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Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality Why despite the desperate need to address climate change have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again Why have protections for employees been decimated Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against big government led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful meticulously reported history a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet Their core beliefs that taxes are a form of tyranny that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom are sincerely held But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution worker safety securities and tax laws The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch whose father made his fortune in part by building oil refineries in Stalin s Russia and Hitler s Germany The patriarch... later was a founding member of the John Birch Society whose politics were so radical it believed Dwight Eisenhower was a communist The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path If they pooled their vast resources they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions think tanks the courts statehouses Congress and they hoped the presidency Richard Mellon Scaife the mercurial heir to banking and oil fortunes had the brilliant insight that most of their political activities could be written off as tax-deductible philanthropy These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity Funding sources were hidden whenever possible This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network The political operatives the network employs are disciplined smart and at times ruthless Mayer documents instances in which people affiliated with these groups hired private detectives to impugn whistle-blowers journalists and even government investigators And their efforts have been remarkably successful Libertarian views on taxes and regulation once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans are ascendant in the majority of state governments the Supreme Court and Congress Meaningful environmental labor finance and tax reforms have been stymied Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews-including with several sources within the network-and scoured public records private papers and court proceedings in reporting this book In a taut and utterly convincing narrative she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy more
A hands-on practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations to eluding pursuers evading capture and surviving any dangerous situation In today s increasingly dangerous world threats to your personal safety are everywhere From acts of terror to mass shootings and from the unseen and sometimes virtual matrix of everyday crime danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere anytime and Clint Emerson former Navy SEAL wants you to be prepared 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills evasion tactics and immobilizing maneuvers modified from the world of black ops to help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk to making an improvised Taser to tricking facial recognition software With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking evade a kidnapping elude an active shooter rappel down the side of a building immobilize a bad guy protect... yourself against cyber-criminals and much more all using low-tech to no-tech methods Clear detailed and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource Because let s face it when danger is imminent you don t have time for complicated instructions more
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement The New Jim Crow is such a book Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as brave and bold this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness With dazzling candor legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America we have merely redesigned it By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color the U S criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous president and CEO of the NAACP this book is a call to action Called stunning by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis invaluable by the Daily Kos explosive by Kirkus and profoundly necessary by the Miami Herald this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow now with a foreword by Cornel West is a must-read for all people of conscience
A loving and hilarious if occasionally spiky valentine to Bill Bryson s adopted country Great Britain Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land The result was Notes from a Small Island a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written Now he has traveled about Britain again by bus and train and rental car and on foot to see what has changed and what hasn t Following but not too closely a route he dubs the Bryson Line from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north by way of places few travelers ever get to at all Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful magnificently eccentric endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and when called for twits With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic the bewildering the appealing and the ridiculous he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road and on a tear The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative and a really really... funny guy more
A New York Times Bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy Chernow writes is in many ways to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to... take America by storm rising to become George Washington s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far more human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804 Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow The New York Times Book Review more
In the century after the Civil War an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable Electric lighting indoor plumbing home appliances motor vehicles air travel air conditioning and television transformed households and workplaces With medical advances life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from forty-five to seventy-two years Weaving together a vivid narrative historical anecdotes and economic analysis The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end Gordon challenges the view that economic growth can or will continue unabated and he demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 can t be repeated He contends that the nation s productivity growth which has already slowed to a crawl will be further held back by the vexing headwinds of rising inequality stagnating education an aging population and the rising debt of college students and the federal government Gordon warns that the younger generation may be the first in American history that fails to exceed their parents standard of living and that rather than depend on the great advances of the past we... must find new solutions to overcome the challenges facing us A critical voice in the debates over economic stagnation The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come more
Jay Sekulow one of America s most influential attorneys explores a post Obama landscape where bureaucracy has taken over our government and provides a practical roadmap to help take back our personal liberties Jay Sekulow is on a mission to defend Americans freedom The fact is that freedom is under attack like never before The threat comes from the fourth branch of government the biggest branch and the only branch not in the Constitution the federal bureaucracy The bureaucracy imposes thousands of new laws every year without a single vote from Congress The bureaucracy violates the rights of Americans without accountability persecuting adoptive parents denying veterans quality healthcare discriminating against conservatives and Christians for partisan purposes and damaging our economy with job-killing rules Americans are bullied by the very institutions established to protect their right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Our nation s bureaucrats are on an undemocratic power trip But Sekulow has a plan to fight back We can resist illegal abuse we can reform a broken system and we can restore American democracy This book won t just tell you how to win it will show you real victories achieved by Sekulow and the American... Center for Law and Justice Unless we can roll back the fourth branch of govern ment the most dangerous branch our elections will no longer matter Undemocratic is a wake-up call a call made at just the right time before it s too late to save the democracy we love more
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi GermanyFor readers of Unbroken out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant It was an unlikely quest from the start With a team composed of the sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain yet they did going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s personal quest
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREThe harrowing true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi 13 HOURS presents for the first time ever the true account of the events of September 11 2012 when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi Libya A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there Those men went beyond the call of duty performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism to avert tragedy on a much larger scale This is their personal account never before told of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack 13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy Written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another for their countrymen and for their country 13 HOURS is a stunning eye-opening and intense book--but most importantly it is the truth The story of what happened to these men--and what they accomplished--is unforgettable
The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn t shine and the SEC doesn t dare or bother to tread the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower--and middle--class Americans who can t pay their debts The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear in any case they weren t talking Michael Lewis creates a fresh character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor a fitting sequel to his 1 bestseller Liar s Poker Out of a handful of unlikely--really unlikely--heroes Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our time The 1 New York Times bestseller It is the work of our greatest financial journalist at the top of his game And it s essential reading Graydon Carter Vanity Fair
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