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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 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.

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    • Take THAT Amazon's Suggestion Engine!

    • By Dan Collins on 12-17-16

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    • A Macat Analysis of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • By: Eric Lybeck
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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    In his 2007 book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb says the Black Swans of his title can appear at any time, in the form of financial crises, wars, and other unexpected events that have profound, irreversible consequences. Taleb draws on philosophy, mathematics, economics, and other disciplines to explain in plain English why we seldom prepare for these events adequately. The way our brains process knowledge lull us into believing the future will resemble the past.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks

    • By: Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks offers a radical analysis of the psychological effects of colonization on the colonized. Born in 1925 on the island of Martinique - at the time a French colony - Fanon witnessed firsthand the abuses of white colonizers and the system's effects on his country. His revulsion was only confirmed later in life when he worked as a psychiatrist in Algeria, another French colony. Fanon's work played a pivotal role in the civil rights movements of the 1960s and was later taken up by scholars of postcolonialist studies.

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    • Don't waste money on this!

    • By joshua eli scuteri on 02-07-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Edward Said's Orientalism

    • By: Riley Quinn
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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    Western thinking about the Middle and Far East has been distorted by stereotype and inaccuracy. This argument lies at the center of Palestinian-American literary theorist Edward Said's groundbreaking book, Orientalism. Originally published in 1978, it cemented Said's reputation as the father of postcolonial studies.

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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
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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 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.

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    • Good Overview and Context

    • By Tristan Copeland on 04-11-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality Vol. 1: The Will to Knowledge

    • By: Chiara Briganti, Rachele Dini
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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    Michel Foucault had already written extensively about medicine, madness, and prisons. But in the latter days of his career, he turned to the subject of sexuality, planning six volumes on the subject. He completed three before dying of an AIDS-related illness in 1984. Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol. 1 is a study of the evolution of cultural ideas about sex in the West since the end of the 17th century. Volume two looked at attitudes toward sex in ancient Greece; volume three investigated sex in ancient Rome.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

    • By: Brittany Pheiffer Noble
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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    What is the nature of our personal relationship with God? That's the core question of Fear and Trembling. If God asks us to do something we instinctively feel is unethical, must we obey and have faith that he knows best? Examining this question, Danish philosopher Kierkegaard considers the biblical story in which God commands Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. His unique reading of the story breaks new ground, focusing on our relationship with God at an individual level.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Gustavo Gutiérrez's A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation

    • By: Marthe Hesselmans, Jonathan Teubner
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez's 1971 book, A Theology of Liberation, provides an inspiring and groundbreaking argument as to how Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should act in support of the poor. The Catholic Church had traditionally seen itself as politically neutral. In the 1960s and 1970s, however, reformers such as Gutiérrez urged it to seriously address real-world issues such as poverty and oppression.

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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 Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations

    • By: John Collins
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    More than 200 years after Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations, governments around the world continue to address many of the issues discussed in the book. The most powerful states in the world are still committed to international trade, but questions are repeatedly asked about the role of governments in the economy and the effectiveness of the free market.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners

    • By: Simon Taylor, Tom Stammers
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    American author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's 1996 work, Hitler's Willing Executioners, is one of the most controversial history books of modern times. While most historians have sought to explain the horror of the Holocaust by focusing on Nazi leaders and their ideologies, Goldhagen set out to investigate whether ordinary Germans enthusiastically embraced their goals. His conclusion: "eliminationist anti-Semitism" - a genocidal hatred of Jews unique to Germany - caused the Holocaust.

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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
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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 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
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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 Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

    • By: Helen Roche
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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    US-born historian of Europe Timothy Snyder first published Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin in 2010. In it, he argues that previous accounts of World War II have kept Nazi and Soviet crimes unduly separate, with much more attention paid to Adolf Hitler's atrocities than Joseph Stalin's. Snyder's view is that a definitive history of the period must depict the suffering of all of the conflict's victims.

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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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    • A Macat Analysis of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan

    • By: Jeremy Kleidosty, Ian Jackson
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    First published in 1651, Leviathan drove important discussions about where kings get their authority to rule and what those kings must, in turn, do for their people. This is known as the "social contract". Thomas Hobbes wrote the book while exiled from his native England following the English Civil War that unseated King Charles I. In the face of England's radical - if temporary - rejection of its monarchy, Hobbes wanted to explain why it was important to have a strong central government, which in his time meant having a sovereign at its head.

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    • A Macat Analysis of John Maynard Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

    • By: John Collins
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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    In his 1936 book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Keynes argued that traditional economics has misunderstood the causes of unemployment. Employment is not determined by the price of labor; it is directly linked to demand in the economy. Keynes believed market economies are by nature unstable and so require government intervention. Spurred on by the social catastrophe of the Great Depression of the 1930s, Keynes set out to change the way the world thinks about economics.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • No substance. Repetitive.

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-28-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality

    • By: Don Berry
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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    On the Genealogy of Morality was written in 1887 when Friedrich Nietzsche was at the height of his powers as a philosopher and master of German prose writing. Here, he criticizes the idea that there is just one conception of moral goodness, dissecting the contemporary practice of morality and looking at it from a historical viewpoint. Rather than following a metaphysical or religious approach, Nietzsche adopts a naturalistic framework, which is grounded in history and natural science, to understand our concepts of good and evil in the Christianized Western world.

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