This is a summary of Richard Engel´s And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East. Based on two decades of reporting, NBC´s chief foreign correspondent´s riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up close - sometimes dangerously so. When he was just 23, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This was his first view of the carnage the years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered shooting matches in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as al Qaeda stepped in, and was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He went into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the pause-resisting And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventurous tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, and keeps a level head and a sense of humor as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC´s chief foreign correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel´s vivid descriptions are intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land. This summary is aimed at those who want to capture the gist of the book but don´t have the current time to listen to the whole book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Ackley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057709/bk_acx0_057709_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Michael Lewis´ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn´t shine and the SEC doesn´t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower - and middle - class Americans who can´t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren´t talking. Michael Lewis creates a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his best-seller Liar´s Poker. Out of a handful of unlikely - really unlikely - heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier best-sellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our time. This summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don´t have the current time to listen to the whole thing. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. Ant Hive Media reads every chapter, extracts the understanding and leaves you with a new perspective and time to spare. We do the work so you can understand the book in minutes, not hours. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doron Alon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058299/bk_acx0_058299_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Robert B. Reich´s Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. This presents a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us and what it will take to fix it. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the ´´free market´´ is and how it has masked the power of moneyed interests to tilt the market to their benefit. Reich exposes the falsehoods that have been bolstered by the corruption of our democracy by huge corporations and the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street: that all workers are paid what they´re ´´worth´´, that a higher minimum wage equals fewer jobs, and that corporations must serve shareholders before employees. He shows that the critical choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is for: that we must choose not between a free market and ´´big´´ government but between a market organized for broadly based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top. Ever the pragmatist, ever the optimist, Reich sees hope for reversing our slide toward inequality and diminished opportunity when we shore up the countervailing power of everyone else. Passionate yet practical, sweeping yet exactingly argued, Saving Capitalism is a revelatory indictment of our economic status quo and an empowering call to civic action. This summary is aimed at those who want to capture the gist of the book but don´t have the time to listen to the full book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Piotrasch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058930/bk_acx0_058930_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Albert Jay Nock witnessed and testified to the great change in civilization in the early 20th century: the decline of individual freedom and the rise in worship of the total state. His response? Resist - by penning some of the most important, formative works in what became known, later, as modern libertarianism. A clear writer always, there´s nothing Nock wrote that is not worth reading. But if you want to get a gist of the man and his times, then you can hardly do better than his two volumes of journals, here presented under one cover. The journals cover two periods near the end of his life, a year and a half in the early 1930s, and a slightly shorter period in 1934 and 1935. These are in a sense travel journals, for Nock was on the move, with repeated trips to Europe as well as extensive travels in the U.S. The journals begin as the Great Depression deepens. Nock´s insights are many and varied. He notes that only American banks had failed: banks in England and Canada remained intact and afloat. He is taken aback at the petty tyrannies of the government´s reaction to the depression, and states that ´´There is nothing like this to breed serf-mindedness, and nothing like serf-mindedness to destroy character.´´ He goes on to speculate ´´that no people in the Middle Ages ever showed such general and inveterate serf-mindedness as the American people has showed for twenty years, and with so little excuse or reason.´´ And yet many of his insights run deeper, and seem less despairing. ´´[M]an is incapable of conducting a satisfactory collective life on any larger than township scale,´´ Nock states. ´´Neither his collective intelligence nor his collective emotional power will stretch much beyond that.” Not everything good in life rests foursquare upon political government. Society governs itself to an amazing degree. Nock remains a vital source for us individualists of today, who find our fortunes rising but just a bit. Even as every 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard G. Sigler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014883/bk_acx0_014883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.