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Marshall Lawrence

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  • Impeachment

  • An American History
  • By: Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

In the first book to consider these three presidents alone (Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton), and the one thing they have in common, Jeffrey Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than it is a legal verdict. The Constitution states that the president, "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors," leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May not scratch your personal itch, but read it anyway!

  • By Marshall Lawrence on 11-17-18

May not scratch your personal itch, but read it anyway!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

A deep dive into the history of presidential impeachment in the U.S. Very well researched and thoughtfully written. This country is almost certainly headed for another impeachment inquiry. We need to better understand what impeachment is and what it is not, and how to evaluate not only the circumstances where such actions are warranted, but also to evaluate when we are better off as a people to let the ballot box decide the ultimate fate of a president’s continued employment in the service of the people.

This book is not an easy one to read because it is history and requires the ability to follow the narrative very closely in order to fully understand the facts and outcomes of each case. But if you make the effort you will be rewarded with greater depth of insight into both the process and the pitfalls of presidential impeachment. I urge every citizen to read this book. Now.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Just outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I’ve listened to several biographies by D. k. Goodwin and have never been disappointed. But there was something about this book and the way it contrasted the leadership styles of these four great presidents, and how they faced their biggest challenges that made this particular volume particularly powerful!

The narrations were also wonderful and helped keep the story threads clearly defined.

At this time in the life of our republic we NEED to see what real, innovative, powerful leadership looks like! This book does that beautifully, powerfully, and memorably.

Just get it! You will thank me!

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

Just outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This guy was there! He knows what he’s talking about and I found the book riveting, compelling — and terrifying!

  • Chasing Hillary

  • Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
  • By: Amy Chozick
  • Narrated by: Amy Chozick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

For nearly a decade, Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's front-row seat, initially at the Wall Street Journal covering Mrs. Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign, and then at the New York Times where she was assigned "The Hillary Beat", set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of her twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined to Clinton's presidential ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED it ...

  • By Gail on 04-30-18

Too much vulgarity for me!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I would never have purchased this book if I had been informed of the level of vulgarity in it. Ms Chozick is a very skilled writer and this is a personal memoir primarily about her years covering Hilary Clinton’s two runs for the White House. She is certainly entitled to compose this book any way she wants. It’s a very personal story and she is absolutely free to place it in her own voice. But I am among the millions of people who have a visceral negative reaction to crude and vulgar language. If the sales blurb on this Audible book had warned me about the language, I just didn’t see it. I still might have purchased the book even with that knowledge, but it would have been nice to have been able to factor that information into my purchase decision. That’s one reason I’m writing this review - as a warning to others who also find it emotionally difficult to read/hear such vulgar language.

That being said, I found this book to be interesting, revealing, and insightful both as a fan of solid journalism and a student of the political process. I learned much from this book and the author is masterful at bringing the reader along with her on the campaign trail. It’s also a touching personal story about the struggle and the sacrifices, both large and small, that good reporters must be willing to bear in their pursuit of the stories we citizens must rely on to make informed political decisions. Journalism is a messy process and it’s practitioners don’t always get the story right, but they are vital to health of this republic. This author strikes me as one of the “good” ones, both in terms of talent and perspective. From now on, though, I’ll stick to her well crafted stories in the NY Times and forgo her vulgarity laced memoirs.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrecking Crew

  • The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
  • By: Kent Hartman
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Juke Box Documentary

  • By Dubi on 03-31-14

Terrific stories of 60’s & 70’s hits

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

If you thought the Monkee’s were the only 60’s band that didn’t play on their own recordings, you’re quite wrong. Most of those bands played on the road but their studio recordings were played by session musicians. In LA the hot players were informally known as the Wrecking Crew and here are the stories of the great records they cut. If you lived & loved the music of this era and you want to know how these great tunes were made, this us the book for you! NOTE: There is also a wonderful 2 hr documentary movie available by the same name where you see some of these players and hear their work. Highly recommend that, too!

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,020

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Self pity & blame, but some great insights!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Hearing about this past election from Hillary’s perspective was valuable and interesting. Yes, she blames many things and people in this book, most notably Comey. But this book is also at times inspiring and really revealing about the extent of and the specific kind of Russian interference in the election. Very worth reading for that reason alone.

Even if she is wearing her heart on her sleeve sometimes, it’s an important read, even if you voted against her.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Church History in Plain Language

  • Fourth Edition
  • By: Bruce L. Shelley
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

With more than 315,000 print copies sold, this is the story of the church for today’s listeners. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic audiobook that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In depth and fascinating

  • By J. Pegg on 05-16-15

I loved this!

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Reviewed: 04-19-15

Outstanding book giving an overview of church history from a fair minded viewpoint. Will help you gain a real sense of the scope and the intellectual journey of the Christian from its foundations to today. Very happy with this purchase.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful