Von Tunzelman's has written a colorful history of Hati, Dominican Republic, and Cuba during the cold war. If you're interested in the history of Caribbean politics, and the U.S role, then this will serve as an interesting primer. She provides many details that would make a fascinating novel, that are even more compelling because they are true.
The author's premise that the U.S.'s paranoia of Communism, and it's reluctant support of dictators who used the issue to garner U.S. support, while they oppressed their people, is well founded.
Although, Von Tunzelmann covers Castro's rise comprehensively, she neglects to write about his many years of dictatorship of the island. Absent are reports of the thousands of political prisoners rotting away in Castro's prisons. This absence undermines her argument. Obviously, the thousands of people who escaped during the Mariel Harbor boat lift are proof that the Castro rule is not as benign as she would like us to believe. In spite of this, her argument that Castro could have been persuaded to have friendly relations with the U.S. before the relationship soured, has validity.
Most Americans suspect that Putin is a thug. Troops with unmarked uniforms, face masks, and Russian accents, that populate break away Ukrainian territories are displayed on the nightly news. But like an iceberg, the majority of Putin's deviousness remains hidden from popular view, that was until this book. Whether Putin was an accidental prime ministerial candidate pushed forward by the oligarchs desperate to replace an ailing Yeltsin, or part of a deliberate plot by KGB and organized crime as advocated in this book, remains speculative. What is clear is that Putin, a man of mediocre abilities, reactionary tendencies, a crook, and probably a murderer, (can you say plutonium poisoning kiddies) now has a stranglehold on Russia. Now, the Russian mass media is merely a propaganda arm for Putin spinning the virile, shirtless myth, that some people are stupid enough to believe, and creating two star Audible reviews, to what is a well written book.
I take Cramer's advice with a grain of salt. The reason is, I'm a mutual fund guy, and I don't buy a lot of stocks. That said, I always pay attention to Cramer, because he's the smartest stock mkt. pundit out there, he doesn't follow the crowd, and he's not afraid to stick his neck out, by making recommendations that could easily come back to bite him in the ass, as some inevitably do.
The book analyzes some new trends that most people aren't aware of like stealth technology, which is how non tech companies use tech to revolutionize their companies. Examples are Amorall's use of clothing that wicks sweat, dries fast, and stays warm, Doninos Pizza's use of online ordering, etc He also discusses which companies should break up, and why. And the notable 20 best CEO's.
Cramer does a good job of reading his book, although he has an annoying habit sometimes of talking too loud, which probably helps hold interest on TV, but hey I've already purchased the book so I don't need someone shouting in my ear to hold my interest, like that right wing gadfly Rick Santelli.
Miles wrote a brutally honest autobiography. You see the man's faults, as well as the tremendous drive that made him one of the most renowned Jazz greats of the 20th century. The book answers some of the questions that made Miles such an enigma, such as: why did he famously turn his back on audiences on stage? And why was he known for having a sometimes contentious personality?
Miles was very sensitive to patronizing, and racist comments by whites, partially because he came up at a time when blacks were excluded from some night clubs and hotels that he traveled to, and because he grew up in East St. Louis which had a terrible race riot in the early 20th Century, where many blacks were killed.
He tells of an incident where he was at the white house receiving an award when he took offense at a patronizing racial comment from one of the guests. "I bet your Mammy would be proud of you." After he told the lady off, the insulted woman asked, "what did you do to deserve this presidential award?" "I changed the music 6 or 7 times," Miles said. And he did, from his groundbreaking Sketches Of Spain in the fifties, which is unlike any other jazz album, to his rock fusion in the 70's, 80's and 90's.
Miles was accused by some of pandering to commercialism when he combined his jazz with rock. I saw Miles shortly before he died, when he did a free concert at Penn's Landing in Philly. I saw a little baby dancing, and the music was just that natural and spontaneous, which was what Miles said about it. He also said that the young people get addicted to the electronic sound, and then it becomes hard to listen to acoustic music. - and I find this true with my own listening. Miles just had that inherent knowledge about music - which made him the legend he was. He also sacrificed everything for his music.
If you're interested in jazz, or what it was like being a jazz celebrity in the 20th Century you'll like this book.
After listening to Keith Richard's and Clapton's bios in addition to Billy Crystal's, I liked Nash's the best. Nash was always the most articulate of Crosby Stills & Nash. Which is remarkable for a guy who never completed high school. He doesn't waste lot of time discussing his drug use like in Keith Richard's bio, nor does he spend a lot of time bragging about his children and worrying about his imminent demise like Billy Crystal. lnstead, Nash gives us the condensed version of what we came for, which is his rise to rock and roll stardom 1st through the Hollies and then with Crosby Stills & Nash. It's a remarkable story. How the Hollies 1st big U.S. hit Bustop was written by the 14 yr. old Graham Gouldman, and how Nash was blown away when the kid performed it for him. And the 1st time he sung together with Crosby and Stills at Joni Mitchell's house. He also brings us up to date with his current pursuits.
What made the audiobook for me was that it was read by Nash himself, a really nice personal touch.
Coming on the heels of "Where am I wearing?" Kelsey Timmerman bestselling book about where our clothes come from, comes this new book, in which Timmerman visits the countries where coffee, cocoa, bananas, lobster, and apples juice, are sourced from. Kelsey Timmerman actually works along with the farm workers, harvesting bananas, and coffee, and goes to sea in a boat with lobster divers, in Nicaragua. So, he does painstaking research on the subject, visiting with countless people involved.
The book is more of an adventure tale, than a dry study. The downside of this is that the book becomes more about Kelsey than where our food comes from, in parts. Like when Kelsey becomes involved in trying to free an indentured servant who works on a cocoa plantation in Africa. He goes on a wild goose chase, which should have been edited down to a couple of paragraphs. However Timmerman is a good writer, and the technique works for most of the book, giving the subject good emotional appeal.
The important fact is that most Americans have no idea that most of the lobster at places like the Red Lobster comes from Nicaragua and not from Maine, including myself before reading this, or that a good amount of our apple juice is concentrate sourced from China. So we are sublimely ignorant that the U.S is importing a good amount of our food. Timmerman is also an activist, trying to raise awareness about the terrible conditions for some of these foreign workers.
This was an enjoyable book, raising awareness, in addition to being a good adventure tale.
Ever wonder why your cable and phone bill goes up every year while your wages are stagnant here in the U.S.A. Or how people's pensions ended up in the pockets of millionaire CEO s after working for a large corporation for 30 years?
This is an interesting and important book written by a veteran reporter about how the corporatocracy is ripping everybody off here in the USA. That's if you would rather know the truth about what goes on, then see the latest photos of Anthony Weiner's peter, or who the Kardashians are sleeping with.
This is a well written, well researched book, about how many large corporations have rip-offed their workers retirement funds. The author Ellen Schultz is a former Wall St. Journal reporter, where some of this story is published. This lends credibility to her book, since WSJ has generally been a pro big business paper with an editorial staff that leans to the right.
The laws defining retirement funds can be complicated, no matter how good the writing. So the book took an extra effort on my part to pay close attention, and I had to listen to a few parts twice. But it was well worth the effort. However, this book will require more effort on the listener, than a less dense subject like a breezy novel. So if you're looking for an easy read, or a distraction this probably isn't it.
If you're a policy wonk like me you are probably aware that many well intentioned laws meant to protect workers and such are watered down by the federal and state bureaucracies that are supposed to administer them. - such is the case with retirement funds. This is the how and why of this book. I commend the author for making a difficult issue accessible and layering on a human touch. If you're concerned about this issue, this is the book to read.
The Big Thirst is a well Written and interesting treatise on the world wide water situation. There are some minor flaws in the writing. The book could have been shorter. The author spends some time redundantly haranguing that Americans and developed nations waste a good deal of water and that we don't have coherent policies in place to deal with water shortages and droughts. Yes, I get it. That's why I purchased this audio-book. So there's little need to repetitively convince me. Otherwise and interesting book about an important issue, seldom discussed.
The book is a fairly non-partisan look at what is already working and what should be done to lower costs and provide better outcomes. The info is easy to understand and flows in an interesting manner. It;s obvious that Joe Flower is an expert in the field after studying and writing about healthcare for many years.
The author has an optimistic view that U.S healthcare consumers can and will get better outcomes and pay less in the future. Yes, but how long will it take, and how much suffering will transpire before that? Even the relatively benign Obamacare is decried as socialized medicine by the right.
This is a Great Look at how Scientific Progress has Made the World a Better Place in the past and will do so in the future.
The authors have a real grasp of the science of the 21st Century and provide and interesting narrative for science and non-science aficionados alike.
I'm not sure the immediate future will be as rosy as the author's think, but they provide a compelling case that over the long run science raises living standards for everyone.
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