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  • Trumpocracy

  • The Corruption of the American Republic
  • By: David Frum
  • Narrated by: David Frum, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P45 warts and all

  • By Paul Muers on 14-06-18

Insightful book

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Reviewed: 01-07-18

Insightful book, admirably non-partisan.

The reader doesn’t always make it clear when he’s quoting, otherwise well read.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Well researched, accessible, convincing

  • By Jim Vaughan on 26-11-12

Excellent, but could have been denser

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Reviewed: 25-09-16

Excellent book, but it could have been denser: many points are explained repeatedly and rather wordily. Still an outstanding listen overall though.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Magnum Opus in every sense!

  • By Jeremy on 14-05-12

Masterpiece, albeit somewhat bloated

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Reviewed: 05-05-16

An excellent book on the decline of violence. I recommend it to everyone who tries to understand global society. My only complaints are

1. The needless use of obscure words
2. The length. The book could be squeezed down to half its length without much being lost.