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Dwight

APO, AE, USA

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  • 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
    (388)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    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"
    "Excellent!!! Brilliant!!!"
    Overall

    A wonderful defense of free markets with wonderful insights into human striving. Brilliant analysis and presentation. Often I am torn between rating the content and the audio presentation, but this book gets five stars on both accounts. Listen to this, then look at ?The Pentagon?s New Map? and compare the troubled spots in the world today where countries are a threat to their neighbors and where there exists widespread human suffering and conduct a comparison of the extent of the openness of their market. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that open markets rule!!!!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right & Right is Wrong

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alan Colmes
    • Narrated By Alan Colmes
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Red, White & Liberal, Alan Colmes addresses a fundamental question: In this time of uncertainty, how can we protect our freedom without diminishing our liberties, while burnishing our rightful place as the world's beacon of democracy? Colmes urges Americans to see past the tactics of the vocal Right and to combat the problems that threaten our liberties, including the government's manipulation of the "war on terror" to silence critics and expand its powers to frightening proportions.

    Brian says: "Asleep at the Wheel"
    "What is Liberalism?"
    Overall

    Very entertaining; full of wit and humor. Also, nice audio quality, which should be a given, but often the quality of audio work is almost impossible to listen to.

    I was disappointed that there was not more of a coherent outlay of the ?liberal philosophy? if one exists. Instead, the content was primarily accusations of impropriety, misconduct and/or hypocrisy leveled against republicans. For someone as politically savvy as Alan to express shock and outrage at any politician's improprieties reminds me of the joke about the politician that, when confronted, was shocked and appalled that there was gambling and alcohol being served in the casino's bar which he was visiting.

    Using anecdotes about republican politicians whose actions are disreputable in order to defend the actions of individual democratic party politicians whose actions are disreputable, the book just reinforced my view that in order to be elected to a federal office, one must be a heartless liar. I can understand and empathize with individuals who strongly dislike any given politician, but I am baffled by anyone that shows strong, sometimes fanatical, support for any politician.

    While Alan's arguments are mostly well reasoned in the book, I am still unclear on positions that the democratic party holds as fundamental to the party (note that I use fundamental which is a word the democratic party and could be added to the words that Alan notes as having been demonized by the republicans).

    What is the Democratic position on freedom of worship and religion? Do they support protecting my right to worship as I desire. As a Jew, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or whatever, do democrats support my rights to prayer? To have Morning Prayer at my school and to take classes that teach the beliefs of my chosen religion with others who share my beliefs? What about taxation? What is their idea of assistance to the poor? Education? Health Care? Etc... but no more room to post.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Minus one star due to quality of reader"
    Overall

    Excellent substance which is an excellent work in printed form; however, the quality of the audio is very distracting. That said, it is a work that I look forward to listening to again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices of Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools; he discusses the far ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism, attitudes about the Holocaust, and much more.

    Ann says: "more a psychology than a history"
    "Why can't we all just get along"
    Overall

    Although long, this is a very balanced study of the human prejudice, bigotry, fears and ignorance that continues to perpetuate the struggles in Israel today. Totally heartbreaking.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Mansfield
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

    Colin says: "am i the only one who liked this?"
    "Not an introduction"
    Overall

    Very detailed; however, if you are not already familiar with the events, you will have a very hard time keeping up and, as already pointed out, it will sound like someone reading their personal family tree in a fast, dry voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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