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Adam

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  • The Good Fight: Why Liberals, and Only Liberals, Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Beinart
    • Narrated By David Slavin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Once upon a time, liberals knew what they believed. They believed America must lead the world by persuasion, not command. And they believed that by championing freedom overseas, America itself could become more free. That liberal spirit won America's trust at the dawn of the cold war. Then it collapsed in the wake of Vietnam. Now, after 9/11, and the failed presidency of George W. Bush, America needs it back.

    Adam says: "Very good book"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    This book is a very good combination of history and current events. The author provides well thought out explanations of why liberal foreign policy was so successful in the early Cold War, and why the tradition fell into pieces in the late 1960s and beyond. He also provides a good theory for liberals and progressives to regain what, in a way, they only forgot but never actually lost: their understanding of the world, and their ability to create and pursue foreign policies that benefit America and the world.

    This book is relevant, due to the comparability of the current post-9/11 period with the late 1940s and the height of progressive internationalism and Trumanism. In both cases, conservatives had proven (even if in different ways) that they did not understand the world and did not know how to fix its current problems. The author is correct that liberals must regain their foreign policy greatness, not for themselves, but for America and the sake of the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Theocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    From Ancient Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that every world-dominating power has been brought down by a related set of causes: a lethal combination of global over-reach, militant religion, resource problems, and ballooning debt. It is this same axis of ills that has come to define America's political and economic identity in the past decade.

    M. Kara says: "Excellent Work!"
    "Very good, very chilling"
    Overall

    This is probably one of the best works of Kevin Philips since "The Emerging Republican Majority." Philips displays his extensive knowledge of history, politics, public opinion and political science. Much of what he talks about, such as radical Evangelism and a gas hog culture, most Americans can see every day. His book is not abstract, and he makes arguments that the listener can confirm just by reading the news. I found myself listening to parts of his book several times, because it so well written. The narrator also adds to the book, and makes it a very enjoyable experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Glanville Downey
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Beginning with the reign of Diocletian in A.D. 284 and ending at the death of Justinian in 565, the Roman Empire completes a transition from paganism to Christianity which is one of the most remarkable events in history. How was it possible to alter an ancient civilization which had existed for millennia, and yet to maintain social and political order? As events unfolded, one part of the empire managed the process successfully, while the other part spiraled out of control.

    Dan Greene says: "Gained Insight"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I love Roman history in general, but this book was unbelievable. The narrator has somewhat of an amusing way of narrating. My only complaint was that it wasn't longer than only a few hours. I learned a lot from this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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