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Monica

Singer Island, FL, USA

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  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall

    This is an amazing story which gives the reader insight into both history, politics, and the nature of man. This is product of an amazing amount of research. It is not an "easy read" because the author includes too much detail which does not support or add depth to the main story line. Still, it is an excellent work and well worth the reader's time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3681)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (616)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Hysterical and disturbingly accurate."
    Overall

    This is as good, or better, than much of P.J. O'Rourke's work. I couldn't stop laughing. You'll want to hear it several times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Anthony says: "Most important book of the decade"
    "Not very good"
    Overall

    I was disappointed with this book. It pointed out some obvious trends in information technology, but failed to make any profound conclusions. The later parts of the book consist of political diatribe and recommendations that contradict the earlier chapters.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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