CYPRESS, TX, United States | Listener Since 2010
Ludwig von Mises and his student, Friedrich Hayek, winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize, described the causes of the rise of socialism and facsism in Nazi Germany in the 1930's: the loss of individual freedoms in the marketplace, in favor of the state, which came to assume more and more power and control over Europe's citizenry. These brilliant economists simply the explanation of the path whereby the individual, wanting to be taken care of, cedes more and more freedom to government, run by men who in their lust for increasing power, intervene more and more in private affairs. This book, a synopsis of the works of both Mises and Hayek, woven together extremely well in a narrative by Louis Rukeyser, will probably shock you in its depiction of what has happened in the rise of socialism in the 20th century, and how that process parallels its rise in the past 2 decades in America, and in the goals of its current president. I highly recommend this book if you would like to understand economics.
Haney talks about the personalities of the officers he served under and with, and the effect their strengths and foibles had on the unit during his tenure there. Although some online critics have questioned, or even challenged the truthfulness of his accounts, I must say that I believe his accounts of the incidents related are factual; they do not sound embellished to me, and I consider myself a skeptic. He questions the motivations behind the Top Brass in our military, and why certain missions were undertaken, e.g. Grenada, and I'm sure some of those above him in rank would have preferred his book not appear. I've looked on Amazon for a hard copy of the book to purchase, as it's worth going through again. Sadly however, it seems that the second half of the printed book lacks all the good stuff. I suppose he, or the publishers decided to skip the flack they might receive, I don't know; but in this audio book in the second part, where the actions closer to the present day occur, Haney leaves clues as to how he feels about the present day administration, and commendations for that of George W. Bush.
This one is worth spending the time on.
The honesty of the author, and his sensitivity to the fact that he was dealing with, soldiering with, and in some cases having to take the lives of other human beings, not just cardboard targets.
Haney's welcome to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
American counter-terrorist lives through decades of the changing role of the U.S. around the globe.
Although the reader did an ok job, and it wasn't hard for me to listen to, I would have enjoyed a little quicker pace. The story Eric Haney tells is more than worth putting up with a little lackluster narration.
In some ways, yes. I can listen often when I cannot read.
Marine Sniper, story of Carlos N. Hathacock, Jr.
The deaths of the other 3 SEALs in the battle for "Murphy's Ridge"....incredible courage
If you want to know what our SEALs and other armed forces endure in order to serve this country, I don't think you will ever find a better book by one who has been there, right in the middle of all out hell on earth.
This was a wonderfully insightful account of the author's adventures with the Tarahumara Indians of the Sierra Madres, and one "Cabaio Blanco" with regards to the discipline/sport of running. If you run, exercise, or are interested in remote cultures and history of the southwest, this tale will transport you to challenges you may never deal with, but in hearing the story of how the real-life characters dealt with these situations, you'll be inspired to do your best with your own obstacles. I highly recommend this book!
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