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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Loren C. Steffy
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (2010, Nov 5th).
The definitive account of how BP's win-at-all-costs culture led to this era's greatest industrial catastrophe "A carefully and powerfully written story." Financial Times "When an author uses a loaded word like 'reckless' in a book's title, the burden of proof is high. . . . Steffy meets the burden by demonstrating that corporate behemoth BP (formerly British Petroleum) could have prevented the 11 deaths on April 20, 2010, aboard the Deepwater Horizon. . . . The deaths and the gigantic oil spill following the sinking of Deepwater Horizon will surely become a landmark of corporate ineptness and greed for the remainder of human history, thanks in part to Steffy's remarkable account." San Antonio Express-News "Steffy has produced a fascinating, gripping, revealing account. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Expedition Whydah: The Story of the World's First Excavation of a Pirate Treasure Ship and the Man Who Found HerAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Barry Clifford
Publisher: Cliff Street Books / HarperCollins; 1st edition (1999, May 11th).
It was the end for Black Sam Bellamy and his pirates... The sailors of the Whydah didn't know that the storm was among the worst ever, but they knew they were in a bad storm, For a few hopeful moments, they thought their hard work had turned them out to sea. Then, through the howl of the storm, someone heard the waves slapping the shoreline and the cry of "Breakers! Breakers!" went up again. Frenzy and fear became the order of the day. With a deep knowledge of the sea and the will to survive the pirates began to act on their own, as they had in so many other desperate situations deeply frightened but steadfastly professional. It was 10 P.M. on April 16, 1717, and the crew of the Whydah had only two hours to live. ...But two centuries later, it became a new beginning. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: David A. Stockman
Publisher: PublicAffairs (2013, Apr 2nd).
A New York Times bestsellerThe Great Deformation is a searing look at Washington’s craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American stateespecially the Federal Reservehas fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts. These forces have left the public sector teetering on the edge of political dysfunction and fiscal collapse and have caused America’s private enterprise foundation to morph into a speculative casino that swindles the masses and enriches the few.Defying right- and left-wing boxes, David Stockman provides a catalogue of corrupters and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mark Mazzetti
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (2013, Apr 9th).
A Pulitzer Prizewinning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability