Dr. Hayek offers very lucid and convincing arguments that socialism never worked, and won't work today or in the future. Buy a copy - audio or hardbound - and give it to your local politician, regardless of their specific political leanings.
I am a big fan of Seth Godin and his prior works, and I bought the audio and Kindle versions of "Poke the Box."
If you are new to Seth and his works and thinking, this is a great overview. If not, you will find quite a few of the topics he mentions have been discussed before in his prior works - however, the value delivered here is his admonishment that the motivation to 'start' something is more valuable long term than 'waiting to be picked.'
I found that the audio version of "Poke the Box" to be more inspiring and motivational than reading the book - perhaps because he revisits topics he has covered in past works to reinforce his 'start something' premise - and at a bit more than 2 hours in length - very accessible in an afternoon or evening of listening.
Worth the price and time to listen, particularly if you are new to his works and thinking.
Thomas Woods hits it on the head and delivers on the difficult choices all of us - Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, and Centrist - are going to have to make soon regarding what government can enforce and provide to us, and what it cannot and should not. His reasoned arguments go beyond the fact that government is out of money and near our credit limit with the Chinese - we have to take a very hard look at *everything* - including defense and entitlements, lest we go bankrupt and enter an economic cataclysm that will make 2008-9 and even the Great Depression look tame in comparison.
This is not a work that merely shouts that the sky is falling and somebody will miraculously save us from all of the spending of the past few decades. It also does not single out any particular administration for blame - this has been going on for decades and is now acute enough that if we do not act, and soon,
things will be very, very different, and awful for most.
Well researched, reasoned, and narrated. Get this now, listen, think, and act. There is not much time left to ponder the severe governmental problems we now face.
This year's (2010) model of basic psychology 101 as practiced by and through motivational speakers who make lots of $ off the genre, but really don't offer anything new. Unless you listen to this stuff as 'motivational' caffeine, save your money.
I have read or listened to a large number of titles on the Economic Meltdown and this one stands far above the others. Unbiased and detailed prose that puts you "in the room" with the major players, along with key background information on them, and the situations they faced. The title is very long at 13 hours, and took me about a week to listen to, but I was not bored or wandering at any point.
Narration is outstanding. I was particularly impressed with the narrator's skill in vocal inflections of the characters' statements without resorting to complete mimicry or faking foreign accents. Well done!
Future titles on the Meltdown will be tasked to top this one - and if you're into this genre, this is a must listen.
This work is not about getting paid in the next day or two - it's full of the psychological claptrap these two have been peddling to the desperate for years. Here's how you get "cash in a flash:' 1) get a job (not easy to do at this time, I know); or b) get some from the government, they hand it out as soon as it comes off the printing press. Don't waste your $ on these guys unless you want to find the 'inner you' and somehow convert that to currency. Good luck with that!
Author is self-absored and was clearly a low-level trader at Lehman, so a lot of what is proffered is hearsay. Also, I really didn't care to know about his life story in the first 3 chapters - irrelevant and self-serving, not to mention poorly written. If you like hearing lots of dirt, regardless of source or validity, this might work for you. Forthcoming books and audio on Lehman's collapse will have far more credibility - I hope.
Don't waste your money or time: Repetitive, unoriginal points; horrible narration; unamusing parodies and use of profanity; some suggestions, particularly in this economy, don't help you handle toxic people at work - they'll get you canned. Skip this one.
Hilarious and counter intuitive...had me howling within the first 2 minutes...on a flight where I cued it up. Grade-A prescription for becoming (or dealing with) the subject matter.
Hilarity/comedy of the work is enhanced by the narration...best I've heard in awhile.
Awesome material and thought provoking, if you can get past the sneering narrator droning website URLs on and on and on at the end of each chapter - VERY ANNOYING to listen to and I skipped over those sections. Perhaps they should have been provided as a downloadable PDF supplement?
Past that - very much worth the listen.
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