Paints the story of a brilliant yet flawed intellectual devoted to spreading the word on objectivism and free market capitalism I her passionate defense of the individual. Heller gives interesting insight into the ideas and late night discussions that gave voice to the characters of Rand's novels and the battle against repression and altruism they fight. Thought provoking reviews of Rand's novels and essays come along for the ride as well. The book pulls no punches in the brutal portrayal of Rand as a ego centric control freak who saw no one but her cult like following inner clique as even having a chance of being worthy of existence. She left relationships and marriages in wreckage in her wake as she epitomized the self centered life she glorified.
Interesting series on fictional character heroes including Crusoe, Baggins, Uncle Tom and others. The most interesting one to me was Winston Smith who on first blush is hard to see as a heroic character but to fight the good fight and stand up in the face of certain defeat is certainly chivalrous.
Reads like a biography of cancer from its ancient history through the medical follies and progressive steps by Doctors and Scientists to try to find a cure.
An enjoyable collection of poems but I preferred the Poets Corner collection by Lithgow with its mini summary of each poet and poem to give context.
The author builds the case that the mass incarceration of people is no mistake as the system has been made as the next evolution of the old Jim Crow laws in the south. She focuses on a broken war on drugs that have lead to a normalcy in the poor communities of everyone having a criminal back ground and how that background becomes a scarlet letter keeping them out of society and severely limiting their life choices.
An eclectic collection of poets make up this book. I enjoyed the guest readers who did a great job of giving life to the readings. Lithgow's love for poetry comes through as he gives his personal history of reading poetry and then proceeds to give a brief review of each poet. It is certainly a collection I will listen to from time to time.
Full off danger and intrigue and a huge dose of heart as Anthony and his workers strive to save the Elephants and other animals. The tragic story of the baby elephant with the deformed legs was heart wrenching. A great read for any animal lover
An interesting read on how educated people can get wrapped up in nostalgia and labeling things. The exposure over the Pluto declassification as a plant certainly stocked the discussion on scientific topics.
This was very much directed at leadership in the Health Care industry but there was good information here about encouraging the heart to the point that i completed listening to it. I guess I should have read the summary or reviews rather than relying on the cover.
AWOL tells the story of a budding through hiker who take a break from the cube life of Suburbia to take on a through hike of the Appalachian trail. It is full of stories of physical pain and endurance as he battles though with a purest mentality to walk every step of the trail. The characters AWOL meets along the trail, the battle against himself as well as the elements, and the communing with nature stories make for a very interesting read.
Very dated. This is a collection of interviews from top traders from around 1990. I couldn't help but keep wondering how many of them got wiped out by the great recession. Certainly conflicting advice here with some pushing for technical analysis and others not, some pushing for holding for the long term and others flipping trades constantly.
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