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Jeff Schuster

Highlands Ranch, CO USA

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  • White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Kwak, Simon Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
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    (25)

    Bitter fighting over deficits, taxes, and spending bedevils Washington, D.C., even as partisan gridlock has brought the government to the brink of default. Yet the more politicians on both sides of the aisle rant and the citizenry fumes, the more things seem to remain the same. White House Burning looks squarely at the burgeoning national debt and proposes to defuse its threat to our well-being without forcing struggling middle-class families and the elderly into poverty.

    Keith Ball says: "A great book on our national debt and our future"
    "Highly partisan, but somewhat informative"
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    Would you try another book from James Kwak and Simon Johnson and/or Nicholas Hormann?

    There are some good nuggets of knowledge in this book regarding the history of taxes, debt and the value basis of our currency as a country (US). It was very helpful to understand that debt has been an issue for the US as far back as our revolutionary war. However, the author is very clearly highly partisan. He must be a Democrat or Socialist. He makes blanket statements affirming how the American public feels about taxes and government services that certainly do not represent my personal views. This writing style made this book somewhat offensive and I had to grit my teeth to listen to most of the book. The author is almost advocating socialism from a perspective of a collective benefit than referencing any of the founding principles that built this country. I will listen to counter perspectives to better understand a more moderate version of debt, the economy and some of these important financial considerations that we should all understand.


    Has White House Burning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... but probably not this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Hormann?

    Yes... but somewhat flat voice... probably good for book on economics... would not work well for a story book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good history of taxes, debt and some controls that were put in place very early in our country's history.


    Any additional comments?

    Need a book with less bias.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (306)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Why Aren't All Americans Liberatarians?"
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    This is a great book go gain an understanding of how well-meaning government action can create quite negative consequences. John Stossel is a professional speaker... even though he claims to have problems with stuttering, he is great at delivering his message in a way that is quite engaging.

    I am encouraged to know that the libertarian message is heard in some of our public schools. After so much proof that larger government cannot fix our problems, it is frustrating to hear Republican and Democratic politicians continue to promise to fix things with another bloated government solution. Great message... just wish it resonated with more Americans. Thank God our founding fathers understood the reasons for liberty or we would not be a country today.

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