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Holland

MAHTOMEDI, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 255 titles in library
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  • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Levinson
    • Narrated By Adam Lofbomm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried 58 shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. The Box tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.

    Ben says: "Disappointing"
    "A portrait of disruptive innovation."
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    What kind of cutting edge technology allowed the world to collapse in size within a generation? It’s hiding in plain sight in every rail-yard and shipping port in the world- the humble shipping container. This isn’t so much a book about the transportation industry but rather a surprising look into a pivot point in globalization. The shipping container (or box) annihilated whole segments of the economy that were constructed around the inefficiency of break-bulk shipping and the sheer armies of labor required to transport goods via ship prior to this simple concept.If you enjoy economics and the nature of trade give this a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard A. Muller
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential world, we need to know - truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads - if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening.

    Kyle says: "Awesome"
    "Great information and an interesting delivery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Physics for Future Presidents to be better than the print version?

    You will need to view the charts but the book is very well presented in audio-format.


    What other book might you compare Physics for Future Presidents to and why?

    "Gusher of Lies" and "Power Hungry" - both by Bryce come to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    After digesting a lot of the material you’ll certainly be more informed on the complexity involved in this modern world. As the book says- we live in a very complex and dangerous world. The problems we face are significantly more technical and layered than most people would like to admit. This is a great overview of some very interesting aspects of physics. I listen to a lot of non-fiction and specifically a lot of books that deal with various science disciplines and I can say this is one of the more interesting.

    Pay close attention to the nuclear sections. This portion of the book should be required reading for anyone who is really interested in energy policy and what the actual benefits and possible dangers are of this amazing energy source. It also puts into perspective the complexity of nuclear weapons. It will become immediately clear that it’s far from practical for anyone but a very motivated nation to construct this type of complex device.

    Well worth the credit and the narrator is clear as a bell in 1.5 speed (my normal listening speed).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Changing your perspective on brain-power"
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    This is one of the best books I’ve listened to on understanding the brain and how it functions. Strongest recommendation for the story content! It seems like a topic that might be too broad but I assure you it is handled perfectly. The section of the book dealing with artificial intelligence alone is worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Capitalism: How Economic Growth Has Made Us Smarter - and More Unequal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Brink Lindsey
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
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    What explains the growing class divide between the well-educated and everybody else? Noted author Brink Lindsey, a senior scholar at the Kauffman Foundation, argues that it's because economic expansion is creating an increasingly complex world in which only a minority with the right knowledge and skills - the right "human capital" - reap the majority of the economic rewards. The complexity of today's economy is not only making these lucky elites richer - it is also making them smarter.

    Holland says: "Who will rise or fall in this world"
    "Who will rise or fall in this world"
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    The increasing complexities of modern life- it’s something that can bury you in the blink of an eye unless you learn to navigate the constantly changing waters. The ability to think in abstract ways and apply a diverse skillset to the technicalities of this world is at the center of this book. I STRONGLY recommend listening to this. The great news is this book is short. The even better news is that the author is very good at packing that time with an intellectual meditation that all of us should give consideration to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Patrick J. Buchanan
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    Since Obama took office, conservative pundits have been mainstays on the best-seller list. And now, the best-selling author and political legend Pat Buchanan weighs in with a warning against not only the dangers that the country faces under Obama, but the risk of sliding into irrelevancy that the Republican party faces if it chooses to forget its core values. As he shows in this incisive book, liberal policy-making and unhindered globalization have eroded America’s economic strength.

    Holland says: "A good look at a bad problem"
    "A good look at a bad problem"
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    Are you ready for some politically incorrect frank talk about the country. First things first, get over the fact that you may consider Buchanan way off in ???right-ville???. I'm a Libertarian but I still know when someone is cutting through the jargon and hitting nerves. It's just that the nerve centers he's targeting happen to involve a mix of warm whimsical longing for a past era all the way to the reality of cold hard demographic statistics. There's a lot of folks out there bashing PB for his apparent ???pro-white??? stance. I don't think they could be farther from reality.

    What PB come close to but has not really gotten to is the even further uncomfortable truths...the former culture of the country has disintegrated long ago. Look closer...we welcomed it. We got convinced that some sort of amalgamation of everyone's thoughts was correct. As if what everyone said had equal value. As if everyone out there was the most important person as along as we ???embraced our differences.???

    There's a lot of that ???embrace??? talk in the diversity cult. It's not only high time but far past the time this subject is questioned. Culture is not a game of addition. When people bring another idea to a culture, that is eventually accepted, it is at the peril of the original concept. It subtracts from the whole because when it comes to cultural identity you can only embrace so much before you are embracing everything (read: nothing). This politically correct march to the cliff face has got us all looking over the edge into a sea of identities we used to be without understanding that if we jump there's nobody down there helping pull you out. Maybe most of us have already jumped while listening to the corporate coaches and group-think educators.

    PB attempts to rattle off some conservative ???solutions??? to try and fix this but he's not going to be able to supply a silver bullet. Those that argue he should be more constructive and offer a slew of solutions might want to step another pace back and realize what he's actually sung here is a dirge...not a revival hymn. I wonder if he's even come to terms with that in his own psyche.

    It's hard to imagine today's drug-addled kids (prescription, mind you) being moved away from a culture of nihilism by today's drug addled ???adults???. The population is all too ready to hoist mediocrity up in parade-fashion while broadcasting their every tedious consumer movement from the megaphone of social network sites. Even I'm guilty as I rail on in an Amazon Reviews string. See you at the bottom.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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