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Joel

Lakeway, TX, United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    In his controversial New York Times best seller, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Dinesh D’Souza answered the question on everyone’s mind: why is President Obama hell-bent on seeing America fail? The reason, D’Souza explained, is Obama’s fervent anticolonial ideology. Here, in his blockbuster follow-up, Obama’s America, D’Souza shows how President Obama is applying his anticolonial ideology to unmake America and turn it into a country our founders would hardly recognize.

    Cristin says: "Compelling"
    "A Joke"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think people who are angry at Obama, and like a story that they can use to articulate the anger without sounding too crazy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dinesh D’Souza again?

    No, uses a theory and stretches it so thin by searching for ways justify it. I was really hoping to understand more why people are so angry.


    What does David Cochran Heath bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have never made it to chapter 9 were they start using actual facts.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, I had hoped I would be made angry and hate Obama, because before reading the book I would have been blind.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a joke. But good for him as I know many who believe in the anger.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This book is geared to the average citizen with little or no economics background who would like the tools to think critically about economic issues. Many of today's economic issues are obscured by their inherent complexity and the often confusing and conflicting views coming from political talking heads. Sowell, a leading conservative economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, seeks to alleviate this confusion.

    Robert says: "Intelligent"
    "not for me"
    Overall

    I found applied economics was lacking hard facts to support the ideas. Often times using an assumption that supported his idea in one chapter, and the next chapter directly contradicting the first assumption.
    I would say the root of the problem being is Sowell assumes rational text book economics in which case the info he has is sound and backed up. However to leap from there with out test in the real world that have no control groups, isnt acceptable to me. Especially when he gives countless real world examples by hand picking scenerios that support his idea.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    From both an economic and monetary perspective, the United States is a house of cards; impressive on the outside, but a disaster waiting to happen beneath the surface. In a relatively short period of time, the country has gone from the world's largest creditor to its greatest debtor; the value of the dollar has declined; and manufacturing has given way to non-exportable services.

    Paul says: "Wrote late 2006 and predicted 08 and 09 VERY well"
    "One sided view"
    Overall

    The book only looks at one side of the supply and dmeand curve at a time and holds the other constant to make all his conclusions. He makse some decent points by doing this, and it makes you think, but untimatily once you think about it, he comes off as a scammer.
    The book just falls short of being creditable because of the above and lack of documented proof.



    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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