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Eckhart

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  • William McKinley

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips, Arthur M. Schlesinger
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    By any serious measurement, best-selling historian Kevin Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power. McKinley was one of eight presidents who, either in the White House or on the battlefield, stood as principals in successful wars, and he was among the six or seven to take office in what became recognized as a major realignment of the U.S. party system.

    Eckhart says: "Ends Certain Misperceptions about McKinley"
    "Ends Certain Misperceptions about McKinley"
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    Where does William McKinley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a few years old and can drag on occasions. It cites a lot of facts and requires some knowledge of Reconstruction Era/Gilded Age American history to fully appreciate. But it covers and era that is not well-studied, but has strong parallels to the present.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of William McKinley?

    Understanding how McKinley was not an arch-conservative and laid the groundwork for the modern progressive movement.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twilight of the Elites the most enjoyable?

    Chris Hayes, the author, does a phenomenal job presenting the subject matter with the right amount of intensity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twilight of the Elites?

    The book was memorable from start to finish. Chris' ability to analyze diverse topics from the Baseball steroids scandal to the Subprime Crisis is singularly versatile. And his ability to connect seemingly unrelated issues gives this piece of non-fiction a flow usually only found in fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hayes – was your favorite?

    The Andrew Carnegie line in the final chapter (lol).


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There are probably too many key observations to list, but the concepts of the Iron Law of Oligarchy and the effects of excess Social Distance are the key takeaways in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    With this book, Chris Hayes has cemented himself as one of the most important critical thinkers of the current period. Given how well his TV show is received, this should come as know surprise. But his writing proves that he can not only select interesting topics for discussion, but can write about them in an impeccable manner as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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