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Mainstream views

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Reviewed: 18-02-20

Mainstream, name dropping, unimaginative views on various topics written in CEO-speak. This is a monopolist CEO type person, the kind of person we need to be reigning in, who has gained an unfair monopoly. His hollow pleas to say "we've changed" we're breathtaking. To listen to him boast about his adventures meeting world leaders begging for his industry to be regulated, thereby solidifying his company's market share, its pretty horrifying to think these people have the arrogance to try to speak on behalf of the industry when they are the problem.

The lack of irony and self awareness is disappointing, only once does he show a glimmer of self aware thinking when he talked about Github, but even then he's thinking about a company Microsoft acquired. It's just amazing he doesn't realize this is the problem not the solution. "oh there goes an independent profitable and innovative company, quick let's aquire it"

Avoid this audio book unless you like hearing what the mainstream CEO types are telling themselves.

Surprisingly good despite the title

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Reviewed: 19-01-20

Using detailed case studies this audio book is an analysis of the dynamics of data breaches, defender VS attacker, collective action by stakeholders VS independent entities acting in self interest. Questions of liability in the wake of data breaches are answered through the lens of the case studies.

**Ignore the title** of this audio book and buy it anyway.

Notwithstanding the silly sensationalist title of this book which doesn't match the high quality of the content, this is a sober analysis that answers the questions it poses.
I like the fact this book doesn't suffer a victim complex .... so many books complaining not everyone is doing it right and if only they could have read their book the world would be wonderful... So many authors of business books seem to think if we aren't being constantly told this book will solve world hunger then we won't buy the book.
The title must have been written by someone other than the author because clearly it tries to be sensationalist, whereas the author thankfully is clearly rational and knowledgeable.

Message to the author: thanks for writing this, found it interesting and helpful, however next time make sure you have the rights to name the title

Can we talk about the narrator

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Reviewed: 17-09-19

Stunning narration. The best I have ever heard. Some reviews on here are criticizing the narrator for the drama and passion but I don't understand these people. Outstanding performance. I will definitely be investigating what other audio books are available from this narrator.

The book itself is top draw. I found Blight on YouTube in his Yale lecture series on the Civil War which I have gone through 5 times, so for me getting this book was a no brainer. He doesn't disappoint, this is great biography. In the book you can occasionally hear little Blightisms come through, especially when the book's attention shifts to Douglass' wife. Loved it.

Instant classic

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Reviewed: 13-07-19

An instant classic. Big update and improvement upon Russell's. Interesting and relevant bio of each philosopher in the time line. A thoughtful history, well composed, it shows a great sense of balanced judgements, he's generous to those he doesn't agree with. If this was released anonymously I would have still loved this but I do admit I've been long time fan of A. C. Grayling, Towards the Light and Among Dead Cities have been influential on me over the last ten years since I read them.

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Laugh out loud funny

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Reviewed: 29-10-18

I really want to read a review by someone who didn't know the reader is playing a character from a TV show. But I wish we could have had more interaction with Clem Fandango.

how to listen to this audiobook

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Reviewed: 03-09-17

What did you like most about Challenger Revealed?

I strongly advocate listening to this book if you are interested in the Reagan years. We get a fantastic insight into William Rogers who shows up in Nixon era history. Also this book would be an interesting case study for people who want to know how large organisations can make a bad decision, how a project can have conflicting objectives leading to lives lost.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard C. Cook?

The author reads his own work, therefore not professionally produced. I recommend the following: put the playback speed to 1.2x then the pauses are less pronounced, and do not listen to any other audiobooks until this one is completed so you get used to the sound quality

Any additional comments?

thank you Mr Cook for writing this book. You are too humble and you did amazing work. Listeners of this audiobook recognise your contribution and hard work. Personally reading your own book must have been tough but cathartic? Thank you!

Humble and interesting military mémoire

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Reviewed: 03-09-17

Would you listen to Submarine Commander again? Why?

Memoir of this submarine captain's rise through the ranks, from ensign to his command on a submarine, as the most senior submarine captain in the US Navy. So this book is primarily about one officer serving on submarines. It reads as a series of anecdotes, some very funny, some tragic. The period covered is approximately 1939 starting operations in the Atlantic, his junior officer roles in the early parts of the war, his rise to executive officer on a combat submarine hunting Japanese convoys, his work on the Japanese mainland during the occupation, the uneasy peace, and finally his intelligence operations as captain aboard his own submarine at the start of the Korean war ~1950. The author did continue his career after this period however the narrative of this memoire stops around 1950 when he finishes his command of submarines. I feel like this memoire might have an unpublished sequel, covering the political half of his career in Washington?

The most enjoyable aspect of this book were the gritty reality, the day to day stories of what the military life was really like on submarines during the second world war, the mind-numbing boredom, the boisterous pranks, the frustration at commanding officers, the terror of diving below test depth, the excitement of doing a dipys doodle (driving upwards at full speed at 45 degree+ angle and pop out of the sea), missing wives, the temptations of prostitutes in port, the food, the beer. This is a full memoir of military life.

The author strikes a balance between soft stuff, his private thoughts about the officers he was serving with at each phase (including a captain he lost respect for), but we also get a lot of really interesting technical detail about what it was like to run the last two generations of diesel submarines, about the unreliable technology and ingenious solutions, hard work and various challenges of submarining.

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would recommend to Nixon buffs

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Reviewed: 31-07-17

Having listened twice to this I would recommend it to people interested in having a deep understanding of how Nixon's lies compounded and eventually ruined him. I've listened to pretty much every Nixon or 1970 book on Audible, this one I recommend as the most thoroughly researched, in this audio book we get a narrative of Nixon's attempts to shut the Watergate investigations down, in the form of summaries of dozens of recorded conversations in chronological order. The author was the Nixon aide initially involved in the actual coverups paying bribes to the men caught in the Watergate burglary, ended up top of Nixon's enemy list, so it's mandatory to get this perspective. This is not a hit piece, it's basically a scholarly analysis of the tapes, plus a little commentary. Voice actor is superb and the production is faultless. SUMMARY: do not buy if this is your first or only Nixon book (get Robert Dalek on Nixon and Kissinger), however if you ever want to really understand Nixon's presidency or the Watergate scandal then this is required reading.

Complicated war

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Reviewed: 18-07-17

Enjoyed the audio book, it's very complicated subject, this audio book was a nice intro for me, I intend to keep studying and probably re-listen to this.

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Outstanding biography of the man

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Reviewed: 11-05-17

Too many biographies of men of consequence turn into histories of those events and times , not here. This is a portrait of the man from humble beginnings to the end.

I have listened to about 15 books on the Nixon presidency and it was fresh to me to hear about the early days, first campaigns etc. We are treated to an exciting narrative of the Hiss scandal.

This book was balanced and fair so unfortunately lacking in the justifiable hate for the man. Many people looking to satisfy a prejudice against him or for him will find plenty of material here to satisfy a preexisting bias but actually this is fine professional history. I noticed gaps such as Nixon's junkets in the wilderness years, his dark dealings with foreign powers especially Iran (see Oil Kings by Cooper on Audible) and the midnight prayer with Kissinger (see Nixon and Kissinger by Dalek on Audible). And was sad when we skip quickly through the Yom Kippur war. I wanted to see that but if it was that detailed it would be 100 hours long.

Overall.. 5/5 for enjoyable sweep over a complex man. This is better for not being a history of the Nixon years, it is good to see it sticking to the man not the times.

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