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  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,991

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

When Science Competes with Pop Culture

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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: 12-02-18

The cosmology is pretty good however I find Brian Greene more informative and a lot less concerned with his pop culture stature. deGrasse Tyson can be condescending (while using faulty logic) when he says things like this recent tweet of his, “Scientists & engineers launched “InSight” from Earth (a moving platform) across 300million miles to arrive where Mars (a moving target) will be seven months later, landing safely to do geophysics at the Martian equator. And you have a problem listening to us about climate change?”

To illustrate just how bad his logic is, what if Insight crashed and burned like so many other missions, would that mean we can’t trust or believe scientists?

He’s a bright man when it comes to cosmology but it appears that his pursuit of pop culture status, and all the money that it brings, has affected his argumentative reasoning.

"In science, ideology tends to corrupt, absolute ideology corrupts absolutely."
— Robert Nesbit

  • Knowledge and Decisions

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work

  • By Doug on 12-08-12

How the Political Class Evolved in America

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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: 10-30-18

This is a classic that, sadly, is timeless. It would have been nice to look back on this book’s writings as no longer relevant but this is not the case. This book is still essential reading as the ideas observations and conclusions are as true today as they were when written.

  • The Art of the Argument

  • Western Civilization's Last Stand
  • By: Stefan Molyneux
  • Narrated by: Stefan Molyneux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too bad

  • By Jason on 09-11-18

Argument vs Sophistry

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Any additional comments?

The author argues that the Argument is the basis for the creation and the progress of western civilization: the Argument that is built methodically from true premises and logical conclusions, where truth is derived from deductive or inductive reasoning. The author argues that sophistry is the antithesis of the Argument therefore the sophists have been and continue to be the only real threat to the Argument and therefore western civilization. This book is rich in logic and supporting evidence in a methodical march to making his case for the Argument. My observations from experience and thought, over many years, have lead me to many of the same conclusions albeit with far less skill and elegance than the author. If you want to argue with the sophists (and you should) this book will help you in making the Argument.

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • By: Alex Epstein
  • Narrated by: Alex Epstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging the Status Quo

  • By Ryan E. on 08-20-16

The Title of the Book is Perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Any additional comments?

The author makes the case that human progress is a moral endeavor and that fossil fuels have been the only reasonable source of energy for that progress and that they will be for the foreseeable future.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brainwashed

  • How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth
  • By: Ben Shapiro, David Limbaugh - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

When parents send their children off to college, Mom and Dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute - able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From 2010, but still current

  • By Katarina on 02-25-18

Essential Reading before Selecting a University

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Any additional comments?

The author, Ben Shapiro, wrote this book when he was around age nineteen or twenty, really quite amazing. If you are planning to send your young skull full of mush to a university it would be a good idea for you and your kid to read this book before you choose a school — be an informed parent and consumer. There are many fine schools out there that do not go the route of liberal indoctrination, schools that instead teach the tools of critical thinking. Having these tools will give your kid an enormous advantage over those that have only the reflexive narratives of indoctrination and brainwashing.

"Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too."
~ Voltaire

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Bullies

  • How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans
  • By: Ben Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Ben Shapiro uncovers the simple strategy used by liberals and their friends in the media: bully the living hell out of conservatives. Play the race card, the class card, the sexism card. Use any and every means at your disposal to demonize your opposition - to shut them up. Then pretend that such bullying is justified because, after all, conservatives are the true bullies and need to be taught a lesson for their intolerance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • i wish shapiro narrated it

  • By michelle on 03-25-17

Outstanding Explanation of How Bullies Operate

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Any additional comments?

From their hate-night rant shows to their political message, ‘You are either with us or you are an irredeemable deplorable homophobic xenophobe dark divisive dangerous racist.’ There is one overriding objective for these bullies: they don't care about winning the arguments, they care only about banning the arguments. Ben Shapiro clearly concisely and intellectually chronicles the story of how these bullies operate and succeed in banning the arguments.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Smear

  • How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda - an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cancer metastasizing...

  • By MJ on 08-05-17

The Death of Integrity in American Journalism

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

The self destruction of American journalism is now complete with their unfettered adoption of the smear to affect a political outcome. They all want to be the one to "change the world," well they have, and it's not pretty.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Witness

  • By: Whittaker Chambers
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history about Communism

  • By Susan on 03-04-10

Outstanding, a timeless work about the philosophy of morality.

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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: 07-30-17

This is a deep dive into morality with the bonus of being very well written.

  • Intellectuals and Race

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 364

Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense - one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light. The book explores the incentives, the visions, and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups but for societies as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply superb

  • By Joseph Ivy on 01-28-14

Another Great Work From Thomas Sowell

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

If you could sum up Intellectuals and Race in three words, what would they be?

All sound arguments.

What other book might you compare Intellectuals and Race to and why?

Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell. This book covers the broad topic of intellectuals in society (hence the title) whereas Intellectuals and Race focusses on race (hence the title).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Inconvenient Truth.

Any additional comments?

Reading this book is like attending lectures in social and political theory by Dr. Sowell. He is a master of taking what are seemingly complicated economic, social, and political issues and explaining them with the clarity and reason that is mostly absent from the intelligentsia.

  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

  • An International Perspective
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

  • By Steven Schardein on 10-02-15

Outstanding Content

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

The content of this book is comprehensive and presented with great efficiency. The author does not waste any time. One of my favorite quotes from the book: "When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help your self, you tell them what they want to hear."