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  • The Chickenshit Club

  • Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives
  • By: Jesse Eisinger
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "too big to fail" to almost every large corporation in America - to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond. The Chickenshit Club - an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs - explains why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes Perfect Sense to Me

  • By circa24 on 10-07-18

Everyone must read

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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: 04-05-19

Everyone must read to understand our justice system. You will be furious at times, but this look inside justice is worth it.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich
    
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    3,080 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  • By: Ramit Sethi
  • Narrated by: Ramit Sethi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603

At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behavioral approach to money sets this book apart

  • By Erica on 03-08-11

A solid starter book

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

In spite of the author's corny jokes, this is a real solid book for folks getting started.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Enough

  • Why the World's Poorest Starve in An Age of Plenty
  • By: Roger Thurow, Scott Kilman
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

For more than 30 years, humankind has known how to grow enough food to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet while the Green Revolution succeeded in South America and Asia, it never got to Africa. More than 9 million people every year die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases every yearmost of them in Africa and most of them children. More die of hunger in Africa than from AIDS and malaria combined. Now, an impending global food crisis threatens to make things worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good backgrounding for hunger issues

  • By Andrea on 06-17-11

Enlightening

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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: 09-24-15

And frustrating too. A reminder how interconnected everything is. And how lobbying and politics really muck things up horribly for people around the world.

  • While America Aged

  • By: Roger Lowenstein
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Roger Lowenstein explains how corporations and governments ran up ruinous pension and health-care promises to workers - promises that are now coming due and that will hit America like a tsunami if nothing is done.

Negotiating high benefits means gambling with future finances - and when the farm gets sold out from underneath major corporations or public institutions, it affects all of us, and in ways we might not imagine. With his trademark narrative panache, Lowenstein unravels the truth about how pensions work in America and illuminates the impending crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A dry departure from L's usual page turner, but

  • By CWALL on 01-10-09

True stories you won't forget

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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: 09-24-15

Roger Lowenstein lays out a complicated topic in an accessible story form. Well worth the time to educate yourself on this topic. I will be paying attention to the politics and police/firefighters union negotiations from now on.

  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks

  • How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
  • By: Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis

  • By Scott on 09-03-12

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

The narrator is good. Good analysis and contains plenty of useful advice, tips, and comparisons.

  • Fool's Gold

  • By: Gillian Tett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Gillian Tett brings to life in gripping detail how the Morgan team's bold ideas for a whole new kind of financial alchemy helped to ignite a revolution in banking, and how that revolution escalated wildly out of control. The deeply reported and lively narrative takes readers behind the scenes, to the inner sanctums of elite finance and to the secretive reaches of what came to be known as the "shadow banking" world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis

  • By D. Littman on 07-17-09

Well worth the time

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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: 04-16-15

This well written and retold story has a good (different) perspective. I want to keep these lessons in mind because we're bound to see another excessive situation in our lifetime.
What sticks with me most is that the men running the banks and brokerages really are clueless, they had no idea what they were doing, and yet they paid themselves ginormous salaries. Ugh.

  • Fear of Flying

  • By: Erica Jong
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't give up on it...

  • By Kristi on 01-09-08

Too darn neurotic!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Whew! I can't believe I hung in there until the end. The main character is too darn neurotic - I wanted to throttle her.
Not my kind of book.
The interview with the author at the end of the story was interesting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,870

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

a powerful story beautifully written

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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: 12-05-11

I nearly didn't read this book because I wasn't all the keen after reading "The Kite Runner" (Amir drove me crazy with his ineptitude.). But I'm so glad a friend convinced me to read it. Powerful story.

  • This Is Where I Leave You

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous, but Flat

  • By FanB14 on 07-08-13

Hilarious... and stunning at times

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

You will laugh out loud - and I mean LOUD - at parts. At other parts I gasped at how this family talks to each other and some of the situations. Overall, I loved the story.

  • Griftopia

  • Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • News In America

  • By Jerome on 11-23-10

a must read for all citizens of US

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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: 11-22-11

I hand it to the Rolling Stone mag. for giving their journalists the freedom to write. Taibbi's Griftopia is well researched and organized. His expressions are colorful (often funny) and appropriate for the most part.

I've read a number of books in the aftermath of 2008-09 market disaster (Too Big Too Fail, Crisis Economics, The Big Short, When Markets Collide), each covers the crisis from a different perspective. Taibbi's book exposes the insidiousness of the corruption between Wall Street and Washington. And he does it with style.

Truly this is a read for all citizens.