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Thomas

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  • Struggle Over the Keynesian Heritage: Neoclassical Synthesists vs. the Post Keynesians

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Davidson
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Since World War II, economists have struggled to understand the Keynesian Revolution and to apply its lessons to the modern economy. The heart of the debate over Keynes' radical ideas has been whether they could or should be reconciled with the older, neoclassical economic theory.

    Gare says: "Clear but painfully short description of Keynes..."
    "Great series"
    Overall

    If you are interested in economics this is one book of a great series narrated primarily by the late, great Louis Rukeyser of the PBS series Wall $treet Week. It is good to hear his voice again. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes, which was not too long and not too short for me. This one describes the various versions of Keynesian economics. This is a timely topic in today's economic difficulties and the Keynesians are a big part of the debate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1: A World History of Espionage

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Burds
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Professor Jeffrey Burds of Northeastern University delves into the history of espionage in this eye-opening lecture series. The course opens with espionage activity in the ancient world and the Roman Empire and continues with the American Revolution, Age of Napoleon, and American Civil War. Throughout this compelling discussion it becomes evident that spying is not only a never-ending source of fascination but also a major contributor to world history and the development of nations.

    Thomas says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: The Second Oldest Profession, Part 1?

    This has many very interesting stories about the important role of espionage in history.


    Any additional comments?

    I want Part 2!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (370)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "Where is the serfdom?"
    Overall

    This classic by economist Friedrich Hayek, written in the midst of World War II, expresses his fear that any form of socialism will inevitably result in either a Nazi style dictatorship or a Soviet style dictatorship. This is the book that Glenn Beck et al cite when making their claim that Obama is a Nazi ( some people crave preposterous hyperbole like monkeys crave bananas ). While history has proven that Marxism is a disastrous, horrendous failure, other milder forms of socialism, as common in Europe, have clearly not resulted in either dictatorship or serfdom. Less efficient economies? Yes. Serfdom? Absolutely not.

    5 of 37 people found this review helpful

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