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Grunch of Giants

Narrated by: Andrew Heyl
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Here, Buckminster Fuller takes on the gigantic corporate megaliths that exert increasing control over every aspect of daily life. In the form of a modern allegory, he traces the evolution of these multinational giants from the post-World War II military-industrial complex to the current army of abstract legal entities known as the corporate world. GRUNCH stands for Gross Universal Cash Heist.

©1983 Buckminster Fuller (P)2015 The Estate of Buckminster Fuller

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Nice text, unbearable listening

The book by itself seemed good. But the reading seems performed by a reading robot almost-impossible-to-cope-with-the-word-silence-word intonation!!!! very bad audio.

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when smart people speak it is best to listen

I'm a firm believer that anything whose message holds up over the course of time should be reread and shared, this is one of those books. A very distinguished life or a lot was done to positively impact the world that you live in today his thoughts are deep and a bit mind boggling but well worth engaging with

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So many run-on sentences it’s hard to follow

Just waiting for the author to make his points is painful. The unnecessarily conjoined words also don’t help to communicate the ideas.

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Extremely dated, rambling focus.

The book talks about how modern capitalism is unfair and greedy, but rambles on and on and is not specific about how the military industrial complex has taken over politics and social systems.

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Excellently written, concise view of the world today and yesterday

This book is a concise and to the point synopsis of R. Buckminster Fuller’s view and take regarding life on planet Earth. Andrew Heyl does a wonderful job of narrating a rather complexly written book - kudos Mr. Heyl.

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Timely Again

R. Buckminster Fuller is not easy going. For most people, his thinking is over inclusive and appears tangential. However, Bucky is able to step back and see huge interconnected systems clearly enough to elucidate their complex workings in plain English for the average bright person.
His long life span and constant curiosity helped him tackle here to for unsolvable problems and invent objects and ideas, which still benefit human kind. His cogent, wide ranging thoughts, as well as his ethical commitment to quality of life for all people helped me to over come his run on sentences.
The reader is precise. I decreased the pace to 75% to track better and still had to replay sections.
With POTUS 45 and Kim Jong Un Tweeting about thermonuclear war, a revitalization of this thirty five year old text might be timely and fortuitous.

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A huge and brilliant life work, in a short book.

A huge and brilliant life work, condensed in a short book, to help humanity identify the few that cleverly feed on her.

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Bucky is Brilliant.

Turn off the thinking of corporate purchased mass media. Let focus world livingry and not welfarery or warfarery. No need for those at all.

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This book will expand your context !

This book gives me a new perspective of the world we are living in. Where it is going and WHY. Thank you, Robert Kiyosaki, for bring me to this amazing book.

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save yourself the headache

No flow, no real information. Hours of nonsense and ramblings. It's like the author looked up synonyms for every possible word to make himself look smarter. You'll regularly find yourself saying out loud "what the F are you talking about!"

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  • Jon P
  • 05-17-18

eye opening

along with some other very important information from say the likes of Robert Keyosaki, this book will really have you thinking about why finance is in the state it is!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-18

on repeat untill i get on my feet.

i enjoy hearing this book like it is my local radio station. i will continue to have this book on repeat until I get on my feet.