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Jacob Billings

DECATUR, GA, United States
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  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

A must read.

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Reviewed: 07-19-18

As emotionally difficult to read as it was valuable. Opens and tends to old wounds.

  • Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: James Gordon Finlayson
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Jürgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher. This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work. It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete applications in the fields of ethics, politics, and law. Finally, it examines how Habermas' social and political theory informs his writing on real, current political and social problems. The author explores Habermas's influence on a wide variety of fields - including philosophy, political and social theory, cultural studies, sociology, and literary studies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent introduction to a very difficult philosophical project

  • By Richard on 11-18-15

Really very good

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Reviewed: 07-11-18

A round view of Habermas' theory. Good for discovering a positive and progressive political science.

  • Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy

  • By: Pamela Radcliff, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Pamela Radcliff
  • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Consider the intense and rapid changes that transformed the political, social, and economic struggles of the world during the 20th century: the first flight and space flight, the Manhattan Project and the Welfare State, Nietzsche and Freud, the Great Depression and inflation, moving pictures and home computers, the Cold War and terrorism - and war and peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophical differences aside, well worth it!

  • By Lance on 01-09-14

What a tour!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

It's funny how many histories there are, and how many I looked away from in high school. Professor Radcliff developes a thorough examination of western modernity. I am happy to have caught up!

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,513

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Critical reading for the modern thinker

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Reviewed: 03-21-16

Harari synthesizes the work from a long line of research into the human condition: from its physical to it's social manafestations. The result is a palatable and informative text that I consider critical reading for any who wonders "Who am I?" or "What does it mean to be human?"

  • Political Order and Political Decay

  • From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

Fukuyama examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding our place thru Poly Sci

  • By Gary on 12-29-14

I am informed.

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Reviewed: 06-19-15

A penetrating survay into governance systems across the world. Well worth the 30 hour commitment as I now feel more up to speed regarding how we have come to the present status quo. This knowledge is critical ro moving forward towards better forms of governance.

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