Midnight in the American Empire: How Corporations and Their Political Servants are Destroying the American Dream

By Robert Bridge

Company the USA is not any longer content material doing what it does most sensible, that's making a living. those enterprise behemoths are aggressively trying to keep an eye on the complete financial, cultural and political geographical regions of yankee existence. they've got approximately succeeded. such a lot american citizens may agree that company strength can be prohibited from disrupting the typical rhythm of our democratic associations. but we the folk are thwarted from addressing the topic of company energy, now not simply because we don't desire to have the dialog, yet simply because we've not anyone to deal with the problem. Our political representatives, hostages as they're to company crusade donations and govt lobbyists, can't heavily debate the query of company strength. certainly, their very careers depend upon company energy. in the meantime, the media, the so-called Fourth property, refuses to debate the difficulty of over the top company energy as the media itself is a company. whilst, the implications of over the top company energy have gotten acutely noticeable inside the company universe. this day, fewer U.S. staff are spending extra time at the activity to provide a better quantity of goods, whereas no longer receiving reasonable recompense. in the meantime, wages for American employees, adjusted for inflation, have remained stagnant for the previous 30 years, whereas U.S. holiday time within the usa is the bottom of all of the business economies. The blatant loss of illustration within the office is at once accountable for those shameful records. simply 7 percentage of the yankee team at the present time enjoys union illustration, a percent that pales compared to earlier generations. there's additionally the query of businesses disrupting the material of cultural lifestyles. certainly, this present day major road U.S.A. is essentially unrecognizable. this is witnessed in every little thing from the preponderance of quickly nutrition eating places and hyper-stores, to company America's competitive monopoly on all varieties of leisure, that's on a downward spiral to overall degeneracy. seeing that corporate-owned cultural venues (e.g., tv, movie, books) have extra effect over our youngsters than do academic associations, it's going to come as no shock that violence and unsocial habit is at the upward push. background has already confirmed that no state can live on for lengthy as soon as its ethical textile has been shredded. eventually, the indications of utmost degrees of company strength in our lives have gotten more and more conspicuous in a number of methods. From the increase of harmful habit at domestic, to the sadistic remedy prisoners of battle in overseas lands (read: Guantanamo Bay), to the reckless overlook for the cave in of the normal surroundings, whatever has long gone awry within the middle of the USA (I name it ‘corporate zombyism’). the character of the matter means that the yankee psyche is being guided and stimulated by way of lower than good impacts. because it is company the US that's mostly accountable for the degraded psychological and actual content material that we're now feeding the folks, this establishment needs to settle for a wide a part of the blame for America’s fall from grace. The time has come to tame this beast of burden; the time has come to take away company strength from the halls of strength. it's time for the yankee humans - like their proud and self sufficient ancestors who based this nation decades in the past - to regain keep watch over in their kingdom once more.

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The American Congress

The yankee Congress presents the most up-tp-date therapy of congressional politics on hand in an undergraduate textual content. expert by means of the authors' Capitol Hill adventure and scholarship, this e-book offers a crisp creation to significant gains of Congress: events and committee structures, management, vote casting, and ground task. this article comprises discussions of the significance of presidents, courts, and curiosity teams in congressional coverage making. contemporary advancements also are mentioned in the context of congressional political historical past. The 7th variation comprises entire insurance of the 1st Congress of the Obama presidency, the 2010 midterm elections, healthcare reform, and an early standpoint at the 112th Congress with a Republican majority.

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Blonde: A Novel

By Joyce Carol Oates

One of America’s such a lot acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines considered one of America’s such a lot enduring icons in Blonde—the nationwide publication Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive during this strong story of Hollywood delusion and heartbreaking fact. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to inform her untold background; her tale of a celebrity created to polish brightest within the Hollywood firmament sooner than her fall to earth. Blonde is a stunning fictional portrait of the complex internal lifetime of the idolized and wanted celeb as basically the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates may paint it.

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New Orleans (City Travel Guide)

By Adam Karlin

Discover New Orleans

Discover the evolution of Mardi Gras: from pagan rites to the proper to party
Ward off evil spirits with a gris-gris (amulet) from a Santeria shop
Stroll alongside a pirate's alley, discover mystery gardens and visitan iconic author's home…all in a leisurely afternoon
Feast on dust insects, lizards and each a part of the pig you could imagine

In This Guide:

Two authors, 60 days of in-city study, 17 particular maps, innumerable po'boys eaten
Special bankruptcy on rebuilding New Orleans with info on endured reduction efforts and volunteer opportunities
Expanded Day journeys & tours bankruptcy offers a style of Cajun Country

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Awaiting Armageddon: How Americans Faced the Cuban Missile Crisis

By Alice L. George

For 13 days in October 1962, the United States stood on the verge of collapse of nuclear conflict. Nikita Khrushchev's choice to put nuclear missiles in Cuba and John F. Kennedy's defiant reaction brought the opportunity of extraordinary cataclysm. The fast probability of destruction entered America's school rooms and its dwelling rooms. Awaiting Armageddon offers the 1st in-depth examine this concern because it roiled outdoor of presidency places of work, the place usual american citizens learned their executive used to be unprepared to guard both itself or its electorate from the hazards of nuclear war.

During the seven days among Kennedy's assertion of a naval blockade and Khrushchev's determination to withdraw Soviet nuclear missiles from Cuba, U.S. voters absorbed the nightmare situation unfolding on their tv units. An predicted ten million american citizens fled their houses; hundreds of thousands extra ready shelters at domestic, clearing the cabinets of supermarkets and gun shops. Alice George captures the irrationality of the instant as americans coped with dread and resignation, humor and pathos, terror and ignorance.

In her exam of the general public reaction to the missile main issue, the writer finds cracks within the veneer of yank self belief within the early years of the distance age and demonstrates how the fears generated through chilly warfare tradition blinded many americans to the hazards of nuclear warfare till it was once virtually too late.

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The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012) (Kindle Single)

The fourth and ultimate book in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once more presents an unparalleled minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The finish of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their crusade groups pass all-in to win within the severe ultimate weeks of the 2012 election.
 
From Mitt Romney’s “47 percentage” video to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair, the 2012 presidential crusade didn't lack for memorable moments. In The finish of the Line, POLITICO senior White residence reporter Glenn Thrush and senior political reporter Jonathan Martin chronicle each hairpin flip in a race that confounded the predictions of pundits and prognosticators.
 
whereas a few political observers thought of Barack Obama’s reelection faraway from a yes factor, the president and his group remained resolute of their trust that they might be successful. In Boston, Mitt Romney’s advisers have been simply as convinced that their guy used to be headed for a smashing victory. in spite of everything, just one of these perspectives will be demonstrated via occasions. the result of this election used to be by no means foreordained, besides the fact that, and might eventually be made up our minds through applicants, 3 debates, and 1000 small yet severe strategic judgements.
 
With a watch towards writing a “first draft of history,” Thrush and Martin record at the excessive inner debates over advert process that outlined the parameters of the autumn campaign—including an important late-May selection via the Obama crusade which may have tipped the scales within the president’s prefer. they supply a behind-the-scenes examine the applicants’ debate instruction classes, and so they show why Romney’s crusade was once so convinced they have been going to win.
 
The motion climaxes on election evening, because the opposing camps huddle nervously of their resort suites to look forward to the decision of the electorate. The finish of the Line unearths for the 1st time what the Obama mind belief really thought of the agonizingly lengthy look ahead to Romney’s reliable concession—and what occurred after Obama positioned the phone to his ear and heard the phrases “Hello, Mr. President, it’s Mitt Romney.”
 
nobody may have estimated all of the twists and turns of the 2012 election—and not anyone used to be larger outfitted to chronicle them than the POLITICO crew. The finish of the Line is frontline crusade reporting at its most interesting, meticulously stated and compulsively readable.

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Tom Fool

By David Stacton

'Yes, it used to be a campaign. yet simply what was once it the folks available in the market feared and hated lots? now not definitely the candidate. He used to be a good guy. Or was once that it?'

With Tom Fool (1962) David Stacton concluded a triptych of novels drawn from the background of the United States. For this ultimate panel he became his eye on politics. The titular protagonist is a fictional rendering of Wendell Wilkie, not going Republican challenger to Franklin D. Roosevelt within the presidential election of 1940. As 'Tom idiot' endures an epic campaigning journey of thirty-one states - assisted (or dogged) via his political consultant 'Sideboard' and husband-and-wife PR specialists the Pattersons - he reveals himself uncomfortably reminded that the USA, in its vastness and contradictions, is a couple of state, and a distinct conundrum to person who will be President.

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Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience (History of Communication)

By Stephen Siff

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD truly entered the yank awareness through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of desirable descriptions of drug use whereas shops around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales by way of turns sensationalized and glowing.
 
Acid Hype deals the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff exhibits, the early consciousness lavished at the drug by means of the inside track media glorified its use in remedies for psychological affliction but in addition its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's background takes readers to the heart of the way renowned media hyped psychedelic medicines in a continuously moving felony and social atmosphere, generating an problematic dating among medications and media adventure that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally strains how the breathless assurance of LSD gave approach to a textbook ethical panic, remodeling yesterday's sophisticated seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.

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A Terrible Unrest

By Philip Duke

Whilst Spiro, Maria and Anna Andrakis, a tender immigrant family members from Greece, are unwillingly thrust into the maelstrom of the Colorado Coalfield conflict (1913-1914), the main brutal exertions clash in American historical past, they have to conquer a sequence of tragedies that vary their lives perpetually. A negative Unrest is a singular of determined bravery and horrendous violence, of unflinching loyalty, abject betrayal and human survival.

This gripping story advised with a masterly snatch is poignant and stressful. It’s now not a e-book you could simply placed down. An unspeakable tragedy offers the backdrop to this novel a couple of murky and murderous nook of yankee historical past. Early final century, immigrants had little selection over what jobs they can take and miners had few rights. Spiro Andrakis, having scant desire of constructing a dwelling in his local Crete, leaves together with his new relatives for his a part of the yankee Dream. Resistant initially to having whatever to do with those that desire to unionize the miners, simply eager to paintings and earn his retain, he's swept up in ancient currents too severe to be missed. The occasions major as much as the Ludlow bloodbath are visible during the eyes of the Andrakis kin. Phil Duke brings to his brilliant canvas the larger-than-life characters who made the background that Spiro, Maria and their daughter Anna pass though: John D. Rockefeller, mom Jones, Governor Elias Milton Ammons, the Baldwin-Felts Detective supplier and the indomitable Louis Tikas, who additionally got here from Crete and led the colliers of their strike. Professor Duke used to be a member of the archaeological group that excavated the scene of the bloodbath and is uniquely positioned to mixture truth with fiction in reminding us of the days of a bad unrest.
--M. C. Morison, writer of Time Sphere.

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