Political Order and Political Decay [Audiobook]

Political Order and Political Decay [Audiobook]
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy [Audiobook] by Francis Fukuyama, read by Jonathan Davis
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 24 hrs 1 min | 686.42MB

The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern state

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.” In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as “a major achievement by one of the leading public intellectuals of our time.” And in The Washington Post, Gerard DeGrott exclaimed “this is a book that will be remembered. Bring on volume two.”

Volume two is finally here, completing the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

A sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state, Political Order and Political Decay is destined to be a classic.

A People's History of the Peculiar [Audiobook]

A People's History of the Peculiar [Audiobook]
A People's History of the Peculiar: A Freak Show of Facts, Random Obsessions and Astounding Truths [Audiobook] by Nick Belardes, read by Reid Doughten
2014 | M4A VBR ~ 50 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 58 mins | 132.45MB

A Treasure Trove of Freaky Facts and Strange Stories

Did you know founding father Thomas Jefferson’s grandson was an ax murderer? Or that a good laugh can cure a bad stomachache? Nicholas Belardes has been called a “bizarre fact hunter” and “master of the last thing you need to know.” An academic in anomaly, Belardes knows more secret lore than all the National Treasure movies combined, and digs up mind-boggling scientific oddities that would drive Darwin mad. Pore over the puzzle of Alice in Wonderland syndrome, explore the geographic mysteries of Hell Town and the hungry denizens of the Cannibal Islands, and uncover the prophecies of the mysterious Mothman.

A People’s History of the Peculiar will satisfy your curiosity better than any Internet binge, and guarantees at least a few workable pickup lines at a cocktail party. Teeming with astounding trivia, A People’s History of the Peculiar is a must-have for anyone hungry for more knowledge.

War: What Is It Good For? [Audiobook]

War: What Is It Good For? [Audiobook]
War: What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots [Audiobook] by Ian Morris, read by Derek Perkins
2014 | MP#@128 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 55 mins | 931.35MB

War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left countless millions dead. It has caused economic chaos and widespread deprivation. And the misery it causes poisons foreign policy for future generations.

But, argues bestselling historian Ian Morris, in the very long term, war has in fact been a good thing. In his trademark style combining inter-disciplinary insights, scientific methods and fascinating stories, Morris shows that, paradoxically, war is the only human invention that has allowed us to construct peaceful societies. Without war, we would never have built the huge nation-states which now keep us relatively safe from random acts of violence, and which have given us previously unimaginable wealth. It is thanks to war that we live longer and more comfortable lives than ever before.

And yet, if we continue waging war with ever-more deadly weaponry, we will destroy everything we have achieved; so our struggles to manage warfare make the coming decades the most decisive in the history of our civilisation. In War: What Is It Good For? Morris brilliantly dissects humanity's history of warfare to draw startling conclusions about our future.

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