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Par Fouad Ajami. 1998
Examines the concepts of secular nationalism and modernity as conceived by Arab intellectuals of Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo. Provides…insights into the Middle East from Arabic sources: fiction, poetry, memoirs, and political commentaries. c1998.
Examines the writings and public roles of three French intellectuals - Léon Blum, Albert Camus, and Raymond Aron - to…explore the importance of moral integrity and personal responsibility in the political debates of the twentieth century. Concludes that, unlike many others, they have won public respect by addressing anti-Semitism, decolonization, and communism. 1998.
Former Los Angeles prosecutor asserts that U.S. Supreme Court justices Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, O'Connor, and Kennedy "did not act impartially…in the case of Bush v. Gore" when they stopped the recount of contested Florida votes during the 2000 presidential election. Developed from an article that originally appeared in the Nation. Bestseller. 2001.
Par Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan. 2000
Scathing exposé of the thirty-seventh American president based on interviews with his psychiatrist and contemporaries. Suggests that Nixon's flawed character,…love of intrigue, and money led to criminal behaviour which began in California and continued through Watergate. Strong language. 2000.
Par Bob Woodward. 2006
Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and…often to themselves. Woodward's third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term. Some strong language. 2006.
Par James Risen. 2006
New York Times reporter recounts anecdotes, often from anonymous sources, concerning CIA efforts to thwart terrorists since September 11, 2001.…Discusses the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program, the search for weapons of mass destruction, and the return of Afghanistan's opium trade. Posits that the CIA mission failed. Bestseller. 2006.
Par Paul Hollander. 1999
To examine the human factor in the failure of communism, the sociologist-author analyzed autobiographical writings and conducted fifty interviews in…Russia, Slovenia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary with former Party functionaries and intellectuals, as well as dissidents. He focuses on twenty-two important political figures across different generations. 1999.
Par Bob Woodward. 2004
Follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author's "Bush at War" with a behind-the-scenes account of President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq.…Draws on interviews with Bush and others to chronicle crucial operations from November 2001 to March 2003. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2004.
Par Kristina Cordero, Jorge Ramos. 2005
Emmy Award-winning journalist recounts the 2003 smuggling of illegal aliens across the Mexico-Texas border that resulted in the deaths of…nineteen people locked inside a truck. Using survivor interviews and courtroom data Ramos reconstructs the experiences of those who paid human traffickers to enter the United States. 2005. Uniform title: Morir en el intento.
Makes the case that America's failed Vietnam War strategy of "gradual pressure" was driven by domestic political considerations with the…timid acquiescence of military advisors. Avers that American leaders' "arrogance, weakness, (and) lying in the pursuit of self-interest" led to one of America's worst foreign policy debacles. 1997.
Par William L O'Neill. 1971
A journalistic survey of the United States dealing with foreign relations, domestic politics, and the counterculture in the early 1960s.…Though the emphasis is on political rather than cultural history, sports and pop entertainment are included. c1971.
Par Slavenka Drakulić. 1997
A Croatian journalist reflects on postcommunist society and life in her country between 1992 and 1996. Depicts a deprived and…marginalized people "longing for Europe and all that it stands for" as they strive to achieve democracy and a free-market economy for themselves. 1997.
Par Patti Waldmeir. 1997
A description of South Africa's labourious process of political and social reformation, which led to the abolishment of apartheid and…the ascent to power of the African National Congress. The author draws on personal interviews conducted with the political figures who were central to the country's transformation. 1997.
Par Samantha Power. 2003
Former war correspondent analyzes the U.S. response to major genocides of the twentieth century. Using the Armenian murders in 1915,…the Holocaust, and Saddam Hussein's destruction of the Kurds in the 1980s as examples, Power demonstrates the failure of political leaders to intervene against global atrocities. Explicit descriptions of violence and strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 2002.
Par Michael Griffin. 2001
Griffin chronicles the rise of the Taliban from their first appearance in 1994, examines their place in the context of…Afghanistan's political instability, and discusses the significance of their brand of Islamic fundamentalism. 2001.
Investigative journalist examines the longstanding connection between the Bush circle and the ruling family of Saudi Arabia. Unger wonders what…forged the relationship, if Saudi money given to Muslims created a bloc of votes for Bush in 2000, and why Bush ignored terrorism czar Richard Clarke's warnings about Al Qaeda. Bestseller. 2004.
Par Charles W Sweeney, James A Antonucci, Marion K Antonucci. 1997
Memoir of the American Army Air Corps pilot who flew both atomic bomb missions over Japan in August 1945. Feeling…"outraged and betrayed" by revisionist accounts of those events, the author tells his own career story and describes the tension and drama surrounding the world's first use of atomic weapons. c1997.
Par Stuart A Herrington. 1999
A U.S. Army colonel recounts his real life espionage investigations during the Cold War. His counterintelligence duties in West Berlin…resulted in two major cases: the exposure and capture of Soviet spies Clyde Conrad and James Hall. 1999.
Par Charles Wohlforth. 2004
Journalist offers a nuanced account of global warming from the perspectives of scientists and native Alaskan In~upiaq people. Examines the…impact of climate change on the In~upiaq, whose traditional livelihood is threatened by milder winters and thinning sea ice. Provides the contrasting viewpoints of scientists studying Arctic environmental changes. 2004.
Par John F Harris. 2005
Washington Post reporter assesses former president Clinton's strengths and weaknesses during his two terms (1993-2001) in office. Relates anecdotes that…capture the politician's nature and White House operations. Portrays Clinton as a centrist whose personal recklessness prevented him from accomplishing all of his goals. Bestseller. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.