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Martin A. Siegel

Informatics Professor

Bloomington, IN USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Promise: President Obama, Year One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of “Change We Can Believe In” was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington. Despite all the coverage, the backstory of Obama’s historic first year in office has until now remained a mystery.

    Martin A. Siegel says: "Amazing journalism and writing"
    "Amazing journalism and writing"
    Overall

    I always knew Jonathan Alter was brilliant, listening to him frequently on MSNBC, but this book is insightful work. Every story was exciting, and I'll tell you why: for many of us political junkies, we know the public stories; what we don't know are the "behind the scenes" stories of President Obama's first year. Alter gives us this, with clarity and compelling prose.

    The recent events with General McChrystal's resignation is made more clear after you've learned how the President developed his Afgan policy and the way he affirmed buy-in.

    Of course the bottom line is that, again and again, I am pleased that Barack Obama is our president, and Alter's book helps me feel assured how the President and his staff are likely handling current crises (like BP).

    I highly recommend this book. If I had my way, it would be required reading for every American who voted for the President; it would reaffirm their choice (despite some acknowledged screw-ups and a realization that "real change," almost by definition is "slow change.").

    Good listening!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2675)
    Performance
    (2139)
    Story
    (2126)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Insightful for Start-Ups"
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    Performance
    Story

    Simon Sinek's book was inspiring. The message is presented clearly and illustrated in detail. While some may find the book repetitive, its message was welcomed in all of it's detailed nuance because I am a part of a start-up company. The message makes sense whether you're a part of a small to large company or running a non-profit organization: starting with WHY is essential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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