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Adam

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  • White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Kwak, Simon Johnson
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann
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    (28)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Bitter fighting over deficits, taxes, and spending bedevils Washington, D.C., even as partisan gridlock has brought the government to the brink of default. Yet the more politicians on both sides of the aisle rant and the citizenry fumes, the more things seem to remain the same. White House Burning looks squarely at the burgeoning national debt and proposes to defuse its threat to our well-being without forcing struggling middle-class families and the elderly into poverty.

    Keith Ball says: "A great book on our national debt and our future"
    "Warning: The narrator sounds like Mitt Romney."
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    I enjoyed 13 Bankers, the first book by these authors, much more. However, I do think the topics in this book are important to understand and feel the authors provide reasonable proposals for reforming U.S. economic and fiscal policy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bernard Bailyn
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
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    (20)
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    (22)

    Bernard Bailyn gives us a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.

    Adam says: "Disjointed and overly detailed"
    "Disjointed and overly detailed"
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    After listening to this book, I am starting to realize that Pulitzer Prize-winning histories are hit or miss. The subject of this book could be extremely interesting, but unfortunately Professor Bailyn's delivery is very disjointed and replete with details that keep the listener wondering how the travails of various settlers fit into the larger context of colonization.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neil Irwin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
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    (19)
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    Neil Irwin’s The Alchemists is a gripping account of the most intense exercise in economic crisis management we’ve ever seen, a poker game in which the stakes have run into the trillions of dollars. The book begins in, of all places, Stockholm, Sweden, in the 17th century, where central banking had its rocky birth, and then progresses through a brisk but dazzling tutorial on how the central banker came to exert such vast influence over our world, from its troubled beginnings to the age of Greenspan, bringing the listener into the present with a marvelous handle on how these figures and institutions became what they are.

    Adam says: "Don't bother if you read the news"
    "Don't bother if you read the news"
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    I enjoyed this book's narration but, having enthusiastically read the news during the period which the story covers (2007-2012, primarily), I did not learn much.

    If you are still curious about the major monetary policy decisions made during the financial crisis and Great Recession, however, I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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