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Joy

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  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (184)
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    (185)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    George says: "Superb!"
    "LBJ: Crude, Corrupt, Calculating"
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    What did you love best about Master of the Senate?

    I love trying to understand what makes a person do, think, and say things. You definitely get a broad picture of LBJ by reading this book: Exhibitionist. Crude. Womanizer. Do anything for a vote. Corrupt. Always seeking more power. Calculating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master of the Senate?

    Some of the most memorable moments in this book include LBJ urinating in the parking lot even in front of women, LBJ feeling up some woman's leg with Ladybird in the front seat, LBJ handing out thousands of dollars from Texas for votes. LBJ rigging elections. But I believe the most significant issue dealt with in the book was his stance for 20 years to vote "racist" (against anti-lynching laws, against voting rights for blacks, no desegregation). This to me is so ironic, since LBJ passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act changing all that. How that came about is addressed in Caro's next book about LBJ. I am listening to that now!


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I kept listening to it while I did the dishes, washed clothes, rode in the car. It kept me going.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France & Rights of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George H. Smith
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Reflections on the Revolution in France is a slashing attack on the French Revolution by one of Britain's most famous statesmen. Liberty and social order, Burke argues, are maintained by the traditional rights and duties embedded in custom and law. And when these traditions are overthrown in revolutions, society is threatened with chaos, bloodshed, and despotism.

    Joy says: "Reflecting on Reflections"
    "Reflecting on Reflections"
    Overall

    I want the real Burke book unabridged on audible. George Smith totally discounts Burke's forethought and foresight on the mess that was to become the French Revolution. Burke's book itself is insightful, but Smith's take on it was not. I do not recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Federalist Papers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The U.S. Constitution was approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It was to become law only if it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. New York was a key state, but it contained strong forces opposing the Constitution. A series of 85 letters appeared in New York City newspapers between October 1787 and August 1788 urging support for the Constitution. These letters remain the first and most authoritative commentary on the American concept of federal government.

    Joy says: "Anti-Fed Fed Book"
    "Anti-Fed Fed Book"
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    I was thinking I was getting some actual Federalist Papers, not commentary on them, so I was disappointed right away. Then, I was even more disappointed with the worldview of the author--he was about as anti-federalist as he could possibly be. After reading Chernow's Alexander Hamilton this author's view of Hamilton seemed a warped cariature, rather than a balanced look at his writings or goals for America. I do not recommend this book at all. I wish audible would offer the actual unabridged Federalist Papers themselves, instead, so we could make our own judgment about their content.

    55 of 56 people found this review helpful

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