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  • Blockchain: Ultimate guide to understanding blockchain, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the future of money.

  • By: Mark Gates
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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    4 out of 5 stars 90

Blockchain technology has been called the greatest innovation since the Internet. Governments and companies are rushing to implement blockchain technology in a range of areas that could impact every person on the planet within a few years. Is blockchain technology one of the greatest technological revolutions in history, or is it just hype? Will blockchain technology cause governments and banking systems to change the way they process information, or will it be business as usual? In this book we'll look at the answers to these questions along with addressing the different sides of the arguments for and against blockchain technology. Blockchain is not just bitcoin; blockchain technology is much bigger than bitcoin, and it is predicted to change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good understanding of current Mania.

  • By cosmitron on 02-28-18

Worthwhile

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Reviewed: 12-08-17

Good overview with sufficient detail on nuts and bolts. Too many books in the topic are full of breathless discussion of implications of block chain etc without sufficient explanation of how things work. This book strikes a good balance.

  • Stop the School Bus

  • Getting Education Reform Back on Track
  • By: Gerald N. Tirozzi
  • Narrated by: Mark Whitten
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 5
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    3 out of 5 stars 4
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    3 out of 5 stars 4

From one of the largest organizations of public school principals, this book exposes many misguided school-reform initiatives that are negatively impacting students and educators across the country, and recommends ways to make them more effective. Veteran educator Gerald Tirozzi addresses all the hottest school reform trends including: charter schools, teacher merit pay, Race to the Top, Common Core State Standards, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much rhetoric

  • By James Kirkland on 04-18-16

Too much rhetoric

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Reviewed: 04-18-16

I bought this audiobook to get an overview of current issues in education reform. Instead way too much of this book is an overwrought polemic against a cast of evil characters bent on destroying American public school education. The ratio of rhetoric to useful information is hugely skewed. This is unfortunate because the author has a valuable vantage point on education reform, having served as an educator and in a variety of important policy oriented positions. And I should say that I'm generally sympathetic to his perspective. when he stops excoriating and just discusses an issue, the content is informative. But that is just way too small a portion of the book.