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  • Up the Organization | Robert C. Townsend,Warren Bennis

    Up the Organization

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert C. Townsend, Warren Bennis
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Although it was first published more than 35 years ago, Up the Organization continues to top the lists of best business books by groups as diverse as the American Management Association, Strategy + Business (Booz Allen Hamilton), and The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. 1-800-CEO-READ ranks Townsend's best seller first among 80 books that "every manager must read".

    David Cockburn says: "A must read for everyone in a leadership position!"
  • The Irony of American History | Reinhold Niebuhr

    The Irony of American History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Reinhold Niebuhr
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Forged during the tumultuous but triumphant postwar years when America came of age as a world power, The Irony of American History is more relevant now than ever before. Cited by politicians as diverse as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr's masterpiece on the incongruity between personal ideals and political reality is both an indictment of American moral complacency and a warning against the arrogance of virtue.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superlative Book"
  • Escape from Sobibor | Richard Rashke

    Escape from Sobibor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Rashke
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Rashke put a face to the good and the bad!"
  • Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science | David Lindley

    Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, and the Struggle for the Soul of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Lindley
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Werner Heisenberg's "uncertainty principle" challenged centuries of scientific understanding, placed him in direct opposition to Albert Einstein, and put Niels Bohr in the middle of one of the most heated debates in scientific history. Heisenberg's theorem stated that there were physical limits to what we could know about sub-atomic particles; this "uncertainty" would have shocking implications.

    Ryan says: "fascinating insight into the real drama of physics"
  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Revised Edition | David K. Shipler

    Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Arab stereotype portrays the Jew as a brutal, violent coward. The Jewish stereotype portrays the Arab as a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental Pulitzer Prize-winning work, revised in 2002, David Shipler delves into the origins of these prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Shipler examines the process of indoctrination, the far-ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, and the historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism.

  • Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945 | Edward Reicher,Magda Bogin (translator)

    Country of Ash: A Jewish Doctor in Poland, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edward Reicher, Magda Bogin (translator)
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren, Robert Blumenfeld
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    Country of Ash is the starkly compelling, original chronicle of a Jewish doctor who miraculously survived near-certain death, first inside the Lodz and Warsaw ghettoes, where he was forced to treat the Gestapo, then on the Aryan side of Warsaw, where he hid under numerous disguises. He clandestinely recorded the terrible events he witnessed, but his manuscript disappeared during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After the war, reunited with his wife and young daughter, he rewrote his story.

    Happyhomaker says: "Amazing! Heartbreaking...History"
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace | Leonard Mlodinow

    Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
  • The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters | Anthony Pagden

    The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters

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    • By Anthony Pagden
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    One of our most renowned and brilliant historians takes a fresh look at the revolutionary intellectual movement that laid the foundation for the modern world. Liberty and equality. Human rights. Freedom of thought and expression. Belief in reason and progress. The value of scientific inquiry. These are just some of the ideas that were conceived and developed during the Enlightenment, and which changed forever the intellectual landscape of the Western world.

    Gary says: "How they thought about thinking about nature"
  • Martin Heidegger | George Steiner

    Martin Heidegger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By George Steiner
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    With characteristic lucidity and style, Steiner makes Heidegger's immensely difficult body of work accessible to the general reader. In a new introduction, Steiner addresses language and philosophy and the rise of Nazism. "It would be hard to imagine a better introduction to the work of philosopher Martin Heidegger." (George Kateb, The New Republic)

    Charles says: "A great commentary on Heidegger's thought."
  • Freedom Evolves | Daniel C. Dennett

    Freedom Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Daniel C. Dennett
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Can there be freedom and free will in a deterministic world? Renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett emphatically answers "yes!" Using an array of provocative formulations, Dennett sets out to show how we alone among the animals have evolved minds that give us free will and morality. Weaving a richly detailed narrative, Dennett explains in a series of strikingly original arguments - drawing upon evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, and philosophy - that far from being an enemy of traditional explorations of freedom, morality, and meaning, the evolutionary perspective can be an indispensable ally.

    Gary says: "I knew I was going to like this book"
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon | Jose Saramago,Giovanni Pontiero (translator)

    The History of the Siege of Lisbon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    In this "ingenious" novel (New York Times) by "one of Europe's most original and remarkable writers" (Los Angeles Times), a proofreader's deliberate slip opens the door to romance-and confounds the facts of Portugal's past.

  • How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City | Joan DeJean

    How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City

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    • By Joan DeJean
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    At the start of the 17th century, Paris was known for a few monuments, but it had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like many European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But within a century, Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we now know. Most people associate the signature characteristics of Paris with the 19th century. Joan DeJean demonstrates that the Parisian model for urban space was in fact invented two centuries earlier, when the first full design for the French capital was implemented.

    Mary says: "The text refers to illustrations"
  • A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State | Charles Freeman

    A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Freeman
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    In A.D. 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict defined Christian orthodoxy and brought to an end a lively and wide-ranging debate about the nature of God; all other interpretations were now declared heretical.

    brett says: "Dont pass it up"
  • Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris | Edmund White

    Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

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    • By Edmund White
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. But in middle age, he discovered the new anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. When he left 15 years later to take a teaching position in the U.S., he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and in his work as a journalist, he’d made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

    kgohl says: "Tiresome"
  • The Stories of Paul Bowles | Paul Bowles

    The Stories of Paul Bowles

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    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Joe Barrett, Victor Bevine, and others
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    An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story - the genre he preferred and soon mastered.Bowles' s short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry.

    D. Donohue says: "Mesmerizing and beautifully produced"
  • Jurgen | James Branch Cabell

    Jurgen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James Branch Cabell
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    James Branch Cabell's career was short-lived - his works fit neatly within the 1920s literary escapist culture and then quickly declined in popularity as the author veered away from the fantasy niche. In his heyday, Cabell garnered praise from several of his contemporaries such as H. L. Mencken and Sinclair Lewis. Lewis even acknowledged Cabell's successful Jurgen in his 1930 Nobel Prize address.

    troconn the destroyer says: "I think a must read..."
  • Bernini's Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini | Sarah McPhee

    Bernini's Beloved: A Portrait of Costanza Piccolomini

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    • By Sarah McPhee
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    With lips slightly parted and eyes fixed on a point in the distance, a breathtaking marble portrait of Costanza Piccolomini appears alive. Carved by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1636 - 37 for his own pleasure, the portrait of Costanza is one of his most captivating works, but until now little has been known about its subject. For centuries Costanza was identified only as Bernini's mistress, who later incited his rage by betraying him for his brother. Author Sarah McPhee corrects and expands this story in her remarkable biography of a sculpture and its subject.

    Harley says: "Hard to evaluate"
  • The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously | Marc Zvi Brettler,Peter Enns,Daniel J. Harrington

    The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marc Zvi Brettler, Peter Enns, Daniel J. Harrington
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways? The Bible and the Believer brings together three distinguished biblical scholars--one Jewish, one Catholic, and one Protestant--to illustrate how to read the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament critically and religiously.

    BDemme says: "Great Content"
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ | Jose Saramago,Giovanni Pontiero (translator)

    The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    A brilliant skeptic, Jose Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and, as only Saramago can, he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen.

    Gaurav says: "A dry, wry retelling of the story of Jesus Christ"
  • Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners | Michael Erard

    Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

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    • By Michael Erard
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
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    We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages...or seventy? In Babel No More, Michael Erard, "a monolingual with benefits," sets out on a quest to meet language superlearners and make sense of their mental powers. On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like Italian cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages; Emil Krebs, a pugnacious German diplomat, who spoke sixty-eight languages; and Lomb Kat, a Hungarian who taught herself Russian by reading Russian romance novels.

    Faisal Mohammad Abdullah Ahmad Karkari says: "Great read"
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