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Msuega Tese

Luanda, West Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Ulysses Grant rose from obscurity to discover he had a genius for battle, and he propelled the Union to victory in the Civil War. After Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the disastrous brief presidency of Andrew Johnson, America turned to Grant again to unite the country, this time as president. In Brands' sweeping, majestic full biography, Grant emerges as a heroic figure who was fearlessly on the side of right.

    Tad Davis says: "Underrated hero"
    "Excellent history of a general"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Man Who Saved the Union to be better than the print version?

    Before I picked this book, I knew nothing of Grant. Though very long book, the reading is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Personal details about Grant. Great general but poor biz man. Clearly there are no super-humans who are good at everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wish I could listen to it all in one sitting...


    Any additional comments?

    Great, but somehow, I believe it can be abridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Thoroughly Researched, Powerful & Balanced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Why Nations Fail?

    It is a very long book, but it didn't feel so. Every morning, I was eager to get out of the bed and traffic jam didn't annoy me at all until I finished listening to the book.


    This book confirms my believe that success or failure of nations and organisations has nothing to do with geography. It has to do with the systems that you setup.

    I think the title is more negative than the book itself. In trying to explain failure of nations, it provides so many positive examples of nations that have succeeded.I think the most appropriate title is:Why Nations Fail or Succeed.

    It focuses mainly on nations, but I find the lessons applicable to businesses as well. The challenge for me as an entrepreneur is to setup businesses that are not "extractive" in nature.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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