The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

By Mancur Olson

The years considering international warfare II have noticeable fast shifts within the relative positions of alternative international locations and areas. best political economist Mancur Olson bargains a brand new and compelling conception to provide an explanation for those shifts in fortune after which assessments his thought opposed to proof from many sessions of heritage and plenty of components of the realm.

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Obamacare: What's in It for Me?: What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act

On January 1, 2014, an important purchaser protections in ObamaCare (the cheap Care Act) pass into impression. With either supporters and competitors of the legislation debating its benefits and its debatable rollout, there's a desire for "news-you-can-use?? kinds of assets from credible 3rd events.

Enter Wendell Potter, writer of Deadly Spin and previous medical insurance govt. Obamacare: what is in It for Me? is the authoritative resource for american citizens wanting to understand how the legislations will have an effect on them and their households: How will it have an effect on the thousands of american citizens who have already got insurance via their employers? those who paintings for small businesses that do not supply insurance? The unemployed? those who find themselves of their 20s, 30s and 40s, a few of whom may possibly locate that insurance expenses them greater than earlier than? Older americans now not but eligible for Medicare, lots of whom should be capable of get even more reasonable insurance? Medicare beneficiaries? Low-to average source of revenue participants and households? individuals with pre-existing stipulations? Children?

As a former coverage insider and now a well-known specialist on ObamaCare, Wendell Potter is completely situated to provide an explanation for to a large viewers, hungry for the genuine tale (without the spin), of simply what this healthiness care overhaul ability for we all.

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European Union Politics

European Union Politics, 5th variation, is the main whole, present, and authoritative assessment of european politics to be had. Bringing jointly rigorously edited contributions from top students within the box, it assumes no historical past wisdom and is consequently obtainable to scholars new to the subject.

Alongside entire insurance of the historical past, concept, associations, and rules of the ecu, European Union Politics, 5th variation, includes a part on modern concerns and present debates, together with democracy and legitimacy within the european, public opinion, the industrial difficulty, and a brand-new bankruptcy at the way forward for the EU.

The textual content is more desirable via very good studying positive factors together with reader's courses, textual content bins, key issues, figures, questions, extra examining, net hyperlinks, and a word list. an intensive spouse web site (coming quickly) will supply assets for students--multiple-choice questions, a electronic flashcard thesaurus, an examination learn consultant, an interactive map of Europe, biographies of vital figures in european background, and hyperlinks to OUP magazine articles--and instructors--PowerPoint-based lecture slides; seminar and quiz questions; and examples of simulation exercises.

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They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in The Hague

By Slavenka Drakulic

"Who have been they? usual humans such as you or me—or monsters?” asks across the world acclaimed writer Slavenka Drakulic as she units out to appreciate the folk in the back of the terrible crimes dedicated throughout the conflict that tore aside Yugoslavia within the Nineteen Nineties. Drawing on firsthand observations of the pains, in addition to on different resources, Drakulic portrays many of the participants accused of homicide, rape, torture, ordering executions, and extra in the course of the most brutal conflicts in Europe within the 20th century, together with former Serbian president Slobodan Miloševic; Radislav Krstic, the 1st to be sentenced for genocide; Biljana Plavšic, the one girl accused of struggle crimes; and Ratko Mladic, now in hiding. With readability and emotion, Drakulic  paints a wrenching portrait of a rustic needlessly torn aside.

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Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion

By Jeffrey St. Clair, Joshua Frank

"Those who believe that like lemmings they're being led over a cliff will be well-advised to not learn this ebook. they could notice that they're right."—Noam Chomsky

“Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank have skillfully smoked out the true Barack Obama . . . the technofascist army strategist disguised as a Nobel Peace Laureate, yet owned, operated, and regulated by way of Wall highway, company the United States, and the Pentagon.”—Thomas H. Naylor, co-author of Affluenza, Downsizing the USA

“The writers assembled right here hit challenging, with accuracy, and don't pull punches."—Marcus Rediker, writer of The Slave send: A Human History

The Barack Obama revolution was once over ahead of it begun, guttered through the politician’s overweening wish to end up himself to the grandees of the institution. From there on, different grants proved ever more uncomplicated to damage. here is the booklet that dares now not enable Obama off the hook. it is all right here: the compromises, the backstabbing, the standard imperial objectives. masking all significant "Obummer" different types on account that he took place of work, this fast moving assortment will pride the serious and provide foodstuff for inspiration for these considering the 2012 electoral circus—and beyond.

Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch, writer of Born less than a foul Sky and Been Brown goodbye it appeared eco-friendly to Me, and co-author of Whiteout: The CIA, medicines, and the Press.

Joshua Frank is an environmental journalist and co-editor of Red country Rebels: stories of Grassroots Resistance within the Heartland. His investigative studies and columns seem in CounterPunch, Chicago Sun-Times, universal goals, and AlterNet.

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Up, Simba!: 7 Days on the Trail of an Anticandidate

By David Foster Wallace

In February 2000, "Rolling Stone" journal despatched David Foster Wallace, "NOT A POLITICAL JOURNALIST, " at the street for per week with Senator John McCain's crusade to win the Republican nomination for the Presidency. They desired to recognize why McCain appealed lots to such a lot of american citizens, and especially why he appealed to the "Young Voters" of the USA who quite often express not anything yet apathy.

The "Director's Cut" (three occasions longer than the RS article) is an incisive, humorous, considerate piece approximately lifestyles on "Bullshit One" -- the nickname for the clicking bus that McCain's directly speak Express.

This piece turns into ever extra appropriate, as we speak about what we all know, don't understand, and don't need to know in regards to the manner our political campaigns paintings.

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Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

By Chris Hedges

Revolutions are available in waves and cycles. we're back driving the crest of a progressive epic, very like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to routine opposed to austerity in Greece to the Occupy move. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and disease of a society in terminal ethical decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and mental elements reason revolution, uprising, and resistance. Drawing on an bold evaluate of well known philosophers, historians, and literary figures he exhibits not just the harbingers of a coming hindrance but additionally the nascent seeds of uprising. Hedges’ message is apparent: well known uprisings within the usa and world wide are inevitable within the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing at the tales of rebels from worldwide and all through historical past, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a insurgent nowa days. using the paintings of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the incentive that publications the activities of rebels as “sublime madness”—the kingdom of ardour that explanations the insurgent to interact in an unavailing struggle opposed to overwhelmingly robust and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is performed now not for its luck, yet as an ethical significant that affirms lifestyles. those that get up opposed to the chances might be these endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who devoted their lives to finishing apartheid, to modern anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion indicates the price of a lifestyles devoted to talking the reality and significant justice. Hedges has penned an integral advisor to rebellion.

Hedges discussing Wages of Rebellion at the actual News

“A demand a brand new American revolution... Like early-20th-century muckraking newshounds and, extra lately, I.F. Stone, Hedges makes a boisterous, outspoken contribution to revolutionizing the nationwide conversation.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses

By Mark Curtis

Britain is complicit within the deaths of ten million humans.

These are Unpeople - these whose lives are visible as expendable within the pursuit of Britain's fiscal and political goals.

In Unpeople, Mark Curtis exhibits that the Blair executive is deepening its aid for lots of states selling terrorism and, utilizing proof unearthed from previously mystery files, finds for the 1st time the hidden background of unethical British guidelines, together with: aid for the massacres in Iraq in 1963; the intense deepest backing of the U.S. in its aggression opposed to Vietnam; help for the increase of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin; the operating of a covert 'dirty struggle' in Yemen within the Nineteen Sixties; mystery campaigns with the U.S. to overthrow the governments of Indonesia and British Guiana; the welcoming of normal Pinochet's brutal coup in Chile in 1973; and lots more and plenty extra.

This explosive new ebook, from the writer of Web of Deceit, exposes the truth of the Blair government's overseas guidelines because the invasion of Iraq. It discloses govt files exhibiting that Britain's army is poised for a brand new part of worldwide intervention with the united states, and divulges the intense propaganda campaigns being fixed to vague the truth of rules from the general public.

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Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution--As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen

By Mallory Factor

Drawing from his finished, star-studded direction on the fortress, Mallory issue, the New York Times bestselling writer of Shadowbosses, brings jointly a desirable and numerous diversity of essays from prime figures and activists which discover and light up the conservative highbrow culture in American politics.

Ambitious in its breadth and intensity, The sizeable Tent is a breathtaking portrait of the highbrow heritage of the conservative move. many of the prime lighting of the appropriate supply an remarkable creation to conservative figures and ideas, from the Revolution to William F. Buckley; Barry Goldwater to the Reagan Revolution; Libertarianism to the warfare on Terror.

Insightful and stimulating, The monstrous Tent is a phenomenal survey of the move over 3 centuries.

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The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library)

By Peter Dale Scott

This provocative e-book makes a compelling case for a hidden “deep nation” that impacts and infrequently opposes reputable U.S. rules. well-liked political analyst Peter Dale Scott starts by means of tracing America’s expanding militarization, regulations on constitional rights, and source of revenue disparity because the Vietnam struggle. He argues major function during this historical reversal was once the intervention of a sequence of structural deep occasions, starting from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9-11. He doesn't try and unravel the controversies surrounding those occasions, yet he indicates their major issues in universal, starting from overlapping team of workers and modes of operation to shared resources of investment. in the back of all of those commonalities is what Scott calls the deep kingdom: a moment order of presidency, in the back of the general public or constitutional kingdom, that has grown significantly more advantageous considering international warfare II. He marshals convincing facts that the deep kingdom is partially institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence firms just like the CIA and NSA, however it additionally comprises inner most enterprises like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percentage of intelligence budgets are outsourced. at the back of those private and non-private associations is the normal effect of Wall highway bankers and legal professionals, allied with overseas oil businesses past the achieve of household legislations. With the significance of Gulf states like Saudi Arabia to grease markets, American security businesses, and Wall road itself, this crucial ebook exhibits that there's now a supranational deep kingdom, occasionally demonstrably against either White condo regulations and the yankee public interest.

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