There are books that you read or listen to that reaffirm your belief in the things you were taught growing up as a child. This is not that sort of book. Listening to it will at times anger and shock you as to the true nature of what you have been lead to believe by those who write our popular history. After World War II, the United States entered into an agreement to take in various Nazi war scientists and leaders in exchange for their research and methods of operation. We got the information that we desired, but we also got their perverted ideology. This has lead to much of which we deal with today. Warrant less wiretaps,searches and the like. The model of the authoritarian society that we see more and more today is not America as imaged by the founding fathers but a continuation of the Nazi model. Listen to this book only if you care to learn the truth of the challenges we face going ahead.
I read this work some twenty years ago and like most it had a profound effect on how I viewed the world that has come to manifest itself. Many of the reviewers have expressed the desire that this should be mandatory reading for those young children in our education system. I concur totally with the sure understanding that this will never happen. Sadly, a large percentage of our young are lost to the idea of reading yet alone grasping the monumental ideas this work presents. Still, perhaps some will understand. After listening to this presentation, I resent all the more what the collectivists have given us. Much of the criticism of Ayn Rand is that her ideas are unworkable in the real world as if the results of the collectivists somehow led to the utopia they have always promised but never delivered. Her ideas have never really been tried and probably never be. I thought that the narration by Scott Brick was quite good although I understand that the earlier one with Christopher Hurt is much preferred by some. Overall a great rendition of a work that rises above all superlatives. Thanks to Audible for the great pricing. Well worth it.
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