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William

Spring Lake, MI, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Donovan Campbell
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    When Donovan Campbell's platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands.

    Doug says: "This One is No Joke"
    "Simply the best"
    Overall

    Among the very best accounts of military life and combat I have ever read. Campbell is down-to- earth and tells it like it is from a perspective that most Americans in "fly-over-country" share. Not a book for liberal ideologues occupying ivory towers and with axes to grind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Evil Works

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Kupelian
    • Narrated By Jon Gauger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Despite the human race's extraordinary capacity for invention and progress, we clearly have a millennia-old blind spot in one all-important area: We don't understand evil -- what it is, how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives. Put another way, we don't understand ourselves.

    William says: "Has the advantage of bluntness"
    "Has the advantage of bluntness"
    Overall

    Kupelian is to lauded for taking off the gloves in this work and exposing the purveyors of evil for who and what they are. Author falters by devoting a lot of ink to recitation of the evils afflicting America, as if anybody really needed to be reminded. I already knew what the evils are, I bought this book to better understand the root causes of and methods employed by evil personages.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Chlo-bell says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "Thoroughgoing Analysis"
    Overall

    Does an excellent job of exposing how intellectuals function on plane they imagine to be higher to that on which ordinary people function. Author exposes how intellectuals employ verbal virtuosity to win arguments that nonetheless lack grounding in evidence or even common sense.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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