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  • Humanizing the Economy

  • Co-operatives in the Age of Capital
  • By: John Restakis
  • Narrated by: David M. Adams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

At the close of the twentieth century, corporate capitalism extended its reach over the globe. While its defenders argue that globalization is the only way forward for modern, democratic societies, the spread of this system is failing to meet even the most basic needs of billions of individuals around the world. Moreover, the entrenchment of this free market system is undermining the foundations of healthy societies, caring communities, and personal wellbeing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book! Interesting, enjoyable, informative

  • By Alexandra Hopkins on 08-21-17

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 08-30-12

Good ideas and useful information but fails to break free of capitalist paradigm and spends way too much time on prostitution.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Nations Fail

  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • By: Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail"

  • By Joshua Kim on 05-01-12

Misses the forest for the trees

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-12

It appears that the authors like the US and this book is propaganda disguised as scholarly research meant to justify and also downplay US Imperialism. It glosses over the fact that not just some, but all of the natural resources the US enjoys to this day are the result of a massive theft. Much of the labor used to found the US was done by slaves. Much of the labor performed to this day is done by women and minorities who get paid decidedly less to do the same jobs as white men. I say these things not to criticize Americans or anything like that, but to highlight the ridiculousness of a theory of wealth/economics/freedom etc that doesn't address reality. This theory may be scholarly success and a hit with the ivory tower crowd, but its not useful or enlightening to anyone looking for truth.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Karl Marx

  • Das Kapital
  • By: David Ramsay Steele
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged

  • By Jeff on 01-31-12

Hopelessly biased

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

Reviewed: 05-10-12

What would have made Karl Marx better?

It would have been better had the author not been an anti-communist. He made straw man arguments out of Capital, useless book.

Any additional comments?

Author should have tried harder to capture the essence of Marx's work, not refute it (using straw man arguments.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Is About Jesus

  • An Advent Devotional
  • By: Mukkove Johnson
  • Narrated by: Mukkove Johnson
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Many parents struggle with keeping their children focused on God during the Christmas season in a world that is not. Mukkove Johnson's Advent devotional Christmas Is About Jesus puts Christ into every symbol of Christmas, from candy canes to carols. Learn as a family with a different symbol every day from December first to Christmas Eve.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This book is mislabeled

  • By William on 09-21-09

This book is mislabeled

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-09

It should be in the fiction section.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful