I love Molly Ivins and thoroughly enjoyed hearing her narrate this book. She gets right to the core of the issues quickly, but makes her points through human-interest stories rather than invective. This gives the book a pleasant conversational tone that stands in stark contrast to the serious problems she's discussing. Her analysis of Dubya as a smart guy who knows exactly what he is doing is chilling. Her conclusions about big money politics and the need for campaign finance reform give anyone interested in change a roadmap to follow. Don't just listen to this book. Go out and do something about it.
This was a far different book than I had expected. The author documents his journey down an interesting path that caused him to learn more about psychopathy. In the process of documenting his education, we get educated as well. While the education was interesting, it was the journey that made this a quite enjoyable book.
This is a fairly short audio book but I couldn't finish it. I basically grew tired of the unrelenting drum beat of the book's theme – atheism good, Christianity bad. The corollary also gets worn out – The Bible is vicious, contradictory, and uninspired. About the time that the author started a line of attack based upon the fact that the Bible didn’t accurately calculate the value of pi, I gave up. Sam Harris may have good reason to have a chip on his shoulder, but he attacks Christianity with a ferocity that is painful. This isn’t an attempt at dialog or education. It is a mugging and after a while, I just couldn’t take it any more.
This book is for those who have an obsessive compulsive disorder for which clutter is a symptom. It is NOT for those who are simply looking for some short cuts to a less cluttered life.
This is a book for those who need the support of a 12 step program. It is NOT for those interested in spending 12 hours cleaning out the basement.
This book may be very helpful for those who can't help themselves. It is NOT very helpful or interesting for OCD free.
First of all, this book is funny. In fact it's very funny. If you scroll down through the reviews you'll see that the people who don't think it's funny don't get the joke. They take issue with the author or the material. It makes them mad. But this is the whole point of the book - puncturing the humorless self-righteousness of those who need to be right (pun intended).
As others have also mentioned, Franken's narration alone is worth the price.
Al Franken is the court jester of our age gleefully pointing out that the king has no clothes. Unfortunately he?s telling the truth.
This is an important book for everyone concerned about leaving the world in better shape than they found it.
This is a great book for understanding the economic underpinnings, or lack thereof, of the Bush Tax plan. It asks the very serious question, is there enough money to have a tax cut and fully fund Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Bush administration says there is, but the numbers suggest otherwise.
The problem is that this book was written before the tax cut passed and more significantly before the September 11th terrorist attacks. To that end, it is a wonderful reminder of how different the world was then. Unfortunately, it also weakens the very strong message that the tax cut that did pass was and is very dangerous economic policy.
Krugman has since done a follow-on book called The Great Unravelling that expands on the ideas of this book within the context of a post 9/11 world. Hopefully that will be available on Audible soon too, if not, listen to this and then go buy that book.
This is a thorough discussion of network theory. The first part of the book goes into great, and sometimes tedious, detail. If you have the patience to wait for the cake to bake, however, the frosting is quite tasty. The second half of the book is about applications and real-world examples of every sort of network you might imagine and several you probably won't.
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