Nothing To Envy – Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

February 2, 2012




The title of the author’s latest book aptly describes life for North Koreans today: There is nothing to envy. Imagine the worst privations possible and you begin to visualize horrors that defy credulity. The success of the regime there had been its remarkable ability to hermetically seal the population from the outside world – until […]

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Cyber War: The Next Threat To National Security and What To Do About It by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

February 2, 2012




  Richard Clarke and coauthor Robert K. Knake have produced a sober-minded analysis of an unglamorous subject. Kinetic warfare, unlike cyber warfare, lends itself to explosive imagery, validates acts of heroism, and is often the subject of dramatic coverage. Reputations are made. Cyber warfare, on the other hand, is more deadly in that it can […]

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Washington Rules – America’s Path to Permanent War by Andrew J. Bacevich

February 2, 2012




  This trenchant, incisive analysis of the “basic edifice of [American] national security policy” confirms what many of us have concluded since the end of the Vietnam War:  the foundation for our national security policy – or, shall I say, cornerstone – is the concept of permanent war; wars of infinite duration with their permanent […]

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Obama’s Wars by Bob Woodward

February 2, 2012




  Bob Woodward offers one of the most revealing narratives of a relatively inexperienced and young president trying to manage his national security team’s oversight of two unpopular wars – one of which he had publicly opposed, and the other we can justifiably call his. The details of the conversations and the private thoughts of […]

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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

February 2, 2012




  Is this another view from the front-row? Just when we thought the 2008 presidential race was behind us, Heilemann and Halperin take us even deeper into the campaigns of the principal contenders for the White House and the gut concerns of their chief strategists, donors and advisors. Game change offers a glimpse behind the […]

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Brother West Living and Loving Out Loud by Cornel West with David Ritz

February 2, 2012




    This is Cornel West up close and deeply personal. A theologian and scholar of totemic brilliance, bold, unapologetic, and refreshingly iconoclastic. Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University, author; gifted and provocative intellectual; recipient of the American Book Award and more than 20 honorary degrees. David Ritz, Award-winning author and […]

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The Business of the 21st Century – Robert Kiyosaki with John Fleming & Kim Kiysaki

April 2, 2010




When Robert Kiyosaki speaks, people listen! His latest book, The Business of The 21st Century, is an essential read if you’re trying to establish a foothold in the current economy. Kiyosaki offers a convincing rationale to understand why Network Marketing is the business model for the future. Why? Because the world is finally starting to […]

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Confidence Men – Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind

January 25, 2010




A trenchant work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; timely, serious, excruciatingly detailed, and well worth the time investment for any keen observer of the Obama Administration. I have read other books covering the Obama Administration but, Suskind offers us an extraordinary, fly-on-the-wall perspective on very intimate policy discussions among the President’s inner circle. For example, […]

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The Promise – President Obama, Year One by Jonthan Alter

February 2, 2009




    Much has been written about President Barack Obama as our nation’s first African-American president. He is scorned by his detractors who lived to see what for them was the implausibility of a Black person becoming president. Alter does not write in such explicit terms but this view does partially explain some of the […]

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