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Zachary

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  • The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing 30 years of scholarship, Gordon S. Wood's Pulitzer Prize–winning book analyzes the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Wood depicts not just a break with England, but the rejection of an entire way of life: of a society with feudal dependencies, a politics of patronage, and a world view in which people were divided between the nobility and "the Herd."

    Cynthia says: "Changed the Way I Think"
    "A unique and relevant look at the founding"
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    It is easy to see how this book is relevant to understanding America today - society, politics and government.

    Wood doesn't quite say it this way, but his basic argument is this: the founding generation were trying to create a new society, but they failed to create the one they envisioned. Instead, the society they created turned out better - from the perspective of modern Americans - because it is more democratic than they imagined any place ever could be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By John Donne
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Zachary says: "False advertising"
    "False advertising"
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    Not love poems. Not by John Donne. Not read by Edward Herrmann. Other than that, no problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "One perspective on 40 years of American history"
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    This comprehensive autobiography (well read by the author) reveals a lot about American government from the 1960s until 2006, mostly because Rumsfeld was close to the action for most of that period.

    Rumsfeld doesn't spend as much time trying to set the record straight as he does just telling his story. He does do a good job explaining the Bush administration's defense policy/strategy, better even than when the administration was putting those policies in place.

    If you are interested in recent American history, this book is worth reading. As a bonus, hear the story of how Rumsfeld refused to hire Dick Cheney - and then launched his career.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1774)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "The people who predicted the financial crisis"
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    Great stories about a handful of people who predicted the financial crisis and profited immensely from their foresight. Michael Lewis is one of my favorite writers and his explanations in this book are a great example why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas J. Feith
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Of all the players in the planning and evolution of the Bush Administration's war on terrorism, few were more integral - or more controversial - than Douglas Feith, the chief strategist on Donald Rumsfeld's Pentagon policy team. A highly influential international policy analyst for more than a quarter century before joining the Bush Administration in 2001, Feith worked closely with officials and President Bush in defining the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11.

    Richard says: "Refreshing perspective"
    "An inside look at GW Bush foreign policy"
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    If you want to know what people inside the Bush administration were thinking while they made foreign policy decisions like invading Iraq and Afghanistan, this is worth a read. Probably of more interest to foreign policy wonks or score settlers than a general audience.

    I do have a hypothesis that this book suffers in its abridged version. I can't be sure because I never read the full version, but I think some of the history and arguments would have been more comprehensive if they were complete. Since the real audience of this book is people interested in nuance, the full version probably is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Elizabeth London
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

    Tamara says: "save your time and skip this book"
    "Inspiring approach to time management"
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    This book encouraged me to take a serious look at how I budget my time. By starting with 168 empty hours in each week and planning how best to use them, this book helped me use my time in ways that had more significance for me. Vanderkam uses examples of successful people to show how they use their time well and how they can make improvements to use it better. She covers work, leisure and family life - every aspect of how you spend your time. Innovative and easy to apply. Highly recommend!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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