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Escaping Oz

An Observer's Reflections
Narrated by: Jim Mosquera
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Economics
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In today's economic and political climate, protecting yourself means asking the right questions. You can't ask the right questions if your mind's encumbered by what you think you may understand. Who's the man behind the curtain? What's this thing we call money? It's not what you think. We've burdened government with all our problems but do they have the capacity to solve them? Do we want them to?

What's the difference between freedom "of" and freedom "from" and why's it important? Why is this one of the most important questions you can ask? I'm putting out an APB for critical thinking skills. We need these skills at this important juncture in our nation's history. Is our political division a permanent condition? What's the one thing we all have in common? Information isn't lacking these days, which is why our ability to sift purposefully through it is critical.

Prepare to meet the future. It always arrives sooner than expected. Are you ready?

©2017 Jim Mosquera (P)2017 Jim Mosquera

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Insightful and a great listen!

This book is deeply insightful, yet enjoyable to listen to. The author does a fantastic job outlining the present state of the economy and answering some of the questions that confuse and cloud our understanding of what are the underlying causes of society's trajectory. Of course, some of the topics make for great debates, but the author does a great job setting up his point of view and engaging the reader in the analysis. If you are tired of not understanding the currents of money, economics, and politics, this is a great book to read or listen to for a refresh and exposure to new topics.

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Clear, Pragmatic Look at the American Condition

In "Escaping Oz: An Observer's Reflections", Jim Mosquera lays bare the realities of economics, politics, law & justice, business ethics, religion, immigration, and so many other complex components that have been blended together, seasoned, and stewed to make up the America ... and the world in which it exists ... today!

Using the metaphor of a shop in an ancient bazaar, Mr. Mosquera walks us through time and function to give us a unique perspective into what was and what is. but subtly implying that it is the reader ... and all the rest ... who will determine what will be. He gives us the data to enrich our knowledge but leaves it to us to define wisdom.

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Very interesting and informative

This book kept me engaged and I learned a lot about the relationship between politics and money. I would definitely purchase another book as Jim Mosquera seems very knowledgeable in this area. My only criticism would be that the author self-narrates and he speaks just a bit too fast for me, although he speaks clearly and his pronunciation is perfect. I often had to go back and re-listen to portions of the audiobook to grasp what was being said. I am currently listening to a fictional story: 2020 Chandler Scott, Book 1 By: Jim Mosquera, Narrated by: Jim Mosquera and again am disappointed in the narration. I slowed the ipod speed which helped, but I think I would enjoy it better if someone else had done the narration. I am really enjoying the storyline in 2020 though.

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So so good

Awesome thought provoking book! I personally believe that this book help me to be able to think for myself and not just draw in the lines! Big thumbs up to the author!

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The economy complexity

Would you listen to Escaping Oz again? Why?

maybe. It complex material and it is hard to understand in the first listen

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Mosquera? Why or why not?

yes. Maybe then I will see the entire picture

Which scene was your favorite?

the subprime crash

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's too complex to listen at once. You need time to do so

Any additional comments?

I don't agree with all of it. Reading the assent of money can help. There are still many controversial ideas that I need to process

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An Intelligent Conversation Piece!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I enjoyed the information provided in simplistic terms. There were patches of humour throughout, preventing it from sounding like a dry lecture.

Any additional comments?

I used to converse daily with several other educated friends. This book reminded me of some of the deep discussions we would engage in. Some points are so basic, even fundamental, it's baffling not everyone sees and understands it.
Other topics were new - almost foreign to me - but the author/narrator made it easy to listen to and follow.
I truly enjoyed this books and its insights. Thank you for a well writen and descriptive book. The examples were elementary, without being juvenile!