Audiobooks Narrated by Rick Adamson

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  1. The Silence of Scheherazade Audiobook The Silence of Scheherazade
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  2. Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want Audiobook Think Big: Take Small Steps and Build the Future You Want
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  3. Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food Audiobook Appetite: A Memoir in Recipes of Family and Food
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  4. A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders Audiobook A Line to Kill: from the global bestselling author of Moonflower Murders
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  5. Such a Quiet Place Audiobook Such a Quiet Place
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  6. 1979 Audiobook 1979
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  7. The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal Audiobook The Reckoning: America's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
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  8. Land of Big Numbers Audiobook Land of Big Numbers
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  9. Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose Audiobook Gene Keys: Embracing Your Higher Purpose
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  10. What We Find Audiobook What We Find
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A Vulnerable System: The History of Information Security in the Computer Age Audiobook

A Vulnerable System: The History of Information Security in the Computer Age

Author: Andrew J. Stewart Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: September 2021

Andrew J. Stewart convincingly shows that emergency software patches and new security products cannot provide the solution to threats such as computer hacking, viruses, software vulnerabilities, and electronic spying. Profound underlying structural problems must first be understood, confronted, and then addressed. A Vulnerable System delivers a long view of the history of information security, beginning with the creation of the first digital computers during the Cold War. From the key institutions of the so-called military industrial complex in the 1950s to Silicon Valley start-ups in the 2020s, the relentless pursuit of new technologies has come at great cost. The absence of knowledge regarding the history of information security has caused the lessons of the past to be forsaken for the novelty of the present, and has led us to be collectively unable to meet the needs of the current day. From the very beginning of the information age, claims of secure systems have been crushed by practical reality. The myriad risks to technology, Stewart reveals, cannot be addressed without first understanding how we arrived at this moment. A Vulnerable System is an enlightening and sobering history of a topic that affects crucial aspects of our lives.

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Understanding Socialism Audiobook

Understanding Socialism

Author: Richard D. Wolff Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: July 2021

A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and challenges of various socialist experiments throughout history, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy.

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The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself Audiobook

The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself

Author: Richard D. Wolff Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: June 2021

The coronavirus pandemic, the deepening economic crash, dangerously divisive political responses, and exploding social tensions have thrown an already declining American capitalist system into a tailspin. The consequences of these mounting and intertwined crises will shape our future. In this unique collection of over fifty essays, The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself, Richard D. Wolff argues clearly that 'returning to normal' no longer responds adequately to the accumulated problems of US capitalism. What is necessary, instead, is transition toward a new economic system that works for all of us.

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The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War Audiobook

The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War

Author: Luke A. Nichter Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: June 2021

Few have ever enjoyed the degree of foreign-policy influence and versatility that Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. did. For three decades, he was at the center of American foreign policy, serving as advisor to five presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Gerald Ford, and as ambassador to the United Nations, Vietnam, West Germany, and the Vatican. He entered Eisenhower in the 1952 New Hampshire primary without the candidate's knowledge, crafted his political positions, and managed his campaign. As UN ambassador in the 1950s, Lodge was effectively a second secretary of state. In the 1960s, he was called twice, by John F. Kennedy and by Lyndon Johnson, to serve in the toughest position in the State Department's portfolio, as ambassador to Vietnam. In the 1970s, he paved the way for permanent American ties with the Holy See. In this book, historian Luke A. Nichter gives us a compelling narrative of Lodge's extraordinary and consequential life. Lodge was among the last of the well-heeled Eastern Establishment Republicans who put duty over partisanship and saw themselves as the hereditary captains of the American state. Unlike many who reach his position, Lodge took his secrets to the grave-including some that, revealed here for the first time, will force historians to rethink their understanding of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

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The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America Audiobook

The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America

Author: David Horowitz Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: May 2021

Throughout history, the United States has faced deadly enemies from across the globe. But today, our biggest enemies lie within our own country, enemies determined to tear our very country apart with ugly passions and irreconcilable conflicts. Legendary conservative firebrand David Horowitz argues that America's fundamental principles are under attack, and the progressive left will do anything to see those principles revoked and replaced with their own radical agenda. In The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement Is Destroying America, bestselling author David Horowitz presents a harrowing account of our internal enemies and battles, including the leaders of the Women's March, the Senate Judiciary Committee's brutal treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's 'watch list.' In each case, these enemies of freedom suppress anyone whose views don't align with their far-left agenda. The progressive assault on America is not unlike the attempts of other totalitarian movements around the globe, warns Horowitz. What should be different, he adds, is our response as American citizens and patriots.

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The Art of War in an Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint Audiobook

The Art of War in an Age of Peace: U.S. Grand Strategy and Resolute Restraint

Author: Michael O'hanlon Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: May 2021

An informed modern plan for post-2020 American foreign policy that avoids the opposing dangers of retrenchment and overextension Russia and China are both believed to have a 'grand strategy'-a detailed set of goals backed by expansive ambitions. In the United States, policy makers have tried to articulate similar plans but have failed to reach a widespread consensus since the Cold War ended. While the United States has been the world's prominent superpower for over a generation, American thinking has oscillated between the extremes of isolationist agendas versus interventionist and overly assertive ones. Drawing on historical precedents and weighing issues such as Russia's resurgence, China's great rise, North Korea's nuclear machinations, and Middle East turmoil, Michael O'Hanlon presents a well-researched, ethically sound, and politically viable vision for American national security policy. He also proposes complementing the Pentagon's set of '4+1' pre-existing threats with a new '4+1': biological, nuclear, digital, climatic, and internal dangers.

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The Punitive Turn in American Life: How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War Audiobook

The Punitive Turn in American Life: How the United States Learned to Fight Crime Like a War

Author: Michael S. Sherry Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: April 2021

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson insisted that 'the policeman is the frontline soldier in our war against crime,' and police forces, arms makers, policy makers, and crime experts heeded this call to arms, bringing weapons and practices from the arena of war back home. The Punitive Turn in American Life offers a political and cultural history of the ways in which punishment and surveillance have moved to the center of American life and become imbued with militarized language and policies. Michael S. Sherry argues that, by the 1990s, the 'war on crime' had been successfully broadcast to millions of Americans at an enormous cost and that the currents of vengeance that ran through the punitive turn, underwriting torture at home and abroad, found a new voice with the election of Donald J. Trump. By 2020, the connections between war-fighting and crime-fighting remained powerful, evident in campaigns against undocumented immigrants and the militarized police response to the nationwide uprisings after George Floyd's murder. From the racist system of mass incarceration and the militarization of criminal justice to gated communities, public schools patrolled by police, and armies of private security, Sherry chronicles the United States' slide into becoming a meaner, punishment-obsessed nation.

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Weapon of Choice: Fighting Gun Violence While Respecting Gun Rights Audiobook

Weapon of Choice: Fighting Gun Violence While Respecting Gun Rights

Author: Fredrick E. Vars, Ian Ayers Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: April 2021

Efforts to reduce gun violence in the United States face formidable political and constitutional barriers. Legislation that would ban or broadly restrict firearms runs afoul of the Supreme Court's current interpretation of the Second Amendment. And gun rights advocates have joined a politically savvy firearm industry in a powerful coalition that stymies reform. Ian Ayres and Fredrick Vars suggest a new way forward. We can decrease the number of gun deaths, they argue, by empowering individual citizens to choose common-sense gun reforms for themselves. Rather than ask politicians to impose one-size-fits-all rules, we can harness a libertarian approach-one that respects and expands individual freedom and personal choice-to combat the scourge of gun violence. Ayres and Vars identify ten policies that can be immediately adopted at the state level to reduce the number of gun-related deaths without affecting the rights of gun owners. By embracing these and other new forms of decentralized gun control, the United States can move past partisan gridlock and save lives now.

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Lucifer's Banker Uncensored: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, 2nd Edition Audiobook

Lucifer's Banker Uncensored: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, 2nd Edition

Author: Bradley C. Birkenfeld Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: March 2021

As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US government. The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed. His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing in a Downturn (Expanded Edition) Audiobook

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing in a Downturn (Expanded Edition)

Author: Harvard Business Review Narrator: Rick Adamson, Susan Hanfield Release Date: March 2021

How do the most resilient companies survive-and even thrive-during a slowdown? We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help your company persevere through economic challenges and continue to grow while your competitors stumble. This book will inspire you to: harness your resources to pull through a pandemic; learn the right lessons from previous recessions; minimize pain while cutting costs and managing risk; foster a healthy culture during anxious times; make smart moves to protect your own job; and seize the opportunity to innovate and reinvent your business. This collection of articles includes 'Seize Advantage in a Downturn' by David Rhodes and Daniel Stelter; 'How to Survive a Recession and Thrive Afterward: A Research Roundup' by Walter Frick; 'How to Bounce Back from Adversity' by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; 'Rohm and Haas's Former CEO on Pulling off a Sweet Deal in a Down Market' by Raj Gupta; 'How to Be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy' by Robert I. Sutton; 'Layoffs That Don't Break Your Company' by Sandra J. Sucher and Shalene Gupta; 'Getting Reorgs Right' by Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood; 'Reigniting Growth' by Chris Zook and James Allen; 'Reinvent Your Business Model Before It's Too Late' by Paul Nunes and Tim Breene; and more.

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America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918, Second Edition Audiobook

America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918, Second Edition

Author: Alfred W. Crosby Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: March 2021

Between August 1918 and March 1919, the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, claiming over 25 million lives-more people than perished in the fighting of the First World War. It proved fatal to at least a half-million Americans. Yet, the Spanish flu pandemic is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Alfred W. Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event. This edition includes a preface discussing the then-recent outbreaks of diseases, including the Asian flu and the SARS epidemic.

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Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution Audiobook

Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution

Author: Donald F. Johnson Narrator: Rick Adamson Release Date: February 2021

In Occupied America, Donald F. Johnson chronicles the everyday experience of ordinary people living under military occupation during the American Revolution. Focusing on day-to-day life in port cities held by the British Army, Johnson recounts how men and women from a variety of backgrounds navigated harsh conditions, mitigated threats to their families and livelihoods, took advantage of new opportunities, and balanced precariously between revolutionary and royal attempts to secure their allegiance. Between 1775 and 1783, every large port city along the Eastern seaboard fell under British rule at one time or another. As centers of population and commerce, these cities should have been bastions from which the empire could restore order and inspire loyalty. Military rule's exceptional social atmosphere initially did provide opportunities for many people to reinvent their lives, and while these opportunities came with risks, the hope of social betterment inspired thousands to embrace military rule. Nevertheless, as Johnson demonstrates, occupation failed to bring about a restoration of imperial authority, as harsh material circumstances forced even the most loyal subjects to turn to illicit means to feed and shelter themselves, while many maintained ties to rebel camps for the same reasons.

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