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Robert A. Davis

Boston, MA
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  • Getting to Yes with Yourself

  • (And Other Worthy Opponents)
  • By: William Ury
  • Narrated by: William Ury
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

William Ury, co-author of the classic best seller on negotiation Getting to Yes, has taught tens of thousands of people from all walks of life - managers, salespeople, students, parents, lawyers, and diplomats - how to become better negotiators. Over the years, Ury has discovered that the greatest obstacle to successful agreements and satisfying relationships is not the other side, as difficult as they can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WIN,WIN,WIN!

  • By Leslie on 05-09-15

Ury does it again

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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: 07-02-16

Once again, William Ury takes the concept of negotiating and makes it simple for all of us to access. Interesting and compelling twist on the topic by focusing on our need to negotiate with ourselves before we ever begin negotiating with others. Highly recommend it as an audio book

  • Black Earth

  • The Holocaust as History and Warning
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the 20th century and reveals the risks that we face in the 21st. Based on new sources from Eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think and thus all the more terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tough book but worth it!

  • By Amazon customer on 11-20-15

Some times tuff to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

A very detailed and well researched history of the Holocaust. Sometimes it became difficult to hear of so much murder and destruction. What I did like was the very personal stories of individuals whose lives were lost and those that were saved. Clearly some very brave individuals risked much to save fellow human beings

It was sometimes difficult to follow his point of view and I wish it had been more clearly and simply expressed. In the end it seems the point of this lengthy review of the Holocaust is that we need to be cautious, because this could happen again

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  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,539

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Think Different!

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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: 10-18-15

What did you love best about David and Goliath?

Malcolm Gladwell has the unique ability to look at things in a way that stimulates our thinking. I am consistently impressed by how well researched and documented all of his conclusions are. For example, the research done on over 200 years of wars. He points to specific data that says the underdog wins almost one third of the time and this is due to the underdogs ability to exploit the strengths of their seemingly stronger opponent

What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

I'm not sure I could compare this to another book since Gladwell is always original and unique

What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While he has a calm and understated tone to his voice, he still manages to communicate the enthusiasm he has both for his data and conclusions

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

If I was making this a movie I might title it "Why losers win and winners lose-the long sad history of Donald Trump"

Any additional comments?

Read this book if you are facing opponents who same much stronger. As Winston Churchill once said "success is going from failure to failure with great enthusiasm!"

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