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  1. 10.5 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    From the New York Times-bestselling author of Unintended Consequences comes another bold and contrarian book by the man who famously defended capitalism and the one percent at the height of the Occupy movement.Conventional wisdom says income inequality is rising and harmful to nearly everyone, and the rich are to blame. But as Ed Conard shows, anyone who can produce a product valued by the entire economy will find his or her income growing faster than those who are limited by the number of customers they can serve, such as schoolteachers, plumbers, doctors, and lawyers. Consider Taylor Swift, the current queen of pop, who made $64 million in 2014. She earns more because her audience is huge, not because she takes anything away from the tens of millions of fans who happily pay for all those concert tickets, iTunes downloads, and souvenir t-shirts. Her ability to generate value can scale with the economy. The same is true for others who improve the lives of millions, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook. The growing success of innovators doesn’t hurt the rest of the workforce. In fact, the opposite is true—their success increases the demand for our middle and working class labor. Challenging the arguments of liberal economists like Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, Conard reveals the truth about the income inequality panic. And by drawing on a historical study of the ebbs and flows of our economy, he proposes ways to grow the economy faster, which will benefit everyone on the income spectrum.

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    The Upside of Inequality

    10.5 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.9 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    From Phyllis Schlafly, the woman whose celebrated classic A Choice, Not an Echo upended the 1964 Republican Convention, comes a persuasive new argument for a surprising conservative choice: Donald Trump. For the first time since 1980, a significant number of Republicans are considering abandoning their party’s nominee. This is a grave mistake, Schlafly says, because a Donald Trump “radical redirection” could actually set America back on the path of Reagan’s conservative revolution. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly and coauthors Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker set aside the circus of the campaign and zero in on eight defining points of the Trump agenda to convince Republican voters that Donald Trump—improbable as it may seem—is the true conservative they’ve been waiting for.

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    The Conservative Case for Trump by Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, Brett M. Decker

    The Conservative Case for Trump

    4.9 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.1 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Americans today are frustrated and anxious. Our economy is sluggish and leaves workers insecure. Income inequality, cultural divisions, and political polarization increasingly pull us apart. Our governing institutions often seem paralyzed. And our politics has failed to rise to these challenges. No wonder, then, that Americans—and the politicians who represent them—are overwhelmingly nostalgic for a better time. The Left looks back to the middle of the twentieth century, when unions were strong, large public programs promised to solve pressing social problems, and the movements for racial integration and sexual equality were advancing. The Right looks back to the Reagan Era, when deregulation and lower taxes spurred the economy, cultural traditionalism seemed resurgent, and America was confident and optimistic. Each side thinks returning to its golden age could solve America’s problems. In The Fractured Republic, Yuval Levin argues that this politics of nostalgia is failing twenty-first-century Americans. Both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century—as the large, consolidated institutions that once dominated our economy, politics, and culture have fragmented and become smaller, more diverse, and personalized. Individualism, dynamism, and liberalization have come at the cost of dwindling solidarity, cohesion, and social order. This has left us with more choices in every realm of life but less security, stability, and national unity. Both our strengths and our weaknesses are therefore consequences of these changes. And the dysfunctions of our fragmented national life will need to be answered by the strengths of our decentralized, diverse, dynamic nation. Levin argues that this calls for a modernizing politics that avoids both radical individualism and a centralizing statism and instead revives the middle layers of society—families and communities, schools and churches, charities and associations, local governments and markets. Through them, we can achieve not a single solution to the problems of our age but multiple and tailored answers fitted to the daunting range of challenges we face and suited to enable an American revival.

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    The Fractured Republic

    11.1 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 6.2 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Donald Trump isn’t a politician—he’s a one-man wrecking ball against our dysfunctional and corrupt establishment. Now Ann Coulter, with her unique insight, candor, and sense of humor, makes the definitive case for why we should all join his revolution. The three biggest news stories of the 2016 election have been Trump, Trump, and Trump. The media have twisted themselves in knots, trying to grasp how he won over millions of Republicans, whether he really has a shot in November, and what he’d be like as President. But Ann Coulter isn’t puzzled. She knows why Trump was the only one of 17 GOP contenders who captured the spirit of our time. She gets the power of addressing the pain of the silent majority and saying things the PC Thought Police considers unspeakable. She argues that a bull in the china shop is exactly what we need to make America great again. In this short but powerful book, Coulter explains why conservatives, moderates, and even disgruntled Democrats should set aside their doubts and embrace Trump: He’s flipped the GOP from a globalist party to a nationalist party, just when it’s essential that we put America first in our trade deals and alliances. He’s abandoned the GOP’s decades-long commitment to a bellicose foreign policy, at a time when the entire country is sick of unnecessary wars. He’s ended GOP pandering to Hispanics with his hard line on immigration. Working class Americans finally have a champion against open borders and cheap immigrant labor. He’s broken the power of identity politics. It turns out you don’t need to act religious to win the Evangelical vote; or talk about your dad the bartender to win the blue collar vote; or have served in the military to win the military vote. He’s overturned the media’s traditional role in setting the agenda and defining who gets to be considered “presidential.” He’s exposed political consultants as grifters and hacks, most of whom don’t know real voters from a hole in the ground. If you’re already a Trump fan, Ann Coulter will help you defend and promote your position. If you’re not,

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    In Trump We Trust

    6.2 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.2 hrs • 8/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Fossil fuels are bad. Illegal immigration is necessary for the economy. Free markets are arbitrary and cruel. Christians are intolerant. Men and women are exactly the same. The dogma preached by the far left has gone mainstream and the results are frightening: Most of what you hear these days is flat-out wrong. Mark Davis pulls apart the tenets of liberal dogma in Upside Down, a right-side-up correction of everything that’s wrong with today’s topsy-turvy world.

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    Upside Down

    7.2 hrs • 8/15/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.1 hrs • 8/2/2016 • Unabridged

    A deeply reported look inside the new conservative movement working to undermine American democracy. Control of the country is up for grabs—and Republicans have been rigging the game in their favor. Twenty-two states have passed restrictions on voting. Ruthless gerrymandering has given the GOP a long-term grip on Congress. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has eviscerated campaign finance laws, boosting candidgates backed by big money. It would be worrying enough if these were just schemes for partisan advantage. But the reality is even more disturbing. As reporter Zachary Roth reveals, a growing number of Republicans distrust the very idea of democracy—and they’re doing everything they can to limit it. In The Great Suppression, Roth unearths the deep historical roots of this antiegalitarian worldview, and introduces us to its modern-day proponents: the GOP officials pushing to make it harder to cast a ballot; the lawyers looking to scrap all limits on money in politics; the libertarian scholars reclaiming judicial activism to roll back the New Deal; and the corporate lobbyists working to ban local action on everything from the minimum wage to the environment. And he travels from Rust Belt cities to southern towns to show us how these efforts are hurting the most vulnerable Americans and preventing progress on pressing issues. A sharp, searing polemic in the tradition of Rachel Maddow and Matt Taibbi, The Great Suppression is an urgent wake-up call about a threat to our most cherished values, and a rousing argument for why we need democracy now more than ever.

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    The Great Suppression by Zachary Roth

    The Great Suppression

    5.1 hrs • 8/2/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.1 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Gun-rights advocate John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, rebuts recent antigun “factoids” with real statistics. When it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that’s accurate, and data that left-wing billionaires, politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. In The War on Guns, economist and gun-rights advocate John Lott turns a skeptical eye to well-funded antigun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns.

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    The War on Guns by John R. Lott Jr.

    The War on Guns

    5.1 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.2 hrs • 7/25/2016 • Unabridged

    Liberals take great pride in their supposed openmindedness. Yet when it comes to hot-button issues like radical Islam, global warming, and abortion, “openminded” liberals go to great lengths to discredit and suppress the ideas of their opponents. Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak exposes the nineteen key ideas that today’s liberals are desperate to suppress, revealing the blatant hypocrisy of left-wing leaders and pundits who preach tolerance but practice intolerance.

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    See No Evil by Joel B. Pollak

    See No Evil

    9.2 hrs • 7/25/16 • Unabridged
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    10.4 hrs • 7/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Dinesh D’Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton’s flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America’s progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation’s wealth. D’Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

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    Hillary’s America

    10.4 hrs • 7/18/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 8.0 hrs • 6/30/2016 • Unabridged

    Religious liberty is under attack in America. Your freedom to believe may not last much longer. To all those who say they don’t care about the culture war, Erick Erickson has only one response: “The Left will not let you stay on the sidelines. You will be made to care.” Now the former editor-in-chief of RedState.com joins with Christian author Bill Blankschaen to expose the war in America on Christians and all people of faith who refuse to bow to the worst kind of religion—secularism—one intent on systematically imposing its agenda and frightening doubters into silence. The book features first-hand accounts from Christians who’ve been punished for their beliefs and the perspectives of concerned thought leaders to make the case that Americans of faith can’t afford to ignore what’s happening—not anymore. You Will Be Made to Care offers hope for preserving freedom of conscience with practical steps that believers, families, pastors, church leaders, and citizens can take to resist tyranny and experience a resurgence of faith in America.

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    You Will Be Made to Care

    By Erick Erickson and Bill Blankschaen
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    8.0 hrs • 6/30/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 6.2 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    A defense of nine values that America was built upon, how they’re under attack, and why we need to live them now, by the Fox News Channel cohost of The Five. America was built on nine distinct virtues which shaped the character of our nation and made it great. Grit, manliness, individualism, merit, profit and providence, dominion over our environment, thrift, and above all pride in our country—these qualities define us, and are the reason that hundreds of millions of people worldwide look to America for hope, inspiration, and opportunity. But it’s precisely these virtues that now are under attack by the radical left of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and their followers. America as we know it is eroding before our eyes and becoming what Fox News Channel personality Eric Bolling calls a “politically correct nanny state.” The rewards for individual achievement and hard work, our basic constitutional rights, religious faith, national identity, and capitalism itself, are being replaced by a dangerous socialistic ideology that is the polar opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended America to be. It’s time for us to wake up and heed the clear-cut warning signs that America is heading in the wrong direction—before we’re too far gone. Eric Bolling knows firsthand what makes America great. Raised in a struggling blue-collar family in Chicago, his parents showed him that hard work and firm values can get you far in life.Those values drove him as a young baseball player to being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, then success as a New York Mercantile Exchange trader, and now his daily role on Fox News Channel. A celebration of America that is informed by Bolling’s personal story, Wake Up, America is a much-needed call to arms for America’s citizens to preserve and protect our country’s present and future.

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    Wake Up America

    6.2 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.4 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    From David Brat, the college professor who made political headlines when he unseated majority leader Eric Cantor, comes his plan for restoring fiscal liberty for America.Congressman David Brat’s odds-defying win against Eric Cantor—a triumph of a modest $200,000 campaign fund against a $5 million war chest—immediately brought David Brat, heretofore a liberal arts college economics professor, into the political limelight. Now, in his first book, American Underdog, Brat examines how we brought down the status quo by tapping into moral and economic lessons as old as our civilization and discusses how Washington can learn from history instead of ignoring it. A fighter for children, he illuminates how our current fiscal policies are selling their future, and outlines new ways to move forward with a conservative agenda that provides fairer treatment for all.

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    American Underdog

    7.4 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.4 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    With humor and a modern perspective, young conservative journalist Kristin Tate points out what’s broken in our government and shows readers how they can fix it. Do you really think you’re “free?” #LOL. DC politicians ship our friends and family overseas to fight in wars we shouldn’t be fighting. They monitor our emails, record our phone calls, and peer into our snail mail. They spend our hard-earned cash on things no disciplined family would buy. They tell us who we can marry and what we can put in our bodies. They throw us in overcrowded prisons for smoking pot. They take lavish trips around the world, staying in five-star hotels … and it comes straight out of our paychecks. This isn’t freedom. Government Gone Wild is a brash, bold ride through the carnival of absurdities that our broken system has become. This isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans … it’s about inspiring hard working Americans to give a damn so we can take our country back. This is your wake-up call. You’re not anywhere near as free as you think you are—but you can be. We’re not as prosperous as we once were—but we can be.

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    Government Gone Wild

    7.4 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.6 hrs • 6/24/2016 • Unabridged

    It’s a strange time to be an American citizen. Our politicians, popular culture, and academic institutions all seem united by an inexplicable desire to see our cultural fabric pulled apart. The open expression of the values that once united, shaped and defined our national identity are suddenly regarded as “micro-aggressions” and “hate speech.” What has happened to cause the greatest country the world has ever known to wake up one morning overwrought with self loathing and contempt? The simple truth is that America (along with the rest of Western civilization) has been afflicted by a deadly disease known as political correctness. This book aims to find a cure for our illness by examining how political correctness was created, how it works, and how it spreads. It also includes a practical guide for a unilateral resistance movement consisting of elected officials, media creators, and private citizens. The choice is simple: adjust to life as second class citizens in our own countries or stand together and push back against the fifty year march of politically correct fascism.

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    Cultural Cancer

    1.6 hrs • 6/24/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 7.2 hrs • 6/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Blaze TV and top radio host Dana Loesch explains that the biggest political problem today is that the people who run this country have no idea what life is really like for ordinary Americans. In fact, they have contempt for the very people they claim to represent. When the owners of a small pizza parlor in Indiana were asked by the local press whether they would ever cater a gay wedding, they said no, citing their personal religious beliefs. The internet responded with immediate outrage, posting death threats and vicious online reviews, and forcing them to shut down. All for expressing a personal opinion rooted in faith, in response to a completely hypothetical question. A new front in the culture war had been opened. When the owners of the pizza parlor told Dana Loesch on a Blaze TV interview that they might never reopen, Loesch started a fundraising campaign. Hundreds of thousands of dollars quickly poured in to support them. The people donating weren’t taking a stand against gay rights; they just believed that a random mom-and-pop shop shouldn’t be run out of business because media and political elites on both coasts caricature and vilify rural Americans. Most of the problems with our country today can be traced to a very simple cause—the growing disconnect between the government and media elites and the rest of us, the old-fashioned, hard-working, God-fearing Americans who are proud to live in middle America. As Loesch explains, too many people getting on their high horse about Wal-Mart have never shopped in one. Protesters outraged at small town cops have never been helped by one. Environmentalists who claim to want to protect the spotted owl have never been in the woods with one. Atheists who attack committed Christians have never sat in a pew with one. Loesch doesn’t take aims solely at the Democrats; some Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have also forgotten what life is like for the people back home. While these so-called leaders may have forgotten the people in coal towns and farming communities, the voters in those communities haven’t forgotten Washington’s betrayals. And it will show in 2016. As one of the most powerful and recognizable voices on talk radio today, Dana Loesch is leading a revolution of America’s new Silent Majority.

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    Flyover Nation

    7.2 hrs • 6/21/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 8.5 hrs • 5/31/2016 • Unabridged

    “I have learned that the story of a nation’s success, and the success of each one of us, is a slow awakening to the timeless value of the long game.” In October 1984, a hard-charging Kentucky politician waited excitedly for President Ronald Reagan to arrive at a presidential rally in Louisville. In the midst of a tough Senate campaign, the young Republican hoped Reagan’s endorsement would give a much-needed boost to his campaign. Alas, when Reagan finally stepped to the microphone, he smiled for the crowd and declared: “I’m happy to be here with my good friend, Mitch O’Donnell.” That was hardly Mitch McConnell’s first setback, and far from his last. But as he learned running his very first campaign for high school student body president, you don’t have to be the most popular, most athletic, or even the luckiest kid to win. You just need to run the best campaign. So he swallowed hard, put his head down, and kept going. Four weeks later he won his Senate seat, beginning a storied career that would eventually lead to his becoming the Senate Majority Leader. The Long Game is the candid, behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion. He tells how his mother helped him beat polio by leading him through long, aching exercises every day for two years. He explains how his father taught him the importance of standing up to bullies, even if it meant taking the occasional punch. And he reveals what he really thinks about the rivalry between the Senate and the House; about the players and the stakes involved when a group of political opportunists tried to hijack the Tea Party movement; and about key figures such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid. He tells the inside story of the battle against Obamacare and explains the real causes of the chronic gridlock, his ongoing efforts to restore the US Senate, and what ordinary citizens have a right to expect from Washington. In today’s atmosphere of impatience and instant gratification, McConnell still believes the Founders knew best when they instituted a government with checks and balances. As he writes, “In the end, the goal isn’t a perfectly running congressional machine or a party without blemish or inner turmoil. The goal is to allow the country to work out its differences freely and energetically, confident that the institutions the Founders left us are capable of accommodating the disputes and disagreements that arise in a nation as big and diverse and open as ours.”

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    The Long Game

    8.5 hrs • 5/31/16 • Unabridged
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