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Richard

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  • Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Carville, Paul Begala
    • Narrated By Paul Begala
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The problem with Democrats, Carville and Begala argue, is not ideological. It's anatomical. They lack a backbone. Take It Back is a spinal transplant for Democrats and an audacious battle plan for victory.

    drwjbrown says: "Take it Back"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was expecting Carville to unleash a nuclear attack on the Democrat Leadership after three disappointing losses in a row and an ever growing fasination with the Republican-Lite policies of the DLC. Instead, this book more closely resembled the Boy Scout Manual.

    Carville continued his love affair with Bill Clinton and totally ignored his departure from Democrat fundamentals on such issues as NAFTA. This Republican trade agreement was on track for extinction until Clinton revived and passed it shortly after assuming office in 1992.

    The central advice to Democrats was to maintain your integrity and hold on to your principles and victory will be yours, eventually.

    Quite honestly, I was expecting James to disclose a plan of attack that more closely resembled the cut throat, take no prisoners politics typically played in his native louisiana. Maybe that's his real plan for the next election and he's just keeping it under wraps!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Iacocca
    • Narrated By Lee Iacocca
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis - such as today. In Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots in hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism. Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.

    Michael says: "Good listen after the Bush bashing"
    "Insights of a true American"
    Overall

    An outstanding book by a true American who poses a question that many people in this country are asking today; Where have all our leaders gone ?

    Now in his eighties, Lee gives his insights into what led us to this point in the evolution of our Republic. He also quips about past relationships and experiences with various world leaders he has known. He also tells the heartwarming story of his first wife's battle with Diabetes and her subsequent death.

    He is truly a great American and this is one of the better books I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • War on the Middle Class: How to Fight Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lou Dobbs
    • Narrated By Lou Dobbs
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Through his nightly CNN show Lou Dobbs Tonight, his syndicated radio program, and his monthly magazine column, Lou Dobbs has become one of America's most visible, popular, and respected voices on business and financial matters. Now, with War on the Middle Class, Dobbs takes an impassioned and rousing stance on the all-out class war that is turning the American dream into a nightmare.

    Richard says: "Lou Has Got It Mostly Right !"
    "Lou Has Got It Mostly Right !"
    Overall

    This review is admittedly partisan because I am a big Lou Dobbs fan, one of the few media pundits that dare to speak truth to a corrupt and broken system.

    This is one of the most inspiring works that I have read in years. Lou has his own ideas about what it will take to restore the meaning of "We The People" to our government. However. he does not hesitate to promote the work of others who have ignored the attacks of special interest groups and implemented programs that have addressed some of our most horrific problems.

    Lou concentrates solely on national issues and there is no discussion of any of our current foreign military adventures. He does not blame either of the two majority political parties for the current problems but he does point out that the use of partisan wedge issues by both parties has blocked any real debate on key problems. Primarily, the corruption of special interest money on all branches of our government is the over whelming factor.

    An inspiring 4 1/2 hour program that only Lou could do !

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • F.U.B.A.R.: America's Right-Wing Nightmare

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sam Seder, Stephen Sherrill
    • Narrated By Sam Seder
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The United States has survived clueless presidential administrations before. But no matter how enormous the crisis, the Great Depression, Vietnam, Watergate, or Monica Lewinsky's thong, America always comes out looking like, well, America.

    Donald says: "F.U.B.A.R. - That's right"
    "Don't take this book seriously"
    Overall

    Fans of Sam Seder's humor and Air America's Majority Report will likely find this book very entertaining and humorous. If your looking for an in-depth expose' on the current administration, this is not the book.

    This book starts out to be a serious progressive evaluation of the current administration and it's connection to the fundamentalist right and ends up being another Majority Report show on any given evening, replete with continuous right-wing bashing and all the on-air staff participating in the recording process.

    I should say that I am a long time progressive and have no love for the current administration but, I was looking for Sam's insights on this administration's performance based on his extensive experience, research, and interviews with various political pundits.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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