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Brooke K.

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  • Where Do We Go from Here

  • Chaos or Community?
  • By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King - foreword, Vincent Harding - introduction
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
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    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which was unavailable for more than 10 years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the read and still very relevant.

  • By Brian M on 03-16-18

Relevant Today (2019)

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Reviewed: 04-19-19

Anyone interested in human rights should absolutely read this book. The discussions of non-violence, community organizing, effective boycotts, unionization, and integrated direct action, etc. are extremely relevant today. This book made me view history not in decades, but in centuries. It feels as though Ferguson, Baltimore, "Black Lives Matter" and various other movements are all a part of the same historical arc as the Civil Rights era of MLK.

10/10 would recommend.

  • The Ends of the World

  • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
  • By: Peter Brannen
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Kid's Science Book FOR ADULTS!!

  • By aaron on 06-15-17

I recommend this book frequently

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

This book helps to give context to our time and place on this planet. The narrator is excellent. The book offers an eloquent synopsis of historical geology from the perspective of mass extinction events, and ties everything together beautifully in the last chapters. It was written so that both seasoned geologists and everyday laymen can understand and enjoy it. 10/10, would recommend.

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  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An essential read. A horrifying reality.

  • By Jeremy on 04-28-12

Must-Read

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Reviewed: 07-25-18

The United States looks different now. Michelle Alexander gave me glasses to see. Thank you.