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J. J. Schutzman

Indianapolis, IN USA

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  • The Roots of Obama’s Rage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    D’Souza explains that the reason Obama appears to be working to destroy America from within is found, as Obama himself admits, in The Dreams of My Father: a deeply hostile anticolonialism. Instilled in him by his father, this worldview has led President Obama to resent America and everything we stand for. D’Souza masterfully shows how Obama is working to weaken and punish America here and abroad.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Insightful Listen, But for the Glenn Beck Section"
    "Insightful and enjoyable read."
    Overall

    I have always found Obama a bit of a mystery. How did he rise so quickly and with so little experience? No one including Mr. D'Souza, interpets history without some bias or filter so it will be interesting to see if D'Souza's hypothesis is able to predict future Obama behavior. The narrator was easy to listen to and I found the book had some interesting insights.

    24 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry M. Paulson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, On the Brink is Paulson's fast-paced retelling of the key decisions that had to be made with lightning speed. Paulson puts the listener in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players.

    Michael Moore says: "More Depth than "Too Big to Fail""
    "Not very interesting....In fact boring."
    Overall

    I found books like Too Big to Fail, Quants, The Big Short, The Greatest Trade Ever, and No One Would Listen to be much more interesting and insightful in their telling of this tragic episode in our history.
    On the Brink is a very drab retelling of facts. Mr. Paulson refuses to point any fingers to Congress or the Administration which let us get into this mess. Everyone seemed to him to be really great guys who really worked hard. The only people he didn't seem to care for in his book were Jim Bunning and Sarah Palin and they had nothing to do with this mess. Do not waist your time.... read Too Big to Fail.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Catholic

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Brilliantly wresting meaning from the historical, social and religious strands of his story, Carroll illuminates the Church's transformation from reactionary monolith to an institution in which the deepest aspects of faith are being called into question. Carroll reveals his own story--as a Catholic boy in the 1940s and '50s, as a seminarian and priest in the crucible of the 1960s and early '70s, and as a committed but questioning Catholic today--with an emotional impact reminiscent of his An American Requiem.

    J. J. Schutzman says: "PRACTICING CATHOLIC? NEITHER!"
    "PRACTICING CATHOLIC? NEITHER!"
    Overall

    The title and cover photo are deceptive. Do not be fooled as I was.
    This book is a just diatribe against the Vatican and what traditional Catholics believe.
    St. John Bosco stated that you can tell if something is Catholic by its faithfulness to the Magisterium, the Eucharist and Mary. He dissents on all three. This book is just what you expect from an ex-priest who has bought into the liberal agenda of the 1960s (Hans Kung and friends). He dissents from the Vatican on the usual hot button issues. Much of what he writes about is based on the media hear say and lacks much impartial scholarship.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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