Category: United States Of America

  • Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take It Back

    By Jim Hightower

    The USA listens to Jim Hightower. greater than 80 thousand humans sign up for The Hightower Lowdown Newsletter whereas his radio convey is aired on greater than sixty public and advertisement radio stations.

    In They've Stolen Our kingdom and it is time to Take It Back, he is taking at the Bushites, the Wobblycrats, and the company Kleptocrats, digging up behind-the-scenes airborne dirt and dust that the company media overlooks-like BushCo's "Friday evening Massacres," what is occurred to our meals, and the Bush plan for empire. however the booklet additionally deals grassroots recommendations, drawing on Hightower's Rolling Thunder Down-Home Democracy journey, a touring competition of uprising opposed to each tentacle of the corporate-politico energy seize. At kitchen tables in all places the USA, Hightower has tapped into the thriving activist networks which are our country's grassroots muscle, and his publication tells their uplifting tales of retaking keep watch over in their groups. this is often the genuine the US that the remainder of the area does not get to work out.

    together with his specific mix of wit and outrage, Jim Hightower "lights a prairie fire"-and it is simply the spark that his starting to be nationwide viewers craves.

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  • Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

    By Sheldon S. Wolin

    Democracy is suffering in America--by now this assertion is nearly cliché. yet what if the rustic isn't any longer a democracy in any respect? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has the United States unwittingly morphed right into a new and unusual form of political hybrid, one the place monetary and kingdom powers are conjoined and almost unbridled? Can the state payment its descent into what the writer phrases "inverted totalitarianism"?

    Wolin portrays a rustic the place electorate are politically bored stiff and submissive--and the place elites are wanting to hold them that manner. At top the state has develop into a "managed democracy" the place the general public is shepherded, now not sovereign. At worst it's a position the place company strength now not solutions to country controls. Wolin makes transparent that modern-day the US is not at all morally or politically similar to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, but he warns that unchecked financial energy dangers verging on overall energy and has its personal unnerving pathologies. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify present day politics, the search for an ever-expanding economic climate, and the perverse points of interest of an unending warfare on terror. He argues passionately that democracy's most sensible desire lies in voters themselves studying anew to workout strength on the neighborhood level.

    Democracy Incorporated is without doubt one of the so much being concerned diagnoses of America's political ills to emerge in a long time. it really is guaranteed to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come.

    In a brand new preface, Wolin describes how the Obama management, regardless of delivers of swap, has left the underlying dynamics of controlled democracy intact.

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  • Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in a Post-Human-Rights World

    By Amitai Etzioni

    There are very important purposes for the unique but major path changes in American and Western overseas coverage, which at the moment specializes in heart jap and chinese language “hot spots.” In early 2012, the us “pivoted” to make the a long way East its army and strategic first precedence, thereby downgrading the center East. this modification in priorities has been observed through a curtailed army funds and the tip of the two-war doctrine.

    With a brand new preface by way of the writer, Hot Spots argues that turning towards the a ways East is untimely and mistaken in precept. China can and will be taken care of as a possible companion in a altering worldwide order, instead of contained and made into an enemy. while, he argues, the genuine scorching spots remain within the heart East, albeit no longer in Iraq or Afghanistan, yet in Iran and Pakistan. much less pressing, yet of significant significance, are the methods the West bargains with a posh and sundry Muslim global, with political Islamic events and social pursuits, and with destiny waves of Arab awakening. the following the excellence among safety and kingdom development turns into crucial for either normative and strategic reasons.

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  • New York City (City Guide) (8th Edition)

    By Brandon Presser, Carolina A. Miranda, Cristian Bonetto

    “New York is far greater than the gateway to chance – it’s a urban of triumph, a capital of exploration and experimentation; a spot the place one is actually loose to be themselves.” – Brandon Presser, Lonely Planet Writer

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    You can belief our trip info simply because Lonely Planet authors stopover at the areas we write approximately, every version. We by no means settle for freebies for confident insurance so that you can depend upon us to inform it love it is.

    Inside This Book…
    Full colour Guide
    Pull-out urban Map
    843 acres of vital Park – plus map!
    247 hand-picked restaurants
    176 how one can swipe your plastic
    84 museums & galleries
    11 jogging tours
    Feature assurance of most sensible sights
    Range of making plans tools
    In-depth historical past on New York’s foodstuff scene
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  • War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

    Armed interventions in Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea challenged the U.S. president and Congress with a middle query of constitutional interpretation: does the president, or Congress, have constitutional authority to take the rustic to warfare? War Powers argues that the structure does not provide a unmarried felony resolution to that query. yet its constitution and values point out a imaginative and prescient of a well-functioning constitutional politics, one who allows the branches of presidency themselves to generate reliable solutions to this query for the situations in their personal times.

    Mariah Zeisberg indicates that what concerns isn't really that the branches enact an identical constitutional payment for all stipulations, yet as an alternative how good they bring about their exact governing capacities to undergo on their interpretive paintings in context. as the branches legitimately method constitutional questions in several methods, interpretive conflicts among them can occasionally point out a profitable instead of poor interpretive politics. Zeisberg argues for a suite of detailed constitutional criteria for comparing the branches and their dating to each other, and she or he demonstrates how observers and officers can use these criteria to guage the branches' constitutional politics. With circumstances starting from the Mexican warfare and global warfare II to the chilly conflict, Cuban Missile main issue, and Iran-Contra scandal, War Powers reinterprets valuable controversies of conflict powers scholarship and advances a brand new means of comparing the constitutional habit of officers outdoor of the judiciary.

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  • Police Brutality: An Anthology

    From the thrashing of Rodney King to the taking pictures via ny urban cops of the unarmed and blameless Amadou Diallo, incidents of police brutality have galvanized and polarized the state in a manner few different modern occasions have. it is a number of thirteen essays - by means of lecturers, historians, social critics, a Chicago congressman, and an ex-New York urban police detective - putting this centuries-old challenge in old and highbrow context, and underscoring the profound impact police brutality has had in shaping the yank identification.
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  • The New American History (Critical Perspectives On The Past)

    Initially published in 1990, the recent American historical past, edited for the yank old organization via Eric Foner, has develop into an essential quantity for academics and scholars. In essays that chart the shifts in interpretation inside of their fields, a few of our such a lot well-liked American historians survey the main works and issues within the scholarship of the final 3 many years. in addition to the considerably revised essays from the 1st version, this quantity offers 3 fullyyt new ones -- on highbrow heritage, the heritage of the West, and the histories of the relations and sexuality. the second one version of the hot American background displays, in Foner's phrases, \u0022the carrying on with power and creativity of the research of the previous, how conventional fields are being elevated and redefined whilst new ones are created.\u0022
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  • Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

    By Mahmood Mamdani

    During this wonderful examine the increase of political Islam, the prestigious political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his services and perception to undergo on a query many american citizens were asking seeing that September 11: how did this happen? sturdy Muslim, undesirable Muslim is a provocative and critical e-book that might profoundly swap our knowing either one of Islamist politics and how the United States is perceived on the earth at the present time.
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  • Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream

    By Jason Fagone

    “To be up on level, shoving nutrition on your face, beats daily life for many people.” —David “Coondog” O’Karma, aggressive eater

    “Hungry” Charles Hardy. Ed “Cookie” Jarvis. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Will such names someday be seemed again upon because the pioneers of a brand new manifestation of the irrepressible American urge for food for festival, cash, popularity, and self-transformation? they are going to if the promoters of the newly rising game of aggressive consuming have their approach. In Horsemen of the Esophagus, Jason Fagone stories at the yr he spent within the abdominal of this awakening beast.

    Fagone’s trek takes him to 27 consuming contests on continents, from the area Grilled Cheese consuming Championship in Venice seashore, California, to Nagoya, Japan, the place he pursues an interview with the mythical Takeru Kobayashi, possibly the main prodigious eater on the earth this present day, and to the Nathan’s recognized sizzling puppy consuming Contest at Coney Island, the sport’s annual grand finale, the place Kobayashi has eaten greater than 50 canine in 12 mins. alongside the way in which, Fagone discovers an absurd, occasionally troubling tradition at the make, able to bust out of its county reasonable and neighborhood-fat-guys area of interest and seize a juicy piece of the big-time tv sports/Vegas spectacle jackpot.

    Fagone meets promoters like George Shea, the P. T. Barnum of the overseas Federation of aggressive consuming (aka IFOCE, “the governing physique of all stomach-centric sport”) and enters the lives of 3 “gurgitators”: David “Coondog” O’Karma, a fiftyish, six-two residence painter from Ohio who’s “not able to turn into invisible”; invoice “El Wingador” Simmons, the Philly Wing Bowl legend who's taking pictures for a 5th chicken-eating championship even though it can be killing him; and Tim “Eater X” Janus, a lean younger Wall highway dealer who takes a heavily medical and athletic method of the pursuit of consuming mountains of foodstuff in record-breaking instances. every one in his personal means feels as though he has misplaced or now not but came across anything crucial in existence, and every is pushed by way of the determined wish that via intake he may perhaps but locate redemption, that even within the junkiest of America’s junk tradition, real nourishment could be chanced on. in any case, because it says at the respectable IFOCE seal: In Voro Veritas (In Gorging, Truth).

    With forays into the gastrointestinal mechanics of the alimentary canal (“it’s what unbuilds the area to construct you,” yet, good day, you could pass that half in the event you like), the recommendations and methods of the skilled gurgitators (pouring a bit membership soda on most sensible of high-carb meals makes them more straightforward to swallow), and the ancient roots of the aggressive consuming phenomenon, Horsemen of the Esophagus offers the French anything else to dislike approximately the US. And it provides the remainder of us nutrients for considered the unusual and not likely areas the yankee Dream can occasionally lead.


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  • The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823

    By David Brion Davis

    David Brion Davis's books at the heritage of slavery replicate the most exceptional and influential pondering at the topic to seem some time past new release. The challenge of Slavery within the Age of Revolution, the sequel to Davis's Pulitzer Prize-winning The challenge of Slavery in Western Culture and the second one quantity of a proposed trilogy, is a really huge paintings of ancient scholarship that first seemed in 1975 to severe acclaim either educational and literary. This reprint of that very important paintings features a new preface by way of the writer, within which he situates the book's argument in the historiographic debates of the final decades.
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