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Andy

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    In this dramatic and fascinating account, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter shows how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his first 100 days in office to lift the country from the despair and paralysis of the Great Depression and transform the American presidency.

    John M says: "Very Enjoyable!"
    "Very infomative, and also refreshingly honest"
    Overall

    I have read this book 3 times. I say this as a staunch conservative who has become very wary of liberal writers, such as Mr. Krugman, Gore, and Alterman. This book took a very insightful look into FDR's life and what made him an amazing man. It also took a very honest look at his shortcomings, and did not gloss over some of his less noble episodes i.e. the court packing plan. Mr. Alter doesn't claim that FDR was the great leader who boldly led us out of depression. He claims that without him, there may have been something worse. I disagree with some of his premises, but this book is more factual, and not ideological. Agree or disagree, Mr. Alter has written a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Next Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Jesse L. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with this eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

    J. Wigfall says: "Still as bold as ever"
    "SLOW"
    Overall

    The book starts off interesting, and quickly turns into your senile grandfather complaining about his grudges from 1960, until everyone starts giving reasons to leave the room.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (636)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Great Ideas"
    Overall

    I think the best compliment I can give is that I finished the book 4 days ago, and have been using many of the methods and thoughts the authors give. I have also been telling friends about them, and they have helped with their own changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    00doc says: "Interesting and useful."
    "Great Information"
    Overall

    Having read, "Influence", my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. Tons of useful information, very well written, and a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Wray Herbert
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Our brains are marvels, hard-wired by millions of years of evolution to boast a number of mental shortcuts, biases, and tricks that allow us to negotiate our complicated lives without overthinking every choice and decision we have to make. Unfortunately, those ancient shortcuts don't always work to our advantage in our modern lives - when we don't also think slowly and rationally, those hard-wired habits can trip us up. This intriguing book helps us to understand how our minds are predisposed to think about the world....

    Todd says: "Here's My Thought, "On Second Thought""
    "Here are some interesting experiments, and btw..."
    Overall

    I hoped this book would be good on the level of Invisible Gorilla. It was not. I as a conservative, also did not appreciate the chapter on how liberals are free thinking, brave people be nature, whereas conservatives are insecure, order hungry buffoons, who hold on to beliefs that have been debunked for decades, according to the author.

    I came to this book as suggestions from reading such book as "Invisible Gorilla", "The Upside of Irrationality", "Yes", and "Switch". All of these books are great. They give information that is really interesting and useful. This one tends toward, "people like are better than people like you.

    27 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Eric Dyson
    • Narrated By Michael Eric Dyson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (11)

    At the 40th anniversary of King's assassination, acclaimed public intellectual Michael Eric Dyson gives a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of America, specifically black America. Ambitiously and controversially, he investigates the ways in which we as a people have made it to that Promised Land King spoke of, and the many areas in which we still have a long way to go.

    Martin W. Eldred says: "Compelling"
    "Mis-Titled"
    Overall

    Well, at least Mr. Dyson devotes a third of the book to Dr. King, which is why I bought it. The title should have been, "A bit about Martin Luther King, and mostly how racist the USA is, and why Dr. King would now support everything I believe".

    Mr. Dyson does give a good history, and delves into the history of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. He then goes on to pontificate about his own thoughts for most of the book.

    At the end of the book, he has a fake "interview" with King, and talks about how Dr. King would support EVERYTHING the Democratic party now says. In this "interview", King says how awful it is that "Christians use the gospel to distort reality against GLBT brothers and sisters". I think it is equally appalling for Mr. Dyson to hijack a prominent leader who is dead and cannot answer, to tell people he would agree with political positions which Kings' beliefs would not support.

    Bait and switch. It's 1/3 about Dr. King, and 2/3 a redone lecture that I've already hear dozens of times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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