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  • Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    In Crash Course, Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit's self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves? Ingrassia also describes dysfunctional corporate cultures (even as GM's market share plunged, the company continued business as usual) and Detroit's perverse system of "inverse layoffs" (which allowed union members to invoke seniority to avoid work).

    Roy says: "Contemporary History at Its Best"
    "Very good book"
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    The author really did his homework. I was especially interested in how the GM and Chrysler takeovers went down. There was actually some logic in the way the government handled it, and with the quick closure compared to the average bankruptcy, both companies had a much better chance at recovery than they otherwise might have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (364)
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    The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: War, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching - and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

    Jean says: "A good review of the global financial system"
    "Why isn't he chairman of the federal reserve?"
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    I'm just a layman and concerned US citizen, witnessing the destruction of my grand kids' future. To me, Mr. Rickards' take on the situation makes far more sense than the path we're on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Lessig
    • Narrated By Lawrence Lessig
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    In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress - and that our Republic has been lost.Using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left, Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course....

    Richard Nielsen says: "Periods. Where there. Should. Not. Be. Periods."
    "Good analysis of our major problem."
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    Although this book is written by a conservative (his words) turned Obama liberal, I, as a Tea Party conservative/Libertarian found that I agree with almost all of it. I'll forgive that he played the Charlie Brown role and believed the campaign speeches that O gave, speeches that convinced him that this time Lucy wouldn't pull the ball away. (The Charlie/Lucy analogy is from the book).

    It's odd that he spends one chapter trying to convince the reader that studies have found almost no link between lobby money and congressional votes - then he spends most of the remaining book giving myriad examples of how it does. I recommend this book to all my Tea Party friends.

    He enumerates 4 plans to fix the problem - all of which he gives 2-15% chance of success. But these plans are thought provoking and engendered a couple of ideas in my mind. Maybe if we put our heads together, and tap the expertise of think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, we can make a difference. The think tanks know how to balance the budget. They just need groups like the Tea Party organizations to put the heat on congress.

    We don't need to rewrite the constitution. We need to provide logical solutions and bring enough pressure to bear on our elected "servants" to get them to consider what's right for our grand kids' future, instead of what K street wants, for a change. We, the people, need to regain our voice in how this country is run. We'll never have the money that the K street lobbyists have, so we must resort to other tactics - All ideas are welcome.

    The only part of the book that I found distracting: he was so PC that he always used the pronoun "she" when referring to hypothetical congressmen and senators, most of whom are male - even she for a hypothetical prez, all of whom have been male. Is that reverse sexism?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Horowitz
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    America is at a crucial turning point in its history, and Republicans have been losing ground to Democrats for too long. In Take No Prisoners, Horowitz sounds a clarion call for conservatives to use liberals' take-no-prisoners playbook against them. From his days as a founder of the radical New Left movement in the 1960s to his storied career as a leading conservative activist, Horowitz has a lifetime of experience in battleground politics. Now he lays out a winning political strategy for the Right that can save the country from sliding into economic and social ruin.

    george says: "Candidates must read"
    "Candidates must read"
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    Every conservative candidate and campaign staffer should read, and re-read, this book. Mr. Horowitz knows the other side (he was one of them), and he has some great ideas on fighting back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intellectuals and Society

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
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    This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. You will hear a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An efficient attack on liberal philosophy."
    "Mr. Sowell has nailed it - again!"
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    Every time his books can't get any better, I run across another, better, one. This one nails the "anointed" progressive thought processes and how they have brought our society and our country to the breaking point.
    For definitions of the anointed and beknighted classes, and an earlier text on the subject of "progressive" destruction, read/listen to "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy" first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Fantastic Overview!"
    "More historical info than I knew existed."
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    This is a great book for the history buff or student.

    It's always been about power and money - even murdering family members to get them.

    3 of 4 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
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    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."
    "This explains today's "progressives""
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    If you've wondered what Hillary meant when she described herself as a "progressive" in the mold of early 20th century "progressives", this is a must listen!
    If you don't like the direction that our government is taking us, this is a must listen!
    If you wonder where our education system gets its idiotic ideas, this is a must listen!
    It takes a village. Total subjugation of the masses is the goal - collectivism is the kinder gentler term.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher C. Horner
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    No matter how President Obama spins his proposed government policies, it amounts to the same thing: a power grab. In his new book, best-selling author Christopher Horner reveals an out-of-control administration that wants to impose mandates, raise taxes, and even subjugate our authority to international organizations such as the United Nations.

    george says: "What the USSR couldn't do with nukes, we're doing"
    "What the USSR couldn't do with nukes, we're doing"
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    O is just the latest cog in the communist agenda to rule the world. What he USSR couldn't do militarily, we're doing to ourselves by giving our sovereignty over to the UN. One case in particular is the way we're allowing the IPCC to dictate our carbon usage with their scam of carbon dioxide causing global warming, er climate change. Now that this issue has become political it doesn't matter that the "science", led by Al Gore and the "hockey stick", has been proven to be a hoax.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the Obsession with 'Climate Change' Turning Out to Be the Most Costly Scientific Blunder in History?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Booker
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
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    This original audiobook considers one of the most extraordinary scientific and political stories of our time: how in the 1980s a handful of scientists came to believe that mankind faced catastrophe from runaway global warming, and how today this has persuaded politicians to land us with what promises to be the biggest bill in history. Christopher Booker interweaves the science of global warming with that of its growing political consequences, showing how just when the politicians are threatening to change our Western way of life beyond recognition, the scientific evidence behind the global warming theory is being challenged like never before.

    george says: "The message made my blood boil"
    "The message made my blood boil"
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    Mr Booker reveals, point by point, all the lies, doctoring of data, political collusion, and name calling of any who dare challenge the "consensus". If only half of what he reveals is true, then the global warming, or climate change, hysteria is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the world. And the goal seems to be the collapse of capitalism and the creation of one world government, led by the UN.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
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    (55)
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    In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.

    Steve says: "Listen to Thomas Sowell and your brain will grow"
    "MUST READ!"
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    This is the best book ever that explains the vision of the anointed class and the methods and vocabulary that they use to stymie their opponents without having to debate facts, or the consequences of their plans.
    You must read/listen to this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
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    In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Intersection of national security and big data."
    "Every American needs to know what's in this book!"
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    The IRS lost Lerner's emails? Why doesn't congress just get them from the NSA? They have stored every email sent in modern history - and they'll record and save this review.

    America needs to wake up and realize that our elections mean nothing if all these bureaucratic entities, that report only to the president, can control us, while congress sits idly by and does nothing.

    We The People need to decide if we're to be subjects, or citizens whose elected politicians report to us, and whose unelected bureaucrats report to us via congress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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