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1. People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.)
by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Paperback (02 August, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Important History, Well Written
This isn't the last and only history of America you'll ever read or need.This is an addition to other texts, an important missing element in our collective education.History used to be told from the point of view of the winners, of the uplifted, and of the heroes.That is no longer the case and we can thank Howard Zinn and this seminal work for that.
3-0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading, a bit cumbersome at times
I am definitely not a socialist.
1-0 out of 5 stars Different Worth for Different Folks
After quite a while I finally put the time into reading this book and I am totally ambivalent whether I should have or not...I do not think that one should pay too much attention to those readers who do not take their history seriously, to those that want to propound a certain ideological agenda -- something I am realising has been,and is, a depressing fact of American socialisation. Those people of the ideological left will love this book and the those of the ideological right will hate it.... that is a given.
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2. The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror
by PublicAffairs
Hardcover (12 June, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as he says or as bad as his worse enemies make him out to be
One can accept the Soros version of Soros , or one can search elsewhere and find far more critical versions. Soros is to himself someone dedicated to making the world a better place, someone strongly committed to the idea of the open- society for mankind as a whole. He believes his own rare combination of great wealth, an original set of principles of life,a strong desire to help humanity,make him uniquely suited to understand what the world needs now, and how to give it to it.
4-0 out of 5 stars It's a Worthwhile Education
Soros probably writes too many books and doesn't spend enough time crafting them. Certainly he stuffs each book with too many ideas and topics, some of them decidedly under-developed. For all that, the insights are well worth the slog.
3-0 out of 5 stars yet another hopeless philosopher
After reading Mr. Soros's book, which is not an easy task, I believe he had to deal with his conscience. It must be extremely difficult for a forteen year old Jewish boy escaping Hitler's racial vilification and death sentence, by false identity-papers.
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3. Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
by University Of Chicago Press
Paperback (15 November, 2002)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A book that gives a good feel of the period.
Written in the context of the Cold War, the author emphasizes the need for free markets and an open society for a society to property function.It stresses the importance of the individual and the needs of the individual against the backdrop of an "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" era and the basic economic honesty of selfishness in general.There are several ideas in the book that probably need to be revisited (which is why you should read it) since they are becoming issues again in today's world.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Liberalism at its best
An all-time favorite of mine, Capitalism & Freedom creates a framework of classic liberalism and argues forcefully in favor of free-markets and decentralization over the expansion of government involvement in economic and social affairs.Friedman builds his argument from the ground up by identifying coercion as the State's distinguishing feature over all other societal organizations.From the (classic) liberal's perspective, this aspect shapes the relationship between citizen and government, and strictly limits the appropriateness of State involvement in society, particularly with regard to well-intentioned programs and policy.
4-0 out of 5 stars Outdated. Can better be understood as polemics with Galbraith
This book probably should not be treated as "capitalist manifesto" a la Marx but more like an attempt to present a position opposite to famous Galbraith "The Affluent Society" (1958). Reading the book without reading Galbraith first creates an impression of cheap advocacy of capitalism and unrestricted market almost in best libertarian (anarcho-capitalist) style. But as a polemic with Galbraith vision of post-capitalism (post-industrial society) the book looks like an interesting historical document.
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4. Government by the People, Teaching and Learning,ClassroomEdition (6th Edition)
by Prentice Hall
Paperback (21 February, 2005)
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5. The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right
by HarperSanFrancisco
Hardcover (07 February, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A truly awesome book promoting the underrated concepts of tolerance and acceptance
"The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" is an interesting book in which Michael Lerner promotes tolerance to individuals regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs which may differ from theirs. This book focuses on reversing the extreme antics brought forth by the religious right, whose priority seems to be suppressing those whose views differ than their own. This is a truly super book that I highly recommend to everyone. I would write a little more, but after having read the somewhat belittling comment of the first line, first paragraph by the spotlight reviewer from Oakton, Virginia who attacks brief reviews and uses review length as a basis for assumption that the person didn't read it, I suddenly lost the incentive to go any further.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wrong Title
The rabbi's book is A1, top quality material from beginning to end, except for the title.
5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone on the Left Must Read
Rabbi Lerner "get's it."He completely understands why ordinary good people voted for Bush - because the Democrats fail to give the heartbeat of America a spititual choice. If the Democratic Party want to decisively win they must read this book to understand how to reach the average American. ... Read more

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6. What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return to Democracy
by Three Rivers Press
Paperback (23 August, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent read
Thom Hartman knows his stuff. A good catch -up for those us who didn't pay attention in school

5-0 out of 5 stars Sets the record straight
Democracy works, but it requires constant vigalence. Hartmann sets the record straight on democracy, and also on one of its greatest modern advocates, Thomas Jefferson, who's views were quite so ambiguous as some revisionists would have us believe. It makes you long for leaders like Jefferson. Too bad such leaders are few and far between, in any era.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but with a major flaw
All in all, I give this book a good rating, as the bulk of the book contains interesting and useful content. His knowledge of Jefferson is broad, and he brings it to bear in particularly illuminating ways. In some respects, I find the left-wing politics presented in the book to be a little too knee-jerk for my tastes -- his hatred of large corporations poisons much of his discussion of economic issues. Overall, his other discussion, such as church-state relations and freedom of expression, are informative and insightful.
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7. Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Economic and Political Origins
by Cambridge University Press
Hardcover (19 December, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A beginning
My opinion on this book lies some where between the two already presented. The application of economics and game theory to this problem is most definitely original and is the greatest achievement of the book. It is a tribute to the authors that such a simple model that so ruthless applies Occam's razor can explain so much, however the work is flawed it simply does not reflect reality. The reasons behind democratisations are more complex than this model, as powerful as it is, can reflect. This book and the model developed within should be viewed as beginning which other works can develop and expand upon. I have no doubt that economists will continue to contibute to this field with more advanced and better models. For this reason alone political scientists and historians should not ignore this text, but rather accept it for what it is a new way of looking at an old problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wielding Occam's Razor
Economists are turning their focus of inquiry to subjects that were once the exclusive preserve of their colleagues in other social sciences--history, sociology, and political science. The title of this book, "Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy," appears to have been deliberately, even provocatively, chosen for contrast with its famous predecessor, "Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy," by the sociologist Barrington Moore. It is as if the economists are saying, "You've had your go. It is now our turn."
3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but ...
This substantial work provides a useful review of the relevant literature,and outlines the simple but powerful idea that the political impact of different types of assets [land, labor or capital] and the costs of repression rather than democratization are key influences on the process of democratization or political repression.This approach has however already been spelt out more succinctly by Carles Boix.
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8. Democracy in America
by Signet Classics
Paperback (05 September, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Relevant

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This edition should be a must read for all.
5-0 out of 5 stars Democracy in America
In truth I haven't read the book as of yet, however, it was purchased to read De Torqueville thoughts of democracy and how both countries could profess democracy and uphold slavery.
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9. Empire
by Harvard University Press
Paperback (15 September, 2001)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Exercise In Neo-Marxist Scholasticism Short on Relevance
"Empire", which is now going on five years, attempts in its atmospheric prose to elucidate a totalizing world view of the future of the global economy.What emerges is an optimistic, incurably Hegelian proposition that the current globalization of economics and society, despite its oppressive characteristics, are a necessary (and inevitable) stage of modern capitalist development which must exist in order to bring about the mobilization of the "multitude."Hardt and Negri's boundless faith in the eventual triumph of the "multitude" (i.e. proletariat) is definitively neo-Marxist and utopian.Hardt and Negri further view the struggle as cutting across culture, class, race, and nationality, and that it must be seen as as multi-disciplinary liberation.
1-0 out of 5 stars A Neither Nor Book
If it were really serious postmo scholarship, it would be a bit more honest about its starting points and sources (namely, Deleuze, Guattari, Baudrillard, Lyotard). Certainly an edition edited for America should have more bibliographic information. On the other hand, this book should prove largely inaccessible to the bestselling audience who have bought it and tried to read it (Michael Moore this isn't). That's because they will lack the background in philosophy and the 'superstructuralist' approach to social theory. To conclude, at least I'm honest enough about the book and with myself: having waded the whole way through the book, I'm still reluctant to give it a great review simply because I feel proud about getting through it. It actually made me, after a 20 year hiatus, start reading long works of fiction again.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Emperor Has No Clothes! Beware.
Junk! A pretentious tract that stubbornly applies verbs to abstractions, delights in pompous reification, and curses clarity of thought and word. Some of the historical commentary has limited value; most of the text is like the very worst Hegelian philosophy with few emergent insights. The infamous critisms of Hegel apply exponentially to this text.Read more

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10. Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid
by Doubleday
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4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting, personal glimpse into politics as an insider sees it
Joe Klein has spent his career interviewing and writing about politicians.This book, Politics Lost, pulls together various threads from this experience to give an interesting, personal glimpse into politics for those of us who have never met a president or presidential candidate.Unfortunately, it's not a pleasant picture.Our schools tend to teach us that our system of government works very well, a shining example for the world.Not so, according to Joe Klein's view of it.He sees, as the subtitle says, that American democracy has been trivialized.
2-0 out of 5 stars The Melodrama of the Mediocre Pundit
It sure is easy for pundits and commentators to get book deals these days, when you can sell a tirade of personal opinions and second guessing as in-depth political analysis. Joe Klein has the added distinction of criticizing other people for doing exactly what he does, and of complaining about political and media trends from which he benefits directly. Klein has a reasonable basic point here about modern lowest-common-denominator politicking, in which image and sloganeering are seen as more important than knowledge and leadership. But Klein, in a display of mind-boggling myopia, can't even see that this exact same phenomenon allows weak and opinionated books like this to qualify as serious political analysis.
3-0 out of 5 stars Political Lying is the Issue
I purchased this book after reading an interview with Joe Klein online. His thesis that both or either the politicians or their "handlers" think we, the public, are stupid may have been misplaced. After reading this book describing ad nauseam the culture and egos of political handlers, I'm left with the impression Klein thinks his readers are stupid. I admire his writing ability but "Politics Lost" could be summed up by a comment Klein made in his Internet interview: America has become a culture of lying, where the public knows their leaders are lying, but get caught up with media fascination with "How good a liar is that particular leader" -- or for that matter any public figure. Lying, unfortunately has become a political art form (i.e., "spinning") rather than being treated as a sign of not really caring or gross "indifference" toward the public. Were he really to focus on the "art of lying" by politicians and political operatives in America this book would not be a lost opportunity, for example, by documenting an "insider's" view of Karl Rove's Machiavellian machinations.Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has stated that "The opposite of love isn't hate; it is indifference." The real danger of "Politics Lost" is that it fails to recognize that we have come to a perilous point in our society where the public has become too inured to lying to do something about it! ... Read more

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11. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (24 October, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A true prize-winner

4-0 out of 5 stars Wilentz has matured
In chants Democratic Wilentz went to great lengths to portray the Jacksonians as "co-opters" and subverters of "true democracy", which was pretty much the party line of the Marxist academic establishment at the time. Now Wilentz is accepting what many continue to reject: namely, that American history cannot be understood if one insists that it isn't democratic.Measuring political outcomes on the basis of pie in the sky ideals has always been absurd and reflects a profound ignorance of the nature of democratic politics and policy making.
5-0 out of 5 stars Superband Detailed Survey of American Political Life from Jefferson to Lincoln
The Rise of American Democracy will, hopefully, raise interest in the relatively neglected period from the inauguration of Jefferson to the election of Lincoln in 1860.
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12. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
by Plume
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5-0 out of 5 stars If a Constitution falls in the woods when no one is listening, does anybody care?
I am unfortunately not suprised by any of the revelations in this book.It seems that the vast majority of Americans simply do not care what kind of scumbags claim to "represent" us.Unfortunately, I do not own a multibillion dollar corporation, so I suppose I do not deserve representation.Hey, didn't the Declaration of Independence say something about people not being represented properly?
5-0 out of 5 stars Finally--an investigative reporter takes on the important issues
This book is a terrific volume for understanding what's gone wrong in America over the past 30 years.Unlike many best-selling authors, who spout only uninformed opinions and vitriolic ones at that, this guy actually does substantive research on his issues and helps us understand the deeper context behind them: the history, the players, their connections to other folks.What good is that you'll learn how much of our world is being controlled/destroyed by people and regulations that you've never even hear of or about.If everyone read this book and spoke up, we might actually preserve this democracy and live better lives.We'd understand what in our democracy and world is going wrong and have some ideas as to how to fix this.
4-0 out of 5 stars You Can Count On It
Actually, you can't according to Greg Palast who challenges the results of the 2000 election in which he charges Jeb Bush with instituting his own style of Jim Crow laws to ensure that his brother would get elected. It's unique because time and again conservative papers and organizations conducted studies to show that Bush would have won anyway. Palast concedes that a recount of the actual votes would back that up. But Palast is concerned with the voters who were not allowed to vote, and the votes that were not counted.
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13. Democracy Under Pressure (with PoliPrep)
by Wadsworth Publishing
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14. The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
by W. W. Norton & Company
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4-0 out of 5 stars An argument for "noblesse obliege"
Dr. Zakaria's _The Future of Freedom_ is both brilliant and disturbing.There is much that I agree with in his analysis of democracy - that a strong and vibrant middle class is necessary in order for a genuine democracy to exist and flourish andthat a free-market economy is instrumental in supporting democratic institutions (and vice-versa).However, I was disturbed by the larger argument Zakaria makes - that democratic institutions need un-democratic safeguards to protect it from the fickle will of the people.
5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fareed Zakaria is an excellent foreign policy analyst and this book is no different.He argues that without a strong middle class, democracy is doomed to fail, and in fact can make things worse.One cannot help to see what is happening in the middle east right now, where oil-rich nations elect terrorist-supporting officials.Contrary to the Bush doctrine, forced-upon democracy is not the answer to our world's greatest threat.A must-read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Forget Democracy - Your Betters Should Rule
The author is a journalist, but he seems straight out of the Chamber of Commerce or a right-wing think tank. Like business elites, the author basically does not particularly like democracy. In his view societies should be run by elites from several areas - even authoritarians if needed. He is a proponent of constitutional liberalism, based on laws, rights, especially property rights, separation of powers, with much of that power being held in unelected bodies, and most of all free-market capitalism. He finds that set of conditions to be far more important than the exercise of democracy. His low regard for democracy is easily seen in his minimal interest in the manner in which a society of laws is created or even its exact nature and who benefits. Most in the West do care. Rights and legal systems are not neutral: the manner of construction determines relative winners and empowerment.
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15. Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe
by The Johns Hopkins University Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars On conditions for democracy
Having read this book, I understand why Linz has gained international reputation. (As an example, he was made honorary doctor at The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo, Norway, 2000.) This book is written in an engaging way, with lots of interesting information. Its clear structure and quite simple language also makes it easy to read. Those believing that political science is "heavy, dry and dull" will probably change their minds if they read "Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation". Personally, I found the chapters on South America very enlightening. The book gives information about how citizens view "democracy" in the respective countries, and the challenges each country faces in terms of democratic transition and consolidation. I agree with the first reviewer that this book is a must-have for all interested in the countries in question or political science in general. (Having just finished my dissertation in political science, I've read my share of less interesting and poorly written works!)

4-0 out of 5 stars A clear and concise presentation
This is the book for everyone looking for the ultimate answer to the questions regarding democratic transitions in the east as well as in the west. Although somewhat fuzzy and unclear in the theoretical outline it does offer some serious answers as well as questions on the democratization waves in former communist countries and dictatorships all over the planet. This is a must for all political scientists as well as those with inclination towards contemporary political subjects. This will be a standard opus on this subject. ... Read more

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16. The Truth about Leo Strauss: Political Philosophy and American Democracy
by University Of Chicago Press
Hardcover (25 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Strauss
The Zuckerts do a good job of giving a fairly comprehensive introduction to Strauss's complex and wide ranging thought. A notable and distinguishing feature from other recent books on Strauss is their historical analysis of the causes for the recent attention given to Strauss in some popular media outlets. The Zuckerts show, by means of actual quotation of the sources (a novel idea for some of the media which have made inaccurate pronouncements on Strauss's thought), that the flurry was spawned by a combination of LaRouchite propoganda and the bad and misleading scholarship of Shadia Drury. Also noteworthy for those a bit more familiar with Strauss is a history of the division of "Straussianism" into East coast and West coast Straussians (the Zuckerts describe themselves as "Midwest" Straussians) and a very thoughtful and penetrating analysis of Strauss's theory and use of esotericism. The book itself also stands as an outstanding example of Straussian scholarship by giving a first-hand illustration of Strauss's method of close reading. Along with the recent offerings of Pangle, Smith, Sorensen and Meier, the work shows just how inadequate and misleading the media treatment of Strauss has been.
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17. Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution
by Palgrave Macmillan
Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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18. Struggle for Democracy (paperbound), The (7th Edition)
by Longman
Paperback (16 December, 2004)
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19. The Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove and How to Take the White House in 2008
by Tantor Media
Audio CD (01 October, 2006)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Why you no longer need ABC News
I recieved this book from my father because I certainly would never have bought it myself.The premise of the book falls flat on it face with some simple fact checking.The premise being that politics and political coverage is freak show that is solely dominated by the Drudge report.He devotes a whole chapter as to how the freak show destroyed Al Gore - except Gore managed to win the popular vote.And if you give any credence to the continuing revelations of massive voting irregularities in the past two presidential elections (not covered by ABC, because Mr. Dudge said nothing about this) his whole theory goes out the window.
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20. Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
by Scribner
Hardcover (20 June, 2006)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Hurried, unorganized, and to general.
Perhaps I wanted the wrong thing out of this book.I was hoping for some probing assertions and introspection about the role of the media, its relationship with the public and the government, and its future.There was some of that, but it was incoherent and tied more to specific examples than to an overarching idea.
3-0 out of 5 stars OK, not great
The highlight of this book are the anecdotes that Ms. Thomas relates.Most of the book is a series of essays about what is wrong with journalism today, with White House press relations and certain presidents and other government officials past and present.Other than the anecdotes and some interesting history there is little that is not intuitive.I agree with a lot of what Ms. Thomas writes, I just don't find it very original or new or presented in a new/unique manner.Save your money and borrow it from a library as I'm not sure I spent my money well in buying this book.FWIW, it is well written and is a fast not-long read.

4-0 out of 5 stars right wing reviewers
Note that individuals such as John R. Linnell submit asinineravings about politics, but do not review the text at hand.One wonders if they even read the book or (as is the habit of most alleged "conservatives") passed a knee-jerk judgment without the benefit of seeking any information on the subject being judged. ... Read more

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