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  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

  • By Bill Redfield on 02-24-16

Great, eads like a story rather than a non fiction

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Reviewed: 03-03-18

I liked it, some parts seem a little fantastical and the writing style is reminiscent of a day thriller which I can't decide if it adds to or takes away from the story.

The attack on drove operators troubled me, they are just doing a job.

It definitely shows that money is king and life is secondary in the world of global finance and power.

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Opened my eyes to a lot of political reality.

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Reviewed: 01-07-18

I most enjoyed the parts about international trade were especially eye opening. And the resources curse as well. Loved this book.

It does tend to repeat itself a lot which was annoying but worth it despite it

  • God's Debris

  • A Thought Experiment
  • By: Scott Raymond Adams
  • Narrated by: D. C. Goode
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

God's Debris isn't a conventional book. It is written on three separate levels, by Scott Adams, better known as the creator of the Dilbert comic. What is less known about Adams is that he's a trained hypnotist. God's Debris is what happens when creativity and hypnosis intersect. On the surface, God's Debris is a simple fictional story of a delivery man who encounters an Avatar who knows literally everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God's Debris - A beautiful tale

  • By Mirek on 01-23-10

Free will, determinism, god and probability

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Reviewed: 03-21-16

Fantastic thought experiment. Ideas about free will and determinism I've only read in later books. The trick of persuasion is clever too

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  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take....

  • By Douglas on 10-30-13

Most fascinating thing I've read in a long time

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Reviewed: 12-10-15

This book lived up to its hype. If you ever wanted to know who the "you" in you is, this is the book for you. Studying the hidden impulses of our brains gives us the insight that we might not be as consciously in control as we thought!

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,839

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Devastating to religions oldest bastion, morality comes from God

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-15

Blow after devastating blow against the common religious idea that God is great and that belief in him leads people to greater moral lives. Using his keen wit, fantastic command of the English language and thorough research of history Hitchens is a joy to listen too, especially since we are no longer graced by the benefit of further oratory from him.

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  • The End of Faith

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to misinterpret

  • By Mark on 08-04-13

Lucid analysis of the absurdity of faith

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Sam Harris presents striking blow after striking blow against the ridiculousness of believing ancient myths, their apparent sheltered position away from critical analysis, their hallowed position in society and the way in which critisism is seen as an attack on people, not ideas.
He adds to this the examples of faith run rampant and the effects of some of this fundamentalist faith onto the real world and innocent people.
Atheists might shy away from the usage of "spirituality" along side science when describing the analysis of conciousness but the reader need not be concerned, a rigorous scientific approach to any analysis is central to Harris' approach.