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Brasília, Brazil
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  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

  • By: John E. Finn, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John E. Finn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course. Good Narration.

  • By aaron on 09-14-13

Understanding the American Constitution

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Reviewed: 09-27-18

One cannot understand the meaning of civil liberties without knowing its historical background. American constitutional law developed in direct relation with the making of the United States. Professor Finn exposed this process and gave to the listener the reasons behind the particular way of formation of the civil liberties and the bill of rights. With that in mind one can grasp its meaning and appreciate its values for a democratic commonwealth. Its translation to others westerners democracies is a whole other story.

  • American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: G. Edward White
  • Narrated by: Jason Huggins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has not just reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made-it has played a powerful role in shaping that society, though not always in positive ways. In this Very Short Introduction, eminent legal scholar G. Edward White - author of the ongoing, multi-volume Law in American History - offers a compact overview that sheds light on the impact of law on a number of key social issues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Development of Law in America

  • By Marcus on 07-07-18

The Development of Law in America

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Reviewed: 07-07-18

Distinct moments in the formation of american legal system are pointed and explained in this short book. The historical landscape and its reflections in the law are explained in order to give the reader a comprehensive view of the field. With sections about natives tribes’ law, African-American traditions and distinct patterns of colonizations in America with its law developments, the book provides useful informations. Good overview. Readable introduction. Profitable reading.

  • Fundamental Cases

  • The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles That Changed Our Nation - The Modern Scholar
  • By: Alan M. Dershowitz
  • Narrated by: Alan M. Dershowitz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

It was Alexis de Tocqueville who, when he visited the new republic for the first time, said that America was a unique country when it comes to law. Every great issue eventually comes before the courts. With this in mind, esteemed professor and civil liberties lawyer Alan Dershowitz looks at history through the prism of the trial, which presents a snapshot of what's going on in a particular point in time of the nation's history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd rather be able to rate each section.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-10

The Development of Law in America

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Reviewed: 06-21-18

Law in America is at some degree a judge made law. This course provides a glimpse in some of the most important Supreme Court’s decisions and traces its understanding of the Constitution. The various approaches of its text are exposed and linked with political facts and manifestations of others branches of government. Professor Friedman describes the Supreme Court jurisprudence in a clear and enlightening way.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • World War l: The Great War and the World It Made
  • By: Professor John Ramsden
  • Narrated by: John Ramsden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

"The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & Interesting Course

  • By IRP on 10-29-08

Europe in World War I

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Reviewed: 05-11-18

This course concentrates in explaining the politics in early twentieth century Europe. John Ramsden tries to expose Europe’s context when World War I occurred, its causes and consequences. The lectures drawn between the various countries involved in the conflict and its most important facts (battles). At the end the listener got a better understanding of this pivotal moment in world history.

  • The Rights of Man and Common Sense (Revolutions Series)

  • Peter Linebaugh presents Thomas Paine
  • By: Thomas Paine, Peter Linebaugh
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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Published to commemorate the bicentennial of Thomas Paine's death, these texts have remained two of the most influential arguments for liberty in political thought. Common Sense is a pamphlet that Paine wrote in support of American independence. Thanks to its original and simple style, it spread like wildfire through the colonies, helping to inspire the American Revolution. Rights of Man is Paine's passionate defence of the French Revolution that led to his trial for sedition and libel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Equality’s Utopia

  • By Marcus on 04-25-18

The Equality’s Utopia

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Reviewed: 04-25-18

Thomas Paine’s words illuminated the world in which America was born and gave inspiration to the men and women that came from Europe to this new land. Its described some aspects of the political landscape of the time in England, France and America. The reading (listening) of these works shared light about the French Revolution and its implications. One also had a better understanding of the disputes involving Paine and Edmund Burke. Above all, these books presented Paine’s argument for equality in a world of established social hierarchies.

  • The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought

  • By: Professor Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

This course addresses some of the eternal questions that man has grappled with since the beginning of time. What is good? What is bad? Why is justice important? Why is it better to be good and just than it is to be bad and unjust? Most human beings have the faculty to discern between right and wrong, good and bad behavior, and to make judgments over what is just and what is unjust. But why are ethics important to us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By J. Maxwell on 11-02-09

The Idea of the Good

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Reviewed: 02-11-18

This course provides an overview of moral philosophy, with emphasis in greek philosophy (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle). The lectures are organized in order to develop an dialogue between the various philosophers in a way that gives to the listener a better understanding of the diversity of thought. Particularly good is the lecture about Maquiavel. Particularly bad is the omission of pragmatism thought (Pierce, Dewey and James) and its idea of moral philosophy. One has in this course a good introduction in the matter.

  • Wealth of Nations

  • By: Adam Smith
  • Narrated by: Michael Edwards
  • Length: 35 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 250
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    3 out of 5 stars 79
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    4 out of 5 stars 76

This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the effort

  • By Peter on 09-21-04

History and Economy

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Reviewed: 12-20-17

This is a review of the audiobook. Adam Smith’s work is a reflection about the history and the economy of the europeans states in the XVIII century. The author laid his principles on economic analysis throughout an exposition of historical facts carefully chosen in order to demonstrate his main thesis: public and private wealth flourish in an environment of liberty. One must not be a specialist in economy to understand the book, though some knowledge of history helps to follow the author’s line of thought. The section of the book in which Adam Smith examines the role played by the americans colonies in the economic development of the europeans states is quite interesting and reminds me of Eduardo Galeano’s book, The Open Veins of Latin American. Despite the poor quality of the recording, the audiobook is worth listening.

  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,000
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You

  • By Sherry on 12-12-10

Short Stories that Inspire

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Reviewed: 11-02-17

This book contains three short stories by O. Henry. The narration is good and the stories inspire the listener. O. Henry writes about human sentiments with delicacy. The stories were selected for the holiday season but are timeless classics. Great and well crafted audiobook.

  • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 61 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
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The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illumination on the dark ages

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-24-14

The Middle Age and the West Civilization in the Making

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Reviewed: 11-02-17

The fourth volume of Will Durant's Story of Civilization covers the Middle Age, with special attention to the Catholic Church and the development of the European States. The narrative flows well except for some war passages. Durant succeeds in pointing the main facts and moments of the Age, a formative period in West Civilization (I'm glad to see that the Author doesn't share the idea that this was a "dark period"). A book worth reading (listening)!

  • The Modern Scholar: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

  • By: Prof. Peter Kreeft
  • Narrated by: Peter Kreeft
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

An enthusiastic admirer of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, professor and philosopher Peter Kreeft details the rational thought and precise literary talent that established Aquinas as the foremost thinker of his time - and as the most important philosopher for the almost 200 years between Aristotle and Descartes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what an introduction to Aquinas should be.

  • By criticaltom on 04-04-10

Philosophy and Common Sense

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Reviewed: 07-15-17

The exposition of Thomas Aquinas's philosophy and the description of his systematic approach are two features of this enlightening course. The lectures are clear and the subjects are presented in an order that facilitates the understanding of Aquinas thought. Professor Peter Kreeft argues that Aquinas, when discussed philosophy's questions, often assumes the default position, the common sense answer. Because he had a deep understanding of his predecessors, he could articulate their thought pointing to what he considered their achievements and faults. In such a careful study, the extreme positions are often avoided. The course succeeds in presenting Aquinas thought and it relevance.