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Allan Smart

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  • 204 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (256)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "A preposterous story"
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    What disappointed you about Gang Leader for a Day?

    This is a preposterous story employing a style of writing that brings to mind a moderately talented high school writer.


    What could Sudhir Venkatesh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I can't imagine.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator was ok.


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

    Anger, sadness and disappointment that I purchased the book.


    Any additional comments?

    At some point toward the beginning of the book, the author makes the point that "the government had let down" the residents of Chicago's poor neighborhoods. That was it for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3400)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Interesting topic, flawed examples"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's an interesting topic. The author distinguishes people into broad categories of introvert and extrovert and for purposes of exploring those personalities, she uses a number of public figures. For example, the self-help guru, Tony Robbins, is examined and he falls obviously into the extrovert category. Some of the authors other examples used to illustrate the differences in these two groups were just absurd; Al Gore, Rosa Parks. Whether she's correct or not wasn't really the issue. People like Al Gore are public figures and they come with baggage, baggage you may like or dislike. In my case, I just found it impossible to listen to a description of Al Gore as an introvert and find any way to identify with him. Unless you are a fan of Al Gore, think Rosa Parks was next to God and find Warren Buffet to be a lovable figure, avoid the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness, Obama's Hate-America-First Political Platform, and Destroyed America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kent Clizbe
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    CIA case officer, Kent Clizbe, analyzes counter-intelligence details to demonstrate that KGB covert influence agents in American education and academia, Hollywood, and the media inserted the anti-American payload that became Political Correctness (PC). The KGB officers suffered death in Stalin's purges. Their American accomplices, not needing guidance, built the elite mindset of "reflexive loathing of the United States and its people," that defines PC.

    Allan Smart says: "How did we get here? Your education begins here."
    "How did we get here? Your education begins here."
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    What did you love best about Willing Accomplices?

    The work gives the reader a fine overview of the roots of the otherwise inexplicable "politically correct" theme currently eating away at the fabric of the nation.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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