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    • Debt - Updated and Expanded

    • The First 5,000 Years
    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here, anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: He shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great insights but theme is hard to follow

    • By ProfGolf on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Bullshit Jobs

    • A Theory
    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”. It went viral. After a million online views in 17 different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Premise and theory ok....but it just drags on and on. PLUS a cringe-worthy narration.

    • By HungryHippo on 07-29-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • The Utopia of Rules

    • On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy
    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    Anthropologist David Graeber - one of our most important and provocative thinkers - traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice...though he also suggests there may be something perversely appealing - even romantic - about bureaucracy.     

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Insightful

    • By Edwin on 10-25-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Democracy Project

    • A History, a Crisis, a Movement
    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution - from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we - average citizens - make change happen? David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes listeners on a journey through the idea of democracy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must-read: such insight, an awakening!

    • By Kevin on 10-15-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Bullshit Jobs

    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber, read by Christopher Ragland. Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working 15-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today, average working hours have not decreased but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society: bullshit jobs. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Start thinking

    • By Anonymous User on 12-04-18

    Regular price: $26.17

    • Schulden

    • Die ersten 5000 Jahre
    • By: David Graeber
    • Narrated by: Patrick Feiter
    • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
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    Seit der Erfindung des Kredits vor 5000 Jahren treibt das Versprechen auf Rückzahlung Menschen in die Sklaverei. Die Geschichte der Menschheit erzählt David Graeber als eine Geschichte der Schulden: Eines moralischen Prinzips, das nur die Macht der Herrschenden stützt. Damit durchbricht er die Logik des Kapitalismus und befreit unser Denken vom Primat der Ökonomie. Schulden sind nur Versprechungen, so Graeber, und die Welt ist voll von Versprechungen, die nicht gehalten wurden. Jede grundlegende gesellschaftliche Veränderung aber beginnt mit der Frage: Wie können wir eine neue, eine bessere Welt schaffen?

    Regular price: $26.81