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  1. 12.8 hrs • 9/29/2015 • Unabridged

    Not in my backyard—that’s the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens. Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their place? Show Me a Hero explores the answer. An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas’s Common Ground. A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives

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    Show Me a Hero

    Introduction by David Simon
    12.8 hrs • 9/29/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.2 hrs • 7/14/2015 • Unabridged

    The prominent economist and president of the American Enterprise Institute—the leading intellectual think tank on the right—offers a bold new vision for conservatism as a movement for social and economic justice. In The Conservative Heart, Arthur C. Brooks contends that after years of focusing on economic growth and traditional social values, it is time for a new kind of conservatism—one that helps the vulnerable without mortgaging our children’s future. In Brooks’ daring vision, this conservative movement fights poverty, promotes equal opportunity, celebrates earned success, and values spiritual enlightenment. It is an inclusive movement with a positive agenda to help people lead happier, more hopeful, and more satisfied lives. One of the country’s leading scholars and policy thinkers, Brooks has considered these issues for decades. Drawing on years of research on the sources of happiness, he asserts that what people most need are four “institutions of meaning”—faith, family, community, and meaningful work. These are not only the foundations of personal well-being, but also the necessary means for building a better nation. Combining reporting, original research, and case studies, and free of vituperative politics, The Conservative Heart is an intelligent and compelling manifesto for renewal. Clear, well-reasoned, and accessible, it is a welcome new strategy for disconsolate conservatives looking for fresh, actionable ideas to address the serious problems confronting us today and to reclaim our future, and it is for politically independent citizens who believe that neither political party addresses their needs or concerns.

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    The Conservative Heart by Arthur C. Brooks

    The Conservative Heart

    8.2 hrs • 7/14/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.2 hrs • 9/23/2014 • Unabridged

    An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad—a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be In their #1 New York Times bestseller Half the Sky, husband and wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and they showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of five dollars or five million dollars, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses. With scrupulous research and reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initiatives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world—upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference. We meet people like Dr. Gary Slutkin, who devel­oped his landmark Cure Violence program to combat inner-city conflicts in the United States by applying principles of epidemiology; Lester Strong, who left a career as a high-powered television anchor to run an organization bringing in older Americans to tu­tor students in public schools across the country; MIT development economist Esther Duflo, whose pioneering studies of aid effectiveness have revealed new truths about, among other things, the power of hope; and Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, who are transforming Kenya’s most notorious slum by ex­panding educational opportunities for girls. A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face to­day. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.

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    A Path Appears

    10.2 hrs • 9/23/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.9 hrs • 9/11/2014 • Unabridged

    Even a darkening world can be brilliantly lit from within. Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age thirty. Then, at eighteen, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered. None of us know what we would do in the face of such devastation. What Rebecca did was rise to every challenge she faced. She was losing her vision and hearing and her body was broken, but she refused to lose her drive, her zest for life and—maybe most importantly—her sense of humor. Now, at thirty-five, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters’ degrees from Columbia University and an athlete who teaches spin classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. She greets every day as if it were a gift, with boundless energy, innate curiosity, and a strength of spirit that have led her to places we can’t imagine. In Not Fade Away, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story, by turns harrowing, funny, and inspiring. She meditates on what she has lost—from the sound of a whisper to seeing a sky full of stars—and what she has found in return—an exquisite sense of intimacy with those she is closest to, a love of silence, a profound gratitude for everything she still has, and a joy in simple pleasures that most of us forget to notice. Not Fade Away is both a memoir of the senses and a unique look at the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical—exploring the extraordinary powers of memory, love, and perseverance. It is a gripping story, an offering of hope and motivation, and an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

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    Not Fade Away

    7.9 hrs • 9/11/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.8 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    From David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize winner, a MacArthur Fellow, and the author of The Good Soldiers, comes this profound look at life after war. The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. For The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the infamous “surge,” a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever. In Finkel’s hands, readers can feel what these young men were experiencing, and his harrowing story instantly became a classic in the literature of modern war. In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16—but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?

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    Thank You for Your Service

    Introduction read by David Finkel
    7.8 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.4 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    If your partner: seems irritated or angry at you several times a week; denies being angry when he clearly is; does not work with you to resolve important issues; rarely or never seems to share thoughts or plans with you; or tells you that he has no idea what you’re talking about when you try to discuss important problems, you need this audiobook.

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    Verbal Abuse Survivors Speak Out

    9.4 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.6 hrs • 4/28/2010 • Unabridged

    Compassionate conservatism is a new political force in the land, sweeping the grassroots of people of all faiths, races, and ethnicities. In its parts it offers solutions to many of our most intractable problems; in its whole it is nothing less than an innovative philosophy of government. No author is more qualified to explain its power and promise than Marvin Olasky, described by the New York Times as “the godfather of compassionate conservatism.” Compassionate conservatism offers a new paradigm for how the government can and should intervene in the economy. It begins with a long-lost premise about human behavior: economics, by itself, is not what changes lives. Only faith, and deeply held beliefs, can do that. For decades government has focused only on material well-being, ignoring the passions and convictions that make life worth living. What is conservative about the new movement is that its leaders also know that government cannot instill these beliefs. What it can do is help them flourish. It can give aid, inspiration, and direction to America’s natural “armies of compassion” that have been a hallmark of our history since the founding. Compassionate conservatism offers a way to transcend the root problems that currently oppress too many deserving Americans. It offers a unique vision of the triangular relationship between the state, our many churches, and our tens of thousands of charities. It is a true reinvention of welfare, a wholesale revolution in the welfare state, and a redefinition of the social safety net. In Compassionate Conservatism, Marvin Olasky takes us on a road trip with his son, Daniel, across the country, showing exactly how the new movement is unfolding. Along the way, he offers a set of principles, and a brief tour through history to show that these are not so much radically new ideas as rediscoveries of long-lost wisdom. Read this book for a blueprint of the future of politics and welfare in America.

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    Compassionate Conservatism by Dr. Marvin Olasky

    Compassionate Conservatism

    6.6 hrs • 4/28/10 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.2 hrs • 6/25/2007 • Unabridged

    What would you do if you were accused and arrested for a crime that you didn’t commit? How about if you realized that you’d just been scammed for thousands of dollars? What about if, due to a circumstance as unavoidable as having the same name as a criminal, your credit rating kept you from buying a house or a car, or getting a loan for college? Most people trust that everything will work out and assume that the government will help them if trouble arises. However, Robert Massi reveals what the government doesn’t want you to know—daily life and decisions are fraught with potential danger, and government mismanagement often has disastrous consequences for innocent, law-abiding citizens. Familiar to viewers as a national TV legal analyst, Robert Massi has heard countless stories of well-intentioned individuals getting caught up in damaging situations that they didn’t see coming. Nonetheless, the most frustrating part of these heartaches is that they could—and should—have been avoided. Massi will share some of these astonishing stories of real people—and then he’ll show you how to learn from these mishaps. Touching on everything from dodging identity theft to starting a business, People Get Screwed All the Time explains how to avoid falling for scams, getting entrenched in endless legal battles, and inadvertently ending up on the wrong side of the law. Also, if worse comes to worst, it provides unbeatable tips for how to extract yourself from a wide variety of sticky situations. By suggesting small steps that can be taken today, People Get Screwed All the Time helps you to avert catastrophe tomorrow. Calling for action and awareness, this is a vital and eye-opening handbook that proves that ignorance is anything but bliss.

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    People Get Screwed All the Time

    10.2 hrs • 6/25/07 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.5 hrs • 6/15/2007 • Abridged

    How safe is your good name? The hottest commodity on today’s black market is not fine jewelry, fancy cars, televisions, or cell phones. It’s you. Are you certain that someone has not already stolen your good name? Consider these alarming facts:Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.80 percent of Americans are concerned about identity theft.Ten million Americans are affected by identity theft each year.Fifty million people are at risk right now due to data being lost, stolen, or misplaced by corporations. Victims of identity theft express traumatic feelings of anger, confusion, frustration, and fear, to name a few. The crime is especially stressful because it strikes at the core of one’s reputation and financial life. But here is the good news. You can avoid becoming a statistic! In this resource from the Financial Alert series, Ethan Pope exposes and explains the potential threats posed by computers, the Internet, credit report scams, “phishing,” spyware, dumpster diving, and dishonest acquaintances. He draws on his expertise in the practical aspects of money management to teach you how to build a wall of protection around your personal and financial data. With a little effort you can protect your good name in an unprotected world.

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    Identity Theft

    2.5 hrs • 6/15/07 • Abridged
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  10. 7.0 hrs • 11/30/2005 • Unabridged

    Rather than participate and innovate in the marketplace, generating goods and services that benefit society, people are increasingly vying for political advantage to live at the expense of others. Something for Nothing reveals the social and personal threats inherent in this emerging grabbing match culture, juxtaposing free-market virtues against government vices, explaining how the something-for-nothing mentality corrupts the political system, undermines corporate success, and stifles the individual’s ability to prosper and contribute long-term to society. More than exposing the dangers, however, Tracy helps readers set a personal and culture-wide agenda for change. 

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    Something for Nothing

    7.0 hrs • 11/30/05 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.3 hrs • 2/1/2002 • Unabridged

    While technology may make it easier to track down criminals, cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime, much of it untraceable. In fact, punishment for fraud, much less recovery of stolen funds, is a rare occurrence. Prevention is the best form of protection. Frank Abagnale, former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can, reveals the mind-boggling tricks of the scam trade with advice that has made him one of America’s most sought after fraud-prevention experts. Drawn from his twenty-five-year career on the other side of the law, The Art of the Steal provides eye-opening stories of true scams with tips on how they could have been avoided.

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    The Art of the Steal by Frank W. Abagnale

    The Art of the Steal

    8.3 hrs • 2/1/02 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.2 hrs • 5/8/2001 • Unabridged

    Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job, any job, can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered no job is truly “unskilled,” that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned one job is not enough; you need at least two if you want to live indoors. Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity, a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Listen to it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich’s perspective and for a rare view of how “prosperity” looks from the bottom. You will never see anything—from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal—in quite the same way again.

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    Nickel and Dimed

    8.2 hrs • 5/8/01 • Unabridged
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