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  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,503
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,418

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Eye opening storytelling.

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Reviewed: 04-02-19

Thank you Mr Coates for letting us listen to the conversation with your son it widened my perspective.

  • Churchill and Orwell

  • The Fight for Freedom
  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly Written

  • By Jean on 06-11-17

Random find

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Reviewed: 02-25-19

I think this was suggested based on my previous ‘reads’. However it’s not something I would normally pick up. Really glad I did though. Very interesting comparison of two gents that I had never before considered in the same context. It’s also instructive of ensuring that we stay grounded in facts in modern day, as well as how to respond to those facts.

  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

Exceptional Perspective!

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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: 01-18-19

Incredibly timely account of our political history. This book cuts through the hysteria of modern politics and media by focusing on the foundational American values and examine how those values have evolved and solidified over the course of our “Democratic experiment”.

  • No Land's Man

  • A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch
  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 978

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and Thoughtful

  • By The Reading Date on 11-06-14

Exceptional Story

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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: 05-11-16

Great story about a man that I could relate to, despite different backgrounds. Must read!