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Beyond Outrage Audiobook

Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix Them

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Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation’s increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy.

Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture. Reich connects the dots for us, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, while undermining our democracy; has caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and has turned many Americans against one another. He also explains why the proposals of the “regressive right” are dead wrong and provides a clear road map for what must be done instead. Here is a blueprint for action for everyone who cares about the future of America.

©2012 Robert B. Reich (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Staceghost 02-13-15
    Staceghost 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good, quick overview of our troubles"

    Robert Reich does a good job of summarizing the sickness in America's Public Sector without skimping too much on the details. Very informative and concise. $10 for 3 hours of content is pretty steep. Podcasts do 3 hours for free. That said, if you're in the market for a progressive introduction to Political Activism, this is not a bad place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Klinghoffer Salt Lake City, UT 11-04-13
    J. Klinghoffer Salt Lake City, UT 11-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Falls short"

    I was looking for some insight on economic and social inequality after seeing a clip of Robert Reich speaking about the topic on a news program. I bought this without knowing much about the author, but he didn't sound like a demagogue and the reviews are so glowing that I thought it would be an interesting listen. The last 3 hours of listening to semi-hysterical talking points have proven me wrong.

    This book is probably well regarded on Audible for the same reason that Ann Coulter's toxic brand of punditry get high marks - most people who buy Beyond Outrage are the proverbial choir.

    The three part book can roughly be summed up as:

    Part 1: Big business and it's senior leadership are wealthy sociopaths.
    Part 2: The republican party lacks compassion.
    Part 3: Get out and demonstrate/debate

    As a left of middle moderate who understands our financial system reasonably well, I found Reich's arguments to be fairly standard Democratic rhetoric. I did not hear technology, globalization, or economic efficiency mentioned at all. As huge contributors to the current state of the world's economies, these are usually central concepts when discussing long term solutions to US economic woes. Additionally, Reich is strangely mute on the rising bar of entry for would be entrepreneurs and how that impacts economic and social inequality by closing the door on the traditional American method for bootstrapping out of poverty.

    Ultimately, this book addresses a really complex set of issues in a short period of time. The approach means that a lot of things are going to be rolled up into oversimplified sound bytes, but it doesn't mean that the material has to come across as political propaganda. Unfortunately, I can't help but feel like I've been at a three hour Occupy Wall Street rally. If you are looking for intuitive, insightful commentary on the current state of the US economy and its challenges, you might want to look elsewhere.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-26-12
    Amazon Customer MARIETTA, GA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Sec. of Labor explains it all so well."
    If you could sum up Beyond Outrage in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, enlightening, factual


    Have you listened to any of Robert B. Reich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of Robert Reich's best books.


    If you could give Beyond Outrage a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Here is what really is going on with our country and economy... and a look behind the scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Reich is not only a compelling author, he's a great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Milz Wisconsin 06-10-12
    William Milz Wisconsin 06-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great story, lousy editing."
    If you could sum up Beyond Outrage in three words, what would they be?

    good story weak editting


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if it is because of change of ownership or shakeup of editing department, but the quality of Audible.com books has slipped recently. Numerous incidents of "double passages" where one sentence is read and immediately followed by same portion of authors text with minor change of word or two. Ends up being "double speak". Not at all up to the former standard of quality of audio books.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 03-28-16
    Laurel 03-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great analysis!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Robert Reich gives a thoughtful and well-documented analysis of the policies of the past 30 years that have widened the divide between the wealthiest and the middle class in the United States.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Robert Reich's analysis is playing out in the current presidential election.


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    Misha 12-27-15
    Misha 12-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not Reich's best"
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    I love Robert Reich, but of the several books of his that I have read, this is by far the worst. "Supercapitalism", for instance, is a five star book, but don't waste your time on "Beyond Outrage".

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    Andrew J. 10-15-15
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    "Outrageously important"

    Excellent analysis of society's biggest problem with specific policy recommendations for addressing the root causes of the problem.

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    Albert Best 08-15-15
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    "Wonderful"

    Wonderful book. Must read (or listen) for all Americans to have an idea how the U.S. economy has shifted towards a system that favors the rich, how this is ruining the U.S. democracy, and how to fix it. Passionately narrated by Robert Reich, and very well preformed. The only issue is the length of the chapters in the audio version. Could've been divided into sections for easier browsing. Perfect otherwise.

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    Rebecca 05-29-15
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    "An excellent book"

    Reich's writing and narration is excellent. Explained in very down to earth terms in a tone that is thoughtful and confident of the facts presented, Reich leads the listener through the lists of problems our democracy faces and explains what can be done to correct them. Thank you Mr. Reich for an excellent book that leaves one with hope that even the average citizen can still influence change in our country.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "UNDERSTANDING HOW THE US GOVERNMENT OPERATES"

    Great Factual Book By Robert B. Reich. Please read or listen to the book. The people no longer control government.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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