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1. Screwed: The Undeclared War Against
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2. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts
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3. The Age of Fallibility: Consequences
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4. The Force of Reason
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5. No True Glory: A Frontline Account
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6. Putin's Russia: Life In A Failing
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7. The Politically Incorrect Guide
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8. In Mortal Danger: The Battle for
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9. The Constitution in Exile: How
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10. The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans,
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11. Reckless Disregard: How Liberal
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12. Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution
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13. War by Other Means: An Insider's
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14. Annihilation from Within: The
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15. The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals,
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16. Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over
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17. Minutemen: The Battle to Secure
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19. Inside Terrorism
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20. The Future of Freedom: Illiberal

1. Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class -- And What We Can Do About It (BK Currents)
by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Hardcover (28 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The sad truth
This book is about the destruction of our country by elected officials and Big Business "Interests."
4-0 out of 5 stars Thom hits the nail on the head in all but this: education
Education in this country is big business and is so hopelessly institutionalized (that is, it has become an institution) Institutions are self-perpetuating.It is extremely difficult--if not impossible--to change anything about an institution, let alone eliminate it, because the individuals currently occupying places in the institution no longer have much to do with it. The institution sustains itself despite any particular complement of workers within it. Yes, individuals in positions to direct policy and command the workforce can fiddle with some things, but the institution itself will go on. (Note that major legislation affecting schools comes several layers above a district superintendent or even the schools board.)Thus, what Thom is saying about "fixing the schools" or "change the way we are teaching" is way off the mark. Teachers are drones within that institution of public education. The best of teachers can sometimes "make a difference" for one or two kids a year. But because of the context of schooling--one teacher, 35 kids, classes rotating in and out every 45 minutes--the young minds are dumbed down and rigidified such that critical/creating thinking is not only impossible, it is prohibited.
5-0 out of 5 stars Must reading
This book by Thom Hartmann should be required reading in every school in the United States.He lays out concisely what our country has done and needs to do to have a Democracy and a middle class and clearly demonstrates how the so called conservatives now and all the way back to the founding of the nation haave tried to destroy democracy and the middle class in favor of corporatocracy and an elite ruling class.Simple to follow and understand.The book really puts everything into a clear perspective.
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2. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (05 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written book on an understudied yet important subject
In "The Shia Revival" Vali writes about this minority sect of Islam, which only predominates in 3 or 4 countries in the Middle East, yet has adherents in many other countries.This book is not a history, yet he writes about the history, traditions, culture, and unique aspects of the Shia throughout the book. The book is very well-written, being not too academic yet not dumbed down either.This sect of Islam is very poorly known and even less-well understood in even the Islamic world itself.Yet, as Nasr writes, the coming of age of core Shia countries like Iran and Iraq, and countries with large Shia minorities like Lebanon, Pakistan, India, and Syria mean that this is a substantial sect of Islam that can no longer be ignored.After the reading this book you will have a much more informed view of the Islamic world and its internal conflicts, as well as a better understanding of Islam itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on Shia / Sunni Strife
This well written book is an excellent treatise on the historical conflict between the Shia and Sunni Muslims and how it applies to the current situation in Iraq and to some extent Lebanon.The book has probably one of the best explanations of the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims.It also describes how the Shia have been suppressed by the Sunni for centuries and how the Author believes there is a Shia revival occuring in the Middle East that has intensified since the toppling of Saddam Hussein from power.
5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Years ago in a world religions course I took at a conservative, inter-denominational seminary I learned all about the conflicts in Islam that are explained here by author Vali Nasr. If we understood this when we were rushing toward the invasion of Iraq, then we would have realized that the sectarian conflict that we now have in Iraq was quite predictable.
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Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. History    3. International Relations - General    4. Islam    5. Islam - General    6. Islam and politics    7. Middle East    8. Political Freedom & Security - General    9. Political aspects    10. Politics / Current Events    11. Relations    12. Religion    13. ShÃ¥i°ah    14. Sunnites    15. Miscellaneous Items    16. POLITICS & GOVERNMENT    17. Political Science / International Relations   


3. 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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4. The Force of Reason
by Rizzoli
Hardcover (07 March, 2006)
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1-0 out of 5 stars The horrible effects of cancer
I used to admire this woman.She was smart.She inspired me when I was young.It is a shame, however, to see her intellectual decline in her last years.Was this the effect cancer had on her brain?First, I can't understand how a book written with more heart and passion than brain and analysis can be called "The Force of Reason." She appeals to our feelings and fears more to our rationality.Second, she conviniently chooses historical events that only prove her point sometimes ignoring undeniable facts.For instance, she quietly forgot the role of Christianity in the Conquest of the Americas and the slaughter of the Indian races.Or the role religion played to justify the worst atrocities of the European powers.And what about the survival of Catholicism in Spain in spite of eight centuriesof Muslim domination?Yes, there were churches andsynagogues in Muslim Spain.This manifesto doesn't look very different from those fascists wrote about Jews in Europe in the 1930s. Poor woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars God Bless the Christian Atheist, Oriana Fallaci
Oriana Fallaci is no longer among the living. We will have to do without her unrelenting opposition to Islamic nihilism.She died in the United States.Her fellow Europeans essentially expelled her from the continent.They made Fallaci's final years a living hell.As an ex-Catholic, I am more then a little irritated by the Roman Church's capitulation to the radical Muslims.Fallaci described herself as a Christian atheist and was more of a defender of the "true faith" than its own hierarchy!"This Catholic Church without which the Islamization of Europe, the degeneration of Europe into Eurabia, could have never have developed. This Catholic Church that remains silent even when the crucifix gets insulted," added the author.
5-0 out of 5 stars A hero of our time
Oriana Fallaci, a famous journalist and former antifascist partisan, offers her fascinating views on Islam, its history, and the threats facing the Western civilization as well as her personal story that has become even more striking after the 9/11 attacks. For security reasons, Fallaci had to move to America, a country she views as the main hope of the Western civilization, and so do I, a citizen of the Czech Republic.
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Subjects:  1. International Journalism    2. International Relations - General    3. Philosophy    4. Political    5. Political Freedom & Security - General    6. Political Ideologies - General    7. Political Philosophy    8. Politics / Current Events    9. Sociology    10. Current Events / General    11. POLITICS & GOVERNMENT   


5. No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah
by Bantam
Hardcover (27 September, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is true!
This was a very confusing time for us at home trying to read the news. Bing West explains the interaction between the politicians and military commanders. My brother was in Fallujah at this time and enjoyed finding new information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Average "Joe" view
It's truly amazing what our military men an women go through in Iraq (and elsewhere). Unselfissly risking their lives to help total strangers.Very intense. The book puts you right there in the action.The author comes across as very objective about the war.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marine dad's view.
My Marine son gave me this book for Christmas 2005 after his deployment to Fallujah. I could not put it down from page one.Bing West is the "real deal" and sets forth the compelling story of the Battle of Fallujah as only a Marine can do. This work is a true and fitting tribute to the brave men who exemplify the best of the Marine Corps core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment."No True Glory" is a must read for any parent with a son in the Corps.
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6. Putin's Russia: Life In A Failing Democracy
by Metropolitan Books
Hardcover (27 December, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Publisher's Weekly Reviewer is off the mark
The Publisher's Weekly Reviewer is off the mark in his closing statement that 70 percent of the Russian population voted for Putin.S/he has no clue about the true political situation in Russia.During elections, competing political parties have no chance in gaining votes due to the Kremlin's firm grip on campaign activities.What the Kremlin wants is what the Russian people get.Does this reviewer really think the elctions are free and fair and that 70 percent is anything close to an accurate figure?There is no real democracy in Russia, and the majority of voters are so impoverished economically and uneducated (through no fault of their own) that when it comes to elections that you can't really expect them understand how to vote when they can't even buy medicine or food.Politkovskaya was murdered today.Sure her work was often over-emotional and perhaps it isn't brilliant in translation, but she was one of the few brave journalists to tackle the tough issues and to not self-edit.Her death follows that of Starvoitova, Gongadze (Ukraine), Khlebnikov and countless other post-Soviet journalists.Do some homework next time you write a book review.
5-0 out of 5 stars Anna is Dead; Does That Convince the "Publishers Weekly" Reviewer?
Or is that just more "anecdotal" evidence?
1-0 out of 5 stars This book has the wrong title
Readers who buy this book with the hope of learning about the overall situation in Putin's Russia, as the title promises, will be sorely disappointed.It's really just an author rant about soldier abuse in Russia's military today - a serious human problem, to be sure, but a very small slice of what a Western reader would want to know about this vast and complicated country.And even on the narrow subject the author actually addresses, the level of writing and analysis is little above a blog posting. ... Read more

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7. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science
by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Paperback (14 November, 2005)
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1-0 out of 5 stars hokum
I highly recommend this item as a study in rhetoric and denial of science.Mr. Bethell was recently on Book TV discussing his book and was truly entertaining.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book.
Tom Bethell sheds light on sides of issues you usually don't hear and makes their case sound plausible.I especially like the section on radiation entitled 'Good Vibes'.Many times I've heard the sentiment that 'any dose is bad'; the research that had been done on the Chernobyl survivors as well as the atom bomb survivors shows that there very well could be beneficial outcomes from exposure to low levels of radiation.
1-0 out of 5 stars Be critical people!
If you are going to read this book just make sure you are critical and skeptical. Unfortunately, critical thinking and debate are valued less and less in America. Just be clear:
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8. In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security
by WND Books
Hardcover (06 June, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars depressing book
I got this for my dad to read. I talked to him about a month after I gave it to him and he told me that he was only 50% through it. When I asked why, he said he could only read 3-4 pages at a time because it got him so depressed reading about the destrction of our country. I guess that is why 'reality bites.' Most certainly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Wake Up Call
There is no doubt that illegal immigration is destroying this country for a number of reason, not the least of which is the utter refusal of millions of people to bother learning English. But this book focuses on much more than just language and shows us how so much of what is wrong with the country is a direct result of what comes through its borders. These include drugs, diseases and terrorists as well as lifestyles, cultures and mindsets that are antithetical to freedom, capitalism and democracy just to name a few.
5-0 out of 5 stars If You Love Your Country--Read this Book
I believe that Tom Tancredo is probably only one of a handful of U.S. congressmen left who are truly upholding the U.S. Constitution.In his book, he outlines all of the many threats that are coming at us through our porous borders:Gangs, drugs, lower wages, drain on social services, diseases (such as leprosy) and the degeneration and disintegration of the American culture (especially here in the South--Dixie).The only thing that he leaves out is the advent of the North American Union as the cause for Washington's lack of interest in securing our borders.This could be, because at the time that this book was written, he was not aware of it.I only became aware of the NAU a few months ago.Also, I read a lot of posts on this review board criticizing the fact that Mr. Tancredo used a photograph of a battered, mutilated American flag.I take no offense to this.The picture is merely a representation and symbolic of the way that America's culture, social fabric and heritage is becoming mutilated and battered by illegal hordes.When armies go to war and carry their flags, they often become ripped and battered and even a little burned, but this in no way diminishes their worth or what they stand for.Thank you for reading this review. ... Read more

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9. The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land
by Nelson Current
Hardcover (18 April, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting history...
This was an interesting read.Napolitano is a Fox News Contributor who is an advocate of interpreting via natural law and reading the Constitution literally for it's intended meaning.As a result, the Fox News bashers will tend to ignore the book but it's worthy of their attention too because the leftwing liberal idea of reinterpeting the Constitution for today is what lead to legislation like the Patriot Act.In an unbiased way (politically), his criticisms of the current administration are well-balanced with a good explanation and examples of abuse.I've traditionally been a supporter of the Republicans and the Patriot act but the Judge's book have made me rethink the Patriot Act.I was also surprised at how far back in time some of the interpretation contraversies go, some dating back to Hamilton and Jefferson themselves.

3-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work by Judge Napolitano
I have never written a review for Amazon but this book was so good that I felt compelled to go through the process.
4-0 out of 5 stars For Freedom loving Americans
Judge Napolitano commicated what I been seeing happen. He has the legal background to explain how the Federal Government has sized power that was never intended for them to have. ... Read more

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10. The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
by Free Press
Hardcover (04 July, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book written on this subject
I follow all of Fouad Ajami's writings.He is a master at observing the people and stories unfolding around him.I am convinced that no current writer knows the Arab world better.Since I have some knowledge of Iraq, as I have traveled there, and have written two books about two special Iraqi women, I can say that if you are going to read only ONE book on Iraq, make it Fouad Ajami's The Foreigner's Gift. I would pick his book above my own books, so you know that I am serious when I urge you to select this book.So much of what he wrote struck home, but I won't go into detail as I want to leave the pleasure of discovery to you.I will add, however, that the fact he is an extremely gifted writer makes the reading journey even more pleasant.Jean Sasson, author of Mayada, Daughter of Iraq and Love in a Torn Land:Joanna of Kurdistan, coming out in 2007.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unscrambling Iraq
This is first of all a beautifully written book whose narrative flows effortlessly over a broad range of political, religious, and cultural issues that together describe the diverse elements that form Iraq. It is a unique book. Fouad Ajami provides the reader with excellent insights on the Muslim minority called Shia, the strange appeal of Saddam Hussein to Sunni Arabs, and the driving political-religious dynamic of the fundamentalist Islamic movements. In the course of doing this he also pays a gracious and sincere tribute to the courage, dedication, and just plain decency of most of the American military forces serving in Iraq. He also manages to clarify the current politics of the Semitic speaking Arab Near East and put into perspective its ambiguous relationship to Indo-European speaking Iran. All in all this is an excellent read and presents what appears to be an accurate description of post Saddam Iraq and the political and religious forces that are shaping its future. Finally he makes clear that Islam suffers from a host of internal contradictions and schisms that often make Muslims appear hypocritical and inconsistent.
5-0 out of 5 stars War skeptic overcome by sharp observations here
I did not favor our invasion of Iraq, but The Foreigner's Gift gives me an appreciation of the nobility of our effort.To be sure the Bush administration was grossly incompetant in under-committing troups and resources to the task, a sign of its hubris and arrogance demonstrated also by their lack of postwar planning.
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11. Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security
by Regnery Publishing, Inc.
Hardcover (25 July, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read, tells it like it is....
Which is why libs hate it. They don't want the truth to be told because if it ever was (which is to say if CNN and other lib talkers told the whole story), nobody would even think about voting for them.
1-0 out of 5 stars Polemic, not scholarship
This is not a work of scholarship, not a work that examines its sources or parses ideologies for truth.This book certainly does not focus on truth.
4-0 out of 5 stars Liberal, reform, intelligence impotency
Robert Patterson wants a commitment to national security; believes the democrats can not be trusted to handle national security, saying the liberals have weakness on national security issues.Patterson blisters the liberal indicting, "liberals have done everything to ensure America's military defeat".Patterson blames Clinton force reductions, as the primary reason for dismantling America's military might.
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12. Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency (Inalienable Rights)
by Oxford University Press, USA
Hardcover (01 September, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful, biased, brilliant, shrill - Posner!
Richard Posner is perhaps best known for his work on the economic analysis of law (his text by that name is the standard for the discipline). His work on catastrophic risk, which forms the basis for his analysis in _Not a Suicide Pact_, draws heavily on the reasoning used in his work in the area of "law and economics."
5-0 out of 5 stars Read the book BEFORE you review it
This is a terrific book that all open minded people would find of interest. As is the case so often,reviewers are being allowed to place reviews without ever reading the book, as in the previous reviewers case (Upshur).Posner examines the delicate balance between personal freedom and collective security and the fine line between them that is constantly shifting due to historical circumstance. After reading this book,no matter what position you choose to take, you will have a greater understanding of the issues involved, and you will be able to make a more informed decision.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is this what we're coming to?
I'm sad to say it looks like it is.
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13. War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror
by Atlantic Monthly Press
Hardcover (28 August, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Relax, Jerry.
While many, perhaps most, will disagree with Professor Yoo's conclusions his reasoning and analysis are thorough and detailed.Most of the negativity expressed the other reviews seemingly stems from ignorance.There is a large body of scholorship devoted to the historical foundations of 'the executive power' as vested in a 'President of the United States' per the Constitution.People may not be aware of the broadness of this power and its historical uses.Professor Yoo not only argues that these powers exist but that he is a champion of preserving them.One may disagree with the use, expanison or preservation of such powers but it is flying in the face of 230 years of precedant to claim no such powers exist.

1-0 out of 5 stars CRIMINAL
Mr Yoo moves on from his earlier arguments that torture falls at a point slightly short of physical death, organ failure or loss of limb. Mr Yoo makes some interesting if devastating points with his new theories. The President's war powers, he argues, allow him to do, basically, whatever he wants. The President may, if he chooses, crush the genitals of children, maim, torture or kill civilians. In this respect one might remember that Bush ordered an air strike on the house occupied by the infant grandchildren of Saddam Hussein AFTER the end of the Iraq war and even though the house was surrounded by US troops. The President is limited, according to Mr Yoo, only by how he CHOOSES to interpret International Treaties and as he has the power to repudiate such treaties or ignore them entirely (as in the International Human Rights for the Child Treaty, the Geneva Convention or the Treaty of Vienna,) then, this means that presidential power is absolute EVEN if despotic criminal or tyrannical. Mr Yoo appears now to say that the President and his henchmen, cronies and agencies MAY indeed use indiscriminant torture. Mr Yoo however does not adequately explain how the President can thus overturn congressional treaty ratification. As what constitutes a 'time of war' is also up to the President and does not rely on any 'legal' declaration of war (which is a matter of international law to which the US is thus not subject,) then the US may have, effectively, a Despot Emperor for President. Does the War on Drugs thus give the President the same powers as he asserts for his "War on Terror" - an undeclared war on no particular nation state? This is interesting, not just semantically, as the Supreme Court appears to agree with Mr Yoo's interpretation, blocking cases dealing with this on grounds of secrecy and national security AND Congress does not appear to care. Perhaps Clinton should have used Mr Yoo's arguments in the Monical Lewinsky scandal and impeachment hearings. War powers might have thus allowed him to do whatever sexual harrassment he wanted with his cigar and to lie about it in the national interest. The problem with Mr Yoo's argument is that Checks and Balances thus no longer exist. Interestingly if one applies Mr Yoo's arguments to their logical end he becomes an eloquent advocate for terrorism or for the Holocaust where the ends justify the use of any means however horrible.Of course, either this is pretty much nonsense and makes toilet paper of the Declaration of Independence, Magna Carta, democracy and human rights OR the truth is more terrifying and the US is now a Stalinist state. I suspect Mr Yoo could be subject to arrest as a war criminal should he ever leave the United States and visit a civilised country???

1-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Incompetant
Did you know that in his last book, John Yoo stated that the power of the President in time of war was essentially that of a king?
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14. Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations
by Columbia University Press
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15. The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised As Freedom
by WND Books
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1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and dishonest.
I expected to agree with this book. The idea of the media and educational establishment deliberately corrupting America is entirely plausible to me, so I was looking forward to hearing Kupelian's case.
5-0 out of 5 stars On Target
Kupelian knows of what he speaks.Straight forward and factual this book covers many facets of the snow job we are being sold in America via the courts and the media.A great guide on how to answer objections to the liberal left's agenda.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Eye Opening. . .
As a parent of five children and very concerned about their future in America I found this book to be very thorough in what is happening to our culture.I found David Kupelian did an excellent job in untangling every topic.I found myself very stressed out after reading each chapter because it is so thought provoking and actually disturbing to have the truth presented in such a way.I would highly recommend this book. ... Read more

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16. Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea
by Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover (27 June, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Blueprints for Long Term Democratic Success
Years ago there was a memorable TV commercial featuring an American Indian on a hill observing as a driver tossed a bag of garbage out his car window. The camera panned up to the Indians face to show a single tear in his eye. In my youthful naivety I assumed that the Indian was the victim of a careless polluter. Now I've discovered that the Indian was a radical environmentalist working to control and restrain business and tear down Capitalism. Greed is good, might makes right and civil liberties threaten our safety. Diversity is wrong and unity is weak.
5-0 out of 5 stars It's one thing to lose freedom, it's even worse if you can't realize what of freedom you lost.
As much as Lakoff's critics would love to bash this book, it's hard for them to disprove the hard cold fact that there is indeed a real difference between losing freedom and losing the definition of freedom to anti-freedom, much like what happened in George Orwell's "1984" whereby slavey is somehow "freedom" even when it ain't really so. History has shown that in a nation where people are aware that they have lost their freedoms, they'll fight their leaders to death to get it back. Yet in a dictatorship whereby a person or a group of people subvert the idea of freedom to the point that everything that used to be against freedom is somehow part of the definition of "freedom" where as everything that really stood for freedom is now defined as "anti-freedom" even when it ain't so. This is what Lakoff warns the readers about when he perfectly explains how the "conservatives" define "freedom". Just recently, our Congress and the White House have agreed to do away with Habeas Corpus as another assault against civil liberties goes unreported by most of the media that are Bush/Limbaugh puppets. We may not loose the Constitution but there's no stopping the traitors in Washington from subverting it to the point that it is there but it is not there just like they do with freedom. It's time for progressives to get their heads off the media cameras and learn from Lakoff and UNITE if they care to save America from losing its status as "Land of the Free".

1-0 out of 5 stars Will you like this book? It depends on you
Do you believe:
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17. Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders
by World Ahead Publishing
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4-0 out of 5 stars MINUTEMENTO PREVAIL OVER ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS
Gilchrist's and Corsi's, "Minute Men" reveals how some of America's elected servants, advocating a legal "pathway to citizenship for guest workers", are insidiously trying to legalize dangerous illegal immigration. It was exactly for this kind of tyrannical behavior, that the Founding Fathers sanctioned for citizens the eternal right to carry guns.
5-0 out of 5 stars "Wake Up AMERICA"
This should be required reading for every AMERICAN citizen! Not only does this book describe the current "ILLEGAL" immigration problem but it discribes a more serious problem that is being kept from American citizens. That is the DESTRUCTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA as a sovereign country! Welcome "The North American Union" and the "AMERO". This is why the Democratic "Left", Big Business, and Bush (New World Order) want open borders. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK, WAKE UP, and DO SOMETHING TO STOP THE LOSE OF OUR COUNTRY!

5-0 out of 5 stars There Is A Reason Why It's The First Amendment
The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, felt that their new fledging country would be helpless without the freedom to speak in the arena of ideas. In Jim Gilchrist's "Minutemen", he documents that freedom of speech is only free if the local power agrees with the message. He is shouted down, called vicious and vile names, and denied parade permits for simply trying to tell America they will no longer be a nation without border control.
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18. How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok
by Working Assets Publishing
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4-0 out of 5 stars A reference for future generations
When future generations ponder how our government could take such an awful turn toward autocracy, this is the book they must read. Greenwald painstakingly and methodically dissects the current administration's law-breaking here. He begins by setting out his mission: to tell the tale of President Bush, 9/11 and the FISA courts--leading the reader down a path to just one undeniable conclusion, no matter what party one swears allegiance to. And when you are finished, you'll be left with a far better understanding of the issues than almost any of the talking heads on television (especially cable).
5-0 out of 5 stars Greenwald makes a conservative case
I'm a Republican and I voted for Bush twice. Like the author, I did not want to believe that our president acted in bad faith or that he has made deliberate assaults upon basic Consitutional rights.But unfortunately the facts and the record seem to bear that thesis out.
5-0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
If you are one of those Americans like me who had only a cursory knowledge of the illegal NSA wiretapping authorized by the Bush administration, this book will be an eye opener. How Would a Patriot Act, though only 128 pages, is a tour de force. The book's simple message is this: Although the president has had the constitutional authority to wire-tap Americans without requesting a warrant from a FISA judge for up to 24 hours (and since 2001, for up to 72 hours), this administration deliberately ignored the law and ordered wiretaps without judicial oversight despite the fact that a FISA court judge has never denied a warrant request. The president's actions have eroded our government's system of checks and balances to a degree never seen before. It's a must read for any American concerned about the fundamental rights Americans have had for more than 200 years. It is not an exaggeration to say that today our Constitution and our way of life are threatened more than ever. This is a must read. ... Read more

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19. Inside Terrorism
by Columbia University Press
Paperback (12 May, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Understanding Terrorism
In the wake of the 9/11 disaster a plethora of books has been published on the nature and structure of the terrorist threat. Some are quite good, but others are absolute nonsense. Interestingly, some of the best books on both terrorism and counter-terrorism predate 9/11 and were written before counter-terrorism became the cottage industry it is today.
5-0 out of 5 stars A good textbook on terrorism
Just for the record, I'm reviewing the 2006 edition of this book, so it is no longer as out of date as the previous edition.And it is a very interesting book.We learn definitions of terrorism, we see what terrorism is, how terrorists recruit, how many of them think, what some of them say, how they get publicity, how they take advantage of media opportunities ("Don't shoot, Abdul!We're not on prime time!"), and so on.
4-0 out of 5 stars A bit dated but worth the time
I would have given this work 5 stars if it was a bit more up to date. I expect great things out of the new version slated to arrive in May 2006. One thing that I really like about this work is that it does not just focus of Mid-east terror, but looks at ETA, IRA, US Militia movements, RAF, and other groups as well. A very good historical background with some good insights about rationality and media exposure. ... Read more

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20. The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad
by W. W. Norton & Company
Paperback (19 April, 2004)
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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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