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Matthew

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  • Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In their new book, Unfit for Command, John O'Neill and co-author Jerome Corsi bring together the words of more than 200 Navy veterans who served with John Kerry and who feel it their duty to tell why Kerry is unworthy of the presidency.

    Richard T. Betz says: "Unfit For Command"
    "Don't read if you're voting for Kerry"
    Overall

    You'll have to change your vote. Some issues like personality and Kerry's motives are debatable, but most of what O'Neil writes is verifiable and condeming:


    Kerry used the swiftboat reunion as a photo-op and didn't stay for the memorial for his fallen comrades

    Kerry lied, under oath about the atrocities committed
    Over 200 of Kerry's fellow swifties condemn his presidential bid

    Kerry met with the North Vietnamese DURING the Vietnam war

    Kerry Lied about being in Cambodia, and repeated the same lie in several articles.

    The writing style is direct, descriptive and effective. Reading the other reviewers who have given this book no stars, I really wonder if they have actually listened to it.

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
    "Sweeping overview"
    Overall

    Paul Johnson provides a fascinatingly fresh point of view to the clich? perspective of the typical liberal arts major professor.

    In the is series you will discover:

    How evil the Soviet Union was

    How racial segregation has been the norm in Africa

    Why the West has attempted to commit suicide after the 60's

    Paulson has a command of economic, geo-political events and an incredible gift for decrypting the complex.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • One Bullet Away: The Making of Marine Officer

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Fick
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Fick
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    A former captain in the Marines' First Recon Battalion, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, reveals how the Corps trains its elite and offers a point-blank account of twenty-first-century battle. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle, Recon, four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq.

    Josh says: "Great book on the war experience of a Marine"
    "Sincere and straightforward book"
    Overall

    The author creates a no-nonsense, straightforward image of who he is and what he experienced. I was particularly impressed with the complexity of his thought and the skill of his writing.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (5997)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    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?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    The writer draws parallels that many have probably never pondered. What do Nylon Stockings and Crack Cocaine have in common? He gives great insight backed by statistics and a lot of factual information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Anthony says: "Most important book of the decade"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    I enjoyed hearing his point of view and I also liked the overview of the history of dot.com boom and bust.

    I think he wants to seem prescient, and his warnings of American doom and gloom seem a bit exaggerated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anti-Americanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jean-Francois Revel
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Angered by assaults on a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French intellectual Jean-Francois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a biting and erudite book that, paradoxically, given his country's especially vehement attack on the U.S., spent several weeks last year at the top of France's best seller list.

    Brett says: "Required listening"
    "An Eye-Opener"
    Overall

    A sobering portrait on the French and European view on a America. If you're an ex-pat or interested in learning more about the "international community" this book--written by a French intellectual-- is an excellent tool. Some culutural reference required, but the analysis is direct, eloquent, and with that-makes-sense logic mixed in to give a satisfying aha! at the end. Liberal or Conservative get ready to be bothered.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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