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Why Liberalism Failed (Politics and Culture)
by Patrick J. Deneen

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

January 09, 2018

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<DIV><B>Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?</B><BR /><BR /> Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it <I>is </I>an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history.<I></I>Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure.</DIV>
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon a...
by , Steven L. Davis

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

January 09, 2018

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<div><b><div><b>From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning <i>Dallas 1963</i>,<i> </i>comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary's daring prison escape and run from the law.</b></div></b></div><br />On the moonlit evening of September 12, 1970, an ex-Harvard professor with a genius I.Q. studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, had been running a gleeful campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan. Now, Leary is six months into a ten-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing two marijuana cigarettes.<br /><br />Aided by the radical Weather Underground, Leary's escape from prison is the counterculture's union of "dope and dynamite," aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. Inside the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon drinks his way through sleepless nights as he expands the war in Vietnam and plots to unleash the United States government against his ever-expanding list of domestic enemies. Antiwar demonstrators are massing by the tens of thousands; homemade bombs are exploding everywhere; Black Panther leaders are threatening to burn down the White House; and all the while Nixon obsesses over tracking down Timothy Leary, whom he has branded "the most dangerous man in America."<br /><br />Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA is an American thriller that takes readers along for the gonzo ride of a lifetime. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon's careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture.<br /><br />
The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War
by , Butterfield Fox

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English

Pages

848

Publication Date

December 12, 2017

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<b>“The WikiLeaks of its day”</b> (<i>Time</i>) <b>is as relevant as ever to present-day American politics.</b><br /><br /><b>“The most significant leaks of classified material in American history.”</b> –<i>The Washington Post</i><br /><br />Not Fake News! The basis for the 2018 film <i>The Post</i> by Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, <i><b>The Pentagon Papers</i></b> are a series of articles, documents, and studies examining the Johnson Administration’s lies to the public about the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing to light shocking conclusions about America’s true role in the conflict.<br /><br />Published by <i>The New York Times</i> in 1971, <b><i>The Pentagon Papers</b></i> riveted an already deeply divided nation with startling and disturbing revelations about the United States' involvement in Vietnam. <i>The Washington Post</i> called them “<b>the most significant leaks of classified material in American history</b>” and they remain relevant today as a reminder of the importance of a free press and First Amendment rights. <i><b>The Pentagon Papers</i></b> demonstrated that <b>the government had systematically lied</b> to both the public and to Congress.<br /><br />This incomparable, 848-page volume includes:<br /><br /> <li>The Truman and Eisenhower Years: 1945-1960 by Fox Butterfield<br /> <li>Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam by Fox Butterfield<br /> <li>The Kennedy Years: 1961-1963 by Hedrick Smith<br /> <li>The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem: May-November, 1963 by Hedrick Smith<br /> <li>The Covert War and Tonkin Gulf: February-August, 1964 by Neil Sheehan<br /> <li>The Consensus to Bomb North Vietnam: August, 1964-February, 1965 by Neil Sheehan<br /> <li>The Launching of the Ground War: March-July, 1965 by Neil Sheehan<br /> <li>The Buildup: July, 1965-September, 1966 by Fox Butterfield<br /> <li>Secretary McNamara’s Disenchantment: October, 1966-May, 1967 by Hedrick Smith<br /> <li>The Tet Offensive and the Turnaround by E. W. Kenworthy<br /> <li> Analysis and Comment<br /> <li>Court Records<br /> <li>Biographies of Key Figures<br /><br />With a brand-new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the <b>Pulitzer Prize–winning</b> story is <b>sure to provoke discussion about free press and government deception</b>, and shed some light on issues in the past and the present so that we can better understand and improve the future.
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
by Eric Metaxas

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br /><br />“Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. . . . full, instructive, and pacey.” <i>—The Washington Post</i><br /><br />From #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, Martin Luther, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation</b><br />  <br /> On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling <i>Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy</i> and <i>Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery</i>, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, <i>Martin Luther</i> tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.
The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought a...
by Victor Davis Hanson

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English

Pages

721

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b><br />A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian</b><br /><br />World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.<br /><br /><i>The Second World Wars </i>examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.<br /><br />An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, <i>The Second World Wars</i> offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.<br /><br /><br />
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION<br /><br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY<i> THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>, <i>LOS ANGELES TIMES</i>, <i>WASHINGTON POST</i>,  <i>BOSTON GLOBE</i>, <i>SEATTLE TIMES</i>, <i>CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR</i>, <i>NEWSWEEK,</i> <i>PASTE</i>, and<i> POP SUGAR</i></b><br /><br /><b>The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. </b> <br /><br />Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. <br /><br />Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the...
by Jason Fagone

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<p><strong>NATIONAL BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>NPR Best Book of 2017 </strong></p><p><strong>“Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie.” — <em>The New York Times</em></strong></p><p>Joining the ranks of <em>Hidden Figures</em> and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II.</p><p>In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the "Adam and Eve" of the NSA, Elizebeth’s story, incredibly, has never been told.</p><p>In <em>The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em>, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this extraordinary woman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler’s Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma—and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.</p><p>Fagone unveils America’s code-breaking history through the prism of Smith’s life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence. Blending the lively pace and compelling detail that are the hallmarks of Erik Larson’s bestsellers with the atmosphere and intensity of <em>The Imitation Game, The Woman Who Smashed Codes</em> is page-turning popular history at its finest.</p>
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 10, 2015

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<b>#1 New York Times Bestseller<br /><br />From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the <i>Lusitania</i></b><br /><br />On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the <i>Lusitania</i> was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. <br /><br />Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of <i>Unterseeboot</i>-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the <i>Lusitania</i> made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.<br /><br /> It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, <i>Dead Wake</i> brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. <br /><br /> Gripping and important, <i>Dead Wake</i> captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
by Jim DeFede

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

July 12, 2011

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<p>Perfect for fans of the hit Broadway musical <em>Come from Away</em></p><p> </p><p>When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.</p><p><br />Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.</p>
Barack Obama's Birth Certificate: Questions Raised by Donald Trum...
by Jeff Lichter

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English

Pages

42

Publication Date

January 17, 2018

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Read the true story of how an average American motivated by the question of Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as POTUS came to chase that eligibility with a future POTUS, Donald Trump and then the investigation of the Obama birth certificate with America’s Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Following the unexpected meeting with Trump, I describe the miraculous developments of how our Surprise Arizona Tea Party group persuaded Sheriff Joe Arpaio to conduct his official law enforcement investigation of the Obama birth certificate issued by the White House. Learn how both of these great men viewed this most serious and perhaps most debated topic of the Obama presidency. Finally, you want to purchase this book in order to hear how both Trump and Arpaio are so similar in how they treat and value people like you and me. In Trump’s case, we are the “average American” and in Arpaio’s case, we are “his constituents.”

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