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SAMANTHA

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Beinart
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In The Icarus Syndrome, Peter Beinart tells a tale as old as the Greeks—a story about the seductions of success. Beinart describes Washington on the eve of three wars—World War I, Vietnam, and Iraq—three moments when American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time, leading intellectuals declared that history was over, and the spread of democracy was inevitable. Each time, a president held the nation in the palm of his hand.

    Paul says: "Review of America's Foreign Interventions"
    "Very interesting"
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    I know this book is just one perspective on US foreign policy, but it certainly does explain some of our more significant foreign policy boondoggles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Worth listening to- a mind bender, so to speak"
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    I usually prefer books that are read by a professional reader. In this case, Aimee Bender did a great job reading her own book. After reading this, I catch myself paying more attention to my food!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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