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    7.1 hrs • 6/24/2005 • Unabridged

    Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conlficts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this book, which the author calls a “culmination of thirty years of work in the history of ideas,” Sowell attempts to explain the ideological difference between liberals and conservatives as a disagreement over the moral potential inherent in nature. Those who see that potential as limited prefer to constrain governmental authority, he argues. They feel that reform is difficult and often dangerous, and they put their faith in family, custom, law, and traditional institutions. Conversely, those who have faith in human nature prefer to remove institutional and traditional constraints. Controversies over such diverse issues as criminal justice, income distribution, or war and peace repeatedly show an ideological divide along the lines of these two conflicting visions.

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    A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell

    A Conflict of Visions

    7.1 hrs • 6/24/05 • Unabridged
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    5.6 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    Evan Galbraith represented America in Paris for four years during Reagan's administration. He paints a vivid picture showing the life of an American ambassador in the grand and glamorous city of Paree. He opened up the US Embassy to more than 75,000 guests at over 500 events during his stay. Notwithstanding his popularity as a host however, Galbraith was often controversial. On one occasion, he refused to board France's ultramodern train with the Transportation Minister, Charles Fiterman, because he was a Communist Party member. Galbraith was direct and forceful in his defense of such issues as the US intervention in Grenada, American policy in Central America, and Western relations with the Soviets. His story is often amusing when describing his involvement on talk shows, the embassy dinner parties, and meetings with the socialist government's leaders.

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    Ambassador in Paris

    5.6 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
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    5.8 hrs • 11/3/2011 • Unabridged

    This is a collection of Walter Williams’ essays, drawn from his syndicated column. Williams writes with brilliant clarity—and he doesn’t mince words. He destroys a number of prevailing myths, such as that economic and social disparities are the result of racism and that economic sanctions will help punish the South African blacks more that the whites. He shows how government regulations hinder rather than help the disadvantaged. Williams explains why the nature of congressmen is not to act in the national interest. Listening to these columns is both entertaining and enlightening. Thomas Sowell has said of Williams and this book, “Walter is (1) black, (2) opposed to the liberal cult, (3) talks sense, and (4) shows a sense of humor in his writings. The book is a real antidote to the prevailing mush of our times.”

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    All It Takes Is Guts by Walter E. Williams

    All It Takes Is Guts

    5.8 hrs • 11/3/11 • Unabridged
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    10.8 hrs • 11/1/2011 • Unabridged

    William F. Buckley Jr. perhaps best described the importance of this seminal work when he said, “James Burnham has written a book about Liberalism for which the world has been aching. It is worth more to the West than the year’s gross national product, more than all the planes and bombs.” Through studious research into past civilizations, Burnham diagnoses the twentieth century and finds it afflicted with destructive, even “suicidal” tendencies––all of which arise from the “Liberal syndrome” and its inherent applications.         The book explores several important questions, including why Liberalism clashes with Christianity and how Liberalism is a root cause of race riots and the rapid growth in crime. For James Burnham, who died in 1987, this book is certainly one of his greatest legacies.

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    Suicide of the West by James Burnham

    Suicide of the West

    10.8 hrs • 11/1/11 • Unabridged
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    5.6 hrs • 1/1/2007 • Unabridged

    In a series of eleven essays, Kirk relates several issues to a common question: “Is the American Republic descending into decadence, or are the American people entering upon a renewal of belief and hope?” In doing so, he covers a wide range of subjects that beg answers and action, including “The American Mission,” “The Illusion of Human Rights,” “Prospects for American Education,” and “Can Virtue be Taught?” Kirk’s views are trenchant, well supported, and far from commonplace. For instance, he takes a dim view of today’s information age, but is not without hope: “It is not inevitable that the computer should supplant the poet.”

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    The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky

    5.6 hrs • 1/1/07 • Unabridged
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    9.4 hrs • 4/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Beginning in the 1950s, America entered a period of unprecedented social reform. This remarkable book demonstrates how the social programs of the 1960s and ’70s had the unintended and perverse effect of slowing and even reversing earlier progress in reducing poverty, crime, ignorance, and discrimination. Using widely understood and accepted data, it conclusively demonstrates that the amalgam of reforms from 1965 to 1970 actually made matters worse. Why? Charles Murray’s tough-minded answers to this question will please neither radical liberals nor radical conservatives. He offers no easy solutions, but by forcing us to face fundamental intellectual and moral problems about whom we want to help and how, Losing Ground marks an important first step in rethinking social policy.

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    Losing Ground by Charles Murray

    Losing Ground

    9.4 hrs • 4/1/12 • Unabridged
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    24.1 hrs • 8/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Published in 1922 during those dark and dreary years of socialism’s near-complete triumph, Socialism stunned the socialist world. Mises has given us a profoundly important treatise that assaults socialism in all its guises, a work that discusses every major aspect of socialism and leaves no stone unturned. A few of the numerous topics discussed include the success of socialist ideas; life under socialism: art and literature, science and journalism; economic calculation under socialism; the ideal of equality; and Marx’s theory of monopolies. With this monumental work, Mises laid the foundations for free society. Socialism has influenced scores of influential thinkers, including Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand, and Milton Friedman. It is read over and over again today, all over the world, inspiring throngs of new defenders of freedom.

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    Socialism by Ludwig von Mises

    Socialism

    Foreword by Friedrich A. Hayek
    24.1 hrs • 8/20/12 • Unabridged
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    13.5 hrs • 10/10/2011 • Unabridged

    Right from the Beginning is the personal memoir of Pat Buchanan, the story of how the most controversial conservative in America got where he is today and how he came to believe as he does. It is the intimate first-person account of how the third son in a devout Catholic family of nine children, an expellee from Georgetown University at age twenty-one, without experience in journalism or politics, became, at twenty-three, the youngest editorial writer in America, and, three years later, confidant to Richard M. Nixon, as the twice-defeated ex–vice president began the political comeback of the century. But Right from the Beginning is more than a personal memoir: it is the sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, poignant, and moving story of the Buchanan family, a book that brings alive America in the forties and fifties, when “the faith was unquestioned and patriotism unconstrained.”

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    Right from the Beginning

    13.5 hrs • 10/10/11 • Unabridged
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    17.0 hrs • 12/1/1998 • Unabridged

    For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions. In the twentieth century it became the focus of rivalry between the European powers as the last major Islamic empire of the Ottoman Turks crumbled and collapsed. The discovery of the world’s greatest oil reserves gave the region global economic importance as well as a unique strategic value. In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield draws on his experience as a journalist and historian to form a picture of the political and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient over the last two centuries, from Bonaparte’s marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. In two penetrating final chapters, Peter Mansfield discusses Saddam Hussein and the prospects for the future. Incisive and illuminating, A History of the Middle East is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what is perhaps the most crucial and volatile nerve center of the modern world.

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    A History of the Middle East by Peter Mansfield

    A History of the Middle East

    17.0 hrs • 12/1/98 • Unabridged
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    14.3 hrs • 9/1/2000 • Unabridged

    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world’s collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In her series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. This collection of twenty-six essays includes twenty by Ayn Rand as well as three essays by Alan Greenspan, two by Nathaniel Branden, and one by Robert Hessen. These essays are a challenging look at modern society by some of America’s most provocative intellectuals.

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    Capitalism by Ayn Rand

    Capitalism

    With additional articles by Nathaniel Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen
    Read by Anna Fields
    14.3 hrs • 9/1/00 • Unabridged
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    18.9 hrs • 10/1/2006 • Unabridged

    Filled with news-making revelations that made it a New York Times bestseller, this fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell—and then justify—the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the listener behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration. Hubris connects the dots between George W. Bush’s determination to get rid of Saddam Hussein, the role of the neoconservatives in pushing the case for war, and the outing of a CIA officer, which led to the indictment of a top White House official. It's a dramatic page-turner and an intriguing account of conspiracy, backstabbing, ineptitude, and, perhaps most especially, arrogance.

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    Hubris by Michael Isikoff, David Corn

    Hubris

    18.9 hrs • 10/1/06 • Unabridged
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    21.6 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America’s confidence. Legacy of Ashes is based on more than fifty thousand documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells how the CIA’s failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

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    Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner

    Legacy of Ashes

    21.6 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    12.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    All who listen to this masterful and lucid polemic for a free-market economy will never question Milton Friedman’s Nobel Prize in economics. Milton Friedman and his wife Rose team up to write a most convincing and readable guide that illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith’s capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations. While a large central government may have good intentions, the results it produces are lamentable. More than another indictment of government planning and bureaucracy, however, Free to Choose offers several convincing and creative remedies to the world’s woes. Powerful and persuasive, here is the important analysis of what has gone wrong in America in the past and what is necessary for our economic health to flourish.

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    Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedman

    Free to Choose

    12.3 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    23.4 hrs • 12/1/2007 • Unabridged

    A recognized classic and definitive account of its subject, The Origins of Totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an “ideological weapon for imperialism,” begining with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the nineteenth century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I. In her analysis of the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, Arendt focuses on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in the twentieth century: Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, which she adroitly recognizes as two sides of the same coin rather than opposing philosophies of the Right and Left. From this vantage point, she discusses the transformation of classes into masses, the role of propaganda, and the use of terror essential to this form of government. In her brilliant concluding chapter, she discusses the nature of individual isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.

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    The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

    The Origins of Totalitarianism

    23.4 hrs • 12/1/07 • Unabridged
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    10.3 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    Until now, Hollywood’s political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare and how it victimized political innocents. But Ronald and Allis Radosh tell for the first time the “backstory” behind this myth. They show how the Soviet Comintern targeted the film capital in the late 1920s, taking us inside the cells and discussion groups that Communist Party members formed, the guilds and unions they tried to take over, and the studios they aimed to influence. The authors demonstrate that many of the screenwriters who later became part of the Hollywood Ten in fact succeeded in using film as a propaganda medium on behalf of the Soviet cause. While others were lionizing them as blameless victims of American nativism and paranoia, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America, and their own treatment by the Communist Party. Abandoned by their old CP allies, they faced the blacklist alone. Getting behind the denial and apologetics, Ronald and Allis Radosh tell the real story of one of the most discussed but least understood episodes in our political history, whose long half-life continues to influence the equally turbulent cultural politics of today.

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    Red Star over Hollywood by Ronald Radosh, Allis Radosh

    Red Star over Hollywood

    10.3 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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    31.8 hrs • 6/25/2009 • Unabridged

    He was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history—a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the redneck Southern politico, and yet had become at the time of his assassination a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency. In this “masterpiece of American biography” (New York Times Book Review), Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.

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    Huey Long by T. Harry Williams

    Huey Long

    31.8 hrs • 6/25/09 • Unabridged
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