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  • The Jungle Grows Back

  • America and Our Imperiled World
  • By: Robert Kagan
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Recent years have brought deeply disturbing developments around the globe. American sentiment seems to be leaning increasingly toward withdrawal in the face of such disarray. In this powerful, urgent essay, Robert Kagan elucidates the reasons why American withdrawal would be the worst possible response, based as it is on a fundamental and dangerous misreading of the world. Like a jungle that keeps growing back after being cut down, the world has always been full of dangerous actors who, left unchecked, possess the desire and ability to make things worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Rate But Out of Date

  • By David on 11-13-18

First Rate But Out of Date

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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: 11-13-18

I give this book four stars and recommend it to everyone. However, I offer the following comments as reservations because the author seems to have let his feelings get the better of him concerning recent events.

First, I am a Trumpster and resent being called a white nationalist. True, the wording was lawyerly: 'Trump and his white nationalist supporters' but I prefer deplorables. In addition, I do not remember Trump ever calling for trade victories. Such a representation requires the author to believe either that trade is now fair or in some other way worth the cost. I believe the author holds the second view.

The author also worries over the constitution. I remind him it was a federal judge in Hawaii who unconstitutionally seized American immigration policy (Trump was upheld by SCOTUS). Further, the author seems indifferent to the de-industrialization of the Great Lakes Region. People living in WI, MI, OH, and PA were not. Perhaps the author is a 'global cosmopolitan' who routinely flies over WI, MI, OH, and PA? Just asking.

Incidentally, Islam is incompatible with democracy. Read the Koran then read the new testament one right after the only. Finally, immigration would be less an issue if I did not suspect Democrats wish to import illegals to provide a fresh tranche of natural born citizen Democrats. And remember it was Cesar Chavez who coined the term wetbacks, not white men.

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  • The Tangled Tree

  • A Radical New History of Life
  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable and Readable

  • By Dennis on 08-18-18

"Comprehensive and Well Organized"

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-20-18

This book includes the entire history of the subject and seems up to date. I was surprised at how much has developed in relatively recent times.

  • The Diversity Delusion

  • How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
  • By: Heather Mac Donald
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Heather Mac Donald - intro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia. Diversity commissars denounce meritocratic standards as discriminatory, enforce hiring quotas, and teach students and adults alike to think of themselves as perpetual victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

  • By Wayne on 09-10-18

"Stupifying"

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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: 10-16-18



I give this work five stars even though it is profoundly depressing. However, subject yourself for the sake of future humanity! Future is the right term because it will take colleges many generations to recover from their current state of derangement. If it can even be done at all.


The book explores among other things, lunacy in the equity, diversity and inclusion industry.  For instance, colleges have been crawling over broken glass to hoover up any prospective minority they can find. Then confess their campuses to be dens of institutional racism were those same students are “unsafe”.  And then expand the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to atone for their sins.


The author then moves on to discuss “the college rape culture” and the apparatus constructed to find and prosecute it. The examples have become legendary but are still appalling told again years later.


My favorite is unconscious bias theory. This has reached religious cult levels of absurdity. And a financial scam on a nationwide scale.  Whole industries have been extorted to buy “unconscious bias” training to avoid inevitable charges of racism. Racism can be proven by simply pointing out the company does not have enough black left handed female neurosurgeons.  


The inquisitors have power over even Google! Google probably sweats blood to find women and minority software engineers. A Google employee wrote a paper recommending how the company might appeal to women.  He was fired because he implied men and women might respond to different incentives. “Men and women are the same, you misogonist!”


There is hope.  This book by itself is nice bit of fumigation. And of course Jordan Peterson has an entire library on youtube.  Dennis Prager and Jonathan Haight have their own youtube presentations.


If you are graduating from high school I would think twice before paying money to college morons who will likely make you dumber then when you arrived. Learn to fix MRI machines or perhaps welding. Either one would be more intellectually challenging. In addition, if you are a guy you won't end up competing with prefered women. The diversity police are not interested in diversifying those occupations.



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  • Ship of Fools

  • By: Tucker Carlson
  • Narrated by: Tucker Carlson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,391

The host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight offers a blistering critique of the new American ruling class, the elites of both parties, who have taken over the ship of state, leaving the rest of us, the citizen-passengers, to wonder: How do we put the country back on course?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected!

  • By Aaron Garfanzo on 11-14-18

Happily Overstated

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Carlson discusses all the routine derangements of the left and its a depressing thing to hear. However, the same deranged individuals are far less dangerous then he makes out. For instance, all the repetitious global warming liturgical chanting has become backround noise. No one is actually going to stop China and India from building hundreds of additional coal fired power plants. Even Germany and Japan shut nuclear and built coal. Ironically the US has, apparently, more then met the stupid Paris Accords by accident because fracking supplied so much natural gas. Its the cleanest fossile fuel there is.

Further, the distopian free range homeless mega human waste camp sites in California, among other Blue Places, suits those places just fine. And Silicon Valley may be the new imperial Rome - vacuuming up prodigeous piles of wealth from the entire planet and dumping it over a fifty mile deep coastal corridor from San Diego to Marin County. A simple spare bedroom rents for $600 but people in Red States don't care that much. Finally, the Great Lakes region will never vote for another Demicrat President in my lifetime. The Aple Foxcon investnent in Wisconsin alone might be suffucient, let alone the famous Canadian cheese tarrif relief.

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  • Saudi America

  • The Truth About Fracking and How It's Changing the World
  • By: Bethany McLean
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The technology of fracking in shale rock - particularly in the Permian Basin in Texas - has transformed America into the world's top producer of both oil and natural gas. The US is expected to be "energy independent" and a "net exporter" in less than a decade, a move that will upend global politics, destabilize Saudi Arabia, crush Russia's chokehold over Europe, and finally bolster American power again. Or will it? Investigative journalist and bestselling author Bethany McLean digs deep into the cycles of boom and bust that has plagued the American oil industry for the past decade....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read Peter Zeihan First "The Absent Superpower"

  • By David on 10-14-18

Read Peter Zeihan First "The Absent Superpower"

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is worth listening to after you listen to either of Peter Zeihans two recent books. Specifically, this book discusses some of the disruptions shale may cause that Zeihan may not have considered.  It also presents a sort of schizophrenic melange of mild Anti-Trump screeds that are worth listening to.


I especially like the praise of China's “carbon trading system”!  Get a load of this chart you will not find in the book. Coal consumption chart.
https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/ieo/images/figure_4-2.png The author also hints the administration's coal policy could kill the shale revolution!


By itself this book is worse than useless to anyone new to the topic.  But it is useful once you read Zeihan.


And of course we have the imminent collapse of hydrocarbons because renewables will be so cheap as to drive them from the market. The author seems to believe twenty years is about right.


Finally,  the author seems sympathetic to delay fracking to “save fracking” hydrocarbons for future agricultural fertilizer needs. “Imported oil is not your enemy,  it's your friend.”


At least so says this ‘Jane Fonda’ of planet salvation. She believes in delayed gratification; we should pay more for imported oil instead of grabbing for cheap domestic fracking sources like a child. After all, we will eventually need it for fertilizer to feed ourselves.


In summary,  this book is a perfect exhibiton of hopeful coersion “because it is good for you”. Then rattles off one policy after another throughout the book.  She especially disdainful that US has no strong energy policy. She seems to like the Chinese approach.



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  • Lost Enlightenment

  • Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
  • By: S. Frederick Starr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Lost Enlightenment recounts how, between the years 800 and 1200, Central Asia led the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields. Central Asians achieved signal breakthroughs in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social science, philosophy, and theology, among other subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Julia on 11-10-13

Rise and Fall Central Asia Golden Era

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The book describes the rise and fall of the Islamic intellectual golden age, and Baghdad was only one of many centers. In fact, the heartland was a good deal further East. One thousand years ago Central Asia was a busy place with high culture and large cities.  You will recognize Tashkent, Samarkand and others. In fact Merv was reputedly the most populous city on the planet at the time.   


Plato,  Aristotle,  Archimedes, Ptolemy,  Euclid and others were long familiar to the salons and academies of Central Asia long before Baghdad was even founded.  It’s a history I never appreciated but it became lost. I think Merv is now an archaeological site!


The book is long and detailed but is an easy enough listen.  The time frame is just prior to Genghis Khan. He screwed up a lot of people but so did some of the Central Asian Muslims. The conquest of India rivals the absolute body counts wracked up by Stalin,  Mao, and Genghis himself. One Muslim chronicler tells us proudly how the Muslims killed 400,000,000 polytheists but some modern historians think that was exaggerated boasting.


  • War and Peace, Volume 2

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long book, but at least the chapters are short

  • By Tad Davis on 09-11-08

Not as engrossing as volume 1

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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: 09-17-18

The battle scenes are worth while but given the audiobook has only numbered chapters - about two hundred - it imposes an unforgivable impedimet. You might reasonably make a note for ealch chapter heading. In addition to the war scenes the comentary on serfdom, though brief, were interesting jewels for the readers consideration.

  • War and Peace, Volume 1

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Stanley Hauer on 08-14-09

Great Performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is one of those books that lends itself to the spoken word. A great book and great performance. I have owned the thick paper back and was affraid of it. In fact, the work incudes about two hundred short chapters, many of which coukd stand alone. This audio version has two volumes, but the Author breaks the entire novel into (5?) separate "books".

  • The Return of Marco Polo's World

  • War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Robert D. Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic, as well as encounters with preeminent realist thinkers, Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape America's role in a turbulent world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy; a delineation between American interests and American values; an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare; a projection of power via a strong navy; and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essays on the Region of the Silk Road

  • By Jeff Beardsley on 05-19-18

A sad work

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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: 08-30-18

This is a sad and wistful account of the now closing post WWII era. It includes a number of case studies that in retrospect look to have been hopeless from the beginning including Israel. For instance, Jews and Arabs are both desert semites and nothing can be done to change that genetic natural selection. To a desert semite? Either I get the better of you, you get the better of me or we achieve a mutually unacceptable standoff. Fortunately, USA is becoming a hydrocarbon hegemon and nothing can be done about that either. Accordingly, Israel now makes common cause with The House of Saud and US owns the 21st Century thousands of miles away from desert semites. .

As for China? First, China has ominous demographics. In fact, USA is the only economically important country with adequate demographics. We simply need to back slowly out of the room before Japan and China start scratching their eyes out. How about Europe? Western Europe is dead women walking. I think women did this. Western Civilization Feminized to Death. The entire modern productive world was created by Western men. It took 2500 years and was a close call. Without Britain and USA it might not have happened at all. Then we men took a break from these epic labors, put our feet up and had a beer.

Women then took over and feminized two thirds of Western Civilization. And women have different priorities. They have important feelings. Right now in Western Europe and Canada they have feelings for the worst alpha male pit vipers on the planet and take them in for nursing back to health.

Perhaps “Fifty Shades of Grey” led to this. I don’t know. Sweden is dead women walking right now as is Germany. Canada is so entirely feminized it now has “human rights tribunals” with no due process but plenty of righteous feminine indignation. You could end up in jail by insulting their Islamic pet pit viper’s warlord prophet or hurt tender Islamic pit viper feelings.


Fortunately USA has so far avoided this pathological. Islamic theology has not been effectively white washed here and everyone knows damned well Muhammad was an actual real life desert gangster. So Islam is finished as a political ideology here.

With energy independence the 21st century may be a new American Periclean golden age. Here is a Canadian slapping some sense into people Youtube ‘Harvard Jordan Peterson’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urd0IK0WEWU

USA Energy Superpower. Peter Zeihan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0eJK4Avk2M

As for Trump? I voted Trump because he drives exactly all the right people barking dog mad. Cosmopolitan aristocratic globalists don't use the term “fly over country” as a sign of respect and thus we have 2016. Let me list a few Hillary oversights. WI, MI, OH, PA, IA, IN, and almost MN, etc. etc. Deplorables unite!

Obama? Ineffectual ghost part if not an actual saboteur.

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  • Resistance Is Futile!

  • How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind
  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 487

Since the day Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, the left has waged a demented war against him. Liberals used to pride themselves on their ultra-hipness, but Trump has turned them into weeping little girls in pink party dresses. The very people who once mocked right-wingers for (allegedly) overreacting to every little thing are now the ones hyperventilating and hatching insane conspiracy theories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and rational

  • By Nancy J. Brown on 09-07-18

Light Hearted Spoof

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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: 08-28-18

More seriously, in one or two generations this will provide ample evidence many liberals actually DID suffer some sort mass hysteria meltdown November 9th, 2016.

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