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Douglas

Lenexa, KS, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (237)
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    (195)
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    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Clear, concise, and easy to understand."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Comparing fundamentalist belief about depression economics with reality. Since 2009 austerity advocates have predicted runaway inflation by 2010, 2011, and certainly by 2012. Where is it it? They have been dead wrong yet still in denial about what will end the slump that started with the 2008 financial meltdown. The charts, the facts, the figures are here. This book also gives an understanding of the Eurozone, the problem with one currency, and the failure of austerity there.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1116)
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    (914)
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    (904)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Comprehensive and compelling."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Better Angels of Our Nature to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    Extensive use of scientific research.


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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The 1960's and 70's were a recent peak in violence.


    Any additional comments?

    Civilization and mankind are advancing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Authoritarians

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bob Altemeyer
    • Narrated By Bob Altemeyer
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    The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer, whose professional career has focused on the study of the Authoritarian Personality, and development of the Right-Wing Authoritarian (RWA) personality and ideological variable widely studied in political, social, and personality psychology.

    Emil says: "A must-read for... everyone"
    "A Most Important Study"
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    Sited by John Dean's "Conservatives Without Conscience" (another recommended book), Altemeyer summarizes his studies for non-academic reading. This psychological study explains Authoritarian followers and leaders on today's political scene.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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