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Jaques Delors
Helen Drake
0415124247
Oct 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Jacques Delors became a household name during his decade as President of the European Commission. His conversion of the Commission presidency into a higly public and political role took many Europer-watchers by surprise. This fascinating study explores the combination of personal, political and other factors which lay behind the "Delors phenomenon" and assesses Delor's legacy for political leadership and institutional reform in the European Union.


Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam
Mark Bowden
0871139251
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. SignatureReviewed by Philip CaputoWith Iran fingered in the latest National Security Assessment as America's number one enemy, Mark Bowden's new book is particularly timely. Guests of the Ayatollah chronicles the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by student militants, who held 66 American staffers hostage from November 1979 till January 1981, seizing this nation's attention in the process.In the aftermath of 9/11, with wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, that event seems to belong to the remote past, but as Bowden points out, it was "America's first confrontation with Islamo-fascism," while the hostages (who were released alive) were "the first victims of the inaptly named War on Terror."Although some may dispute those points, his portrayal of the hostage takers and their fanatical...


The Osama bin Laden I Know : An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader
Peter Bergen
0743278917
January 3, 2006
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The Washington Post, January 22, 2006
"A detailed, well-researched narrative that persuasively answers dozens of questions that are still painfully relevant today."

Book Description
The Osama bin Laden I Know is an unprecedented oral history of Osama bin Laden's rise to revered leader of al Qaeda.Peter Bergen takes the reader onto the battlefields of Afghanistan as bin Laden goes from a shy, quiet teen to a leader; he brings you into Osama's intimate family life as he lives under the radar in Sudan, then Afghanistan; he puts you right in the room for al Qaeda's very first meeting; and he uses eyewitness accounts to relate what bin Laden said, and thought on 9/11 as he watched the twin towers fall.Derived from Bergen's interviews with more than 50...


Woodrow Wilson's Right Hand : The Life of Colonel Edward M. House
Godfrey Hodgson
0300092695
May 11, 2006
Hardcover
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Review
Gaddis Smith : "Hodgson introduces a twenty-first-century audience to an important figure from the Great War era, and in the process illuminates some roots of the difficulties now facing the United States and the world."-Gaddis Smith, Yale University
Margaret MacMillan : "Colonel House, partly by his own preference, was always in the shadows. Now, at last, Godfrey Hodgson has brought him into the light with this biography. It does full justice to a fascinating man and one whose greatest work coincided with the emergence of the United States as a world power."-Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World 
Michael B. Stoff : "Godfrey Hodgson has given us a splendid and long overdue biography of Colonel Edward M. House, Woodrow Wilson's alter ego and one of the most capable diplomats of...


Jaques Delors
Helen Drake
0415124255
Oct 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Jacques Delors became a household name during his decade as President of the European Commission. His conversion of the Commission presidency into a higly public and political role took many Europer-watchers by surprise. This fascinating study explores the combination of personal, political and other factors which lay behind the "Delors phenomenon" and assesses Delor's legacy for political leadership and institutional reform in the European Union.


Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
H. R. McMaster
0060929081
January 1998
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Book Review
For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war. McMaster stresses two elements in his...


The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
Jonathan Alter
0743246004
May 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Newsweek senior editor Alter attempts to explore FDR's famous first "hundred days" in office, when the president laid the foundation for national recovery from the Great Depression. Eventually, Alter succeeds in providing a brief consideration of those key months. But exposition dominates: the early chapters recite Roosevelt's biography up until his White House candidacy (the well-known tale of privilege, marriage, adultery and polio). Then Alter chronicles the 1932 election and explores the postelection transition. Only about 130 pages deal with the 100 days commencing March [4], 1933, that the title calls FDR's "defining moment." Alter attaches much weight to a few throwaway phrases in a thrown-away draft of an early presidential speech—one that could, through a particular set of glasses, appear to show...


Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader : North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
0312322216
October 15, 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Under different circumstances, North Korea could be the subject of a Marx Brothers satire, with the elements of a pompous, ego-driven patriarch, a worshipful population, and a general aura of fantasy and illusion. But North Korea has a superbly equipped million-man army and an expanding nuclear weapons program. So this comprehensive examination of this totalitarian society and the two men who have dominated it is often terrifying. For a quarter century, Martin has covered North Korea while working for the Baltimore Sun, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Using newly available material from Russian and Chinese sources, Martin offers surprising insights into the career and character of both Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il. He strives, albeit with moderate success, to unveil the reality...


Leadership
Rudolph W. Giuliani
1401359280
December 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
New York's celebrated former mayor explains how he used specific management strategies to run the city and handle crises in this captivating memoir. It's momentarily jarring when Giuliani's familiar voice on the introduction switches to Roberts's voice for the body of the book, but listeners will quickly adjust. Roberts reads the former mayor's words in a calm, authoritative and thoughtful tone. He sounds earnest and persuasive as he expresses Giuliani's point of view. Giuliani's minute-by-minute account of his actions on September 11-trying to coordinate rescue efforts and reassure the populace while reeling from the deaths of firefighter friends he'd spoken to just minutes before-is harrowing. Other anecdotes are equally forceful, as when Yasser Arafat arrived uninvited to Giuliani's U.N. anniversary...


Leadership
Rudolph W. Giuliani
0786868414
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This highly anticipated book from New York's once controversial, now beloved former mayor opens with a gripping account of Giuliani's immediate reaction to the September 11 attacks, including a narrow escape from the original crisis command headquarters, and closes with the efforts to address the aftermath during his remaining four months in office. But, he argues, he did not suddenly become a great leader on September 11, and "had been doing [my] best to take on challenges my whole career." The bulk of the book draws on his experiences as a corporate lawyer and U.S. attorney and then as mayor. The leadership principles he champions preparation, accountability and strong self-definition chief among them come as no surprise, but the stories he uses as examples are filled with vivid scenes and organized with a...


George W. Bush: Portrait of a Leader
Karen Hughes (Foreword)
141430983X
November 5, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The essence of the presidency is often captured in small moments: a bullhorn clasped in one hand as the other encircles a retired fireman; a fallen policeman's badge, given by a grieving mother, that becomes the symbol of "lives that ended and a task that does not end;" a handshake between the leaders of Britain and the United States, whose shared resolve toppled a threat to world peace and liberated the people of Iraq. This book is a collection of those moments, captured by the White House photographers, whose work provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes account of the Bush presidency. Other features: Over 100 photos Introduction by Karen Hughes Select quotes from George W. Bush A reprinting of Bush's 2005 inaugural address


James K. Polk: 1845 - 1849: The American Presidents Series
John Seigenthaler, Arthur M. Schlesinger
0805069429
February 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This newest addition to the American Presidents series edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. offers a solid portrait of an unlikable man who achieved extraordinary things. A Tennesseean like Polk, Seigenthaler (founding editorial director of USA Today) agrees with those who rate this dour, partisan, grudge-holding, one-term president a success. Polk took office in 1845 with four aims in mind: to lower the tariff, take federal deposits away from private banks, wrest the Oregon territory from joint possession with Great Britain and make California an American territory. In achieving everything he sought, Polk was more successful than most presidents. National sentiment favored him. He was politically skillful. And by declaring that he'd serve for only one term, Polk freed himself to push ahead without his eyes on...


Shooting the Moon: The True Story of an American Manhunt Unlike Any Other, Ever
David Harris
0641637780

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Bush's Brain : How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
James Moore, Wayne Slater
0471471402
January 5, 2004
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Book Review
Political consultants are nothing new in American politics; they are the big guns called in to work on a campaign or deal with the occasional crisis, then dismissed for another day. Not so with White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove. Due to his close personal relationship and unlimited access to George W. Bush, as well as his control of the information that reaches the president, this "permanent consultant" occupies a unique spot in Bush's inner circle and in history. "His influence marks a transcendent moment in American politics: the rise of an unelected consultant to a position of unprecedented power," write authors Moore and Slater. Since Rove is ultimately responsible to Bush only, not to American citizens, he is not required to work openly. As a result, Rove is hardly a household name, despite his considerable clout....


After Fidel: The Inside Story of Castro's 40 Year Regime and Cuba's Next Leader
Brian Latell
1403969434
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As Fidel Castro continues to show signs of his own mortality, questions about Cuba's future-and America's role in that future-naturally arise. As a longtime Cuba analyst for the CIA, Latell is in a unique position to offer insights into the psyche of Fidel's unquestioned successor: his enigmatic, underestimated brother, Raul, the world's longest-serving defense minister who has always stayed in the shadows, among his own countrymen and in the press. Even in their student days in Havana, Raul failed to impress as Fidel did: "The Jesuits found Raul apathetic and disinterested. After Fidel's intensity and promise, he was a great disappointment ... Lacking in confidence and fearing he could not match his brother's accomplishments, he did not even try." But just because Raul has allowed himself to be a cipher doesn't...


Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Jon Meacham
0812972821
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Drawing on interviews with surviving staffers and other previously untapped sources, Newsweek managing editor Meacham delves into the deep and complicated relationship between the two men who may very well have been the most powerful men on the planet during the most threatening times of the 20th century. FDR and Churchill spent much time together (a total of 113 days), planning, eating, smoking and drinking many a cocktail, and Meacham fleshes out the men behind the public faces, revealing the intricacies and the sometimes raw opportunism of their complicated relationship. Veteran actor and audiobook reader Cariou's authoritative presentation is rock solid and gripping. His gravelly baritone is transformed into Roosevelt's calm yet commanding voice one minute, and Churchill's more bombastic British accent the...


Thomas Jefferson: (The American Presidents Series)
Joyce Appleby, Arthur M. Schlesinger
0805069240
February 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Thomas Jefferson, so multifaceted and long-lived, tries the skills of most who venture to write his biography, especially a short one like this. But UCLA historian Appleby (Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans) has succeeded in writing as good a brief study of this complex man as is imaginable. Another in a series on the American chief executives edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., her elegant book is a liberal's take on the complex, sphinxlike founder of American liberalism. Appleby convincingly argues that the third president's greatest legacies were limited government (breached, however, by the opportunism that characterized his own presidency) and the great expansion of democracy. If some of her criticisms of Jefferson seem more perfunctory than heartfelt, she fully explains the man's...


John Quincy Adams (American Profiles (Madison House Paperback))
Lynn Hudson Parsons
0945612591
March 1, 1999
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Book Description
In this concise biography, Parsons masterfully chronicles the dramatic and prolific career of one of America's most absorbing figures.

About the Author
Lynn Hudson Parsons is professor of history at State University of New York College at Brockport. He is author of several articles on John Quincy Adams and his family, and compiler of "John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography".


The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Simon Wiesenthal
0805210601
January 1998
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Book Review
Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves. At the time he assumed his grave would be a mass one, unmarked and forgotten. Then, one day, a dying Nazi soldier asks Weisenthal for forgiveness for his crimes against the Jews. What would you do? This important book and the provocative question it poses is birthing debates, symposiums, and college courses. The Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Primo Levi, and others who have witnessed genocide and human tyranny answer Wiesenthal's ultimate question on forgiveness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
In this 1976 volume, divided into two sections, Wiesenthal tackles the question of the...


Healing America: The Life of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the Issues that Shape Our Times
Charles Martin
0849918367
July 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Senate Majority Leader Frist is a favorite of the Republican Party as a poster boy of compassionate conservatism. A physician who volunteers his services in Sudan and advocates increased funding for HIV/AIDS research, who takes a pro-life position on abortion but advocates for federal funding of stem-cell research, Frist has earned the respect of politicians of both parties. Frist, who continues to practice as a physician, made a name for himself as a heart transplant surgeon before entering politics and rising to the position of majority leader. Martin chronicles Frist's life of privilege, sense of duty, religious conviction, and ambition in arenas of both medicine and politics. In the second part of the book, Frist speaks for himself in several speeches and columns on social issues, where he lends particular insight and...


Madame Hillary : The Dark Road to the White House
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Mark W. Davis
0895260670
February 25, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
First-hand reporting and revelations of recent behind the scenes maneuverings that shows the reality between her carefully crafted image.

From the Inside Flap
Prepare the way for President Hillary! Her Dark Road to the White House Revealed at Last... No one knows Hillary Clinton the way R. Emmett Tyrrell and Mark Davis know her. Tyrrell's American Spectator was the magazine of record for breaking stories on the Clinton administration. For eight solid years it was the administration's most formidable journalistic opponent-a persistent (as well as a devastatingly perceptive and witty) obstacle to the Clintons' attempts to hoodwink the public and whitewash their own corruption. Former White House speechwriter and longtime Clinton watcher and chronicler Mark Davis has compiled...

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