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  • Seasteading

  • How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians
  • By: Joe Quirk, Patri Friedman
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    5 out of 5 stars 51
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Our planet is suffering from serious environmental problems: coastal flooding due to severe storms caused in part by atmospheric pollution, diminishing natural resources such as clean water, and so on. But while these problems plague planet Earth, two-thirds of our globe is ocean. The seas can be home to pioneers, seasteaders, who are willing to homestead the Blue Frontier. Oil platforms and cruise ships already inhabit the waters; now it's time to take the next step to full-fledged ocean civilizations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To the sea we will return

  • By The Hormans on 03-21-18

Wow! A bible of sorts for freedom lovers

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Reviewed: 03-27-19

For anyone who counts themselves a little of freedom, this is a must-read. So inspiring, so many possibilities, and so much of it is already happening! we just didn't know it!
Where is real freedom being created and expanded? Apparently out on the high seas. who knew?!

  • Karl Marx

  • Das Kapital
  • By: David Ramsay Steele
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 127

In his monumental work, Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1818-1883) tried to show that capitalism was both inefficient and immoral. His key to explaining capitalism is his labor theory of value, which he developed from ideas of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should Rename As Das Kapital Cliffnotes Unabridged

  • By Jeff on 01-31-12

valuable elucidation of the ideas of Marx

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Reviewed: 07-19-18

very valuable to get Marx's ideas elucidated rather than be faced with trying to digest them raw. this book as an intro to the ideas should make dealing with the original text a lot easier.

  • For a New Liberty

  • The Libertarian Manifesto
  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good

  • By monte reed on 03-20-12

This is *the* book to read for political theory

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Reviewed: 07-15-18

I've read a *lot of books on economics and politics, trying to understand government, how to structure it, and the market forces involved. This one book nearly covers it all in one place. The theory, the historical preference, the practical application. It's really an extraordinary work.

  • The Strategy of Conflict

  • By: Thomas C. Schelling
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
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    4 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 12

A series of closely interrelated essays on game theory, this book deals with an area in which progress has been least satisfactory - the situations where there is a common interest as well as conflict between adversaries: negotiations, war and threats of war, criminal deterrence, extortion, tacit bargaining. It proposes enlightening similarities between, for instance, maneuvering in limited war and in a traffic jam; deterring the Russians and one's own children; the modern strategy of terror and the ancient institution of hostages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow, brand new perspective...

  • By Mike on 07-01-18

wow, brand new perspective...

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Reviewed: 07-01-18

it was like drinking from a fire hose trying to follow the author. so much info and such in depth thinking, but I came out of the experience with a *much* deeper appreciation of certain phenomena in the world and a much more nuanced view of negotiations and games. probably not the best intro to the topic, but well worth the read.

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  • A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II

  • By: Murray N. Rothbard
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mezinskis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
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    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In what is sure to become the standard account, Rothbard traces inflations, banking panics, and money meltdowns from the colonial period through the mid-20th century to show how government's systematic war on sound money is the hidden force behind nearly all major economic calamities in American history. Never has the story of money and banking been told with such rhetorical power and theoretical vigor. You will treasure this volume.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot to take in.

  • By Jakob on 03-18-16

Must read. History repeats itself...

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Reviewed: 06-12-18

this is one of those must read books. Rothbard is brilliant and compiles history into an engaging timeline with important implications to our understanding of money and government.

  • The Miracle Morning

  • The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM
  • By: Hal Elrod
  • Narrated by: Rob Actis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,341

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great program, AWFUL book

  • By Jessica on 05-31-13

very pragmatic personal growth

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Reviewed: 05-19-18

very pragmatic approach to personal growth with lots of examples as well as worksheets and helper tools online

  • Prosper!

  • How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting
  • By: Chris Martenson, Adam Taggart, Robert Kiyosaki - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Martenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Current global trends are bleak: weak economic growth, too much debt, declining incomes for the lower 99 percent, a dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, and ecological destruction - just to name a few. Many of us understandably feel resigned to an eroding standard of living in the years to come. At best. But what if we told you that there are specific attainable steps you can take today that can limit your vulnerability to these trends and help you be richer, healthier, and happier?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A balanced look at prepping without the Fear Porn

  • By Denis Pelletier on 12-09-15

Wow. Very clear, mindset shifting book.

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Reviewed: 05-15-18

very useful, informative, and pretty upbeat on a topic that is rarely so. I'm super excited to join their community online and start making it happen.

  • The Complete Guide to Fasting

  • Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
  • By: Jimmy Moore, Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Jimmy Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025

Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven't thought about - yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, REALLY Bad Narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

on my way to my high school weight

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Reviewed: 11-27-17

great book. I had no idea whatsoever how beneficial fasting could be and how easy it could be to both do and achieve weight loss through it. I'm so happy this book was recommended to me!

  • The Road to Ruin

  • The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis
  • By: James Rickards
  • Narrated by: James Rickards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: The US government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit are driving us headlong toward a cliff. As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Same story he's written twice before

  • By Richard on 01-17-17

Wow! brilliant and massively insightful.

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Reviewed: 04-15-17

Rickards is one of the most brilliant economics of our time. his ability to understand worldwide trends and then express them in an understandable, actionable way is a blessing to those of us less gifted. *so* glad someone recommended this book to me. now to implement his recommendations...

  • Second Chance

  • for Your Money, Your Life and Our World
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Few would argue with the fact that on many fronts, we are a world in crisis. And there are two sides to every crisis, be it a leadership crisis, an economic crisis, an education crisis, or a moral crisis. The two sides to crisis are danger and opportunity. Robert Kiyosaki's new book, Second Chance: for Your Money and Your Life, uses the lessons from the past and a brutal assessment of the present to prepare listeners to see - and seize - the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Err... Not impressed.

  • By Robert on 07-20-15

Un-Ignorable book! :)

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Reviewed: 03-25-15

If you could sum up Second Chance in three words, what would they be?

insightful, useful, brilliant

What did you like best about this story?

Kiyosaki has taken on a more sage-like voice in this book. He pays homage to the brilliant Bucky Fuller by including Bucky's teachings I have a *way* deeper appreciation for what it was that Bucky has contributed to each of us.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Read this book, or suffer the consequences of ignoring it.

Any additional comments?

Kiyosaki does an amazing job presenting not only great education, as usual, but deep and profound wisdom with the help of his long-time friend Bucky Fuller. As Kiyosaki has worked tirelessly to expand his own personal horizons, he's so generously enabled us to be along for the ride. I'm really excited about the impact this is already having on my thinking around business and money.

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