Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.
This books takes the reader on a gut-wrenching history of how our police forces have transformed from 'serve and protect' to a militantly aggressive force to carry out the will of politicians and bureaucrats. Like the instructions on how to boil a frog slowly by gradually increasing water temperature, Radley Balko describes how decade by decade the role and actions of the police has changed starting from the 1970s and leading up to 2012. He explains in clear terms how politics made incremental decisions to seemingly enhance the ability of police to combat the War of Drugs. And how this direction, along with normal human forces led to the increased militarization of our police in opposition to the intent of the Constitution. And lastly, though poignant stories, how these changes have led to the loss and disruption of innocent American lives and the loss of our freedoms.
At the same time he highlights how these changes have not made us safer, either from the drug trade and more disturbingly from the people who are supposed to protect us, the police. Mr. Balko avoids painting the police as 'bad', rather he outlines how this change has occurred and why the results should have been expected. He lays the blame on the system that the politicians have created and ends by outlining some steps that can be taken to reclaim our civil liberties and make ourselves safer. I heartily recommend this book to everyone, especially those who want to understand the current state of affairs in policing and why there are some many recent problems, especially with minority communities.
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When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel", and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style.
What did you love best about The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm?
I found it interesting to hear the original folk tales and see how much they had, or hadn't changed, down through the ages. Many of the stories had a darker sense, which I knew in general, but not the specifics.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm?
I was surprised how bloody the original Cinderella story was. It left me curious if that level of 'bloodiness' was just normal during those days or if there was a special message in it.
Any additional comments?
I wish there had been more added commentary and analysis of the changes in the tales, i.e., how and why the stories were changed, placed right after each tale was read, however I realize that this was beyond the scope of this book.
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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
What did you love best about As You Wish?
I enjoyed hearing the tales of production of a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. Its not a deep story. Just a fun listen that sparked good memories. It made me want to go back and watch the movie again to see if I can notice some of the tidbits Cary talks about.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Hearing from the various actors, director, and producer in their own voices added to the intimacy of the book. It was a little like listening in on a private conversation between the players.
In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that the coming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling Energy Internet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the point where the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero, making them essentially free.
Would you try another book from Jeremy Rifkin and/or David Cochran Heath?
I was expecting an analysis of the impact that lower, close to zero marginal costs would have on businesses since the subtitle of the book included 'the eclipse of capitalism', but what I got was stories about how certain segments were seeing a rise of the collaborative commons. I don't disagree that these changes are occurring, but if anyone has paid attention to technology in society than they would already be aware of most of these stories.
What was lacking was a substantive analysis of how these changes would proceed. Instead there were general statements that the collaborative commons would push capitalism aside into a minor role in society. Mr. Rikfin never explains why that will happen. He doesn't provide any evidence that people will move from a profit seeking system to a 'good for all' system other than stories where this has happened in limited spaces.
There was also one major flaw in his economics and it was made right at the beginning and is key to his argument that capitalism is doomed. He states that price should equal marginal cost and thus as marginal cost gets close to zero then price will also get close to free. However economic theory states that marginal revenue equals marginal cost. As the president of a high-tech company I can state that this is also the principal that drives ours and our competitors' practices. This means that price will probably NOT go to zero even when marginal costs do. One just has to look at ebooks to find a mature industry that is already at near zero costs and prices are not zero (excluding promotions). If zero prices and the end of capitalism hasn't occurred in this industry why will it happen elsewhere.
Mr. Rifkin never tries to make a convincing case that it will. Instead he makes comments on why capitalism is bad, even though he grudgingly (it seems to me) admits that it has done more good than any other economic system. He seems to have a blind faith that the collaborative commons is a better system because it puts people and sharing first.
I'd be willing to place a bet that capitalism will be around longer than Mr. Rifkin believes, even if it is in a modified form. After all many of the positive stories that Mr. Rifkin talks about were initiated by capitalist companies, such as ride-sharing.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I had to play the book at 1.5 speed to maintain my interest. Part of this was the lack for substantive content, some was the narration.
Any additional comments?
In the end this was a very disappointing book especially written by someone who is supposed to be an adviser to government leaders. It was a struggle to listen to the entire book, but I did hoping there would be more 'meat' at the end. Unfortunately there wasn't so this will be the first Audible book I return for a refund.
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