Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? [Audiobook]

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? [Audiobook]
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap [Audiobook] by Graham Allison, read by Richard Ferrone
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 43 mins | 350.83MB

War with China is much more likely than anyone thinks.

When Athens went to war with Sparta some 2,500 years ago, the Greek historian Thucydides identified one simple cause: A rising power threatened to displace a ruling one. As the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains, in the past 500 years, great powers have found themselves in "Thucydides's Trap" 16 times. In 12 of the 16 - from war between the French and the Habsburgs in the 16th century to the two world wars of the 20th - the results have been catastrophic. Today, the same structural forces propel China and the United States toward a cataclysm of unseen proportions, even as both sides insist that such a war could never occur.

In Destined for War, Allison compares the US-China conflict to its closest parallel: World War I. There, a rising Germany threatened the supremacy of the British Empire. He sketches several scenarios in which America and China might slide, against their intent and better judgment, into a similar conflict. But he also examines the rare instances when two clashing powers have avoided disaster. Can our current standoff be one of those exceptions? Allison's answer is essential listening for our age and ages to come.

Understanding Trump [Audiobook]

Understanding Trump [Audiobook]
Understanding Trump [Audiobook] by Newt Gingrich, read by Newt Gingrich, Eric Trump
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 43 mins | 323.3MB

The presidency of Donald Trump marks a profound change in the trajectory of American government, politics, and culture. Like his administration, the movement that put him in office represents a phenomenon that is worth studying.

Donald Trump is unlike any president we've ever had. He is the only person ever elected to be commander in chief who has not first held public office or served as a general in the military. His principles grow out of five decades of business and celebrity success - not politics - so he behaves differently from traditional politicians.

In Understanding Trump, Newt Gingrich shares what he learned from more than two years helping Trump and his team throughout the campaign, the election, and during the first months of the presidency. Mr. Gingrich provides unique insight into how the new president's past experiences have shaped his life and style of governing. This book also includes Mr. Gingrich's thorough analysis of how President Trump thinks and makes decisions as well as the president's philosophy, doctrine, and political agenda going forward.

The audiobook edition features the following recordings of live speeches:

  • Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2017
  • Joint Address to Congress, Feb. 28, 2017
  • The New Deal for Black Americans, Charlotte, Oct. 26, 2016
  • The Contract with the American Voter, Gettysburg, Oct. 22, 2016

Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook]

Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook]
Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future [Audiobook] by Hal Niedzvieki, read by Brian Troxell
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 6 mins | 275.32MB

The future is big right now—for perhaps the first time, our society is more focused on what is going to happen in the future than what is happening right now. In Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, cultural critic and indie entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next?

Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories and more, Niedzviecki traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us. In deep conversation with both the beneficiaries and victims of our relentless obsession with the future, Niedzviecki asks crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?

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