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Albany, CA, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cornel West
    • Narrated By Cornel West

    Democracy Matters is Cornel West's bold and powerful critique of the troubling deterioration of democracy in America in this threatening post-9/11 age of terrorist rage and imperial overreach, and an inspiring call for a resurgence of the deep democratic tradition in our country, which has waged war on the forces of imperialist corruption throughout our history.

    Gabriel says: "Well written, a refreshing voice of inspiration"
    "If this book deserved a star, it would be red."

    The title of West's book is typically euphemistic for what is really a Marxist diatribe. Like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the old Soviet Union's "democratic centralism," and other supposedly democratic phenomena of the totalitarian left, this book is a wolf in sheep's clothing. The truth is this: While West is correct that Democracy Matters, his vision of democracy is one in which the government not only runs your life, but tells you what to think as well. For him, the only threats to a Marxist utopia are hate-mongering Christians and people who believe in doing honest work for a living and being justly rewarded. Still, the book is worth reading if only to learn how insidious and conniving the elite academic establishment is. But don't help West collect his wages of sin (royalties). Check the book out from your local library.

    3 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society", the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security, and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.

    David says: "The finest book I have read in many years!!"
    "Essential Arguments for Freedom"

    Mr. Sharansky's book clearly and unassailably distinguishes between free societies and fear societies, and discusses how those of us who want liberty for mankind have succeeded -- and how we've goofed up despite good intentions. This former Soviet dissident is a beacon of hope stengthened by tough determination. All who love freedom should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inventing Japan [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ian Buruma
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    LA Times Book Award winner and expert on the past and present Japan, Ian Buruma examines the transformation of a country. Following Japan's history from its opening to the West in 1853 to its hosting of the 1964 Olympics, Buruma focuses on how figures such as Commodore Matthew Perry, Douglas MacArthur, and Emperor Mitsushito helped shape this complex country.

    John says: "Excellent Primer on Modern Japan"
    "Excellent Primer on Modern Japan"

    I could have used this audiobook a couple years ago when I took Japanese Politics in college. This covered all of the important developments, social phenomena, etc., that went into the making of modern Japan. The chronology starts at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and describes clearly the Meiji Restoration, Taisho Democracy, Showa and the militarist war government so that you get a very good sense of how one period flowed into the next to make Japan what it is today -- essentially a one-party corporate state managed by the LDP. The roles of left and right radicals, gangsters, fixers and the American occupation authorities are all discussed. If I'd had this in school, I could have gotten an A+.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Kagan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When historians want to find out about the ideas that motivated American foreign policy in the early years of the twenty-first century, they would do well to read this book. Robert Kagan has formally set out a case for unilateralism on the part of the United States, as opposed to the multilateralism now characteristic of Europe. Kagan believes that the United States can disregard a weak Europe, and have a free hand in pursuing its global interests.

    Erik Fosshage says: "Quick and pithy listen"
    "So Good, So Short"

    Like Mr. Kagan's other excellent works, this one is very brief. I could have listened for days as he explored his stimulating thesis on the differences between American and European worldviews. His politics are certainly more liberal than mine, but his work is of such excellence and intellectual honesty that even a partisan conservative like me can learn a lot by listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Beschloss
    • Narrated By Michael Beschloss

    From Michael Beschloss, one of America's most respected historians, The Conquerors reveals one of the most important stories of World War II. As Allied soldiers fought the Nazis, Franklin Roosevelt and, later, Harry Truman fought in private with Churchill and Stalin over how to ensure that Germany could never threaten the world again.

    Andy says: "looking to the future"
    "Interesting, But A Bit Long"

    Although this book is not actually all that long, it does go on longer than necessary on Henry Morgenthau and his plan for post-war Germany. Probably half of the book is devoted to Mr. Morgenthau -- very much more than Harry Truman. Morgenthau may deserve his own book, but in this one I expected to hear more about the presidents on its cover than the Treasury Secretary who served them. The book could almost be retitled "The Would-be Conqueror: Henry Morgenthau's Plan for Post-war Germany." Still, the author produced a very interesting work and, reading it himself, provided a pleasant listening experience.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Feminist Fantasies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Phyllis Schlafly
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin

    No ideological assault has been more ferocious than radical feminism's 40-year war against women. And no battlefield leader has been more courageous than Phyllis Schlafly. In these dispatches from the battlefront, feminism's most potent foe exposes the delusions and hypocrisy behind a movement that has cheated millions of women out of their happiness, health, and security.

    Jeff says: "READ THIS BOOK!!"
    "Common Sense"

    One of the finest books on the subject of feminism, well researched and methodically presented. This is a work of serious scholarship, but with the practical insights of a regular woman who is not blinded by the ideological adsurdities of the academic left. Everyone who values ALL people regardless of sex should read (or listen to) this book to hear how some radicals seek to divide us.

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well with the Money You Have

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michelle Singletary
    • Narrated By Michelle Singletary

    The best financial planner Michelle Singletary ever knew was Big Mama, her grandmother. Big Mama raised Michelle and her four brothers and sisters on a salary that never reached more than $13,000 a year. Yet at her death, Big Mama owned her own home, had paid off a car loan, and had a beautiful collection of Sunday-go-to-meeting church hats and a savings account that supplemented her Social Security check and small pension. Most important, she had taught Michelle 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life.

    Jon says: "7 Cheapness Chants"
    "Maybe for Another Audience"

    This book goes over the most basic concepts and would probably be useful to the least informed on money matters. But if you already have a general knowledge of life insurance, mutual funds, 30-year fixed interest mortgages, etc., you will be wasting your time. Also, it's a bit weird listening to the obviously middle age, white narrator relate the story of the author's "Big Mama," the matriarch who imparted these financial lessons to the author. The book is filled with stories and language that reflect the author's black heritage. But with this narrator, it's like listening to one of the Osmonds read the autobiography of James Brown. It sounds inauthentic, and makes the narrator sound SO PAINFULLY square.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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