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  • Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism

  • By: Vladimir Ilich Lenin
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kent
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by Lenin, describes the function of financial capital in generating profits from imperial colonialism, as the final stage of capitalist development to ensure greater profits. The essay is a synthesis of Lenin's modifications and developments of economic theories that Karl Marx formulated in Das Kapital. Lenin's book greatly influenced the Core-Periphery model of global capitalist development, as well as World-systems theory and Dependency theory. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • surprisingly relevant for being 100+ years old

  • By Nicholas on 02-21-19

surprisingly relevant for being 100+ years old

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Reviewed: 02-21-19

this book is a great introduction to Lenin. it is pretty easy to understand and provide a great analysis of monopoly and imperialism in global capitalism. the book is a little dry and stats heavy at times it is over all a good read regardless of how you feel about his leadership and the USSR

  • Black Against Empire

  • The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
  • By: Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin Jr.
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 245
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In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the explanation of rise and fall Black Panther

  • By Antwine Hurst on 03-24-17

amazing book about the black Panthers

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Reviewed: 12-20-18

this book is the most thorough and objective account of the black Panthers I have read. it provides great historical context for the formation of the black panther party and highlights what made the BPP unique in us civil rights history. the book is long book interesting throughout and address the numerous myths about the black Panthers.

  • Plato's Apology

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
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Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a speech!

  • By Avery on 01-08-19

one of my favorite classical text

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Reviewed: 12-12-18

good performance. good translation. one of the best works of classical philosophy ever. highly recommend

  • 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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
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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

one of the best books I have ever read

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Reviewed: 12-09-18

such a good book. it literally changed the way I look at politics permanently. so good

  • Manufacturing Consent

  • The Political Economy of the Mass Media
  • By: Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
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In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing view

  • By Jan D. Leslie on 07-01-17

essential reading for anyone interested in news

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Reviewed: 10-08-18

this book is fantastic in how it theorizes a Propaganda model for US news media and in how it seeks to prove the model true. though some of the case studies are a little dated others feel fully relevant even today and the model is still useful for current media analysis in the internet age

  • The Democracy Project

  • A History, a Crisis, a Movement
  • By: David Graeber
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
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Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution - from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we - average citizens - make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes listeners on a journey through the idea of democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must-read: such insight, an awakening!

  • By Kevin on 10-15-14

a must read for anyone interested in politics

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Reviewed: 09-10-18

I loved this book. it was very thought but not too dense or academic. this book largely focuses on occupy wall street which was a pleasant surprise but adds both a global and historical perspective.

  • The Chapo Guide to Revolution

  • A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason
  • By: Chapo Trap House
  • Narrated by: Felix Biederman, Virgil Texas, Brendan James, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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In a manifesto that renders all previous attempts at political satire obsolete, The Chapo Guide to Revolution shows you that you don’t have to side with either the pear-shaped vampires of the right or the craven, lanyard-wearing wonks of contemporary liberalism. These self-described “assholes from the Internet” offer a fully ironic ideology for all who feel politically hopeless and prefer broadsides and tirades to reasoned debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genius - Even better that they read their own work

  • By Donnie on 08-21-18

pure gold so funny

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Reviewed: 08-31-18

I am huge fan of the chapo trap house podcast and if you like the podcast you will love this book. this book is largely meant for cynical left leaning edgelords who dont like Republicans nor liberals. chapo trap house does not pull any punches and is a hilarious take on politics and culture. the book has a decent amount of inside jokes from the podcast, but it is not necessary to have listened to the podcast to enjoy the book. however having listened to at least a couple episodes of the podcast will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the book. 100% worth buying

  • Seeing Like a State

  • By: James C. Scott
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
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Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? Author James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. Centrally managed social plans misfire, Scott argues, when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not - and cannot - be fully understood. Further, the success of designs for social organization depends upon the recognition that local, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James c Scott at his best

  • By Nicholas on 08-13-18

James c Scott at his best

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Reviewed: 08-13-18

James c Scott is one of the greatest political historians of all time and his understanding of the relationship between the state and regular people is unparalleled. regardless of one ideological leanings this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why imperial, communist, capitalist and high modern social engineering has at times spectacularly failed. this book sets out to show that informal, local and illegible networks and practices are essential to the smooth functioning of society and that imposed simplicity and legibility can destroy the informal networks and practices that uphold the official system.

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  • A Brief History of Neoliberalism

  • By: David Harvey
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, author of The New Imperialism and The Condition of Postmodernity, here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful primer

  • By Joseph E. Catenaci on 04-06-18

essential reading

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Reviewed: 07-15-18

this book is essential reading for anyone who loves politics or economics and wants to understand the rising of neoliberalism throughout the 20th and 21 century. this book offers a thorough, well researched critic of the neoliberal ideology and application throughout the world. my only complaint was that the book can go through dense information rather quickly at times

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  • Assata

  • By: Assata Shakur, Angela Davis - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sirena Riley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list. Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white State Trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign.

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  • Awesome

  • By The Black Awareness Book Club (On Facebook) on 10-06-17

very good story!

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Reviewed: 06-17-18

this book tells a heartbreaking story of racism and its impact on asata and the black community at large. this book chronicles one women's brave struggle against the evils racism and imperialism. highly recommend!