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    • A Macat Analysis of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex

    • By: Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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    De Beauvoir's book charted the oppression of "the second sex" in terms never before seen in the academic world. Her most startling theory became a rallying cry for the feminist movement: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." She argued that gender identity was shaped by upbringing in a world ruled by men. A leading light in the existentialist movement, de Beauvoir applied the radical philosophy of personal choice and freedom to argue that women were subjugated in every area of life.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Leon Festinger's A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

    • By: Camille Morvan, Alexander J. O'Connor
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why do we want to justify our decisions, even if they appear to be irrational? The answer lies in cognitive dissonance, the mental discomfort we experience when we hold two contradictory beliefs at the same time. In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, first published in 1957, American social psychologist Leon Festinger investigates the problem. Festinger puts forward the idea that we have developed mechanisms to try to deal with the stress brought on by cognitive dissonance.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Burton G. Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing

    • By: Nick Burton
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Since it was first published in 1973, A Random Walk Down Wall Street has been a highly influential best seller. Burton G. Malkiel demolishes the idea that investment "experts" can predict stock price changes and thereby "beat the market." With all available information that could affect the value of a company's shares known almost instantly to all investors, Malkiel says, shares quickly find the price that reflects that information. This is known as the efficient market hypothesis.

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    • A Macat Analysis of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice

    • By: Filippo Diongi, Jeremy Kleidosty
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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    Issues of human rights and freedoms always inflame passions, and John Rawls's A Theory of Justice will do the same. Published in 1971, it links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services - as long as they benefit the worst off in society.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Overview and Context

    • By Tristan Copeland on 04-11-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of C. L. R. James's The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

    • By: Nick Broten
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Published in 1938, Cyril Lionel Robert (C. L. R.) James' The Black Jacobins is the little-known story of the only successful slave revolution known in history. It was this 12-year struggle of the African slaves in the French colony of San Domingo that led to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. The uprising was inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution that had begun in 1789, just two years before, and in this work James goes to great lengths to show the relationship between the two upheavals.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Charles P. Kindleberger's Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

    • By: Nick Burton
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Charles P. Kindleberger's Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises was first published in 1978, the world was entering a new period of global economic turbulence. Established economists based their analyses on the assumption that investors act rationally, and these economists often communicated their ideas with dry, technical language. Kindleberger rebelled against convention. Using a more literary and descriptive style, he came up with a new view.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is a "cliff notes' version of the book

    • By C. Tanner on 10-12-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics

    • By: Laura E. B. Key, Brittany Pheiffer Noble
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics was first published in 1916, three years after his death. The book aims to explain Saussure's theory that all languages share an underlying structure, and that this underlying structure is the same, regardless of historical or cultural context. Although the book marked a break with the traditional, history-focused study of linguistics of the time, Saussure still uses examples based on more traditional studies.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unbearable

    • By Two Fathoms on 06-16-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future

    • By: Don Berry
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What might society look like if we were brave enough to emerge fully from the shadow of the Christian God? The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche explores this intriguing question in his 1886 work, Beyond Good and Evil. Going further, Nietzsche then asks of his "philosophers of the future" that they take on the challenge of supplying humanity with new ideals to live by.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue

    • By: Jon W. Thompson
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a book for anyone who wants to understand exactly what we mean by ethics and morality today. One of the most vital and controversial works in the 20th-century world of moral philosophy, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue examines how we think about, talk about, and act out our moral views in the modern world. Finding that the ways in which we engage in our moral reasoning have no common standard of judgment, MacIntyre's 1981 book challenges many contemporary theories of morals.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great analysis very helpful

    • By Lylianp on 10-13-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    • By: Jonah S. Rubin
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A self-educated man, Eric Hoffer was most likely born in 1898. He wrote in his spare time after doing shifts on the San Francisco docks, where he continued to work, even after becoming a successful author. Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts who were trying to work out how these movements became so powerful focused on their leaders and the ideas they trumpeted.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Hoffer not analyzed

    • By Lawrence A. on 09-20-16

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

    • By: Pádraig Belton
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Published in 1980, Michael E. Porter's Competitive Strategy went against the accepted wisdom of the time that said firms should focus on expanding their market share. Porter claimed they should, in fact, analyze the five forces that mold the environment in which they compete: new entrants, substitute products, buyers, suppliers, and industry rivals. Then they could rationally choose one of three "generic strategies" - lowering cost, differentiating their product, or catering to a niche market.

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    • A Macat Analysis of C. Wright Mills's The Sociological Imagination

    • By: Robert Easthope
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When American sociologist C. Wright Mills's The Sociological Imagination was first published in 1959, it provoked much hostile reaction. This was understandable: the book was a hard-hitting attack on how sociology was practiced - and on a number of leading sociologists. Mills was a fierce critic of both modern capitalism and Soviet-style authoritarianism, and argued that the sociology profession failed to look at how people's problems are connected to the structures of the society in which they live.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay's The Federalist Papers

    • By: Jeremy Kleidosty, Jason Xidias
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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    One of the most influential works of political theory ever written, The Federalist Papers collects 85 essays from 1787 and 1788, when the United States was a new country looking to find its way politically. Thomas Jefferson, author of the country's Declaration of Independence and a future US president, called the work "the best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written".

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Waste of a credit

    • By Alan W Guttersen on 05-20-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Carlo Ginzburg's The Night Battles

    • By: Luke Freeman, Etienne Stockland
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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    In his 1966 book, The Night Battles, Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg detailed the lives of peasant people who were marginalized in their own society and have been all but forgotten in ours. He created a new school of study, microhistory, which has influenced thinkers from a range of different disciplines. The Night Battles looks at the witch trials of a small group of peasants in 16th-century Italy who believed they turned into animals at night to ward off evil spirits and safeguard their crops.

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    • A Macat Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine: "Development," Depoliticization, and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho

    • By: Macat.com
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    Published in 1990, The Anti-Politics Machine is American anthropologist James Ferguson's first book. It discusses international development projects: how they are conceived, researched, and put into practice. Importantly, it also looks at what these projects actually achieve. Ferguson is critical of the idea of development and argues that the process does not take enough account of the daily realities of the communities it is intended to benefit.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

    • By: Mano Toth, Jason Xidias
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    Under the title "Civil Disobedience", American author Henry David Thoreau's essay was originally published in 1866, four years after his death in 1862. It is based on a lecture, "Resistance to Civil Government", that Thoreau gave many years earlier, in 1848. "Civil Disobedience" asked when an individual should actively oppose a government and its justice system. Thoreau's answer was that opposition was legitimate whenever government actions or institutions were unacceptable to an individual's conscience.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Ha-Joon Chang's Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

    • By: Sulaiman Hakemy
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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    Since the 19th century, people have claimed that the prosperity enjoyed by the First World was the result of its devotion to unconstrained economic freedoms. In his 2003 book Kicking Away the Ladder, South Korean economist Ha-Joon Chang claims this was not the case and that, in fact, First World economic success was due to exactly the kinds of state intervention that traditional economic thinking consistently opposes today.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks

    • By: Lorenzo Fusaro, Jason Xidias
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    First published in 1948, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks is an important Marxist work that says we must understand societies both in terms of their economic relationships and their cultural beliefs. Gramsci wanted to explore why Russia had undergone a socialist revolution in 1917 while other European countries had not. So he developed the concept of hegemony, which is the idea that those who hold power in a society can maintain and use that power because of their own grip on cultural values and economic relationships.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth

    • By: Riley Quinn
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    Published in 1961, the year of Frantz Fanon's death, The Wretched of the Earth is both a powerful analysis of the psychological effects of colonization and a rallying cry for violent uprising and independence. The book rejects colonial assumptions that the people of colonized countries need to be guided by their European colonizers because they are somehow less evolved or civilized. Fanon argues that violence is justified to purge colonialism not just from the countries themselves, but from the very souls of their inhabitants.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Take THAT Amazon's Suggestion Engine!

    • By Dan Collins on 12-17-16

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

    • By: Meghan Kallman, Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    How do those in power exercise that power over a state's citizens? French thinker Michel Foucault's 1975 work Discipline and Punish looks to answer this question by investigating the prison system. Foucault does not believe that the modern-day system developed out of reformers' humanitarian concerns. He argues that prison both created and then became part of a bigger system of surveillance that extends throughout society.

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