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  • The History of Ancient Rome

  • By: Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Garrett G. Fagan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
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Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-Done

  • By Ark1836 on 05-02-17

awesome

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Reviewed: 09-25-16

It starts out a little slow and explains the duller functions of government and power structures but is overall very thorough and entertaining. recommend

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to focus on impact instead of risk

  • By E. Smakman on 05-03-13

Amazing! Significant! Massive!

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Reviewed: 07-07-16

An amazing book on practical philosophy. This book is packed from start to finish with useful concepts that you've probably never heard of. An entire handbook of rules of thumb and perspectives on topics that will make you want to apply them to your life ASAP.

It'll likely change the way you look at everything, giving you new standards to judge things by that you never would have considered, or only vaguely felt instinctively. Antifragile adds a new layer to your thinking you won't let go of, and helps you shed other ways of thinking that aren't useful or are actually harmful.

  • Suicide of the West

  • An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism
  • By: James Burnham
  • Narrated by: Phillip J. Sawtelle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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Through studious research into past civilizations, Burnham diagnoses the 20th century and finds it afflicted with destructive, even "suicidal" tendencies - all of which arise from the “Liberal syndrome” and its inherent applications. The book explores several important questions, including why Liberalism clashes with Christianity and how Liberalism is a root cause of race riots and the rapid growth in crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Future is Now!

  • By John on 11-12-12

amazing

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Reviewed: 06-24-16

spot on critique of the liberal ideology from a dispassionate observational perspective. uses a lot of illustrative examples to back up the patterns he notices. frightening conclusion that will change how you see liberalism forever.

  • Adios, America

  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
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Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants - all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that's tearing the country apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alarming look at the future of America

  • By Captain Funky Junk on 03-13-18

please get this!

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Reviewed: 06-20-16

the most important book you've never read. Ann highlights why immigration (legal and illegal) is the topic of the century, and why all other issues are secondary.

this book if especially important if you're not in a state like California or Texas where the problems sudden massive influxes of foreign cultures are made apparent.

this is the book that inspired Donald Trump to run, and after listening you'll understand his positions and strong rhetoric a lot better

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  • Inner Christianity

  • A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition
  • By: Richard Smoley
  • Narrated by: Richard Smoley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
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Definitively read by author Richard Smoley, this audio version of Inner Christianity brings a clear understanding to the listener of the complex universe of esoteric knowledge. Topics include esoteric orders past and present, inner traditions, Sophia and Mary, and Gnosticism, as well as well as the mystical body of Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a modern classic for the esoteric

  • By Allen on 04-17-13

great introduction

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Reviewed: 06-17-16

I've dabbled in esotericism, gnosticism, and Christian mysticism for a few years now, and I wish i had come across this earlier. Smoley explains all the central concepts and answers a lot of questions a beginner might have in a straightforward way that anyone can understand. it may not be the best intro for a skeptic, since it kind of assumes your mind is already open to these concepts, but if you have a sincere interest in this topic, this is the book I'd start with.

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • A Book for All and None
  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Christopher Oxford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra is one of the most extraordinary - and important - texts in Western philosophy. It was written by Friedrich Nietzsche between 1883 and 1885. He cast it in the form of a novel in the hope that his urgent message of the 'death of God' and the rise of the superman (Ubermensch) would have greater emotional as well as intellectual impact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration!

  • By Judd on 06-06-16

Great Narration!

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Reviewed: 06-06-16

I grabbed this version because the more popular version had complaints regarding the narration, and I couldn't be happier.

The narrator does all the different voices from old women to donkeys. He's very expressive and doesn't hold back. Very engaging for such a massive work. I finished it in 2 days.

Bravo to Christopher Oxford!

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