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Paul de Jong

San Francisco, CA USA
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  • The Moscow Rules

  • The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
  • By: Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez
  • Narrated by: Wilson Bethel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Antonio Mendez and his future wife, Jonna, were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, tapped their phones, and even planted listening devices within the US embassy. In short, intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever. The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for enthusiasts

  • By Michael on 05-24-19

If you care about costumes this book is for you

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

This reads more like a teen romance novel then a serious investigation of the CIA. This book does not look at the politics, and focuses on costume changes and who told on whom. I kept expecting a point, but there really isn't one. The author talks about differences in management, but barley mentions any of the politics behind it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Not Enough

  • Human Rights in an Unequal World
  • By: Samuel Moyn
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The age of human rights has been kindest to the rich. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared. In its place, market fundamentalism has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies. In this provocative book, Samuel Moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • too many references

  • By Paul de Jong on 01-10-19

too many references

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

instead of a coherent narrative, this book read like a list of references with no story. It makes it nearly impossible to get any value of of this book. what's the point? references belong in the references section of the book, not as the main text. The flat reading doesn't help either... But that may be an impossible task.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Person, No Vote

  • How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • By: Carol Anderson
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100

In her New York Times best seller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Arturo Zendejas on 10-22-18

book is great but conclusion is wrong

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

this is an important book and we need to fight the election fraud. but the conclusion is wrong Russia didn't do it your whole book says Russia didn't do it and then in the conclusion you take Russia out of left field and blame Russia. This is real problem. the Democrats will lose if they focus on Russia we need to focus on the actual election fraud not Russia Russia didn't do it that's what your book is about so who paid you to blame Russia when you know that it was Kemp and the other Republicans mostly. but yes the Democrats in the Hillary Clinton campaign did it to Bernie Sanders and they want to do it again in 2020 so I guess that's why the last chapter is there. it's sad because if we talked about Russia instead of the camps then the Republicans will win more seats and Trump will win a second term. we need to focus on the real problem.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,122

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great story, great listen

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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: 08-06-18

The story is engaging and fun. It feels like something that could easily happen. The author mixes in a lot of recent history.

  • American Amnesia

  • How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich
  • By: Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Like every other prospering democracy, the United States developed a mixed economy that channeled the spirit of capitalism into strong growth and healthy social development. In this bargain, government and business were as much partners as rivals. Public investments in education, science, transportation, and technology laid the foundation for broadly based prosperity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful! Technical at first but a must read for today's political environment!!

  • By Joseph M. Hidalgo on 08-19-16

Every US Citizen needs to read this book

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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: 02-15-18

This book gives the most through, accurate and thought provoking analysis of what happened and what will happen to our progress if we don't change the narrative. why are we where we are how did we get here and what do we need to do are all very well described. please read this book.

the first chapter that describes some symptoms is the least profound of all the chapters. the conclusions in the last 2 chapters are dead on. this should be a required text for all high school students.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,860

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

I'm hooked

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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: 01-08-18

This is one of the best science fiction stories I've experienced in a long time. buying bok 3 now!

  • One Nation After Trump

  • A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported
  • By: E. J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann
  • Narrated by: E. J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. We have never had a president who gave rise to such widespread alarm about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government, to the norms democracy requires, and to the need for basic knowledge about how government works. We have never had a president who raises profound questions about his basic competence and his psychological capacity to take on the most challenging political office in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great book, one drawback...

  • By Sharkbite on 01-15-18

wrong conclusions, wrong medicine

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

The Neoliberal center is what brought us Trump. He is a consequence of the democratic party carrying more about money than people, and tough you correctly point that out, you refuse to even contemplate that the center of the Democratic Party is so unpopular that it lost over 1000 seats in the last 8 years and could not even win against Donald Trump. Calling this sexism and racism is a wrong headed, malicious, counter factual, self serving myth. Elizabeth Warren or Tulsi Gabbard both could have won. It was the arrogance of the Democratic Party that lost. It was not even just Hillary Clinton. The backlash against Obama was about Timothy Geithner, drone strikes, mass evictions, bankers getting of scott free while taking fat bonuses from their no restrictions TARP bailout money, violence against water protectors, police violence against black lives while Obama was present and on and on. The DNC limited debates, they locked out independent voters six months before primaries, they closed polling stations and there is even credible evidence of actual criminal election fraud that was perpetrated during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. 123,000 voters were purged from the Democratic primary in Brookline alone! And this information all pressures WikiLeaks. The real election fraud happened during the primaries and the voters elected Trump because they were too smart to fall for the better of two evils argument again. They drew a line in the sand and the Democratic Party is ignoring it. If not outright criminal, the primaries were most certainly an arrogant, insulting ethical slap in the face to any aware socially conscious person who was really paying attention. This is not fake news and that line in the sand is still there. Unfortunately for all of us, more than 2/3 of the democratic party is on the wrong side of that line and although there may be some gains in 2018, it is not going to be because of the people want to move to the center. 

3 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Adults in the Room

  • My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 169

What happens when you take on the establishment? In Adults in the Room, renowned economist and former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis gives the full, blistering account of his momentous clash with the mightiest economic and political forces on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best listening book ever

  • By Boris on 05-24-18

Every European needs to read this book.

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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: 12-31-17

The Euro has fundamental flaws that were inserted into it's bylaws from the offset. Those are flaws are needlessly damaging the European experiment. This book gets in to the nitty gritty of those flaws and exposes the ridiculous tactics of its institutions. It's an important book.

  • Forces of Nature

  • By: Professor Brian Cox, Andrew Cohen
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Professor Brian Cox uncovers some of the most extraordinary natural events on Earth and in the universe and beyond. From the immensity of the universe and the roundness of Earth to the form of every single snowflake, the forces of nature shape everything we see. Pushed to extremes, the results are astonishing. In seeking to understand the everyday world, the colours, structure, behaviour and history of our home, we develop the knowledge and techniques necessary to step beyond the everyday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated in its simplicity

  • By Philomath on 06-13-17

inspiring!

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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: 12-21-17

Better than science fiction. Science is so fascinating and this book really makes one appreciate it. Thank you!

  • Why Does E=MC2 and Why Should We Care

  • By: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
  • Narrated by: Jeff Forshaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

In one of the most exciting and accessible explanations of The Theory of Relativity in recent years, Professors Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw go on a journey to the frontier of 21st century science to consider the real meaning behind the iconic sequence of symbols that make up Einstein's most famous equation, exploring the principles of physics through everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Good

  • By Ian C Robertson on 11-30-13

Excellent Reading of a Fascinating Tale

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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: 12-04-17

This is one of the best books on this topic I have ever read and Jeff Forshaw reads it with excitement and wonder.