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Gene W. Brown

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Good Explanation

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Reviewed: 10-07-17

This is a well written story of the 2016 election. Comey, the Press, Russia, and Facebook all played a role in switching the victory to Trump in the last weeks of the race. Trump ran a disgraceful campaign.

3 of 20 people found this review helpful

Terrible But True

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Reviewed: 05-12-16

This book tells the story of how the Elites in our country have taken over the government and both parties. The Democrats are bad and the Republicans are worse in that they are dominated by the business and armament industry who make so much money over our continuous wars, with all of them since WWII being failures and causing blowback. We need to stop it. It isn't working and dooms our future.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Why Congress is Dysfunctional

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Reviewed: 02-09-16

This really helps to explain why the Republicans act as they do. They are getting much of their funding, guidance, and policies from the dark money forces. They are caught in a bind if they seek to compromise with the Democrats, they will likely find themselves confronted with a primary challenger funded by dark money. I agree with Louis Brandeis: "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." This is a very important book and I hope it is widely read.

23 of 32 people found this review helpful

An Unbecoming Story of Regime Changes

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Reviewed: 01-23-16

This is an enlightening account of the Dulles brothers and their work to topple governments in Iran, Guatemala, Vietnam, Indonesia, The Congo, and Cuba using the "Domino Theory" as a guiding philosophy. We had decided that Communism was a threat to our very existence and toppled governments if they only tried to be neutral in the Cold War. We are still living with the repercussions of what they did.

Thank God for Ben Bernanke

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Reviewed: 12-19-15

This is interesting about the "Great Recession" and the Fed's response to it. Due to the insistence of our legislators to mostly use austerity as a response to the recession we were left with the Fed to try to help us. They did it with the bailout of the banks, lowering interest rates to zero, and quantitative easing. Ben Bernanke deserves much credit for saving the economy, contrary to what many on Wall Street and in conservative circles proclaim.

The only criticism I have is we should have sent some of the banks and Wall Street executives to jail as they were culprits in the catastrophe.

This book explains much of what happened. It's a good read.

Excellent, Hopeful Book For the Middle Class

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Reviewed: 12-19-15

The book is about the "Free Market" and how it is not a natural "free" thing but a set of rules shaped by our legislators who have largely been influenced by large corporations, Wall Street, and wealthy individuals. It is not a polemic. Reich is excellent as the narrator.

I hope it gets wide readership. I agree with Reich that the current trend in having a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich may change, but it sure takes the public a long time to catch on. We need a movement.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

Good Book

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Reviewed: 11-05-15

This is all about creating a more equitable society where the middle class can excel and where the poor can be helped out of poverty into productive lives. It requires all kind of changes which will be difficult to enact. It's a complex subject with many facets that have brought us to the inequitable situation that exists. This book would be better understood if read rather than using audible, due to the complexity.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Old Disputes Still Raging

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Reviewed: 11-03-15

This is a well told story of the struggles we have had in the early part of our country to try to square the greed and virtues of capitalism with our ideals of democracy and concern for the welfare of all classes of society. Capitalism has functioned well in providing material comfort but tends to bring wealth to a few and poverty and dependence to many. We are still struggling with many things discussed in the book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Excellent Story of a Great President

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Reviewed: 10-16-15

This is a very interesting read about one of the most turbulent times in American history and of the role of FDR in leading the country out of the Great Depression and through the Second World War. FDR was a complex and highly intelligent President who did a great job leading the nation. His role in helping the British and Russia with Lend Lease early in the war and setting production levels for arms were a key to victory. His belief in self determination for other countries and non belief in colonialism made him an American president highly regarded world wide. He tried to make the government a force for good. He certainly rates on a par with Washington and Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents. His engaging personality, intelligence, and political savvy were key to his success. Brand did a great job portraying his strong points and personal flaws.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good Book about an Incredible Man

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Reviewed: 08-06-15

Napoleon led an amazing life as a military genius. He led France in a period when they dominated Europe on land but not on the sea, that being the province of the English. John Lee is great in the narration of a balanced and overall complementary account of Bonaparte. It is a very enjoyable book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful