Monthly Archives: April 2014

Attention Deficit Democracy by James Bovard

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Is American democracy in a death spiral? Why do Americans ignore political frauds and swallow pervasive lies from president after president, in campaign after campaign? In Attention Deficit Democracy, James Bovard diagnoses a national malady whose symptoms include a citizenry indifferent to facts and unable to judge when their rights are under attack. He exposes the frightening national reality of absolute presidential power and argues that our current myopia has dire consequences for America’s future. His is an authentic voice urging citizens to return to the principles of the Founding Fathers and to once again become the most important check against the abuse of power.

This book sheds light on how easily Americans forget what is happening in government due to politics & misdirection. So sad, but true. Very good book & is definitely worth the time!

God bless & Good Read!

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Nicaragua Betrayed by Anastasio Somoza , Jack Cox

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Nicaragua Betrayed, published in 1980, is the memoir of former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza Debayle (as told to Jack Cox), who had been toppled the previous year by the Sandinista insurgency. At the time of the book’s publication, Somoza was living in Asunción, Paraguay, as a personal guest of President Alfredo Stroessner.[1]

In the book Somoza gave his account of his administration, his downfall, and what he perceived to be the American betrayal of his country; he was particularly critical of the Carter Administration.[2]

Shortly after the book’s publication, Somoza and his chauffeur were assassinated in downtown Asunción by members of the Argentine People’s Revolutionary Army.[3]

He is buried in Miami, Florida at Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum.[4]

This was an excellent book about the fall of the Nicaraguan republic under the Carter administration. A very sad tale indeed!

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The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World by W. Cleon Skousen

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Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.

A breath taking journey through time for the cause of liberty. A great read with eye opening facts throughout history, which aids to connect many pieces of the puzzle and allows one to better understand the politics of the day.

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A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn

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A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, is a major new collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference. Zinn addresses America’s current political/ethical crisis using lessons learned from our nation’s history. Zinn brings a profoundly human, yet uniquely American perspective to each subject he writes about, whether it’s the abolition of war, terrorism, the Founding Fathers, the Holocaust, defending the rights of immigrants, or personal liberties. Written in an accessible, personal tone, Zinn approaches the telling of U.S. history from an active, engaged point of view. “America’s future is linked to how we understand our past,” writes Zinn; “For this reason, writing about history, for me, is never a neutral act.”

Zinn frames the book with an opening essay titled “If History is to be Creative,” a reflection on the role and responsibility of the historian. “To think that history-writing must aim simply to recapitulate the failures that dominate the past,” writes Zinn, “is to make historians collaborators in an endless cycle of defeat.” “If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, and occasionally win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.”

Buzzing with stories and ideas, Zinn draws upon fascinating, little-known historical anecdotes spanning from the Declaration of Independence to the USA PATRIOT Act to comment on the most controversial issues facing us today: government dishonesty, how to respond to terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the loss of our liberties, immigration, and the responsibility of the citizen to confront power for the common good.

Considered a “modern-day Thoreau” by Jonathon Kozol, Zinn’s inspired writings address the reader as an active participant in history making. “We live in a beautiful country,” writes Zinn, in the book’s opening chapter. “But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”

Featuring essays penned over an eight-year period, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is Howard Zinn’s first writerly work in several years, an invaluable post-9/11-era addition to the themes that run through his bestselling classic, A People’s History Of the United States.

Howard Zinn is a veteran of World War II and author of many books and plays, including the million-selling classic, A People’s History of the United States. For more information about Howard and his speaking schedule see http://www.citylights.com

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The Wealth Of Nations (eBook) by Adam Smith

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While I read this book, though very dated, it brought to mind the power of a free market economy. Read for yourself the indications of such a writing back in the 1770s.

Adam Smith’s masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist Adam Smith. It is a clearly written account of economics at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, as well as a rhetorical piece written for the generally educated individual of the 18th century – advocating a free market economy.

The work is credited as a watershed in history and economics due to its comprehensive, largely accurate characterization of economic mechanisms that survive in modern economics; and also for its effective use of rhetorical technique, including structuring the work to contrast real world examples of free and fettered markets.

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Rapid Debt-Reduction Strategies by John F. Avanzini

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Pastor and TV preacher John Avanzini offers practical stragegies for people to emerge from their unending web of debt, arguing that God does not want people to incur debt or remain there.

Excellent basic strategies to get out of debt. This is what I used in order to prevent bankruptcy back in the 1990s. Some of these strategies are carried over into Dave Ramsey’s course. But this is pre-Ramsey.

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Cycles of American Political Thought

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Professor Joseph F. Kobylka
Southern Methodist UniversityPh.D., University of Minnesota
The Great Courses

Course No. 4820

While this was not a book, it is a noteworthy course.

America is often described as a nation of doers. Its folk heroes are men and women of action, like Daniel Boone and Annie Oakley, who subdued an untamed wilderness on the way to forging a great nation. But is that the whole story? Is American history really just a tale of dynamic movers and shakers who left philosophizing to their European counterparts?
In Cycles of American Political Thought, you’ll examine the often neglected philosophical underpinnings of this nation’s history. With renowned political scientist Professor Joseph F. Kobylka as your guide, you’ll explore how this nation of “doers” has, from its birth, been deeply engaged with the most fundamental questions of political philosophy.

Over the course of 36 engaging lectures, Professor Kobylka weaves a tale of nation-founding and nation-building. You’ll learn how, from its earliest days, the nation has borne the imprint of influential thinkers from the European continent, from the Reformation theology of John Calvin to the Enlightenment philosophy of John Locke. You’ll examine how these ideas have influenced the greatest Americans as, over the centuries, the nation has cycled between variants of a single revolutionary political theory.

But America’s story is not simply one of ideas. From the Civil War to the civil rights movement, the Industrial Revolution to the Great Depression, Professor Kobylka’s analysis shows how the actions and events of history have both affected and been influenced by underlying political philosophies.

The Ever-Changing Definition of “America”
Throughout this epic historical journey, you’ll explore the many ways this nation has answered the question: “What is an American?” Professor Kobylka traces the many answers that have been offered over the centuries, showing how the idea of “We the People” has changed and expanded far beyond the founding fathers’ original conception.

And just as the definition of what it means to be an American expands, so the ideas about governance have changed and grown. We’ll navigate this ever-shifting political landscape and see how political trends in American history can be understood as variations on a single theme: the philosophy of liberalism. Derived from the writings of Enlightenment philosopher John Locke, this conception of government is the source of some of our most deeply valued political notions, such as the idea that government is designed to serve the needs of the people. Professor Kobylka shows how the many twists and turns of the nation’s history can be seen as a cycling back and forth between competing interpretations of this foundational political theory.

Founding Fathers and Freedom Fighters
You’ll also meet the unforgettable men and women who, over the course of American history, have molded political thought and policy. We’ll see how our most beloved leaders—Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan—acted from deeply felt philosophical convictions about government, and how apolitical observers—such as philosopher Henry David Thoreau and essayist J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur—offered insights into the strengths and shortcomings of American liberalism.

Our journey through the American political landscape includes the critics and activists who demanded equal access to the nation’s promise of equality and liberty. We’ll meet some of the courageous figures who fought to redress deeply rooted inequities, including abolitionist Frederick Douglass and suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Understanding the Past, Understanding the Present
Through Cycles of American Political Thought, you’ll gain a deep understanding both of the nation’s past and how this rich political history continues to influence us today. Even if you’ve studied American history before, you’ll encounter something new: a unique synthesis of viewpoints, ideas, and events that’s enlightening and compelling.

And while the story is epic, you’ll never lose your way. Professor Kobylka illuminates both the larger patterns of history and the finer details—the lives, events, and ideas that bring history to life. This course will change the way you think about American history.

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The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

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The Creature from Jekyll Island hits Amazon charts as Number-One Best Seller in its category (Money & Monetary Policy). It ranks 32 in all categories of non-fiction.

This is the classic exposé of the Fed that has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician’s secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You’ll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story – which it really is, but it’s all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Your world view will definitely change. Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs you will ever read. 608 pages.

An excellent, but hard, read concerning how the Federal Reserve works, it’s history, and the tactics used to deplete the wealth from all Americans.

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Back Door to War: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy 1933-1941 eBook Charles Callan Tansill

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This professionally prepared ebook is an electronic edition of the book that is designed for reading on digital readers like Nook, Kindle, iPad, Sony Reader, and other products including iPhone and Android smart phones. The text reflows depending on your font preferences and it contains links from navigation.

Charles Callan Tansill, one of the foremost American diplomatic historians of the twentieth century, argues that FDR wished to involve the United States in the European War that began in September 1939. When he proved unable to do so directly, he determined to provoke Japan into an attack on American territory. Doing so would involve Japan’s Axis allies in war also, and we would thus enter the war through the “back door”. The strategy succeeded, and Tansill maintains that Roosevelt in accord with it welcomed Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The book is based on exhaustive research in the State Department archives.

Publication Information
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press Publishers, 1952.

Just finished and found this to be an excellent primer as to how America created the impetus of our involvement in World War II. Awesome read and full of background information most are unaware of concerning WWII history!

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Road Ahead, The by Bill Gates; Myhrvold, Nathan; Rinearson, P Gates

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An interesting look from Bill Gates’ perspective on what was to be expected on the technological road ahead, from his writing in 1990s.

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