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  • The CIA as Organized Crime

  • How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World
  • By: Douglas Valentine
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
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    4 out of 5 stars 102

The author of three books on CIA operations, Douglas Valentine began his research into the agency's activities when CIA director William Colby gave him free access to interview agency officials who had been involved in various aspects of the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. It was a permission Colby was to regret. The CIA would eventually rescind it and made every effort to impede publication of The Phoenix Program, which documented an elaborate system of population surveillance, control, entrapment, imprisonment, torture, and assassination in Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • everything you need to know

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-03-17

Deeper understanding

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

Excellent narration. Very informative. I recommend reading this book to all who want a deeper understanding.

  • Predator Nation

  • Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America
  • By: Charles H. Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
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Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest. Over the last several decades, the United States has undergone one of the most radical social and economic transformations in its history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book on the Financial Collapse

  • By Jeremy on 05-27-12

Knowledge is power. Stop buying the bullshit.

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Reviewed: 06-15-18

brilliantly narrated by Ben Shapiro. very telling on where our country is headed. however it doesn't take a genius to know that we're heading towards even more consolidation of wealth and power.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,816
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,331
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,260

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

FOR EVERY FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT!!!

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Reviewed: 06-08-18

Thank you J.D. Vance. I scored an 8 for adverse childhood experiences. I hold two bachelors degrees and I like you have made the American dream. An answer to my question why can't I just be normal?! You give me clarity. I have a great feeling and a new purpose.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,285
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,575
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,605

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly depressing.

  • By Garret on 04-06-17

Classic

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Reviewed: 06-02-18

Great book far beyond it's time. Very applicable in today's world past, present, and future.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Great history of the operating room

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Reviewed: 04-26-18

Excellent read for those working in surgery or anesthesia. The operating theater surely has come a long way.

  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tommy on 08-17-12

Straight wisdom

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Reviewed: 04-05-18

Excellent book. His vision and philosophy was far beyond his time. Many many take aways to apply in everyday life.

  • Coming Apart

  • The State of White America, 1960–2010
  • By: Charles Murray
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better read

  • By cati on 07-18-16

Simplify simplify.

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Reviewed: 03-11-18

At times due to mass statistics it's hard to keep interest but the end shows the truth.

  • The Plot to Kill King

  • The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • By: Dr. William F. Pepper Esq.
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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William Pepper was James Earl Ray's lawyer in the trial for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., and even after Ray's conviction and death, Pepper continues to adamantly argue Ray's innocence. This myth-shattering expose is a revised, updated, and heavily expanded volume of Pepper's original best-selling and critically-acclaimed book of the same name, with 26 years of additional research included. The result reveals dramatic new details of the night of the murder, the trial, and why Ray was chosen to take the fall for an evil conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening

  • By MJ in LA on 07-20-17

Very informative!

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

Learned many new facts on the case. Not surprised Dr. King was eliminated by cowards who control the narrative. Not surprised about the disinformation. My eyes are wide open. Open yours and see the real truth.

  • American Desperado

  • My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account

  • By aaron on 12-05-11

Sad it had to end this way. DAMN!

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Reviewed: 08-08-17

John told some story that made me shake my head and lol! Read this shit!!

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 7,994
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,381
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    5 out of 5 stars 7,359

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

What an amazing story!

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Reviewed: 07-31-17

I couldn't stop listening. Brilliant work weaving together the story from all angles. Crazy how greed and power can blind someone into thinking they are untouchable. Wow just wow and at the same time DAMN!

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