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Colin Wright

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  • Democracy in Chains

  • The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
  • By: Nancy MacLean
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read if you believe in democracy

  • By H. L. Nelson on 10-11-17

Explains What We Now See in GOP

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-19

This book confirms the philosophical force behind the attempted destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and Public Education.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,973
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,202

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Great Mass Murder Tale All True

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

As a Texan with relatives who had history in Oklahoma, this is a tragic tale of greed, evil, criminality, and mass murder against the Osage tribe by a corrupt state and federal cabal. Will keep you riveted from start to finish.

  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

"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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward and Disappointing

  • By Amit M on 10-04-18

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 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

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 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

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 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

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 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

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 10,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,680

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).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

Great Fiction Based on Biographical Truth

Overall
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 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

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
  • This is an important book

  • By Tintin on 12-09-17

Everyone Needs To Hear This.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
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 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119

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.