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Bakunin

Bakunin Amaru

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  • The Crisis of Zionism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Beinart
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    A dramatic shift is taking place in Israel and America. In Israel, the deepening occupation of the West Bank is putting Israeli democracy at risk. In the United States, the refusal of major Jewish organizations to defend democracy in the Jewish state is alienating many young liberal Jews from Zionism itself. In the next generation, the liberal Zionist dream - the dream of a state that safeguards the Jewish people and cherishes democratic ideals - may die.

    Bakunin says: "Solid overview of challenges to peace"
    "Solid overview of challenges to peace"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this book works great as an audiobook, since Beinart does an excellent job at summarizing key points clearly and succinctly. In terms of the content of the book, Beinart expands from his New York Review of Book article on the growing generational gap between young American Jews whose commitment to liberal values makes them feel alienated from Israel due mainly to its unlibaral occupation. As such, since the 1980s, wealthy right-wingers have hijacked Israeli advocacy in the US to the detriment of Israel, as its misguided policies are counterproductive to both its security and survival (as a Jewish and democratic state).


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I especially enjoyed Beinart's section on the peace process. He did an excellent job at summarizing the main final-status negotiations and destroyed the myth that the Palestinians are not a partner for peace by outlining their counterproposals during negotiations. He also does an excellent job at highlighting the fact that Likud, and Netanyahu are not really committed to the two-state solution, since Netanyahu really favors a mini-Palestinian state within the West Bank, and if he were really serious about peace, the solution is well known (something close to the Geneva Initiative). As such, his conclusion that settlement products should be boycotted is welcome, as the Israeli government clearly needs to be pressured into finally ending the occupation and establishing a contiguous, viable, Palestinian state.


    Have you listened to any of Lloyd James???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Consistent as always, he has a steady pace, clear pronunciation, and nice tempo (not too fast or slow).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pity the Billionaire: The Unexpected Resurgence of the American Right

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Frank
    • Narrated By Thomas Frank
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    From the best-selling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at how the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism. Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change - or at least it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims....

    EC says: "another outstanding book by Thomas Frank"
    "Great thesis, should have been an article"
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    Would you listen to Pity the Billionaire again? Why?

    Yes, the author's thesis is solid


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pity the Billionaire?

    Simply when he starts introducing the Tea Party, and what their demands were, and how scary, frustrating, and counter-intuitive they were given that they were responding to the financial crisis.


    Have you listened to any of Thomas Frank???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of his prior works, but I have read the book What's a Matter with Kansas.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of those cases when the author has a great idea that is meant for a 30 page article. There was no need to make this into a book, and this became clear as the author added filler after filler. Ironically, it works well in an audiobook, because you don't have to be paying close attention, since the argument will be repeated constantly, and interesting anecdotes are scattered throughout the book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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