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Presidential Courage Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989by Michael Beschloss, read an 8 page summary or Buy this Book

Generations and The Fourth Turning William Strauss and Neil Howe read an 2 page summary or Buy the Book

Second Chance Three Presidents and the Crisis of America Superpower, by Zbigniew Brzezinski, read an 6 page summary, or Buy this Book

American Dynasty Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bushby Kevin Phillips, read an 6 page summary or  Buy the Book See also Welcome the Hackocracy, a look at Bush 2's appointments that made a difference.

Don't Know Much About History Everything You Need To Know About American History But Never Learned, by Kenneth C. Davis, read an 6 page summary or  Buy the Book

?Education and Income Inequality, ch 21 The Age of Turbulence, Adventures in a New World, by Alan Greenspan  Buy the BOOK

Hoodwinked  An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded--and What We Need to Do to Remake Them, by  John Perkins Buy the Book

How the West Was Lost Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead by Dambisa Moyo, read a one page review, view 8 Minute Video  43 Minute Vide

The Center Holds Obama and His Enemies is "the thrilling story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration." Video by Jonathan Alter, 2013 Buy the Book

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. By Christian Caryl. Basic; 400 pages Buy the Book
argues that 1979 belongs to the select club of real turning-points: "years in which one era ended and another was born. 1917 proved to be a bloody dead end and 1848 proved to be, in A.J.P. Taylor’s phrase, “a turning-point in history when history failed to turn”. But others, such as 1789 (when France’s ancien régime collapsed) and 1517 (when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door), resound down the ages."
Editors note: Was the liberalism of the 20th century coming to an end?

Free Trade Doesn't  Work by Ian Fletcher, adjunct fellow at the United States Business and Industry Council, and CPA'
In his effective 267 pages of text, Ian Fletcher dissects and often demolishes fundamental teachings about the benefits and risks
of trade and replaces them with evidence based updates.  He then recommends a practical alternative based on clear objectives.

Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson from Stephen Lendman of counter currents .org/

"Our democracy and way of life are now threatened because of our single-minded pursuit of empire with a well-entrenched militarism driving it that's become so powerful and pervasive it's now an uncontrollable state within the state." Buy the Book

Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century "Why We' re in a New Gilded Age"

"This Time Is Different" is a history of financial collapse from 1300 to the present. Buy the Book  

"The Shock Doctrine: The evil of “Disaster Capitalism, a book report video was posted to the Crooks and Liars  blog on December 1, 2007

"Nickel and Dimed" On (Not) Getting By in America is a book written by Barbara Ehrenreich. Written from the perspective of the undercover journalist, ...

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism is critical and a good source of the twenty-three items 

Videos by the author Ha-Joon Chang    Part I     Part II     Part III    Buy the Book

A Brief History of US Banking is a brief chronology.

The War
 Blackwater The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army Book Reviews from the New York Times, Crooks and Liars, and The Economist

How jihad went freelance is a review of three recent books. Al-Qaeda has evolved from a single group to an amorphous movement. Does that make it less dangerous or more so? Jan 31st 2008 of The Economist.


Real Education
by Alan Murray, bestselling author of The Bell Curve.
Lies My Teacher Told Me
and  Lies My Teacher Told Me. from Public Interest
  Finance Book Reviews
from Alpha Blog

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Capitalistic Democracy
Decades of US Problems

Current Events

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The War

Middle East Facts
40 Maps Explain the Middle East
History of the Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes

Brief Sunni-Shiite Conflict History

Militant Hamas Vs. Moderate Fatah
A Concise History of Christianity
Iran,20th Century History of
Iraq,20th Century History of
Islamic Fundamentalism

Sunnis and Shiites at War 
US, 20th Century History of
Military Decisions by US Presidents
Afghanistan/Iraq Wars to Forget

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The Predoitor State Video Part 1     Part 2
Decades of US Problems Faced by US
Thoughts Concerning Society More Thoughts Concerning Society
Capitalistic Democracy
Generations andThe Fourth Turning

The Big Secret Behind U.S. Federal Deb
Who Will Solve These Health Care Problems
Causes and Solutions to Health Care Problems

U.S. Education Vs. Germany and Britain, Our Biggest Value Added Competitors
GDP Per Capita by State

Election Issues, 1 page summaries of federal debt, health care, education & econ
Decades of US Problems Faced by US

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How You Can Kill Al-Qaeda in Three Easy Steps review from  Boing Boing  
I just got done reading Howard Clark's new book "How You Can Kill Al-Qaeda (in Three Easy Steps). He's an ex-Marine and former Homeland Security adviser who says the way to win the war on terrorism is to help empower the mainstream Muslim community, who in recent years has been overshadowed in the public spotlight by fringe Al-Qaeda extremists. The whole idea of fighting terrorism with ideas and not weapons is definitely nothing new, but Clark's populist tone and foreign policy street cred was a refreshing perspective to have in the discussion. "Click on the link below in the next 30 minutes and I'll throw in this egg slicer absolutely free! Here's how to order!" Book's official site...  
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One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy

In this CSPAN2 book interview,  Allison Stanger talks of her book which looks at the increasing use of private contractors by the U.S. government and argues that with proper oversight contractors can be valuable tools for carrying out our foreign policy.  Includes audience Q&A.  Buy the Book

Guns, Germs, and Steel -  the fates of human societies '...attempts to explain why Eurasian civilizations, as a whole, have survived and conquered others, while attempting to refute the belief that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic superiority."  Buy the Book

The Limits of Power The End of American Exceptionalism, Bill Moyers sits down with history and
international relations expert and former US Army Colonel Andrew J. Bacevich who identifies three
major problems facing our democracy: the crises of economy, government and militarism, and calls
for a redefinition of the American way of life. The Limits of Power  Democracy Now interviews Andrew Bacevich, a conservative historian who spent twenty-three years serving in the US Army. 
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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers’  Buy This Book