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Anthony Pierulla

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  • Democracy in Chains

  • The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
  • By: Nancy MacLean
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read if you believe in democracy

  • By H. L. Nelson on 10-11-17

An honest, fair and frightening assessment

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Reviewed: 09-11-18

Learned things every minute of listening that I probably should have learned decades ago but was not ready too accept. A work that elucidates and explicates the tragedy of our current state of affairs. You will not be bored perhaps saddened but never bored.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,916
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,638

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

So much more than expected

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Reviewed: 06-28-17

SNL, politics, history, critical think, truthiness need I say more. Oh yea you'll laugh out loud before you can control it. So be careful.

  • Stress Test

  • Reflections on Financial Crises
  • By: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Narrated by: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Credible analysis of the 2008 crisis

  • By Neuron on 09-02-15

Excellent explication

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Reviewed: 06-11-17

A narrative that comes across as heartfelt, sensitive, forthright and honest.
I was very lucky during the period out at the right moment and back in at the right moment.
One point in my favor I trusted in America and it's leader 44.

  • The Rise of Athens

  • The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization
  • By: Anthony Everitt
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Filled with tales of adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, The Rise of Athens celebrates the city-state that transformed the world - from the democratic revolution that marked its beginning through the city's political and cultural golden age to its decline into the ancient equivalent of a modern-day university town. Anthony Everitt constructs his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious, and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the city's rise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every new is old again

  • By Anthony Pierulla on 03-07-17

Every new is old again

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Reviewed: 03-07-17

Hearing these musings while walking Hermes, my boxer, cleaning the dishes or trying to complete a chapter lying in bed listening and fighting to stay awake I loved, learned and reinforced by belief that I know nothing and the only form of meaning is beauty.
So much to discover so little time. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

I never considered a conspiracy.

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Reviewed: 12-10-15

I do now.
Outstanding tour de force of the era.
Having been 21 in 1963 Talbot makes it seem like yesterday.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,191

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

Glad I only listened and not read

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-28-15

Ok but seeming a high weeds book for dismal science types.
For me he did reinforce a lot of auteur notions I held regarding macro economics.

  • The Moral Arc

  • How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
  • By: Michael Shermer
  • Narrated by: Michael Shermer, Melody Zownir
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

We are living in the most moral period of our species’ history. Best-selling author Michael Shermer’s most accomplished and ambitious book to date demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral. Ever since the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment thinkers consciously applied the methods of science to solve social and moral problems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Us is getting bigger, them is getting smaller

  • By Gary on 02-02-15

The arc not only bends towards justice but it contributes light.

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Reviewed: 06-10-15

Enjoyable, informing and entertaining throughout. Will reinforce and elucidate many of the ideas you have been exposed, questioned or were curious about as well many you never heard.
A learning experience to be remembered and passed to others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Simpsons

  • An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
  • By: John Ortved
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

John Ortved's oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of the television phenomenon known as The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who produce it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content, Awful Reading

  • By JH Easton on 03-13-11

D'oh

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Reviewed: 05-28-15

Wow so much insight into the Simpsons and the creative thinking processes that gave them life.
Now retired I have 265 on my DVR and try to watch a couple every day.
The book helps me rank the ones I want to view first. Btw watching always makes me laugh out loud, chuckle, or nod in agreement. Now that I've read what goes on behind the "green" curtain it makes it that much better.
The audible version was exemplary and the use of gender specific readers enhanced the experience.

  • The Parthenon Enigma

  • By: Joan Breton Connelly
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

In this revolutionary book, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians. Beginning with the natural environment and its rich mythic associations, she re-creates the development of the Acropolis - the Sacred Rock at the heart of the city-state - from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples among which the Parthenon stood supreme.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • dope book, lacked depth but overall worthwhile

  • By Nicholas on 06-29-15

Exceeded expectations

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Reviewed: 04-29-15

The reading is complemented superbly by the illustrations in the book.
The narration elucidates and articulates the nuances and back stories associated with the text.
| loved being able to learn in an auditory manner thus saving the wear and tear of my eyes and giving me the opportunity to multi task routine outdoor tasks, walks and gardening while listening and learning from this wonderful narration and artist stylings of the writer and narrator.