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Angela L. Davis

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  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Packer
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (253)

    In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

    Janet Pittman Henley says: "Can't understand the low ratings!"
    "Good but..."
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    There were parts of this book I really liked, but it did get slow in some areas. There is also this wierd thing done between chapters where headlines are used. This make look interesting in print form, but for me it did not transfer to this format well.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ken Jennings
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.

    Lynn says: "A Romp through Maps"
    "Fun"
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    As a geek and map lover- this was a fun book to read over break. I learned a few new things, but just as importantly got to have the moments of " it is not just me". I recommend this to anyone who likes maps or watches the weather channel for fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Not Socialism?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By G. A. Cohen
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Is socialism desirable? Is it even possible? In this concise book, one of the world's leading political philosophers presents with clarity and wit a compelling moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated. There are times, G. A. Cohen notes, when we all behave like socialists.

    Angela L. Davis says: "Not compelling, but OK"
    "Not compelling, but OK"
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    I was a little disappointed at how narrow the scope of the argumentation were. Although I think he made many good points, I felt it was also filled with holes that I never found to be fully addressed. The biggest of these was equating small group interactions with grand scale economies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Blanding
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Ever since its "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well, making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and Coca-Cola the world's second-most-recognized word after hello.

    Michael says: "Say it ain't so"
    "MUST READ THIS!"
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    This book broke my heart-- but like all reality checks must be listened to. Not only does he clearly explain why Coke has had the problems they have, but also gives a great primer into what is wrong with American companies. Should be a must read for students in business, politics, marketing and social science (along with a few others). I may use this in my class.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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