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Jerry

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  • Bush at War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Bob Woodward tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers led the nation to war. Woodward's virtual wiretap into the White House Situation Room reveals a stunning group portrait of an untested president.

    Chris says: "An excellent book"
    "Not Bad"
    Overall

    I can't stand Bush but the book was better than I thought. I came away with a new understanding of Rumsfield and Powell which I appreciated. I also didn't come out of the book thinking that our President was any less a reactionary macho cowboy than I did from observing the news and reading about him elsewhere. Even for Democrats or Bush haters this is a book worth listening to. I would never have purchased it otherwise but am glad I listened to it.

    31 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

    ltlrags says: "More fiction-like than a novel"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall

    Like others who have reviewed this book, listening to it is like falling into a dream. It is interesting in content and the narrator lulls you into a place that feels unreal but you keep reminding yourself that this is at true story. You don't have to be a financial wizard to understand that the way things were done at Enron were unethical and wrong. The culture was Darwinian in the way that it didn't matter what you did to help Enron succeed, but how much you helped pad the pockets of the few at the top. Ken Lay comes off as a person asleep at the wheel. Dopey and just a rubber stamp. It is an interesting study of boards of director's also. They approved whatever they were given without giving it a critical analysis. Accounting firms and banks come off as ethical as far as it didn't challenge their earnings.

    Overall, a pretty sad commentary on corporate America. Unfortunately things probably haven't changed that much today. Lessons learned have by now been forgotten and new loopholes have been found. That is what led to Enron and what continues as long as our government doesn't offer a balance between big business and consumers that depend on them. Relationships that lead to this sort of corruption haven't changed. Bush, Lay, Gramm, Cheney ... the names may change but the results are the same.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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