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Tim

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  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (327)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Naive, but well intentioned"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance of the reader is great, it's the actual content that ruins it for me. I understand why he writes what he does, and am ok with what he believes but there is nothing new or exciting in his ideas or explanations


    What could Joseph E. Stiglitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Realize that the problem is the Human condition, all of his "solutions" ignore this fact, I feel as if he has a very naive and unrealistic view of people. He assumes that people wont take advantage of every situation they can. I believe there is a very small portion of the population that is altruistic, but the true 99% are the amount of people who will look after themselves 1st and foremost.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I enjoy the diversity of his thinking from mine, and find that I agree with most every problem he conveys, I just disagree with almost all of his solutions.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Steven Brill
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (85)

    In a reporting tour de force, award-winning journalist Steven Brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over America’s failure to educate its children and points the way to reversing that failure. Brill not only takes us inside their roller-coaster battles, he also concludes with a surprising prescription for what it will take from both sides to put the American dream back in America’s schools.

    Elton says: "Unions are Evil"
    "Eye opening"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Very eye opening accounts and data concerning our educational system and what is contributing to it's downward spiral.


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

    The willingness of so many people to go against party politics to persue what really mattered: the next generation


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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