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  • International Economic Institutions

  • Globalism vs. Nationalism
  • By: Ramon P. DeGennaro, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ramon P. DeGennaro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Since the end of World War II, groups such as the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Union, and G-20 have sprung up with a variety of missions, including promoting trade, ensuring financial stability, eradicating poverty, and advancing sustainable economic growth. Behind these worthy goals is the ultimate aim: preventing the kind of global economic instability that can easily lead to war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, but a little "preachy" for my taste.

  • By Pablo on 06-01-17

OK, but a little "preachy" for my taste.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

The lecturer is a little longer on opinion and shorter on insight than I am used to. If the course is taken as introductory, beware the opinionated content.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Knew

  • The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan
  • By: Sebastian Mallaby
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years - and the presidency, from Reagan to George W. Bush - in a whole new light.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • what about CFMA?

  • By Paul de Jong on 03-05-17

A superb biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-18-17

Much better on Greenspan than anything Greenspan himself wrote. You get a good picture of the great economist and forecaster, the shrewd political operative, and the mistakes he did make, without excuses. Mallaby is an excellent writer -- read also "More Money Than God".

  • Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

  • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church. These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thoughtful and well executed.

  • By Kevin Crabtree on 04-23-15

a great introduction, wonderfully performed

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Reviewed: 09-27-16

Loved every bit of this. highly recommendable introduction to St Augustine's thought. Very good job.

  • Phishing for Phools

  • The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
  • By: George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Useful for a certain audience, but ...

  • By Philo on 02-29-16

An OK book, interesting but lacking in places

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

This seemed to me like a perfunctory effort from two Nobel Prize-winning economists trying to churn out another book together. I understand and sharesome of the theoretical insights, but they are mostly neither new nor particularly insightful. The political bias is clearly visible, I was a little disappointed.

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  • The Aeneid of Virgil

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. And with Professor Vandiver's 12 instructive lectures, you'll enter fully into the gripping tale that Virgil tells. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how he weaves a rich network of compelling human themes. Your encounter with the Aeneid focuses on careful, detailed examinations of the epic's background, main themes, and significant episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consider this preparatory material

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-16

A very compelling lecturer

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-16

I must say that, having listened to Dr Vandiver's lectures on the Iliad and the Odyssey, the second part of the ones on the Aeinid became a little more cumbersome. In any case, a very compelling lecturer, for which I very much recommend this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

  • By: Mark Steinberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Steinberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not story-telling but history-telling at its best

  • By Shah Alam on 10-22-13

A very good introduction to Russian History

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-16

A good introduction, passionately told. The author focuses on ordinary life of Russians; he provides good insight into pop culture and religion.

  • The Courage to Act

  • A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath
  • By: Ben S. Bernanke
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, capping a meteoric trajectory from a rural South Carolina childhood to professorships at Stanford and Princeton, to public service in Washington's halls of power. There would be no time to celebrate, however - the burst of the housing bubble in 2007 set off a domino effect that would bring the global financial system to the brink of meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Way, way deep into the weeds...

  • By farmhouselady on 10-14-15

very good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Bernanke is very hard not to like. a good account of the crisis, but the most remarkable thing is his vlassy way of describing colleagues and situations.

  • America's Bank

  • The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
  • By: Roger Lowenstein
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Until the election of Woodrow Wilson the United States - alone among developed nations - lacked a central bank. Ever since the Revolutionary War, Americans had desperately feared the consequences of centralizing the nation's finances under government control. However, in the aftermath of a disastrous financial panic, Congress was persuaded - by a confluence of populist unrest, widespread mistrust of bankers, ideological divisions, and secretive lobbying - to approve the landmark 1913 Federal Reserve Act.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important and Intriguing

  • By Jean on 11-02-15

A good account, but easy on the "epic"

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-16

A good account of a part of US and world financial history that I didn't know well. Good portraits of Aldridge, Warburg, Andrew, Davidson, Glass, Untermeier, Wilson. A little weaker on Strong and McAdoo, but then again they became more prominent later. Recommendable.

But easy on the Lowenstein-esque attempts at drama. This was a historic bill, no doubt, and there were odds against it, but exaggeration can become hard to bear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Traitor to His Class

  • The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A sweeping, magisterial biography of the man generally considered the greatest president of the 20th century, admired by Democrats and Republicans alike. Traitor to His Class sheds new light on FDR's formative years, his remarkable willingness to champion the concerns of the poor and disenfranchised, his combination of political genius, firm leadership, and matchless diplomacy in saving democracy in America during the Great Depression and the American cause of freedom in World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent biography

  • By Pablo on 12-04-15

Excellent biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-15

HW Brands is an outstanding biographer. I have read Reagan's as well, and obe emerges with the same feeling of knowing the man, his Presidency, and American history. Good work!

  • Inside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Profiting in the Global Markets

  • By: Steven Drobny, Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

This updated edition of Inside the House of Money lifts the veil on the typically opaque world of hedge funds, offering a rare glimpse at how today's highest paid money managers approach their craft. Now with new commentary, author Steve Drobny takes you even further into the hedge fund industry. He demystifies how these star traders make billions for their well-heeled investors, revealing their theories, strategies and approaches to markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Top of the list

  • By XEVEN on 09-22-13

Good accounts

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

I read this after reading Invisible Hands, also by Drobny. This time the interbiews were signed, which was a good thing. You learn a lot through these accounts. I think listening to these interviews is the best way to approach this area of expertise.

Again, though, what's with the different accents?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful