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Very Quick Historical Summaries  
Political Historical Summaries
 
Political Economy Book Reviews
   
War On Terror Summaries
  
War On Terror, Who are We Fighting
 

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Very Quick Summaries

A Very Brief U.S. Political History
Political Eras and Important Events 1p 

20th Century U.S. Decade Ranking
Which Decade Was Best, Worst? 1p 

Capitalistic Democracy  
Makes Democracy Capitalistic 1P

Decades of US Problems 1P

Generations and The Fourth Turning  
William Strauss and Neil Howe
read an 2 page summary  

Decade Evaluation
Interaction of Politics and Economics 4p 

20th Century U.S. Political Economy 5p

Presidential Politics Party Politics and Presidential Elections 1788 - 2012 5p


The Great Recession Using Quick Notes

Current Political Economy Problems 7P

 

Political Historical Summaries


Presidential Courage Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989
by Michael Beschloss 8 page summary

Turning Points in American History cove 400 years Five 2-page parts

Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power 2012 Jon Meacham 8 page summary

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

Second Chance Three Presidents and the Crisis of America Superpower
 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, 6 page summary,

Don't Know Much AboutHistory 
Everything You Need To Know About
American History But Never Learned, by Kenneth C. Davis
6 page summary

The War On Terror 
Who Are We Fighting
1-2 pages each

Middle East Facts
40 Maps Explain the Middle East
History of Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes
Brief Sunni-Shiite Conflict History
Jihad
Al-Qaeda
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 Forge
A Look Back at the War in Afghanistan

The War Book Reviews

 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.
 

 Political Economy
 Book Reviews


Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century "Why We' re in a New Gilded Age"
by Thomas Piketty 2014

The Shifts and Shock What We Learned from the Financial Crisis
by Martin Wolf 9/11/14

Seven Bad Ideas How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World by Jeff Madrick Reviewed by Peter Richardson 2014

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

Education and Income Inequality, chapter 21 The Age of Turbulence, 
Adventures in a New World, by Alan Greenspan
  


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

"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   

A Brief History of US Banking is a brief chronology.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

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

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. By Christian Caryl. Basic; 400 pages
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 ancient 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?

Interesting Stuff

How the West Was Lost Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices
Ahead by Dambisa Moyo
1 page review and  8 Minute Video

and 43 Minute Video

The Predator State Video Part 1     Part 2
Decades of US Problems Faced by US
Thoughts Concerning Society More Thoughts Concerning Society
Capitalistic Democracy
Generations and The 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

Travels with Walter, an Educator's Life
explores the genius behind these Free Internet Libraries.

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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 "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."

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...  
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. 

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." 

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.