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Colin Wright

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  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Knowledge makes life messier

  • By Darwin8u on 10-06-18

Why You Should Love Your Goverment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

From food safety, to emergency preparedness, to agriculture, to weather forecasts, to public safety, to education, to child welfare, to infrastructue, highway safety the government provides invaluable sevice. This book explains why the govt. never receives the credit and is being attacked by powerful business interests for profit.

  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A period that directly affected our world today

  • By Charlotte on 08-29-12

A Bold American Life On a Futile Mission

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

A great American at the twilight of US influence in China. Tuchman was very good at narrative history and biography.

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  • The Road Not Taken

  • Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
  • By: Max Boot
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War. In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908-1987) best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a "hearts and mind" diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America's giant military bureaucracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest look at Vietnam Nam and USA

  • By Catherine on 01-16-18

Wordy But Compelling.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Edward Lansdale was not a paragon of virtue. but he was a skilled operator in Asia. Boot is a bit wordy.

  • The Zimmermann Telegram

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting

  • By Carolyn on 01-17-13

The Road to WWI and the death of US innocence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

A portrait of the American government that we can still recognize 100 years later. The same arguments in every institution on the verge of war.

  • The Plot to Hack America

  • How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election
  • By: Malcolm Nance
  • Narrated by: Gregory Itzin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization's computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation's top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jag3 on 05-24-17

Must Read for Patriots Who Support A Free Republic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

We are the victims of a Russian cyber attack that may be the blueprint for future attacks that destroy our nation.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,649

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything is nothing, with a twist.

  • By Darwin8u on 01-22-17

Great Fiction Based on Biographical Truth

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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Vonnegut tells a great story with a broad paint brush that is his life. And so it goes.

  • Twilight of American Sanity

  • A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump
  • By: Allen Frances
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

More than three years in the making: the world's leading expert on psychiatric diagnosis, past leader of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM ("the bible of psychology"), and author of the influential international best seller on the medicalization of ordinary life, Saving Normal, draws upon his vast experience to deliver a powerful critique of modern American society's collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our bearings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Needs To Hear This.

  • By Colin Wright on 10-31-17

Everyone Needs To Hear This.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

A psychiatrist makes the case that it doesn't matter if Trump is sane. The problem is our sanity. We elected him president knowing who and what he was.

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  • Spam Nation

  • The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime - from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door
  • By: Brian Krebs
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083

In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies - and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks - he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Risky topic, but Br. Krebs hits it out of the park

  • By RRiley on 12-21-14

A Modern Crime Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Crime, cops, and robbers have gone cyber. The Russians are coming to your in box.

  • The Price of Inequality

  • How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An explosion of ideas with no depth

  • By P. Smith on 02-03-15

A Must Read For Every American

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Well written, forcefully sets forth information that is easily understood about a vital topic that will affect us all in this century. In light of the results of the 2016 election it explains the anger of the American electorate, and the conflict that threatens to end the democratic experiment known as the United States of America.

  • The Big Rich

  • The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: James Jenner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough reveals how four Texas oil tycoons transformed America. Rising from humble beginnings through hard work and shrewd dealings, they shifted the balance of power in American politics. While hobnobbing with movie stars and presidents, the Big Rich also created the legend of the swaggering Texas oilman with island hideaways and sprawling ranches.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Houston Oilman

  • By Andrew on 10-12-09

Big Texas Rich, Big Crass, Big Sleazy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Mezmerizing. Especially, for those who grew up in Texas in the Era of the oil booms. An American story of the ruthless pursuit of wealth, and the jaw dropping display of ostentatious, conspicuous, depravity, and consumption.