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Keith

Keith London, United Kingdom
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  • "Best left unread in Umberto Eco's l..."

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    The author recommends leaving many books unread in the library. This should probably be one of them. The style is arrogant, condescending with frequent personal attacks on those he disagrees with. His idea that extreme unpredictable events occur, are often of enormous significance, need to be considered and are routinely ignored is a point worth making and elaborating. The first part of the book explains this idea at a length that sometimes becomes tedious. He then goes on a tirade against use of statistics. But instead of explaining how stats are used badly he launches an attack on the tools themselves, particularly the Normal distribution, not its use but the tool itself as if it were evil incarnate. I thought that maybe he did understand something about the mathematics he was ranting against although he so often seemed to get it wrong but gradually changed my mind as his interpretations became more misleading. What underlies his apparent hatred for Carl Frederick Gauss is not clear but I gave up with any sympathy for his approach when he started attacking the Uncertainty Principle as not relevant because (he says) it is Gaussian. He litters the book with the names of famous people, many of them mathematicians, he appears to adore Benoit Mandelbrot and Henri Poincare but oddly enough not Rene Thom. I found the book quite objectionable not because I disagreed with it or because of its style but because it has so much disinformation; this is presumably intentional as the author tells us early on that information is nearly always bad for us. If there is an abridged version of the book, cut down to less than fifty pages it might be worth reading, otherwise give it a miss.

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    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Peter says: "A magazine article posing as a book"
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A Peek at Elija Button's Bookshelf

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Elija Button's greatest hits:
  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    "YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK... OR YOU WILL DIE"

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    I'm a security professional, mainly working with computers, but physical security factors a fair bit in my day-to-day activities too. Social Engineering is one of those modern names for the oldest form of attack, something that we are all capable of doing and also capable of falling foul to. Pretexting is used in literature and film all the time to get the story moving; undercover cops, turncoats, spies and double agents, and insider trading are all roles that rely on the ability of the character to engineer social situations to their benefit - and this is no different in real life. The author is a proven expert in social engineering and his involvement in The Real Hustle is testament to his ability to fool people into doing something he wants them to for his benefit. This is not a me me me book, like the Mitnick books in the same genre, instead this really is an exposition of the social science of hacking the human, with all the psychology and rationale explained perfectly for the layman. After reading this you will be better equipped to see through the fraudsters, better engage with salesmen and get the price you want for that rug down the local market. This is a must read if you are in any way interested in this topic, whether as layman or professional. Five stars.

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barry desmond 09/04/2013 Member Since 2009
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  • "A great mind"

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    After having listened to two other titles written and read by Christopher Hitchens this finished off an insatiable desire to hear this mans views on a wide range of topics.Also worth looking up his work on youtube in the defence of atheism. Agreat mind which will be badly missed.

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    Arguably

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    For over 40 years, Christopher Hitchens wrote, with passionate commitment, on matters that others feared to broach. This assortment of essays spans his whole career and encompasses his writing on politics, literature, and religion. It is the most comprehensive collection of Hitchens' work, and contains all aspects of his wide repertoire as journalist, polemicist, and critic.

    judith says: "Intellectual and noble"

What's Trending in Social Sciences:

  • 4.3 (366 ratings)
    The Psychopath Test (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Jon Ronson

    The Psychopath Test

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
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    This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

    Elizabeth says: "Very enjoyable"
  • 4.5 (312 ratings)
    Outliers: The Story of Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    Dawn says: "Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"
  • 4.3 (256 ratings)
    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Ariely Narrated by Simon Jones

    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Graham says: "enjoyed each time I listened"
  • 4.6 (226 ratings)
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher McDougall Narrated by Fred Sanders

    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
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    Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

    richard says: "Born to Run"
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  • 4.3 (193 ratings)
    Blink (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Blink

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
  • 4.4 (133 ratings)
    Them: Adventures with Extremists (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Jon Ronson

    Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
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    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    Boggy of Bucks says: "Enjoyable"
  • 4.5 (131 ratings)
    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Forsyth Narrated by Simon Shepherd

    The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    A quirky, entertaining and thought-provoking tour of the unexpected connections between words, read by Simon Shepherd. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words.

    max says: "Very good"
  • 4.5 (95 ratings)
    Mastery (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Greene Narrated by Fred Sanders

    Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
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    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Adam says: "Not a revelation"
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Stewart Webb says: "More Fact Pact Bryson"
  • David and Goliath (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    David and Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
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    David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

    James says: "Swing and a miss"
  • The God Delusion (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

    The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
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    Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
    Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
    Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

    As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    A says: "Masterpiece"
  • Mastery (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Greene Narrated by Fred Sanders

    Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Adam says: "Not a revelation"
  •  
  • Outliers: The Story of Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    Dawn says: "Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"
  • Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky (






UNABRIDGED) by Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor) Narrated by Robin Bloodworth

    Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Bloodworth
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    (3)
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    (2)

    A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • Arguably (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Hitchens Narrated by Simon Prebble

    Arguably

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    For over 40 years, Christopher Hitchens wrote, with passionate commitment, on matters that others feared to broach. This assortment of essays spans his whole career and encompasses his writing on politics, literature, and religion. It is the most comprehensive collection of Hitchens' work, and contains all aspects of his wide repertoire as journalist, polemicist, and critic.

    judith says: "Intellectual and noble"
  • The Psychopath Test (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Ronson Narrated by Jon Ronson

    The Psychopath Test

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (124)

    This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

    Elizabeth says: "Very enjoyable"
  •  
  • Blink (






UNABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    Blink

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

    Jane says: "Enjoyable, but goes in an unexpected direction"
  • Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword) Narrated by A. T. Chandler

    Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher Hadnagy, Paul Wilson (foreword)
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
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    (15)
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    (16)

    From elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the Science & Technology behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering. Kevin Mitnick - one of the most famous social engineers in the world - popularized the term social engineering. He explained that it is much easier to trick someone into revealing a password than to exert the effort of hacking.

    Elija Button says: "YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK... OR YOU WILL DIE"
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (






ABRIDGED) by Malcolm Gladwell Narrated by Malcolm Gladwell

    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a best-selling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning?

    Marcia says: "Thought provoking"
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Ariely Narrated by Simon Jones

    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Graham says: "enjoyed each time I listened"
  • An Open Letter to All Regarding Donald Sterling (






UNABRIDGED) by Bryant T. Jordan Narrated by Bob Angel

    An Open Letter to All Regarding Donald Sterling

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bryant T. Jordan
    • Narrated By Bob Angel
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    Simply put, An Open Letter to ALL Regarding Donald Sterling is a 112 page must-read, thought-provoking audiobook, and one that should inspire a great deal of debate! Author Bryant T. Jordan examines and breaks down, not only the exact words of Donald Sterling as recorded by V. Stiviano in the infamous TMZ and Deadspin recordings, but those of NBA celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and Isiah Thomas.

  • The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade (






UNABRIDGED) by Nancy Howell Lee Narrated by Claire Slemmer

    The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy Before Roe v. Wade

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nancy Howell Lee
    • Narrated By Claire Slemmer
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    In the years before Roe v. Wade, women seeking to end their unwanted pregnancies had limited options - many of them dangerous, even potentially fatal, and nearly all of them illegal. This groundbreaking work by sociologist Nancy Howell Lee, first published in 1969, takes an intimate look at the entire abortion process - from the initial decision to terminate a pregnancy through the procedure itself and the aftermath - providing an incomparable view of what is still one of the most controversial and divisive issues in America.

  • Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument: Rhetoric & Public Affairs (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn M. Olson, Michael William Pfau, Benjamin Ponder, Kirt H. Wilson Narrated by Stuart Appleton

    Making the Case: Advocacy and Judgment in Public Argument: Rhetoric & Public Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kathryn M. Olson, Michael William Pfau, Benjamin Ponder, and others
    • Narrated By Stuart Appleton
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    The authors examine the dynamic interplay of texts and their concomitant rhetorical situations by drawing on a number of case studies, including controversial constitutional arguments put forward by activists and presidents in the 19th century, inventive economic pivots by Franklin Roosevelt and Alan Greenspan, and the rhetorical trajectory and method of Barack Obama.

  • The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue (Plus Baconomics, Superfoods, and Other Secrets from the World of Food Trends) (






UNABRIDGED) by David Sax Narrated by David Sax

    The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue (Plus Baconomics, Superfoods, and Other Secrets from the World of Food Trends)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Sax
    • Narrated By David Sax
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    In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax uncovers the world of food trends: Where they come from, how they grow, and where they end up. Traveling from the South Carolina rice plot of America's premier grain guru to Chicago's gluttonous Baconfest, Sax reveals a world of influence, money, and activism that helps decide what goes on your plate.

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  • The Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy (






UNABRIDGED) by George G. M. James Narrated by Anthony Stewart

    The Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George G. M. James
    • Narrated By Anthony Stewart
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    In this classic work, Professor George G. M. James methodically shows how the Greeks first borrowed and then stole the knowledge from the Priests of the African (Egyptian) Mystery System. He shows how the most popular philosophers including Thales, Anaximander, Plato and Socrates were all treated as men bringing a foreign teaching to Greece. A teaching so foreign that they were persecuted for what they taught.

  • Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Dr. Peggy Drexler Narrated by Aimee Jolson

    Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dr. Peggy Drexler
    • Narrated By Aimee Jolson
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    In Our Fathers, Ourselves, research psychologist, author and scholar Dr. Peggy Drexler examines the ways in which the father-daughter bond impacts women and offers helpful advice for creating a better, stronger, more rewarding relationship. Through her extensive research and interviews with women, Dr. Drexler paints an intimate, timely portrait of the modern father-daughter relationship.

  • Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture (






UNABRIDGED) by Joel Best Narrated by Gabriel Vaughan

    Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joel Best
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan
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    Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians - of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read "USA - Number 1." Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from "Academy Award winner!" to "Best Neighborhood Pizza!" In Everyone's a Winner, Joel Best - acclaimed author of Damned Lies and Statistics - shines a bright light on the increasing abundance of status in our society and considers what it all means.