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  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 226

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

  • By Gerard McHugh on 09-28-18

Hard-hitting Reality Check

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Reviewed: 10-24-18

An update to current affairs in America for anyone who has been paying attention to events in the last 20 years. There's a great braiding of current events and history in this book. People of all political persuasions should read this.

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  • The Convenient Terrorist

  • Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies
  • By: John Kiriakou, Joseph Hickman
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Convenient Terrorist is the definitive inside account of the capture, torture, and detention of Abu Zubaydah, the first "high-value target" captured by the CIA after 9/11. But was Abu Zubaydah, who is still being indefinitely held by the United States under shadowy circumstances, the blue-ribbon capture that the Bush White House claimed he was?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • political agenda piece

  • By Blake Dahl on 01-10-18

Incredible

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

This is such a riveting tale of recent history, one that I have some personal experience with. Anyone interested in the insight into the GWOT should read this.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,553
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    4 out of 5 stars 5,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,911

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Unveiled History

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Reviewed: 08-09-17

Stunning story, a history not widely known to many folks. This should be required reading for any American History course.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,497

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Fortune Favors the Bold in this Epic Tale

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Reviewed: 07-21-17

This one is a proverbial page turner. Although not an uncommon story, it has never been told in such truthfulness. If you like rooting for the underdog then this Devil Dog's story will fulfill that need. This is an amazing story and I am grateful for the author's ability to share it with us. Thank you, J. D. Vance!

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,376

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Great Insight

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Very simple and concise look at a great human being. I enjoyed the humanizing aspects of the story to this extraordinary person.

  • Falling Upward

  • A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I almost gave up on Christianity until I read this

  • By J. Mark Wells on 09-03-14

Humbling Experience

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Reviewed: 04-26-17

The journey of the soul, the inner self, the spirit, or whatever you realize within you will be touched by this thoughtful book. Whatever you may believe spiritually or not, this is something to read. if you've stumbled upon this book perhaps this book found you as it did me. Enjoy!

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  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents

  • From Wilson to Obama
  • By: Steven F. Hayward
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Academics, journalists, and popular historians agree: our greatest presidents are the ones who confronted a national crisis and mobilized the entire nation to face it. That’s the conventional wisdom. The chief executives who are celebrated in textbooks and placed in the top echelon of presidents in surveys of experts are the bold leaders - the Woodrow Wilsons and Franklin Roosevelts - who reshaped the United States in line with their grand “vision” for America. Unfortunately, along the way, these “great” presidents inevitably expanded government - and shrank our liberties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Jkc-007 on 02-15-17

Broad Strokes of Bias Analysis

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-21-17

I loved the 1st edition of the book much better. The historic analysis here was well done, but the critique and grading of each president was blatantly bias. George W. Bush does not deserve the praise and grading he got while he was and is equally abusive to the Constitution as Clinton or Obama have been. Therefore, although this is a great overview of history it is however terribly slanted to make all the conservatives into angels and liberals into demons. I am not saying this book is useless in any way, just that it is very bias laden in conservative white wash. In sum, it was a nice refresher in modern US History.

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1

  • From Washington to Taft
  • By: Larry Schweikart
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Back by popular demand, the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guides provide an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of the topics every American needs to know. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1 profiles America’s early presidents, from George Washington to William Howard Taft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A to-the-point and enlightening summary

  • By Jonathan E. on 01-12-17

objective as can be

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Reviewed: 01-18-17

Very good overview yet as in all broad strokes of historical examinations many details are left out or controversy swept aside anecdotally. However, the author did a great job here covering the first 26 US presidents. bravo!