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  • 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America

  • And Four Who Tried to Save Her
  • By: Brion McClanahan
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Of the 44 presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? Brion McClanahan, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers and The Founding Fathers' Guide to the Constitution, will surprise listeners with his list, which he supports with exhaustive and entertaining evidence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting but don't be gullible

  • By James on 02-03-17

Very interesting but don't be gullible

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I think this book is very interesting and thought provoking but the reader needs to recognize that actual facts, alternate facts (falsehoods), and the authors opinions are all presented as facts. The reader needs to know that the author works for Breitbart and his opinions and comments reflect Breitbart's views.

Mr. McClanahan states over and over that actions taken by certain Presidents do not conform to the way the "founding generation" viewed and interpreted the Constitution. At the same time he says that George Washington & John Adams were the first Presidents to violate the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson had to correct their errors. He doesn't acknowledge that all three men were part of the founding generation and that opinions of the founding fathers were far from uniform.

He takes a very strict literal interpretation of the Constitution. The President should only veto a bill if it is unconstitutional. The President should not follow a law if he thinks it is unconstitutional. He should make that decision himself because the Supreme Court Judges are political appointees and will not make unbiased decisions. As proof of this he cites one decision regarding a law (can't remember which one) that he knows is unconstitutional but the Supreme Court decided 8-1 that it was constitutional. Of course there is no chance that he is wrong and the eight judges might be right.

Some of the "unconstitutional" actions that he cites: Lincoln fighting the civil war to keep the south from seceding, restrictions implemented in the child labor laws in the early 1900's, anti-trust laws in the early 1900's, food and meat inspections in the early 1900's conducted by the Food Administration (predecessor to the FDA), the income tax, workplace safety laws and all the regulations passed by OSHA, all environmental laws and regulations, etc.

All of that being said, the book does make you think. Just make sure you recognize he is pushing a political agenda in the same way that Oliver Stone is pushing a political agenda. It's just on the other end of the political spectrum.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Billion Dollar Spy

  • A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
  • By: David E. Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top-secret Soviet research and development in military technology that was totally unknown to the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling as historical thriller, character study

  • By Mr. Pointy on 08-25-15

Very detailed

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

A very detailed review of activities. Some people may find it boring but I enjoyed it immensely. As an example, the number and type of cameras that were given to Tolkachev by the CIA at each meeting was specified.

  • Female Domination

  • Short Stories: Volume I
  • By: Constance Pennington Smythe
  • Narrated by: Miss Erica Kent
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Female Domination - Short Stories: Vol I is the first short story anthology from erotic author Constance Pennington Smythe. This work contains six short stories of chastity, cuckolding, giantesses, and more; all with the themes of Female Domination and male submission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By James on 02-10-15

Not my cup of tea

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-15

Would you try another book from Constance Pennington Smythe and/or Miss Erica Kent?

No I don't think so. Every story had the basic premise that the female despised the male submissive and had only contempt for them. The males only emotion was one of fear. There was no affection and definitely no love.

If you’ve listened to books by Constance Pennington Smythe before, how does this one compare?

This is the first of her books I've listened to.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's pacing was hard for me to get comfortable with. The whiny voice for all the submissives was irritating.

Any additional comments?

If your kink is having the female loathe the male then you will probably like the book. If it is more toward the female and male having some affection for each other you will not like the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful