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  • After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present

    After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family - 1968 to the Present

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   J. Randy Taraborrelli
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing (2012, Apr 24th).
    Pages:   550

    For more than half a century, Americans have been captivated by the Kennedys - their joy and heartbreak, tragedy and triumph, the dark side and the remarkable achievements. In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the family chronicle begun with his bestselling Jackie, Ethel, Joan and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot." He describes the challenges Bobby's children faced as they grew into adulthood; Eunice and Sargent Shriver's remarkable philanthropic work; the emotional turmoil Jackie faced after JFK's murder and the complexities of her eventual marriage to Aristotle Onassis; the the sudden death of JFK JR; and the stoicism and grace of his sister Caroline. He also brings into clear focus the complex and intriguing story of Edward "Teddy" and shows how he influenced the sensibilities of the next generation and challenged them to uphold the Kennedy name. more

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  • The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward

    The New American Economy: The Failure of Reaganomics and a New Way Forward

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Bruce Bartlett
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (2009, Oct 13th).
    Pages:   272

    As a domestic policy advisor to Ronald Reagan, Bruce Bartlett was one of the originators of Reaganomics, the supply-side economic theory that conservatives have clung to for decades. In The New American Economy, Bartlett goes back to the economic roots that made Impostor a bestseller and abandons the conservative dogma in favor of a policy strongly based on what’s worked in the past. Marshalling compelling history and economics, he explains how economic theories that may be perfectly valid at one moment in time under one set of circumstances tend to lose validity over time because they are misapplied under different circumstances. Bartlett makes a compelling, historically-based case for large tax increases, once anathema to him and his economic allies. more

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  • Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America

    Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the GAP, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Evan Wright
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (2009, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   352

    Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog. The New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill immerses himself in even more cultures on the edge. Evan Wright's affinity for outsiders has inspired this deeply personal journey through what he calls "the lost tribes of America." A collection of previously published pieces, Hella Nation delivers provocative accounts of sex workers in Porn Valley, a Hollywood über-agent-turned-war documentarian and hero of America's far right, runaway teens earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen, radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of corporate America, and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East --This text refers to the Paperback edition. more

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  • Glenn Beck: The Redemptive Story of America's Favorite Political Commentator

    Glenn Beck: The Redemptive Story of America's Favorite Political Commentator

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Xander Cricket
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   CreateSpace (2009, May 28th).
    Pages:   100

    "Hello, you sick, twisted freak. My name is Glenn Beck. I'm glad you're here." Thus begins a typical day on the Glenn Beck Program. His spirited commentary is broadcast to millions of listeners every morning, making him the third-most popular talk radio host in America. He dominates in the realm of cable news as well, where his Fox News show is the third-most watched program. Glenn's detractors assume he is a typical Republican - perhaps a recasting of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. If they listened or watched his show for just 15 minutes, they would quickly realize all their assumptions are wrong. Glenn Beck breaks the mold. He is one of the most unique participants in the political process. Glenn's personal story is remarkable. It includes tragedy at an early age, redemption at the brink of death, and success against all odds. more

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  • Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change

    Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jennifer Gross
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Abrams Image; 1st edition (2009, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   184

    Few events in recent memory have captivated the world’s attention like that of Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign. Not only did it stir passionate political momentum, but it also inspired the creative talents of a world of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers. Shepard Fairey’s iconic Hope portrait became the face of the campaign and, more than ever before, innovative graphic design became a central strategy for winning the race. Comprised of collages, paintings, photo composites, prints, and computer-generated pieces, Art for Obama showcases the well-known images of the campaign as well as less famous but equally creative pieces from around the globe. This is a volume for design and art aficionados, as well as supporters of the 44th President of the United States who want a keepsake as uncommon as his extraordinary campaign. more

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  • The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power

    The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   David E. Sanger
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Crown; 1St Edition edition (2009, Jan 13th).
    Pages:   

    Readers of The New York Times know David Sanger as one of the most trusted correspondents in Washington, one to whom presidents, secretaries of state, and foreign leaders talk with unusual candor. Now, with a historian’s sweep and an insider’s eye for telling detail, Sanger delivers an urgent intelligence briefing on the world America faces. In a riveting narrative, The Inheritance describes the huge costs of distraction and lost opportunities at home and abroad as Iraq soaked up manpower, money, and intelligence capabilities. The 2008 market collapse further undermined American leadership, leaving the new president with a set of challenges unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office. Sanger takes readers into the White House Situation Room to reveal how Washington penetrated Tehran’s nuclear secrets, leading President Bush, in his last year, to secretly step up covert actions in a desperate effort to delay an Iranian bomb. more

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  • The 50th Law

    The 50th Law

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   50 Cent
    Format:   Imitation Leather
    Publisher:   Harper (2009, Sep 8th).
    Pages:   304

    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law, this deeply inspirational book is perfect for entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Curtis Jackson. more

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  • The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

    The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   H. Keith Melton
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   William Morrow (2009, Nov 1st).
    Pages:   272

    Magic or spycraft? In 1953, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top-secret program, code-named MKULTRA, to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. Realizing that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions, and powders against the adversary, the CIA hired America's most famous magician, John Mulholland, to write two manuals on sleight of hand and undercover communication techniques. In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed. Mulholland's manuals were thought to be among them-until a single surviving copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the agency's archives. The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications. more

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  • Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box

    Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Madeleine Albright
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harper (2009, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   176

    Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H. W. Bush had been known for saying "Read my lips." I began urging colleagues and reporters to "Read my pins." It would never have happened if not for Saddam Hussein. When U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright criticized the dictator, his poet in residence responded by calling her "an unparalleled serpent." Shortly thereafter, while preparing to meet with Iraqi officials, Albright pondered: What to wear? She decided to make a diplomatic statement by choosing a snake pin. Although her method of communication was new, her message was as old as the American Revolution—Don't Tread on Me. From that day forward, pins became part of Albright's diplomatic signature. more

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  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    Going Rogue: An American Life

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sarah Palin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2009, Nov 17th).
    Pages:   432

    On September 3, 2008 Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Republican National Convention that electrified the nation and instantly made her one of the most recognizable women in the world. As chief executive of America’s largest state, she had built a record as a reformer who cast aside politics-as-usual and pushed through changes other politicians only talked about: Energy independence. Ethics reform. And the biggest private sector infrastructure project in U.S. history. While revitalizing public school funding and ensuring the state met its responsibilities to seniors and Alaska Native populations, Palin also beat the political "good ol’ boys club" at their own game and brought Big Oil to heel. Like her GOP running mate, John McCain, Palin wasn’t a packaged and over-produced "candidate. more

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