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Michael

Redding, CT, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

    Sharon says: "Conspiracy of Fools"
    "What a book! History was never so interesting."
    Overall

    Riveting. The factual details used in the "story" and the way the author built the plot, step by step, made it hard to imagine how this could have happened -- it is no wonder our economy took such a shock from this and the other corporate scandals that took place in that era.

    Fascinating! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "I love economics... but This is BORING!"
    Overall

    I'm not an economist. I had Micro & Macro in college and loved them. I listened to this book to perhaps bring back some of this fondness, and to hopefully explain some of the things I've been hearing in current events over the years.

    But what I got was a good way to practice head bobbing and perhaps make it easier to drive myself off the road.

    Instead, I recommend Alan Greenspan's book, The Age of Turbulence. Now THAT is interesting, and educational.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    The Assassins' Gate, so dubbed by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point?

    D. Flagg says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Lots of Facts for Subpoenas! Boring to Outsiders."
    Overall

    Ok. So Packer certainly confirmed my suspicions. Cheney got what he wanted -- a war in Iraq at all costs. No big surprise, I suppose.

    What did surprise me was the detail he throws at the reader/listener -- it makes it tough for someone not to believe he did his research. But then I'm left wondering how could he be so intimately connected with SO many inside meetings and discussions. Obviously this guy is connected. Or he is filling in the gaps with his theories?

    This book was unboubtedly written to settle a score -- set the record straight. He certainly will have made some enemies, and perhaps burned a few of his very important future-book-research sources.

    However, I'm one of those 298 million that live OUTSIDE the (Washington) beltway, and admittedly not "in the know" about the who's who of Washington insiders. Accordingly, much of the facts of the book started to drone away in my ears and I found myself less and less likely to want to turn this tome back on. Being just a "Meet the Press" sort of political junkie, I don't really have enough of a personal knowledge of the cast of characters (and certainly not first-hand) as he does. If I WERE one of the 150 or so of the people he mentions, perhaps I would be more interested.

    To be sure - I believe he lays out enough detail that a democratically controlled congress may finally have their way in nailing some of these arrogant so-and-so's (please, please get Cheney first!). There is ample fodder for subpoenas here. But that's the problem with the book - it is less of an engaging and riveting story and more of a listing of who to prosecute and in what order (which I applaud).

    I rate this book a major bore -- unless you're a political fanatic (likely democratic), you may not finish it.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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