I was initially interested in Suskind's "Way of the World" because of the latest revelation of Bush/Cheney skullduggery - the forged letter verifying Al Queda's link with Saddam Hussein. However, the book is much more than an argument for impeachment. Suskind documents how Bush/Cheney administration has alienated the U.S. from the rest of the world, and how that has made it more likely for a terrorist nuclear attack.
As importantly, Suskind also provides stories of hope - about people who are working to genuinely reduce the threat of a nuclear attack as well as people who discover that their common humanity transcends the religious and political differences between the Islamic world and America.
The book is very well-written and excellently narrated.
Robert Reich has written a pithy, accessible explanation of the core economic problem surrounding income disparity. HIs analysis is spot-on, and although you may not fully agree with his proposed solution(s), I certainly wish he had been on President Obama's economic A team.
This narrative is read very well and has the elements of the extreme danger of deep sea diving, the obligation of duty, and the mystery of an unknown sunken U-boat. The story combines the short-term thrill and chills of deep sea diving that literally had me at the edge of my seat with the the longer-term contemplation of the common humanity of these divers and the perished U-boat crew and myself. Like all great stories, the Shadow Divers engages one's moral imagination, not to mention the dangers of not compensating correctly for buoyancy and becoming a dirt dart. Among the 50 or so books I've listened to, this is the very best.
Michael Ghiselin is the highly regarded author of "The Triumph of the Darwinian Method" and has written a very accessible and short history of evolutionary thinking. The reading is excellent and engaging, particularly the passages in which various writers, including Darwin, are quoted.
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