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  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution | Chris Anderson

    Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
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    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
  • Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

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    • By Francis Fukuyama
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    Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution | Ayn Rand,Peter Schwartz

    Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

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    • By Ayn Rand, Peter Schwartz
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
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    In the 1960s and early '70s, the most prominent, vocal cultural movement was the New Left: a movement that condemned America and everything it stood for: individualism, material wealth, science, technology, capitalism.

    Mica says: "Extreemly relevant to our current climate"
  • The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World | Jeremy Rifkin

    The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeremy Rifkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
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    Author Jeremy Rifkin presents an insider's account of the next great economic era: the Third Industrial Revolution, when a new ethic of sustainability will revolutionize the world we live in.

    Joshua Kim says: "Lamenting "The Third Industrial Revolution""
  • The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution | Charles R. Morris

    The Dawn of Innovation: The First American Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Morris
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    In the 30 years after the Civil War, the United States blew by Great Britain to become the greatest economic power in world history. That is a well-known period in history, when titans like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan walked the earth. But as Charles R. Morris shows us, the platform for that spectacular growth spurt was built in the first half of the century. By the 1820s, America was already the world's most productive manufacturer and the most intensely commercialized society in history.

    Jean says: "How our industries started"
  • A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World: Brief Histories | Thomas Crump

    A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World: Brief Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Thomas Crump
    • Narrated By Philip Bird
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    From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the high water mark of the Victorian era, the world was transformed by a technological revolution the like of which had never been seen before. Inventors, businessmen, scientists, explorers all had their part to play in the story of the Industrial Revolution and in this Brief History Thomas Crump brings their story to life, and shows why it is a chapter in English history that can not be ignored.

  • Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution | Michael Hammer,James Champy

    Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution

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    • By Michael Hammer, James Champy
    • Narrated By Michael Hammer, James Champy
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    No business concept was more important to America's economic revival in the 1990s than reengineering, introduced to the world in Michael Hammer and James Champy's Reengineering the Corporation. Already a classic, this international best seller describes how the radical redesign of a company's processes, organization, and culture can achieve a quantum leap in performance.

    Brian says: "WRONG!!!"
  • Voices of the Powerless: Man and Manufacture: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, and the Industrial Revolution | Melvyn Bragg

    Voices of the Powerless: Man and Manufacture: Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, and the Industrial Revolution

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    • By Melvyn Bragg
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    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg is in urban Lancashire to explore the warp and weft of the Industrial Revolution - how the upheavals of the new mechanisation affected workers who found their traditional trades, like hand-loom weaving, superseded and marginalised by the growth of industrialisation and mechanisation. He looks in particular at the way children were used in both the new trades and in the traditional world of agriculture.

  • 1733. La prima macchina tessile e la rivoluzione industriale [1733: The First Textile Machinery and the Industrial Revolution] | Valerio Castronovo

    1733. La prima macchina tessile e la rivoluzione industriale [1733: The First Textile Machinery and the Industrial Revolution]

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    • By Valerio Castronovo
    • Narrated By Valerio Castronovo, Paolo Di Paolo
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    1733, John Kay brevetta in Inghilterra la spoletta volante che consente di accelerare le operazioni di tessitura e ridurre la manodopera. È a quella data che si fa risalire l’inizio della Rivoluzione industriale. Anche se l’invenzione non ha larga diffusione per vari anni e non permette subito di rendere più spedito l’andamento dell’intero ciclo produttivo, sta di fatto che la spoletta volante inaugura l’era della meccanizzazione.

  • Our Island Story, Volumes 3 & 4: The Next 250 Years - The Loss of the American Colonies - The Industrial Revolution | Henrietta Marshall

    Our Island Story, Volumes 3 & 4: The Next 250 Years - The Loss of the American Colonies - The Industrial Revolution

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    • By Henrietta Marshall
    • Narrated By David Thorn
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    Our Island Story, originally published in 1905 and later updated, details the history of Britain up to World War I (including some myths and legends associated with British history). Author H. E. Marshall based the book on her answers to her children's questions about the history of their "home island" (Great Britain). This combined volume covers the next 250 years and the period from the American Revolution to the Industrial Revolution.

  • The Story of Electricity | Dr. Jack Sanders

    The Story of Electricity

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    • By Dr. Jack Sanders
    • Narrated By Edwin Newman
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    In the 19th century, scientists working with chemistry and magnetism began discovering a rich variety of electrical phenomena. These were to be applied later in inventions including motors, alternating current, radio, batteries, the telephone, and much more. This is the story of a new branch of science that changed the way the world does physical work and the way it controls information, spurring the Industrial Revolution, followed by the Information Age.

    Bryden says: "A great background from first principals"
  • The Dress Lodger | Sheri Holman

    The Dress Lodger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sheri Holman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Fifteen-year-old Gustine is a "dress lodger", a young prostitute who rents a beautiful blue dress from her landlord to attract a higher class of clientele. To make sure she earns her fees and to keep her from running off with his fantastical gown, her pimp has set a malevolent old woman, known only as "the Eye", to follow her through the back alleys of Sunderland.

    Stephanie says: "Mediocre"
  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    This short novel follows the fate of Sissy Jupe, a warm-hearted circus child, and the family that adopts her. Deserted by her ailing father, Sissy is taken into the cold household of the Gradgrind family, which operates a school. The "eminently practical" Thomas Gradgrind believes only in facts and figures and has raised his children accordingly, thoroughly suppressing the imaginative side of their nature, and the consequences are devastating.

  • Hard Times | Charles Dickens

    Hard Times

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    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    One of the most widely read of Dickens' major novels, Hard Times is Dickens' powerful and withering portrait of Coketown, a Lancashire mill town, in the 1840s. The novel is particularly harsh in indicting England's educational system, represented by Thomas Gradgrind, who runs a school in which he focuses on driving wonder, fancy, and imagination from children's minds to be replaced only by facts.

    Rob says: "Absolute Perfection"
  • Charlie Rose: Vali Nasr, Jay Solomon, David Ignatius, Ian Bremmer, Jeremy Rifkin, and Umberto Eco, January 6, 2012 | Charlie Rose

    Charlie Rose: Vali Nasr, Jay Solomon, David Ignatius, Ian Bremmer, Jeremy Rifkin, and Umberto Eco, January 6, 2012

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    A conversation about Iran with Vali Nasr, David Ignatius, and Jay Solomon. Ian Bremmer, a political scientist specializing on U.S. foreign policy. Then, a conversation with Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.

  • An Age of Extremes, 1880-1917, A History of US, Book 8 | Joy Hakim

    An Age of Extremes, 1880-1917, A History of US, Book 8

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    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
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    For the captains of industry ? men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Henry Ford ? the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions.

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