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Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-24-19

My first Greaney story. Kept me entertained. Will try another Grey Man book soon. Hopefully I am just as pleased and entertained.

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The Truth about Media Bias

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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: 07-21-19

Great research into the history of media's left-leaning bias in reporting. Show's how they have protected high-level officials with their own political leanings and disparage those with whom they disagree, with President Trump being their current target to the point of delusion in their reporting. It described what is already quite obvious but gave many new examples throughout our recent history. Journalists would be ashamed of themselves if they had any common sense rather than an emotional overreaction and a strong desire to manipulate political outcomes in their favor.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Book Mill waste money. Cliche and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

One of the worst thrillers I have ever read. Would have given it a 1 Star rating except that the story was so easy to follow because it follows the standard format of a Book-Mill writer. Even the readers were poor with a Spanish accent that sounded like an east European, and the female voices were very ditsy sounding while trying to portray courage and leadership traits. Male voices were not much better. Rachel Caine clearly displayed her hatred for white men (evil, heartless villains) while her feminist liberal tendencies were obvious in her female and minority characters saving the day throughout the novel, while the FBI, Staties, and local law enforcement were portrayed as bumbling corrupt idiots who should not be allowed to get involved hunting down the worst serial killer in American history. This was not a thriller, it was a political statement, hate filled diatribe portraying all those who hold traditional societal views as predators, evil businessmen, or unskilled and not to be trusted, relative to those in Caine's political universe. Definitely a novel to instill fear and hatred toward people who do not identify with her views. Don't waste your money or credits!

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  • The Art of Invisibility
  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter

A bit too technical But still an OK read

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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: 09-08-18

Learned some things about internet security but many of the authors recommended protocols are way to complex for the average layperson. Good info for hackers and criminals however.

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Courage to speak the truth on life

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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: 08-17-18

I highly recommend this book to those who want a fact based book that rationally explains why men are men and women are women, and how to improve your quality of life. This book is especially geared to young males who have been failing as a result of the guilt trip laid on them by the leftists teachings on social evils. As a retired teacher of psychology, and the military, I was happy to read about the struggles of human life throughout history without the political spin inserted by most university professors. If you want accuracy read this book, if you want spin take a college course on similar topics. Life is real and so is this book.

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Another Hit By O'Reilly

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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: 04-26-18

If you have read any of O'Reilly's historical books you know that this is another hit. Won't say any more other than I highly recommend reading it.

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Liberal/Lefty Professor's Revisionist History

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

A one-sided Liberal professor's left (socialist) revisionist history of the French Revolution and related events. The problem with this course is as usual; what the professor does not tell you in order to shape her students understanding of history to meet hers. As a past teacher of history and avid reader of multiple views of historical events her blatant bias against the traditional Aristocracies of Europe and favorable presentation of the "revolutionaries" makes this course an overall waste of your time. The violence, massive executions by guillotine, and general anarchy, and confiscation of wealth and land from French citizens by the "revolution's" supporters is either totally omitted, downplayed, or justified by the author, while the Aristocracy's and Catholic church's attempt to maintain the social order is mostly ignored. There are two sides of the French Revolution and this author mostly presents one side. Don't waste your time and money on this book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Chain of Title
  • How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud
  • By: David Dayen
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith

"Errors of Omission abound in Bank-hater diatribe

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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: 11-28-17

If you know nothing about the housing market bubble and the ensuing crash that resulted in a great recession and financial crisis you may be swayed by this biased and one sided portrayal of the big banks being the root of all evil leading to the collapse of the housing market. Although the banks played a significant role in the collapse, the US congress had passed many regulations and implemented many policies over the past 25 years or so to encourage if not force banks to make risky loans against their better judgement, to people who ordinarily could not afford them. As a result millions of Americans purchased a home without doing adequate homework and research, and due diligence to ensure they could afford the cost and risk associated with home buying. They saw the great home price inflation as a way to get into the housing market and greedily hope to quickly cash in on the housing bubble, just like the greedy folks in the banking industry were trying to do. People at all levels were guilty of greed and dishonesty. Many homebuyers were dishonest in their mortgage applications and the mortgage bankers and brokers were dishonest in processing these applications because they each wanted to make an easy profit. The author wants you to believe that "only the banks" had a get rich quick scheme but a knowledgeable person like myself knows that is not true. Many people who got burned lit the fire themselves.
The author primarily focuses on the banks attempts to foreclose on homebuyers who were not keeping up with their mortgage payments. Because the banks often did not have a proper paperwork trail the author argues that the people who were not paying their mortgage payments as they agreed to do should not be foreclosed on because of various technicalities in the law , and in some cases should be given the house free of charge. He totally downplays the fact that these homeowners were delinquent with their commitment to pay for the home they purchased with $$$$$ signs in their eyes hoping to flip the home for a big fat profit. I bet the author wouldn't complain about lost mortgage paperwork if these homebuyers had made a tidy profit when they flipped or upgraded to a more expensive house!
People like you and I who avoided the temptation to overspend our budget to buy a house we couldn't afford, and used due diligence because we were not greedy. When the housing bubble collapsed we continued to pay our mortgage. We were smart and kept ourselves well informed. We were personally responsible for our financial decisions. We didn't play the "blame game" to get out of our obligations.However this author believes the "conservative", "live within your means" home buyers should pay for the "greedy" uninformed home buyers mistakes as well as the banks' mistakes and greed. Looks like we are doing that whether we like it or not.
If you are of a socialist, liberal, Bernie Sanders mindset you might like this book because it wants responsible Americans to pay for bad decisions made by others. Whether it be irresponsible bankers, irresponsible home buyers, or irresponsible government officials, the liberals want the responsible conservative like us to pick up the tab. I, for one, have had enough of the craziness of the blame game, and the price tag that drains my retirement and college savings for my children as I try to be thrifty and live within my means.

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Left-Leaning Liberal Story of Hue

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

As a military history buff and veteran (technically not Vietnam) this one-sided story of the war is very suspect to the well versed readers of Vietnam War history. Its not so much that the author was not truthful but that the intentional "errors of omission" that portrayed the US military leadership as bumbling idiots without a true cause and the North Vietnam communists as true heroes and militarily brilliant with a worthy cause to die for. It would take another book to cover the critical aspects of the battle of Hue, Tet offensive, and Vietnam war strategies that this book totally ignored or downplayed but were historically significant to the outcome of any military conflict and specifically to this one. As I used to teach my psychology students, there are two sides to most debates, disagreements. Don't get brainwashed into believing one explanation until you've listened to the other side. Or as the "brothers and sisters" would say: "YOU"RE BEING PLAYED". If you want to read a classic psychological attempt to manipulate a readers thoughts on a topic this is the book for you. Bias abounds!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mostly Garbage

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Politically biased hit piece against Trump and his family. Blatantly dishonest. Don’t waste your money.

6 of 49 people found this review helpful