From the bestselling writer of The conflict for the United States 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an within view and research of the Obama-Romney presidential race
Four years in the past, a shiny younger presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a subject matter of wish and alter, and made background. at the present time, he unearths himself in one other sour, divisive presidential race yet with no the buzzwords. in its place, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the debatable healthcare invoice, a decade-long warfare, and a stagnant financial system.
Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former company multi-millionaire and previous governor of Massachusetts, faces his personal controversies within the kind of imprecise guidelines, fluctuating positions, and questions about his company practices within the deepest region. Romney’s own fortune and enterprise heritage appeared at odds with the Republican base till he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea celebration darling and monetary conservative Paul Ryan as his working mate.
Using assets deep inside of either campaigns and at the crusade path via fundamental and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a willing political brain and a pro reporter’s ear. He strains the highs and lows of the Obama presidency in addition to the ruthless Republican basic as either laid the foundation for probably the most an important, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 places the race for the White apartment in context and explores simply what the election capacity for the way forward for the democratic technique and the US.
By Mike Davis
No city has been extra enjoyed or extra hated. To its respectable boosters, “Los Angeles brings all of it together.” To detractors, los angeles is a sunlit mortuary the place “you can rot with out feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the writer of this fiercely stylish and huge- ranging paintings of social heritage, l. a. is either utopia and dystopia, a spot the place the final Joshua timber are being plowed below to make room for version groups within the desolate tract, the place the wealthy have employed their very own police to fend off highway gangs, in addition to armed Beirut militias.
In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA’s shadow background and dissects its airy economic climate. He tells us who has the facility and the way they carry directly to it. He provides us a urban of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation immediately out of Nathaniel Westa urban within which we may well glimpse our personal destiny reflected with terrifying clarity.
In this new version, Davis presents a blinding replace at the city’s present prestige.
By Paul Johnson
"The production of the USA of the USA is the best of all human adventures," starts off Paul Johnson's amazing new American historical past. "No different nationwide tale holds such large classes, for the yankee humans themselves and for the remainder of mankind." Johnson's background is a reinterpretation of yank heritage from the 1st settlements to the Clinton management. It covers each point of U.S. history--politics; enterprise and economics; paintings, literature and technology; society and customs; advanced traditions and non secular ideals. the tale is advised when it comes to the boys and ladies who formed and led the state and the standard those who jointly created its targeted personality. anyplace attainable, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to make sure a feeling of reality. "The ebook has new and sometimes trenchant issues to assert approximately each point and interval of America's past," says Johnson, "and i don't search, as a few historians do, to hide my opinions."
Johnson's heritage offers John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Franklin, Tom Paine, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison from a clean standpoint. It emphasizes the function of faith in American historical past and the way early the US used to be associated with England's historical past and tradition and comprises incisive snap shots of Andrew Jackson, leader Justice Marshall, Clay, Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Johnson exhibits how Grover Cleveland and Teddy Roosevelt ushered within the age of massive enterprise and and the way Woodrow Wilson revolutionized the government's function. He deals new perspectives of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover and of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and his position as commander in leader in the course of international struggle II. An exam of the unexpected greatness of Harry Truman and reassessments of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush keep on with. "Compulsively readable," stated international Affairs of Johnson's particular narrative abilities and sharp profiles of individuals.
This is an in-depth portrait of an excellent humans, from their fragile origins via their struggles for independence and nationhood, their heroic efforts and sacrifices to accommodate the `organic sin' of slavery and the maintenance of the Union to its explosive fiscal progress and emergence as an international energy and its sole superpower. Johnson discusses such modern issues because the politics of racism, schooling, Vietnam, the ability of the clicking, political correctness, the expansion of litigation, and the emerging effect of girls. He sees american citizens as a problem-solving humans and the tale of the USA as "essentially considered one of problems being triumph over by means of intelligence and talent, through religion and power of function, via braveness and persistence...Looking again on its prior, and ahead to its destiny, the auguries are that it'll now not disappoint humanity."
This tough narrative and interpretation of yank background by way of the writer of many exotic ancient works is usually arguable and constantly provocative. Johnson's perspectives of people, occasions, subject matters, and matters are unique, serious, and admiring, for he's, notably, a robust believer within the background and the future of the yank humans.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
The Insurgents tells the interior tale of the small workforce of soldier-scholars, led by way of Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the oldest, stodgiest establishment in America—the army. operating from mystery records, deepest emails, and interviews with multiple hundred key characters, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan information how those women and men solid a group (a “cabal,” a few of them referred to as it), manipulated the forms, and adjusted respectable policy.
This is a narrative of energy, politics, rules, and personalities—and how they converged to reshape twenty-first century battle. it's also a cautionary story approximately how inventive doctrine can harden into dogma and the way clever strategists—today’s “best and brightest”— can win the battles at domestic yet no longer the wars out of the country. Petraeus and his fellow insurgents made the U.S. army extra adaptive to the conflicts of the fashionable period, yet additionally they created the tools—made it extra tempting—for political leaders to wade into wars that they'd were clever to prevent.
By James W. Loewen
Lies My instructor advised Me approximately Christopher Columbus disproves the myths approximately Columbus nonetheless enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from basic resource fabric that units the checklist immediately. The poster and accompanying 48–page paperback booklet sum up the mistellings—and display the true story—in a graphically beautiful and available structure that indicates the measure to which textbooks have “lied” by means of knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and ugly old evidence.
By Tim Grove
In 1924 the U.S. military despatched 8 younger males on a daring try to be the 1st to circumnavigate the globe via flight. males from 5 different countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had an identical aim. The race used to be on!
First Flight around the globe documents the fascinating trip of 4 American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race all over the world. The journey held many demanding situations: severe climate, tough navigation, surprising cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The
global fliers risked their lives for the sake of nationwide pride.
established partly at the magazine of 1 of the workforce individuals, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, in addition to statement, newspaper studies, and archival photos, First Flight round the World is an enthralling story approximately American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.
By Dorothy Rabinowitz
In 1742, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, wrote, "There is not any crueler tyranny than that that's perpetrated less than the defend of legislations and within the identify of justice." 200 forty-three years later, in 1985, Dorothy Rabinowitz, a syndicated columnist and tv commentator, encountered the case of a brand new Jersey day care employee named Kelly Michaels, accused of 280 counts of sexually abusing nursery university young children -- and uncovered the 1st of the prosecutorial abuses defined in No Crueler Tyrannies.
No Crueler Tyrannies remembers the hysteria that observed the kid sex-abuse witch-hunts of the Eighties and Nineties: how a unmarried nameless cellphone name may perhaps carry to undergo a military of recovered-memory therapists, venal and bold prosecutors, and hypocritical judges -- a military that jailed countless numbers of blameless americans. The overarching tale of No Crueler Tyrannies is that of the Amirault relatives, who ran the Fells Acres day care middle in Malden, Massachusetts: Violet Amirault, her daughter Cheryl, and her son Gerald, sufferers of might be the main biased prosecution because the Salem witch trials. Woven into the material of the Amirault tragedy -- an unfinished tale, with Gerald Amirault nonetheless incarcerated for crimes that, Rabinowitz persuasively argues, not just did he now not devote, yet which never happened -- are different, both alarming stories of prosecutorial terrors: the tales of Wenatchee, Washington, the place the single-minded efforts of leader intercourse crimes investigator Robert Perez jailed dozens of his friends; Patrick Griffin, a revered health care provider whose existence and attractiveness have been destroyed by way of a fake accusation of sexual molestation; John Carroll, a marina proprietor from Troy, ny, now serving ten to 20 years mostly on the behest of a similar professional witness used to wrongly reformatory Kelly Michaels fifteen years formerly; and provide Snowden, the North Miami policeman sentenced to 5 consecutive lifestyles phrases after being prosecuted through then Dade County country legal professional Janet Reno...who spent 11 years killing rats in a variety of Florida prisons sooner than a brand new trial affirmed his innocence.
No Crueler Tyrannies is right away a really scary and even as inspiring booklet, documenting how those electorate, who turned pursuits of the justice process within which they'd rather a lot religion, got here to realize that their lives may be destroyed, that they can be despatched to legal for years -- even a long time. No Crueler Tyrannies exhibits the complicity of the courts, their hypocrisy and indifference to the claims of justice, but in addition the braveness of these keen to problem the runaway prosecutors and the energy of these who've continued their depredations.
Starting with the recovery of diplomatic relatives among the united states and Cambodia in 1969, this ebook is the 1st to systematically discover the debatable matters and occasions surrounding the connection among the 2 international locations within the latter half the 20 th century. It lines how the key bombing of Cambodia, the coup which overthrew Prince Sihanouk and the yank invasion of Cambodia in 1970 ended in a brutal civil struggle. in accordance with large archival learn within the usa, Australia and Cambodia, this is often the main complete account of the U.S.' afflicted dating with Cambodia.
By David Bradley
The legends say whatever occurred in Chaneysville. The Chaneysville Incident is the robust tale of 1 man's obsession with researching what that anything was--a quest that takes the intense and sour younger black historian John Washington again in the course of the secrets and techniques and buried evil of his background. Returning domestic to deal with after which bury his father's closest pal and his personal father or mother, previous Jack Crawley, he comes upon the scant documents of his family's proud and tragic historical past, which he drives himself to reconstruct and settle for. this can be the tale of John's dating together with his relations, town, and the girl he loves; and likewise among the prior and the current, among oppression and guilt, hate and violence, love and reputation.
By Michael Graham
Overlook the calzone and cannoli; the sole distinction among Brooklyn, big apple, and Birmingham, Alabama, is that you simply cannot get a gun rack right into a Trans Am. Trailer parks, pickup vans, Hee Haw, grits...just the point out of anyone of those can elicit a smirk north of the Mason-Dixon Line. yet in line with Michael Graham, the South is getting the final snort simply because redneckery has unfold like kudzu from Bangor to Baja. don't think it? How else do you clarify the outstanding acclaim for NASCAR and seasoned wrestling? Now Michael Graham-writer, comic, radio speak exhibit host, and previous GOP flack-fearlessly takes on large executive, the general public college process, Enron, loose speech, illiteracy, multiculturalism, and racism. He proves that the guidelines Northern liberals as soon as marched south to protest make up the time table they advertise this day. Provocative, sincere, and hilarious, Graham takes no prisoners-reminding us that for each slack-jawed yokel swearing he simply observed Elvis, there is a left-wing Yankee attempting to re-segregate America's faculties or observing the chitlin' consuming contest on his favourite fact television express.