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  • Socialism...Seriously

  • A Brief Guide to Human Liberation
  • By: Danny Katch
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Danny Katch brings together the two great Marxist traditions of Karl and Groucho to provide an entertaining and insightful introduction to what the socialist tradition has to say about democracy, economics, and the potential of human beings to be something more than bomb-dropping, planet-destroying, racist fools.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Entertaining and Seriously Sincere

  • By Susie on 04-20-16

A sloppy argument

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-17

To be up front I’m someone who believes in capitalism, but that is not why I was disappointed by this book. I had really hoped for a good exposition of what socialism was and why that system would be better than capitalism. But what I got was a book that just made vague claims of why capitalism was bad and socialism would be awesome. The author also claims that none of the attempts as socialism are real socialism and that is why they have failed. Yet he never sets out criteria for what real socialism would look like and how the problems that caused issues previous iterations would be resolved. I really was sad this book did not have more depth as I would love to read a more cogent argument as to why socialism is good to better understand my views.

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  • From Colony to Superpower

  • US Foreign Relations Since 1776
  • By: George C. Herring
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 40 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

This prize-winning and critically acclaimed history uses foreign relations as the lens through which to tell the story of America's dramatic rise from 13 disparate colonies huddled along the Atlantic coast to the world's greatest superpower.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Rise and Stall of the American Empire

  • By Doug on 06-13-12

A Thoughtful History Of U.S. Foreign Policy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-14

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the parts about our foreign policy in the 1800's that aren't as well known. The author's discussion of the Spanish American War was very interesting.

Any additional comments?

A good listen overall. The only issue I had was that I felt the author was more biased as the end of the book approached. His views of Kissinger were very harsh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful