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  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 6: America in Gridlock: 1985-1995

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clarence B. Carson
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    America in Gridlock is Volume 6 of A Basic History of the United States. This volume describes the philosophic and religious divide inherent in the issues of materialism, chronicles the debacle of the welfare state, depicts the continued polarity between conservative and liberal camps, addresses the collapse of Communism in Europe, and investigates government obstacles to production as well as assaying future trends in work, including self-employment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Carson very conservative"
    "Carson very conservative"
    Overall

    I bought the whole series of US history audiobooks by Clarence B. Carson. I enjoyed those covering up to 1900, but the later volumes are heavily biased on the conservative side. Now I wonder how fairly he treated the material in the earlier volumes.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diane Ravitch
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian of education, says that public education in the United States is one of the pillars of our democratic society. In this eloquent book, she explains that our public schools have been wrongly criticized for low achievement, when federal data show that test scores and graduation rates are at their highest point in history - for black students, Hispanic students, white students, and Asian students - and dropout rates are at their lowest point in history.

    Dusan says: "Too much"
    "Irritatingly biased reader"
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    Would you try another book from Diane Ravitch and/or Eliza Foss?

    NO. Although I agree with her ideas, Ravitch repeats too much. Needs tightening up.


    What didn’t you like about Eliza Foss’s performance?

    Ravitch's views were already biased and Foss's performance was so biased and overdone. I finally had to finish reading it with an ebook version.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have felt the reader got in the way of the author's ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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