Narrator was average as was the writing. I really didnt get much more from these 10 hours that I couldnt have gotten from reading the wikipedia write up of Teapot Dome and the players.
Dumb title, awesome content. For anyone interested in the truth about economics and government intervention. Hazlitt doesnt get caught up in numbers. Just the truth about economics and unintendend consequences of free market interventions. Great book for people just starting out with economics OR people already schooled in it. Suits the whole range.
Ron Paul has made a rather convincing argument that the unconstitutional, immoral and corrupt Federal Reserve needs to be abolished and that a return to sound money through a gold standard and free markets be reimplemented as the constitution stimpulates. Ron Paul is the voice of liberty and reason and challenges his followers to educate themselves about just how unconstitutional our government has become, how much power has been usurped and how much of our liberty is being encrouched upon. I recommend this book for anyone that values their liberty or wants a better understanding of the federal reserve's role within our government, economy and society.
Ron Paul is a true American in the founding fathers sense of the word; a true patriot. The Revolution: A Manifesto is not written from a republican or democratic perspective but rather a perspective of liberty, the constitution and most importantly the truth. This book is for anyone who is skeptical of government (of any kind) and values liberty and protection of individual rights above all else.
If Ron Paul was half as good a speaker as he is a writer he may have had a shot at the presidency. Unfortunately, an inspirational speaker who captures emotions will usually trump a speaker who's message is based in critical thinking, rationality and limited government.
Let me start by saying I know nothing about sailing. I started reading the book primarily because I like history and was looking for details on what the yacht and race meant to the relationship between Great Britain and the US. While there was some of this, it wasn't the primary focus. 3/4 of the book is about the building of the yacht and sailing it from NY to the English Channel. The last quarter was devoted to the race itself and the historical perspective I was originally seeking. A sailing enthusiast may get more entertainment from the first 3/4 as there is a lot of description of the boat and voyage. Prior knowledge of sailing lingo will definitely enhance enjoyment. It will help the reader visualize how they manuever the sails and manage the wind etc. As someone that know nothing of sailing, these three quarters of the book might have made a better movie as I would have been able to see it instead of read about the what they did with the jib, gaffe and toppsle. I dont really know what that stuff is exactly. Character development in the book is not extraordinary. In the end I did develop an appreciation for the sport, the America's Cup and how the race served as an exhibition of US strength again Great Britain's naval supremacy.
The prose, philosophy and character development are simply brilliant. Its amazing to think that she was able to fuse these three things together to create such a timeless work at a relatively young age...mid-thirties. Its equally amazing to think this book was rejected by 12 publishers before one accepted it.
This was my first exposure to Ayn Rand. I was originally going to get the unabridge version read by Christopher Hurt (52 hours) but ultimately chose this version because of time commitment, recording quality concerns and sound of Hurt's voice vs this narrator in the sound sample. I found this narrator to be spectacular. This story and the philosphy of Ayn Rand is something everyone should be exposed to even if its simply to help form your own opinion whether you agree with her or not. I think I was able to tell where some of the abridgements were made but it by no means detracts from getting the story's outline and author's philosphy across. In the future when I read it again, I will prob do the unabridged version just so I can say I have read it in full. Just an awesome, powerful book. Fransisco d'Anconia's money speech is so powerful, I rewound and listen to it 4 times before moving on. Better than reading the text which I looked up and saved when I got to the office. I can't shut up about it actually. Will certainly make you reflect on life, society and government.
Gordon provides a solid historical account of (to me) a sometimes overlooked, undertold story of a wildly ambitous endeavor. I was left with a new appreciation for this undertaking and 19th century communications in general.
I have worked on trading floors before and have even traded NYMEX and I found this book kind of boring. Would prob be of more interest to someone who is clueless about the rise of Dubai as business and tourism hub or the fraternity like mentality and behavior of a trading floor. This book held my attention but I kept waiting for something more.
I wanted to read this book because I was curious about the birth of Australia as a penal colony. The book does a good job explaining the state of the penal system in 18th century britain, the types of convicts sentenced to transportation and the journey to the other side of the earth. There is good description of the landing at botany bay and sydney cove, the interactions with the aboriginies and the provisions on land but this book is screaming to be abridged. I feel like these 12 hours could have been wrapped up in 6.
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