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george

Newberry, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Hart, Tom A. Coburn
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Long before America's recent economic downturn, beltway politicians knew the U.S. was going bankrupt. Yet even after several so-called "change" elections, the government has continued its wasteful ways in the face of imminent danger. With passion and clarity, Coburn explains why Washington resists change so fiercely and offers controversial yet common-sense solutions to secure the nation's future. At a time when millions of Americans are speculating about what is broken in Washington, The Debt Bomb is a candid, thoughtful, nonpartisan exposé of the real problems inside our government.

    Erik Burga says: "Good message; much rambling to get point across"
    "Can we afford another 4 years of this?"
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    If you're still wondering for whom to vote (not just for president), then get this book and see what the stakes are. America, we're Broke! This book lays out the facts. Senator Coburn is the first politician that I've heard admit our "real" debt. $16 trillion is a smoke screen, Our real debt is over $120 Trillion and climbing. There are not enough rich people in the world to pay off this kind of debt. It's the spending, stupid!

    0 of 1 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
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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.

    Joshua Kim says: "NSA Sunshine Policy"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Great book, important info"
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    Every home should have a copy, and every family follow its recommendations. You don't have to be diabetic to gain from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kevin D. Williamson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    Liberals scoff when conservatives denounce Obama and his policies as socialist. After all, they argue, Obama isn’t Stalin and America is nothing like the Soviet Union. But socialism doesn’t always resemble the Berlin Wall or the Iron Curtain, as National Review editor Kevin Williamson proves in his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.

    Parola138 says: "Everything about this is great and eye-opening"
    "Must Read"
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    This book is an excellent history of socialism, its causes, and the US's century-long march down the path to it. Especially timely is the explanation of how England's national health "service" started out just as Obamacare is starting today - the economic destruction of WWII was the crisis that caused them to nationalize their healthcare, among other things. We won't need another war to cause ours. O'care itself will be the cause, and nationalization will be the socialists' remedy.

    It's interesting to note that England still has a small private health industry, for those who can afford it - the rest are victims of the public "service".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Real world examples explaining economics"
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    Thomas Sowell is one of my favorites. He has a way of using real world examples to make economics understandable to laymen - it's a shame our politicians don't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ludwig von Mises
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
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    Ludwig von Mises is to economics what Albert Einstein is to physics. Human Action is his greatest work: a systematic study that covers every major topic in the science of economics. It is also one of the most convincing indictments of socialism and statism ever penned. When it first appeared in 1949, it ignited an eruption of critical acclaim.

    george says: "Couldn't follow it"
    "Couldn't follow it"
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    I couldn't get thru the first chapter. Von Mises can be hard for a layman to follow anyway, but the added distraction of a reader with British accent made it impossible for a country boy from South Carolina.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wapshott
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (105)
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    (85)
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    As the stock market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims on how to restore the balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Friedrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous.

    Anandasubramanian says: "An unbiased evaluation of both the major economist"
    "Good expo of 20th century economics and politics"
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    This book does a good job of covering the battle between the theories of Keynes and Hayek, and reveals some insights into our 20th century presidents' economic ideas, successes and failures.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dreams of a Socialist America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Trickle Down Tyranny is the single book you need to stop Obama's emerging dictatorship before we lose all of our constitutional, God-given rights. These pages show you the dangerous laws and powergrabs of the Obama administration… and what we can do to stop this leftist gang from seizing another term in office. Obama is transforming us into a second-class nation, with communists and Islamists given free rein to expand their power.

    Aaron says: "A great masterpice"
    "Listen before the election!"
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    This book puts in one place all you need to know to decide if you want another 4 years of the Obamas.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Early Austrian Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Israel Kirzner
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
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    Carl Menger (1840-1921) and Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk (1851-1914), working in Vienna in the late nineteenth century, rejected the classical and Marxian ideas that value can be measured objectively. They insisted that the subjective preferences of consumers determine value; this shifted the attention of economic analysis from productive power to consumer demand.

    george says: "An OK Summary"
    "An OK Summary"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is a summary of early Austrian economic historical figures. I learned some new names and may pursue some of them. I was hoping for more detail on their ideas. As an introduction to those who fathered Austrian economic theory it's OK.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using speakers with Austrian accents was a distraction that made the message hard to follow. Mr. Rukeyser is one of the best narrators around. He should have read the whole book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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