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Glen Ellyn, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014

  • The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas L. Pangle

    Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Its authority and stature are routinely invoked by voices from every point on the political spectrum, with frequent references to the Founding Fathers and their true "intent." What really was their true intent? As these 12 surprising lectures show, many of those Founding Fathers-including Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry-were highly critical of the new Constitution and staunchly opposed it when it was first put forth for ratification by the states as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation.

    Wojciech says: "Great comparison of federalist and anti-federalist"
    "Great comparison of federalist and anti-federalist"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    The lecture is a great break down between the federalist papers and the anti-federalist papers. Explains why the confederation was a bad idea because of lack of central power.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "A bit too long...get abridged"
    If you could sum up 1776 in three words, what would they be?

    Struggle persistence victory

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beginning of the revolution

    Any additional comments?

    This is strictly on the year 1776 and Washington being the general of the American army. I thought there would be more about the drafting of the constitution but instead it followed the struggles of Washington and his unorganized militia army. But through it all the militia gets a couple victories and some significant defeats. But after each defeated battle, General Washington shows through persistence and intellect, the revolutionaries can get a couple of victories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    Cynthia says: "Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good"
    "Good read maybe a bit to long"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bully Pulpit to be better than the print version?

    Didn't get print version

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bully Pulpit?

    The ending...political enemies can always be friends

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bull moose party

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Amazed at how persistent Teddy was.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book...abridged version would probably be a better listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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