Using on the record information, Chomsky provides a "Big Picture" view of western foreign policy, illustrating how and why it works the way it does, while making the case that the US is itself a failed state. It's not anti-bush, or anti-us, instead it examines the culture of western government and walks you through how we got to where we are today. Narration is a little dry, but is well worth it. It opened my eyes.
Bill Maher is a very intelligent man, a great comedian and a wonderful social comentarian (is that even a word?) but this book is drivel. It is the second book I've ever abandoned in my life, (Ellen of the show of the same name wrote a book which was dreadfully difficult to listen too)
Great at commentary, yes, great at whiny one-liners, no.
Bill, stick to the stuff your good at, leave this poor style of critisim and comedy to Letterman.
This is quick becoming my most favorite book! The narration is beyond top notch, it's perfect! Add to that a wonderfully unique and diverse story and I can see why it too so many awards!
I have to say, beyond learning corporate and financial terms I didn't know before, this book is amazing. It is a very well written narrative, I only got lost once or twice, and that was mostly do to the 36hour length than anything.
This book sure opened my eyes to what actually went on at Enron, from start to finish, it's amazing. I would drive around the city aimlessly just so I could listen! You would hear one absurdity that passed for logic at Enron and would think that surely, this would be the final nail in the coffin, then you realized you were only two hours in. it's that good.
The narration is the only reason this book didn't receive a five star. I found the character voices indistinguishable at times, and the character personalities seemed to be reduced to, whiny, angry, pensive and passive. There wasn't a lot of differentiation or vocal personality. Other than that, it was well paced, clearly read and a joy to listen too.
The first hour sets things up, it may seem a little slow, but it is definitely worth it. A real must read for any business owner. It should be subtitled, how not to ruin an company.
When this book did address the medical questions, I found it interesting, and sometimes entertaining. However, the chat logs between the authors were pointless, in bad taste and dragged on endlessly.
Not a bad attempt for a doctors first try, but horrible from the perspective of a "seasoned writer" as his cohort purports to be.
This is one book I would return if I could.
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