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  • The Three Lives of James Madison

  • Genius, Partisan, President
  • By: Noah Feldman
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 34 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician, he cofounded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Irish Eyes on 04-11-18

Another Very GOOD Listen!

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Reviewed: 10-27-18

This was a great addition to my knowledge of the Founding of our Republic. After Madison nearly single handedly wrote the Constitution, and with Hamilton The Federalist Papers in order to get it ratified, he seem to have come under the influence of Jefferson. I now believe that Madison was the TRUE founder of the modern DemocRAT Party and in 1792 he was the originator of what is now called; the "Deep State"!
Jefferson was the idealistic intellectual mentor, But Madison was the driving intellect behind the formation of the (Democratic) "Republican" political Party. And he set up the One Party, Slavery Centered, Government for the United States that lasted for over 50 years. And was only finely removed by the Bloodbath of our Civil War.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,445
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    5 out of 5 stars 12,546
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    5 out of 5 stars 12,479

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

A very good listen.

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Reviewed: 07-09-18

After listening to Mr. Chernow's "Washington A Life" I had to do his "Hamilton" , chock full of details that fill out the life of that remarkable man, though the lesser known of the founders. Alexander Hamilton was the "Indispensable Genius" for the establishment of our current government; The United States of American!
To me this Audio Book was a "Page Turner", The Performance was outstanding, and Overall a damed good book about GREAT MAN!

  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,297

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST READ

  • By Adam on 12-06-15

MIND NUMBING Never Ending Horror!

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Reviewed: 03-31-18

The Greatest Horror of all is that a majority of our miseducated/indoctrinated 15 to 30 year olds belive that Socialism/Communism is a better, more humane form of Government then ours!

  • Knowledge and Decisions

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work

  • By Doug on 12-08-12

An essent explanation for the causes of unrest.

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Reviewed: 12-03-17

This book, though somewhat dated, explains many of the root causes of the unrest brought on by the progressive intellectuals and their never ending quests to impose their "Visions" upon Society, weather Society wants it or not!

  • The Smear

  • How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda - an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cancer metastasizing...

  • By MJ on 08-05-17

A most timely book.

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Reviewed: 10-26-17

This is as good as her first book, if not better. A must for understanding the sorry state of today's Main Streem Media, and how it got that way.

  • Iron Dawn

  • The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History
  • By: Richard Snow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing 10 heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got word of the project when it was already well along, and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Tad Davis on 05-09-17

A Very Good Book, It reminds me of my first book.

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Reviewed: 07-09-17

The first real book that I read was, as I recall, "John Erickson, and The Monitor and Marimac". My mother gave it to me when I was 7 or 8, I loved it, it is no longer in print, but this wonderful book brought back all my fond memories of it. I have all ways been a Civil War "Buff", especially of the "IronClads" and of course the Monitor. I closely followed the discovery of her resting place and the salvage of her "Cheese Box" and Daulgren Guns. This Very Good listen!

  • The Big Oyster

  • History on the Half Shell
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Now award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants, the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

  • By Frank H. on 03-22-17

Ok, but not as good as his "Salt", or "Cod".

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Reviewed: 03-22-17

A different take on the history of NewYork city. I found ot informative and interesting.

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  • The Undocumented Mark Steyn

  • Don't Say You Weren't Warned
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
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    5 out of 5 stars 313
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

He's brash, brilliant, and drawn to controversy like a moth to a flame. For decades, Mark Steyn has dazzled audiences around the world with his raucous wit and brutal honesty. Whether he's sounding off on the tyranny of political correctness, the existential threat of Islamic extremism, the "nationalization" of the family, or the "near suicidal stupidity" of America's immigration regime, Steyn is always provocative - and often laugh-out-loud hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The great Steyn

  • By J. Olson on 07-12-16

Vintage Steyn

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Reviewed: 03-05-17

A great listen, sadly most of his dire projections are, Alarmingly coming to pass today!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Christianity

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

First published in 1976, Paul Johnson's exceptional study of Christianity has been loved and widely hailed for its intensive research, writing, and magnitude. Weaving a great range of material, the scholar and author Johnson creates an ambitious panoramic overview of the evolution of the Western world since the founding of a little-known "Jesus sect".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Brant Pitre's the case for Jesus instead.

  • By Catherine BF on 05-08-17

An interesting and nuanced study of the topic.

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Reviewed: 02-22-17

I found new insights on the influences of the Bishop of Rome, l liked it.

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  • Intellectuals

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 177
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Well read (audible)

  • By EJ on 08-25-17

An examination of the roots of so many Bad Ideas.

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Reviewed: 09-19-16

I learned a great deal about where creatures, such as Hillary Clinton, get their ideas and notions. Rousseau's madness lives on in the ever expanding Government school (indoctrination) system; from 12 years to 16 with the addition of: mandatory "Preschool" and Kindergarten for 4 and 5 years old to 2 years of High School "Post graduate study" at Community Colleges.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful