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The Horn of Africa
Peter Woodward
1860648703
Apr 2003
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Book Description
The Horn of Africa – principally Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia – is the stage on which Africa’s tragedy is being played out in its most stark and violent form. In this comprehensive history of the region, Peter Woodward argues that while the principal conflicts have arisen from domestic issues of ethnicity, history and traditions, they have been magnified by international involvement in this flash-point which stands at the hinge of Africa and the Middle East.


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...


International Politics on the World Stage
John T. Rourke
0072839236
Aug 2002
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Book Description
John T. Rourke's eighth edition of International Politics on the World Stage explores the dynamic world of politics as it swings into the new millennium. Current political research theory establishes a foundation. From this base, Rourke traces the growth of the international political system and uses current events to challenge students to decide where the trends are leading and where their best interests lie. The engaging style that has made this title a bestseller is combined for the first time in this edition with full-color photos and graphics. The Web site continues to be a strong component this time, featuring interactive exercises, important Web links, interactive maps, and more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury
Kevin Phillips
067003486X
March 21, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The title of political analyst Phillips's latest book may overstate his case (in the text, he prefers the term "theocratic direction"), but his analysis likely will strike chords among those troubled by our current political moment. Phillips (American Dynasty) expounds upon historical parallels for each of his three subjects. In his section on "Oil and American Supremacy," for example, he points to Britain's post-WWI involvement in the Middle East as an analogy to Iraq, and in his section on radicalized religion, he warns of "the pitfalls of imperial Christian overreach from Rome to Britain." The five major measures of U.S. debt—from national to household—keep setting records, he observes in his section on "Borrowed Prosperity," and the real estate boom spurred by the Federal Reserve, he argues,...


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 Fair Tax Book : Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS
Neal Boortz, John Linder
0060875496
May 1, 2006
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Book Description

Wouldn't you love to abolish the IRS. . . .
Keep all the money in your paycheck. . . .
Pay taxes on what you spend, not what you earn. . . .
And eliminate all the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system?
If so, the FairTax is for you!

A smash #1 New York Times bestseller from the moment it went on sale, The FairTax Book launched a massive grassroots movement across the country with its dramatic call to rid Americans of the punishing burden of income tax. Talk-radio firebrand Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder are leading the charge to replace the current tax system with the FairTax -- a simple 23 percent retail sales tax on new goods and services that would eliminate the reviled IRS and replace it with a system that's fair to all -- while jump-starting the U.S....



Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Noam Chomsky
0805079122
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Forget Iraq and Sudan--America is the foremost failed state, argues the latest polemic from America's most controversial Left intellectual. Chomsky (Imperial Ambitions) contends the U.S. government wallows in lawless military aggression (the Iraq war is merely the latest example); ignores public opinion on everything from global warming to social spending and foreign policy; and jeopardizes domestic security by under-funding homeland defense in favor of tax cuts for the rich and by provoking hatred and instability abroad that may lead to terrorist blowback or nuclear conflict. Ranging haphazardly from the Seminole War forward, Chomsky's jeremiad views American interventionism as a pageant of imperialist power-plays motivated by crass business interests. Disdaining euphemisms, he denounces...


International Politics on the World Stage
John T. Rourke
0072936665
Aug 2003
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Cobra II : The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Michael R. Gordon, Bernard E. Trainor
0375422625
March 14, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
On one level, narrator Wasson's mostly neutral delivery is apt. The authors' dispassionate prose imparts their impeccably researched story of the 2003 Iraq invasion—from concept to insurgency. Sourced at the highest levels, Cobra II captures the fog of war and war planning. But Wasson's read too often feels routine, as if recounting a local board meeting. Because he renders the numerous players and backdrops with equal tones, differentiating between them can be a challenge. This style of narration creates an anti-tension when juxtaposed with the book's revelations that an invasion plan was being formed not long after September 11, despite administration denials. Strictly supervising the plan was defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who was intent on transforming the military into a lighter, leaner force....


International Politics on the World Stage
John T. Rourke
0072974915
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
John T. Rourke's eighth edition of International Politics on the World Stage explores the dynamic world of politics as it swings into the new millennium. Current political research theory establishes a foundation. From this base, Rourke traces the growth of the international political system and uses current events to challenge students to decide where the trends are leading and where their best interests lie. The engaging style that has made this title a bestseller is combined for the first time in this edition with full-color photos and graphics. The Web site continues to be a strong component this time, featuring interactive exercises, important Web links, interactive maps, and more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics
Margaret E. Keck
0801484561
January 1998
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
"A masterful combination of emerging theory and empirical comparison of one of the most intriguing areas of transnational politics. Keck and Sikkink access a broad range of theory from social movements, international relations, and comparative politics research to glean from a wealth of their own research findings solid and thought-provoking conclusions about the most interesting and least well-understood area of contentious politics in the world today."--Sidney Tarrow, Cornell University (Government) "Activists beyond Borders is a searching exploration of advocacy networks, providing compelling accounts in areas such as human rights and environmental protection and an intriguing glimpse into the transnational politics of the twenty-first century."--Robert O. Keohane, Duke University Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn...


Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
Mark M. Lowenthal
1933116021
October 1, 2005
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Book Description
Spies, bugs, moles, double-agents, drop-offs, covert action. The world of intelligence is filled with intrigue, but at its core, the information-secret or otherwise-is valuable to governments for the power it affords policy makers. With the constant need for background, context, and warning as well as an assessment of risks, benefits, and likely outcomes, the intelligence community plays a crucial role in policy formation. Lowenthal adeptly describes the development of this community while showing students how the various stages of the intelligence process serve an intelligence agenda that has changed dramatically in this post-Cold War, post-9/11 world. In this thoroughly revised second edition, Lowenthal updates each and every chapter, including new material on the infamous Robert Hanssen and Wen Ho Lee cases. Two...


International Politics on the World Stage
John T. Rourke
0073018007
June 2005
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Social Theory of International Politics
Alexander Wendt
0521469600
October 1999
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Review
' ... a dense and sophisticated work of International Relations theory, concerned with the biggest of big questions, 'what kind of 'stuff' the international system is made of' ... Social Theory of International Politics is destined to become perhaps the most discussed book in International Relations theory in a generation.' Times Literary Supplement
'Alexander Wendt has drawn on an exceptional range of theoretical literature in his effort to reconceptualize the nature of the international system. His discussion of scientific realism ought to be required reading for any student of international relations, or political science.' Stephen D. Krasner, Review of International Studies
'Alex Wendt's Social Theory of International Politics ... admirably attempts to do in an explicit manner what most scholars in the discipline do...


The Constitution in Exile : How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land
Andrew P. Napolitano
1595550305
April 18, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Napolitano, New Jersey Superior Court Judge and analyst for Fox News, explains how the federal government has manipulated the Constitution to take power from the states and the people. Written for a general audience, Napolitano's book also includes a brief history of the founding of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution and an explanation of relevant legal precedents. Napolitano's nonpartisan apprehension toward a strong central government is clear as he takes issue with both Democratic and Republican legislative initiatives, including the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1992, the Patriot Act, attempted FCC regulation of HDTV sets and the retention of Yasser Hamdi and Jose Padilla. However, the book is disappointingly sparse on ways to fix the...


The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade
Pietra Rivoli
0471648493
February 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
During a 1999 protest of the World Trade Organization, Rivoli, an economics professor at Georgetown, looked on as an activist seized the microphone and demanded, "Who made your T-shirt?" Rivoli determined to find out. She interviewed cotton farmers in Texas, factory workers in China, labor champions in the American South and used-clothing vendors in Tanzania. Problems, Rivoli concludes, arise not with the market, but with the suppression of the market. Subsidized farmers, and manufacturers and importers with tax breaks, she argues, succeed because they avoid the risks and competition of unprotected global trade, which in turn forces poorer countries to lower their prices to below subsistence levels in order to compete. Rivoli seems surprised by her own conclusions, and while some chapters lapse into academic...


International Politics on the World Stage
John T. Rourke
0073261181
Feb 2006
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Book Description
Much praised for being both accessible and scholarly, John Rourke's text uses current examples to illustrate theories. The eleventh edition has been meticulously revised to recognize new scholarship and to update coverage of world events and trends, including elections in Iraq, Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, the defeat of the E.U. Constitution by French and Dutch voters, the tsunami in Indonesia, the first investigations of the International Criminal Court, corruption in the UN’s oil-for-food program, and growing U.S.-China tensions over China's arms program.


Theory of International Politics
Kenneth N. Waltz
0075548526
Jan 1979
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The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Sam Harris
0393327655
October 10, 2005
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Book Review
Sam Harris cranks out blunt, hard-hitting chapters to make his case for why faith itself is the most dangerous element of modern life. And if the devil's in the details, then you'll find Satan waiting at the back of the book in the very substantial notes section where Harris saves his more esoteric discussions to avoid sidetracking the urgency of his message. Interestingly, Harris is not just focused on debunking religious faith, though he makes his compelling arguments with verve and intellectual clarity. The End of Faith is also a bit of a philosophical Swiss Army knife. Once he has presented his arguments on why, in an age of Weapons of Mass Destruction, belief is now a hazard of great proportions, he focuses on proposing alternate approaches to the mysteries of life. Harris recognizes the truth of the human condition, that we...


The Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
Clifford Bob
0521607868
June 2005
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Review
'In a fascinating and important study, Bob shows that the extent to which a Third World protest or secessionist movement gains attention and Western support is not determined as much by its intrinsic merits or even strategic value as by the calculated use of NGOs. This careful account challenges many of our accepted notions of international politics and global civil society.' Robert Jervis, Columbia University
'Clifford Bob cuts through a great deal of sentimental cant about global civil society. Even humanitarian NGOs, he demonstrates, must engage in a kind of commerce to stay in business. The Marketing of Rebellion offers a sober, well-documented analysis of this important trend in world politics. It is a model of what patient scholarship can achieve.' Jeremy Rabkin, Cornell University
'Rarely does a book answer a...


The Political Zoo
Michael Savage
1595550429
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the real national zoo!

 

As Aristotle said, "Man is a political animal." Talk radio sensation and New York Times best-selling author Michael Savage is afraid that the ancient philosopher was all too right, and in ways he never could have imagined. In Savage's funniest, most biting book yet, the nation's fiercest independent thinker invites you to take a riotous tour through The Political Zoo-an outrageous look at today's most prominent politicos and pundits as the reptiles, rats, and birds of prey they most resemble.

 

Animal by animal and cage by cage, Savage brandishes his irreverent wit to keep these beasts in check. Serving as resident biologist and zookeeper, Dr. Savage asks that you watch your step when approaching the widemouth copperhead...



Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America
Walid Phares
1403970742
November 2005
Hardcover
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Review
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International Relations and World Politics
Paul R. Viotti
0130172774
Dec 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
PREFACE This book is designed for use in courses on international relations or world politics. Unlike a number of such textbooks, we believe it is necessary and possible to introduce students to the literature on international relations (IR) theory. It is necessary because theory takes us beyond mere description of current events and into the realm of explanation and prediction of important trends. Theory helps us to focus on what is critical in making sense of the world around us. It is also possible, we believe, to introduce the student to IR works in such a manner that the literature is accessible and understandable yet does justice to the complexity and sophistication of the original works. Further structure for this book is provided by emphasizing Two trends interdependence and crises of authority that...


U.S. Foreign Policy and International Politics
M. Kent Bolton
0131174398
Aug 2004
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Book Description
Employing an analytic construct known as a comparative, foreign-policy analysis framework, the author compares substantive changes in U.S. foreign policy and international politics at two crucial junctures in American history: post-WWII period in which the Cold War began altering U.S. foreign policy for the subsequent fifty-years period versus post 9/11 attacks on the U.S. The volume's framework lends itself to a multi-causal view of foreign policy including multiple theories and permits readers to determine what theories best explain changes in U.S. foreign policy. The volume provides a conceptual definition of foreign policy and examines external inputs, societal, governmental and individual and role inputs to U.S. foreign policy. For those interested in a comprehensive analysis of post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. ...


The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
Thomas L. Friedman
0374292884
April 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Thomas L. Friedman is not so much a futurist, which he is sometimes called, as a presentist. His aim, in his new book, The World Is Flat, as in his earlier, influential Lexus and the Olive Tree, is not to give you a speculative preview of the wonders that are sure to come in your lifetime, but rather to get you caught up on the wonders that are already here. The world isn't going to be flat, it is flat, which gives Friedman's breathless narrative much of its urgency, and which also saves it from the Epcot-style polyester sheen that futurists--the optimistic ones at least--are inevitably prey to.

What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with...



Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics
Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
1931498997
March 2006
Hardcover
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Adam Cohen, New York Times, March 12, 2006
"Dead on."

The Nation, February 24, 2006
"...provocative new book that offers a perceptive analysis of progressive politics and proposes to revolutionize the Democratic Party..."

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Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
Jimmy Carter
0743284577
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After several books on spirituality and homespun values (most recently Sharing Good Times), President Carter turns his attention to the political arena. He is gravely concerned by recent trends in conservatism, many of which, he argues, stem from the religious right's openly political agenda. Criticizing Christian fundamentalists for their "rigidity, domination and exclusion," he suggests that their open hostility toward a range of sinners (including homosexuals and the federal judiciary) runs counter to America's legacy of democratic freedom. Carter speaks eloquently of how his own faith has shaped his moral vision and of how he has struggled to reconcile his own values with the Southern Baptist church's transformation under increasingly conservative leadership. He also makes resonant connections between religion and political...


Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective
Abdul Aziz Said
0131746405
Dec 1994
Paperback
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The publisher, Prentice-Hall Humanities/Social Science
This brief survey of international relations reflects the shifting trends and challenges in world politics which have led us to the emergence of the first global civilization.


The Battle for Peace : A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose
Tom Clancy (Foreword), et al
1403971749
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The intellectual complement to Zinni and Clancy's bestselling Battle Ready (2004), a narrative memoir salted with specific policy recommendations, this volume provides the former U.S. Central Command chief's analysis of America's current global position. Zinni begins by asserting that America's status as "the most powerful nation in the history of the planet" has created a de facto empire. The U.S. has no choice: if it fails to take the lead, nothing significant happens. At the same time, Americans must recognize that, in a global age, there can be no zero-sum games: when someone loses, no one wins in any but the shortest term, he argues. The bulk of the book critiques what Zinni describes as the current U.S. emphasis on unilateral action and calls instead for working with others toward the goals of worldwide...

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