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Brian

South Beloit, IL, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Modern Scholar: Understanding Democracy in America

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Professor Ken Masugi
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Masugi
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The coauthor, editor, or coeditor of seven books on American politics, Ken Masugi of Johns Hopkins University has been a speechwriter for two cabinet members. Examining the founding of the American political system through the classic works of Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville, this course explores the big ideas of the American experiment.

    Brian says: "Wasted Credit"
    "Wasted Credit"
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    Performance
    Story

    I found nothing of value in this title. I have most of the modern scholar titles, and they are generally very good. Avoid this one.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1019)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was hoping for something more from the famous Nate Silver. If you have had a sophomore statistics class, then you won't find anything new here. I don't understand why this book gets such good reviews. It's not a bad book, but it's not ground breaking either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Roman history and I liked Madden's lectures in Odyssey of the West and Upon this Rock; however, this book was a difficult to complete. The portions that describe Rome are interesting, but Madden constantly beats you with his Empire of Trust thesis. In Madden's words, Empire of Trust is 'hyperbole masquerading as argument.'

    If you are interested in Roman history check out The Modern Scholar: A History of Ancient Rome by Titchener. She presents a similar argument minus the thesis beating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David M. Smick
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The World Is Curved reveals how today's risky environment came to be - and why the mortgage mess is a symptom of potentially far more devastating trouble. He wrestles with the two questions on everyone's mind: How bad could things really get in today's volatile economy? And what can we do about it?

    Glenn Elliott says: "Fantastic"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    This book is pure laissez-faire/free-market rhetoric. I am a big fan of economic history, and I would recommend "The Ascent of Money" by Ferguson, "The Great Depression Ahead" by Dent, and "The New Golden Age" by Batra instead of this book.

    This book was a waste of a credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Law in America: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Friedman
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lawrence M. Friedman is Professor of Law at Stanford University and author of 23 books about law and legal history. Hailed as American law's greatest living historian, Friedman traces the evolution of America's legal system from the colonial period to the present. A Modern Library Chronicle, this book is concise, insightful, and graced with wit.

    Brian says: "Very Good Book"
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall

    I am surprised that no one has reviewed this title. It is a very interesting listen. I thought it might be boring, but it details how the US legal system started and evolved with social pressures thereafter. Should be a required part of high school curricula. I am a non-legal type; lawyers might find it too light...maybe not.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • White House Tapes: The President Calling

    • NONE (50 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.

    Brian says: "Good Concept But Very Little Content"
    "Good Concept But Very Little Content"
    Overall

    Good idea, but this title is only 50 minutes long and includes a lot of narration by the publisher. How about actually letting us listen to "The President Calling" instead of someone else talking about the Presidential conversations? I didn't find it worth the money.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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