Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist.
As a political and news junkie, most of the information in the book wasn't new to me but I think that Matt added his own perspective to the descriptions and commentary that made it funny and smart. I am not a fan of liberal media types whether they call themselves independent journalists or CNN Expert. I take this book as a piece of a different perspective on the 2016 Presidential campaign.
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As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.
It is a gripping account of generations of people born into despotism but yearning to be free. To think for themselves, write poems of what they like and love. The loss of his friend was sad but, it goes to show that we cannot accept defeat, we cannot abandon our courage because we are examples for others. Today's generation of Americans and similar stable societies to be grateful of how good they got it
At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.
I love the performance more than the story. I think the title is false advertising. Apart from dog eating dog, there is basically no cannibal story other than rumor of cannibalism
Today's political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is a look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!
Once I started listening, I couldn't listen to anything else till I finished. Great story, great narration.
A year after the disappearance and commencement of the international search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, no sign of the plane has been found - no debris, no bodies, no sign of the much-talked-about black box. Richard Belzer, George Noory, and David Wayne want to know why.
Nothing new about MH370. It is rehashing discredited conspiracy theories. As I finished listening to this, a part of what is believed to be MH370 have just been found washed ashore, I guess we are closer to knowing what happened and who is hiding what.
On September 12th, 2012, Brandon Webb learned Glen Doherty, one of his closest friends and his former Navy SEAL teammate, was killed alongside Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and two other Americans when the U.S. State Department and CIA headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, were sieged in a shocking terrorist attack.
Part sounded interesting but I have wide knowledge of international relations and military battlefield issues so it was not surprising what I heard. Part of it sounded like conspiracy theory though. But worth the money
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Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.
Maybe I missed it, but I did not get to hear what became of her. I have some issue of veracity about some of the things said because I have some knowledge of Saudi Arabia and Islamic traditions. Example, the author said that women cannot enter the mosque to pray, that is not correct. Every mosque has a partition in the back for women to pray at the same time as men. At home, women will pray behind the men.
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"Lebanon" Levi Stoltzfus, star of the hit Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a sizzling tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider's view of this fascinating and secretive society.
It's basically a narration of the show. Not that much new information or blockbuster scandals or taboo revealed.
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