A world-renowned physician traces the rise of the medical-industrial complex that has made a disaster of our health care system and tells us incisively what we need to do to change it.The U.S. health care system is failing. It is run like a business, increasingly focused on generating income for insurers and providers rather than providing care for patients. It is supported by investors and private markets seeking to grow revenue and resist regulation, thus contributing to higher costs and lessened public accountability.Meanwhile, 46 million Americans are without insurance. And health care expenditures are rising at a rate of 7 percent a year, three times the rate of inflation.Dr. Arnold Relman is one of the most respected physicians and health care advocates in our country. This book, based on 60 years´ experience in medicine, is a clarion call, not just to politicans and patients, but to the medical profession to evolve a new structure for health care, based on voluntary private contracts between individuals and not-for-profit, multi-specialty groups of physicians.Physicians would be paid mainly by salaries and would submit no bills for their services. All health care facilities would be not-for-profit. The savings from reduced administrative overhead and the elimination of billing fraud would be enormous. Healthcare may be our greatest national problem, but the provocative, sensible arguments in this book will provide a catalyst for change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001456/bk_adbl_001456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin´ s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world - a world usually lost to history. Lepore´ s life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robin Miles. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007305/bk_reco_007305_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this richly rewarding listening experience, Alison Larkin´s acclaimed recordings of Jane Austen´s iconic novels Mansfield Park and Emma are followed by opinions from Austen´s family and friends never before heard on audio. Like most writers, Jane Austen was interested in what the people closest to her thought of her books. She wrote down their opinions of Mansfield Park and Emma, recording both the bad and the good. These opinions dating from 1814 and 1815 will give solace to any writer whose work has been criticized and will amuse and delight Austen fans worldwide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alison Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117845/bk_acx0_117845_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Patrick Healy, a teacher, traveled around the world, talked with people in different places, and collected around 500 myths, legends, and folktales and their several alternative versions. His opinion and comments (directly or indirectly) are inevitable. This is the sixth volume of his work, 61 Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Books 1 and 2, in his words. He retold the stories with his opinion and approach to them. Patrick is an Australian writer who has an abiding interest in the folklore of different cultures. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong for over 25 years as a high school teacher. Patrick has traveled extensively throughout Asia and speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Denise Kahn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113559/bk_acx0_113559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Modern presidents engage in public leadership through national television addresses, routine speechmaking, and by speaking to local audiences. With these strategies, presidents tend to influence the media´s agenda. In fact, presidential leadership of the news media provides an important avenue for indirect presidential leadership of the public, the president´s ultimate target audience. Although frequently left out of sophisticated treatments of the public presidency, the media are directly incorporated into this book´s theoretical approach and analysis. The authors find that when the public expresses real concern about an issue, such as high unemployment, the president tends to be responsive. But when the president gives attention to an issue in which the public does not have a preexisting interest, he can expect, through the news media, to directly influence public opinion. Eshbaugh-Soha and Peake offer key insights on when presidents are likely to have their greatest leadership successes and demonstrate that presidents can indeed ´´break through the noise´´ of news coverage to lead the public agenda. The book is published by Stanford University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Minatrea. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001688/bk_acx0_001688_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nothing makes traditional left and right kiss and make up faster than when they´re faced with an articulate libertarian. Avert your eyes from this dangerous extremist, citizen! Government is composed of wise public servants who innocently pursue the common good! In Real Dissent, Tom Woods demolishes some of the toughest critics of libertarianism in his trademark way. In doing so he strays beyond what he calls the index card of allowable opinion, the narrow range within which the media and political classes permit debate to take place in America. Should 40% or 35% of our income be taxed? That´s the kind of debate the New York Times prefers. Should our income be taxed at all? Now that´s out of bounds, citizen! In foreign policy, Americans are permitted to choose between bombing a despised country or starving its people to death. You favor peace? Why, you must be an ´´extremist´´! On the Federal Reserve, the debate is over which policy the Fed should pursue. But what if the Fed is itself the problem? No answer, because the question isn´t raised. Real Dissent is organized into ten parts: Part I: War and Propaganda Part II: Capitalism and Anti-Capitalism Part III: Libertarianism Attacked, and My Replies Part IV: Ron Paul and Forbidden Truths Part V: End the Fed Part VI: History and Liberty Part VII: When Libertarians Go Wrong [on people who don´t quite get their own philosophy] Part VIII: Books You May Have Missed Part IX: Talking Liberty: Selected Tom Woods Show Interviews Part X: Back to Basics Afterword: How I Evaded the Gatekeepers of Approved Opinion The index card of allowable opinion forces Americans into narrow and pointless debates, and closes off discussion of plausible and humane alternatives. For the sake of American liberty, it’s time we set that thing 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas E. Woods Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024364/bk_acx0_024364_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From acclaimed literary critic Michelle Dean, winner of the National Book Critics Circle´s 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, a powerful portrait of 10 writers who managed to make their voices heard amidst a climate of sexism and nepotism. Featuring writers from the 1920s to the 1990s, including Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler and Janet Malcolm. Their lives intertwine as they cut through the cultural and intellectual history of America in the 20th century, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the sexist attitudes of the men who often undervalued their work as critics and essayists. These women are united by their ´sharpness´, the ability to cut to the quick with precision of thought and wit, a claiming of power through writing rather than position. Sharp is a vibrant and rich depiction of the intellectual beau monde of 20th-century New York, where gossip-filled parties at night gave out to literary slanging matches in the pages of the Partisan Review or the New York Review of Books, as well as a considered portrayal of how these women came to be so influential in a climate where women were treated with derision by the critical establishment. Mixing biography, literary criticism and cultural history, Sharp is an enthralling exploration of how a group of brilliant women became central figures in the world of letters despite the many obstacles facing them, a testament to how anyone not in a position of power can claim the mantle of writer and, perhaps, help change the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vanessa Labrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lbas/000035/bk_lbas_000035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In early 2012, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who advocated for insurance coverage of contraceptives, ´´wants to be paid to have sex.´´ Over the next few days, Limbaugh attacked Fluke personally, often in crude terms, while a powerful backlash grew. But perhaps what was most notable about the incident was that it wasn´t unusual. From Limbaugh´s venomous attacks on Fluke to liberal radio host Mike Malloy´s suggestion that Bill O´Reilly ´´drink a vat of poison... and choke to death´´, over-the-top discourse in today´s political opinion media is pervasive. Anyone who observes the skyrocketing number of incendiary political opinion shows on television and radio might conclude that political vitriol on the airwaves is fueled by the increasingly partisan American political system. But in The Outrage Industry Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj show how the proliferation of outrage says more about regulatory, technological, and cultural changes, than it does about our political inclinations. Berry and Sobieraj tackle the mechanics of outrage rhetoric, exploring its various forms, such as mockery, emotional display, fear mongering, audience flattery, and conspiracy theories. They then investigate the impact of outrage rhetoric on a contemporary political landscape that features frequent straight-party voting in Congress. Outrage tactics have also facilitated the growth of the Tea Party, a movement which appeals to older, white conservatives and has dragged the GOP farther away from the demographically significant moderates whose favor it should be courting. Finally, The Outrage Industry examines how these shows sour our own political lives. Drawing from a rich base of evidence, this book forces all of us to consider the negative consequences that flow from our increasingly hyper-partisan political media. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanyin 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kaleo Griffith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018764/bk_adbl_018764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The product of 11 years of research, The Story of Philosophy is an endlessly inspiring and instructive chronicle of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Socrates to Santayana. Written with exacting and scrupulous scholarship, it was designed both to command the respect of educators and to capture the interest of the layman. Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous ´´monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit. Will Durant (1885-1981) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He spent over 50 years writing his critically acclaimed 11-volume series The Story of Civilization. A champion of human-rights issues such as social reform and the brotherhood of man long before they were popular, he continues to educate and entertain readers and listeners worldwide through his writings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003983/bk_blak_003983_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.