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John

Kingston, WA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 6 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Good but repetitive"
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    This book could have been much shorter. The author makes the same case over and over. It still worth reading.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edward Conard
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    According to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences. It’s a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

    Scot says: "EXCELLENT BOOK"
    "To much like a textbook - Dry and Complex"
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    I struggled to understand the deep thoughts Conrad is trying and often failing to convey. There are plenty of "I never thought about it that way" moments. But, he could have made them much more accessible and reached an audience beyond the economic scholars that will be able to wade through his dry explanations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

    3.14 says: "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    "A bit of a text book feel but worth it"
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    I started this book because it was mentioned in the Steve Jobs bio. While the writing sounds a bit like it is supposed to be a textbook, the concepts are fascinating and important. It is a must read for anyone with a business or managing a group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
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    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    Overall

    Midler is direct, pulls no punches and leaves you with a clear understanding of the hows and whys behind all those news stories you hear of yet another recalled product that was made (poorly) in China. I can truely say, I could'nt put it down and listened every moment I could until the end. Having just investigated a the recall of a life-protecting and China-made spring for Scuba Diving that corroded in salt water, this book made it all clear as to the likely scenario.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Many people have difficulty figuring out the difference between science, borderline science, and just plain nonsense. When is a theory a fact, and when is it just conjecture? Michael Shermer, a leading science author and skeptic, divides knowledge into three classes: science, based on factual evidence; borderline science, based on scientific conjecture; and nonsense, where anything goes (e.g., Bigfoot).

    Ethan M. says: "Unabridged Indeed"
    "A rambling man."
    Overall

    This book has some good insight and history mixed in with the author's rambling on and of topic. I would only choose it if you cannot find anything captivating or you need to argue a point with a psuedo-scientist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
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    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

    Peter says: "Worth the effort"
    "They all told me ...."
    Overall

    Everyone told me to read books about Adam Smith and not to read Adam himself. They were correct. He goes on and on and on. It is good in small doses but start young.

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful

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