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  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was not so persuaded

  • By Ryan R. Wixom on 02-13-18

A book about persuasion, but I am not convinced...

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-17

This books really does present some interesting concepts of persuasion and how they may have affected the results of the 2016 USA presidential elections. But I cannot help but feel that the author suffers of great bias towards Trump, losing objectivity. Using two of the key concepts discussed by the book, I would say that this book is Scott Adams greatest exercise of confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Soonish

  • Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
  • By: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Narrated by: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research and interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good-ish!

  • By See Reverse on 04-16-18

brilliantly explained

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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: 11-26-17

This is an amazing, funny book that males difficult concepts easy to understand and approachable. Science and its future development has never been so much fun!

  • The Revenge of Geography

  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • By: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Don't They Teach This Stuff?

  • By Carole T. on 02-27-13

Weirdly racist

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I am very fond of geographical analises of history and the new trends onwards, which truly is an under studied and under appreciated craft. However the book often loses its focus and start arguing how Geography is not stopping any of those "scary muslins" that are "coming for us" so we should pay more attention to that.
One of the main arguments of the last chapter literally is that the US should not wear itself down fighting wars in the Middle East because their muslins can't really get to "us", but the Mexicans can and they will ruin "our good culture". It really is a waste of what could have been a good book....
Signed: a latino reader

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Globalization Paradox

  • Democracy and the Future of the World Economy
  • By: Dani Rodrik
  • Narrated by: Mark Whitten
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

In this eloquent challenge to the reigning wisdom on globalization, Dani Rodrik reminds us of the importance of the nation-state, arguing forcefully that when the social arrangements of democracies inevitably clash with the international demands of globalization, national priorities should take precedence. Combining history with insight, humor with good-natured critique, Rodrik’s case for a customizable globalization supported by a light frame of international rules shows the way to a balanced prosperity as we confront today’s global challenges in trade, finance, and labor markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable perspective

  • By Brad R Elledge on 02-11-18

A good but biased book

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

This books raises interesting points that really should be part of any discussion about globalization, but it is ultimately a biased book.
This anti-globalization bias can be seen all over the book, but becomes quite apparent on chapter 7. In this chapter the author argues that well read econonists who know a lot about a lot of things (like the author) argue against globalization, while more dogmatic and pundit minded ones (called hedghogs throughout the chapter) are the only ones who argue for globalization. This argument is soon followed by the tale of how pro-trade economists only think the way they do because they were following the fashionable trend of supporting trade, but fails to acknowledge that anti-trade economists may suffer from the same bias in a world that is becoming more protectionist by the day. These are only the 2 most obvious case of the book biases.
Again: it is a good book, but biased. Readers beware!

  • How Ideas Spread

  • By: Jonah Berger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jonah Berger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great informative content at the cost of a few ads

  • By Fabrizio on 03-30-15

It is a book about marketing.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

I was expecting a more in-depth book about the creation and dissemination of big ideas, such as political views and the rise and fall of ways of thinking. Instead I got a book about marketing. that said, it is a very good book about marketing.

  • Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas [The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas]

  • By: Machado de Assis
  • Narrated by: Rafael Cortez
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

No romance Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, de Machado de Assis, o defunto Brás Cubas conta a história da sua vida a partir do túmulo. O livro é marcado pelo humor, pela ironia e pela ousadia em termos de forma e linguagem.A obra no formato de audiolivro propõe-se a respeitar e a reproduzir as "travessuras" da obra escrita.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Um verdadeiro clássico.

  • By Bruno on 10-03-16

Um verdadeiro clássico.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Há um motivo para esse livro ainda ser popular. A forma que Machado de Assis escreve me lembra muito os filmes de Woody Allen, algo que foi difícil de afastar da mente enquanto escutava a esse livro. Recomendo fortemente, apesar das estranhas notas de violão que resolveram incluir nesse áudio do livro.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful