Non-Fiction

Taking on the Trust:

The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller
Steve Weinberg
Read by Pam Ward

As John D. Rockefeller builds his fortune in the oil industry that eventually becomes Standard Oil, journalist Ida Tarbell, his nemesis, investigates his business tactics. Her goal is to bust the trust that controls Standard Oil and its various subsidiaries. Pam Ward narrates this history of the oil industry, paying careful attention to the details laid out in Weinberg’s research. Ward’s evenly paced narration elucidates each event, each twist of fate. Point by point, event by event, her no-nonsense performance invokes the tenacity of Rockefeller, who fights to keep his empire, and Tarbell, who is determined to bring competition into the marketplace. Ward effortlessly holds the listener’s attention with her straightforward delivery of Weinberg’s complex tapestry of history and biography. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2008]

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Taking on the Trust: 2018-10-20T20:01:43+00:00

Dancing in the Streets

A History of Collective Joy
Barbara Ehrenreich
Read by Pam Ward

When fans do a wave at the ballpark, they’re acting out of communal joy, an ancient human impulse that, according to social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, doesn’t get its due in Western culture. Ehrenreich traces joy from ancient celebrations to modern sporting events and rock concerts. Her writing switches between analysis and wry commentary and calls for more joy in everyday lives. Pam Ward shifts gears ably and brings out all of these qualities, making listening a joyous experience that holds listeners’ attention. While the author does suggest that more sharing of joy can be beneficial, Ehrenreich’s book mostly shines light on the history of celebration and society’s attitudes toward festivities. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]

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Dancing in the Streets 2018-10-20T20:01:43+00:00