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Belleville, IL, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Renegade History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thaddeus Russell
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer

    American history was driven by clashes between those interested in preserving social order and those more interested in pursuing their own desires---the "respectable" versus the "degenerate", the moral versus the immoral. The more that "bad" people existed, resisted, and won, the greater was our common good. In A Renegade History of the United States, Russell introduces us to the origins of our nation's identity as we have never known them before.

    Douglas says: "Interesting/Entertaining Revision of History"
    "Great alternative look at history"

    This book gives an account of American history from a different view than what we are taught in public schools. I've always been a fan of Howard Zinn's Peoples History, but Russell presents it from yet another angle. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "eh, its alright"

    I found this book to be very informative. I personaly would consider myself a sceptic. I am an athiest and an anarchist, however, I find myself being open to what he calls "conspiracy theories". I personally disagree with the idea that belief in any unpopular opinion must always result from a blind faith or purely emotionally driven thought. Our history is full of "conspiracy theories" that eventually become recognized as conspiracy fact. Its a fact that the US government intentionally infected Native Americans with smallpox, experimented on African Americans without consent during the Tuskegee experiments, they gave LSD to unwilling participants during MKUltra, they imprissoned US citizens in consentration camps during WW2, they lied about the gulf of Tonken incident, and Watergate. We also know for a fact that Osama Bin Laden was a CIA operative, Norad was ordered to stand down during the 911 attacks, building 7 was never hit by a plane, and on, and on, and on. To reduce all of this factual evidence to some wierd human brain limitation is insulting. It isn't comparable to people who stubornly hold on to their "faith" despite evidence. Still, I think its important to understand that many beliefs are based on emotion and habit as opposed to actual facts and reason. I just think he over applys this realization to include people who's beliefs may be based on evidence.

    5 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"

    I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago and thought it was amazingly accurate in its predictions. I just got the audiobook and listened to it again in 2011 and am even more impressed at how similar our current political environment is to the one in this story. It almost seems like the elite who run this planet used Orwells book as a reference guide to enslave humanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson

    There's the Freedom of Information Act, and then there's Ventura's way. The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bull, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate nonpartisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk listeners through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors.

    Alan says: "Truth Hurts"
    "get the hard copy"

    Great information, but I'd suggest getting the hard copy. The best thing about this one, as opposed to the conspiracy book, is that he includes actual documents to look at yourself. The paper copy is a good reference guide. But the information is still important.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, best-selling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells you how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately the nation.

    Kevin says: "good stuff, documentary is better"
    "good stuff, documentary is better"

    This audiobook is full of good information. However, I prefer the documentary "the End of America." It's on Netflix or you can see it free on youtube. The interviews, news clips, and live footage helps bring it all to life. But the audiobook is pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Informative and entertaining"

    Like many, I was introduced to Sudhir Venkatesh's work through Freakanomics. I was expecting a more detailed account of his economic studies but got so much more. The story was fascinating, exciting, funny, and sad. It is a unique look at a part of America that is seldom seen from an intelectual outsiders view. I see a movie in the near future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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