard Topol

    This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals, and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites.

    Vargas says: "An Interesting Perspective on Some Old Ideologies"
    "Much name calling, little facts"

    I got this book in hopes of looking at History from a Progressive view. What I got was a book that just started calling names and that gave little facts. He made accusations about many things and then would not even try and back them up with facts. The facts were what I was looking for. I wanted to understand. When he did state facts they where sighted with little context or were just wrong. One was when he was stating the greatness of Jefferson and he said that "Jefferson would rely on the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution" but in the book "What Kind of Nation" documents that Jefferson and John Marshall fought over the role of the Supreme Court and Marshall took the right for the Supreme Court to Interpret and made it stick. This is only one of many. The author also seems say that Jefferson and Thomas Paine were the only real Patiots in the war. This is the same when it came to Jackson, Civil War, and ... really I got feed up after 3 and a half hours of this and deleted it.

    If you are not part of the "cause" and want to use this book to understand the left, forget this book. The best book I have found to explain the Progressive view is "The Republic" by Plato. After reading it I understood reasoning of the left today.

    27 of 47 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"
    "Freak of Numbers"

    The only redeeming qualities were the story of the Bagel man and the Economics of Drug Dealers. I believe this whole book was written to justify abortion. The Economist found stats to back him up and ran with it. Take the Roe v Wade section out and he might sell 6 copies.

    So when the Author explains his epiphany of Roe v Wade and that Crime dropped dramaticly 20 after the "Unwanted Children" were allowed not to be born, ask yourself why Violent crime is still up 95% from 1960 to 2003? Before 1960 Abortion was illegal in all 50 states. Did the "Unwanted Children" before 1960 not commit crimes? I think the question is not why did the crime rate go down in the 1990s, but why did it go up in the late 1960’s? Crime had not been a major US issue since Prohibition and all of a sudden crime increases 160% in 5 years. WHY?

    FYI Numbers from the FBI (Take a look) from 1960 to 1973, Violent Crime increased 160%, Murders increased 80%, Rape increased 155%, and Robbery increased 200%. On an average crime rates increased from 100% to 150% and 80% of that rate increase was from 1969 to 1973. In Freakanomics defense, crime rates did drop once the middle 1990s hit. Violent Crime dropped 38% from its peak in 1991, Murder dropped 41%, Rape dropped 25%, and Robbery dropped 47%. To put this into perspective from 1960 to 2003, Violent Crime increased 95%, Murders increased 12%, Rape increased 135%, and Robbery increased 137%.

    Princeville, IL

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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