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  • Fake Science

  • Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data
  • By: Austin Ruse
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

You'd think we were living in the golden age of science and reason. But the truth is far more sinister, says Austin Ruse. We're actually living in the age of the low information voter, easily misled by all-too-convincing false statistics and studies. In Fake Science, Ruse debunks so-called "facts" used to advance political causes one after the other, revealing how poorly they stand up to actual science.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Right Wing Scientist has issues with this book

  • By Dorothy on 01-09-18

Fresh air

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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: 01-29-19

How refreshing to see the charlatans exposed. Ruse does an excellent job of documenting the fake documentation of those who seek to use fake science to deceive and obfuscate. Those with a political agenda should never be accepted as 'scientists'.

  • Andrew Jackson

  • His Life and Times
  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great tale, superbly read

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-08

History

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

To know our history we must know the lives of the people who made it. We must see their faults as well as their virtues.....

  • Neptune's Inferno

  • The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

With The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and Ship of Ghosts, James D. Hornfischer created essential and enduring narratives about America’s World War II Navy, works of unique immediacy distinguished by rich portraits of ordinary men in extremis and exclusive new information. Now he does the same for the deadliest, most pivotal naval campaign of the Pacific war: Guadalcanal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperate battles, well told

  • By Robert B on 05-04-12

Memory

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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: 12-10-18

These men suffered terribly because of bad politics. We who enjoy the freedom their sacrifice helped purchase must remind ourselves from time to time what can happen when things reach the extreme. This book is a good reminder.....

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,115

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

There!

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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: 10-17-18

Best war experience book I've ever come across!!
Do yourself a favor and live through the tragedy with the men of the Indianapolis...

  • Why Nations Fail

  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • By: Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail"

  • By Joshua Kim on 05-01-12

Institutions

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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: 10-08-18

The book ascribes the quality of life of a Nation to be determined by their institutions. Extractive institutions cause low standard of living and inclusive high. Good enough but the determining factor that decides the institutions is the dignity of the individual. Make that paramount and all else falls into line.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Silly

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I like and concur with the message of the book but the author's verbose and confusing style exhausted me. I finished the book but found it difficult to concentrate on after the first third. His desire to show himself cultured and renowned completely distracted from the points he was trying to convey.

  • Economics in One Lesson

  • By: Henry Hazlitt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Economics? Start here!

  • By Ferg Merkl on 10-12-07

Informative!

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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: 06-07-18

Understanding Economics is vital in today's crazy world. Hazlitt makes everything make sense. I highly recommend this book!!!

  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing dystopian preview of tidal wave

  • By smarmer on 11-10-17

The future as told by the past

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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: 04-10-18

Have you ever hit an animal with your car? It's dreadful and glancing in the rear view mirror seeing it in it's death throws creates an image not soon forgotten. This book portrays the death throws of many once great nations captured in the recent past and near future. We're looking in the rear view mirror, painful though it is......we don't want to look but we can't not look......it would have been nice if someone would have done something to avoid the accident in the first place.......

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  • Lee

  • A Biography
  • By: Clifford Dowdey
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 33 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

General Robert E. Lee is well known as a major figure in the Civil War. However, by removing Lee from the delimiting frame of the Civil War and placing him in the context of the Republic's total history, Dowdey shows the "eternal relevance" of this tragic figure to the American heritage. With access to hundreds of personal letters, Dowdey brings fresh insights into Lee's background and personal relationships and examines the factors which made Lee that rare specimen, a "complete person."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Readable

  • By Rodney on 08-16-17

To know history we must know those who made it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-17

"They were iron men." Said Lincoln of our founding fathers..... Robert E Lee was the last of our founders......

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Steel Boat Iron Hearts

  • A U-boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505
  • By: Hans Goebeler, John Vanzo
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Using his own experiences, log books, and correspondence with other U-boat crewmen, Hans Goebeler offers rich and personal details about what life was like in the German Navy under Hitler. Since his first and last posting was to U-505, Goebeler's perspective of the crew, commanders, and war patrols paints a vivid and complete portrait unlike any other to come out of the Kriegsmarine. He witnessed it all, from deadly sabotage efforts that almost sunk the boat to the tragic suicide of the only U-boat commander who took his life during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating view into WWII naval history.

  • By John P. Santucci on 02-24-17

Fun

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Fun little book but would have been better if read by a German. Nice to see the side of crewmen.