Political Economy Book Summaries

1. Very Quick U.S. Historical Summaries      2. Current Interest Summaries

3 Political Economy Book Reviews   4. Political Economy Basics        5. Political Economy Book Reviews

6. War On Terror Summaries     7. War on Terror Book Reviews      8. Interesting Stuff     9. Proposed Education Manifesto

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1. Very Quick U.S. Historical 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 

20th Century Decades of Problems 1P

20th Century Decade Evaluation Interaction of Politics and Economics 4p 

20th Century U.S. Political Economy 5p

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

 The Great Recession Using Quick Notes

The Cost of 20th Century Wars 1p

One-Page Economic Issues


2. Current Interest Summaries
1. The End of Theory
Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics, and the Sweep of Human Interaction
by Richard Bookstaber

Book Review
Prof. Dr. Richard Bookstaber Presentation 78 min video
What Risks Are Building in the Markets Today? 26 min video
The Four Horsemen of the Econopocalypse
15 min video by Richard Bookstaber

2. A Demon of Our Own Design
Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of…
by R Bookstaber

Book Review
Wealth Track Asset Allocation Discussion 09/18/09 8 min 31 sec video
Demons of Our Own Design Bloomberg Interview 8/25/09 13 min video

3. Advice and Dissent Alan Binder

Video points out how prejudice for colors a person mind.
He dismissed the previous economist because he "worked for Trump"


3. U.S Political Historical Book Summaries

Presidential Courage Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 by M. Beschloss 8 p
Turning Points in American History cove 400 years 10p
Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power 2012  Jon Meacham 8p
American Dynasty Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the
House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips
, 6p
Welcome the Hackocracy,
a look at Bush 2's appointments that made a difference.
Second Chance Three Presidents and the Crisis of America Superpower Z. Brzezinski, 6p
Don't Know Much About History  Everything You Need To Know About
American History  But Never Learned, K. C. Davis
6 p

4. Political Economy Basics

Our Democratic Federalist Capitalist Republic
Building America's Democratic Federalist Republic
1. The Early Colonial Period
2. Determining Political Power and "We the People"
3. Increasing We" of "We the People"
4. Thomas Jefferson Leader of the Opposition

5. Constitutional History of Our
Democratic Federalist Republic

6. Thomas Jefferson Leader of the Opposition
7. Capitalistic Democracy Profitable Government

Supplemental Stuff

U.S. Government and Politics textbook
Political Economy Readings
One Page Economic Issue


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5. 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 

A Brief History of US Banking is a brief chronology.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

6. War on Terror

Prelude U.S. Terror Episodes Since 1900

The Basics

A Concise History of Christianity
Middle East Facts
40 Maps Explain Middle East
The Middle East: The Way It Is and Why
Middle East Conflict in 11 minute video
Iran 20th Century History
Iraq 20th Century Iraq
Islamic Fundamentalism


Sunni-Shiite Conflict History
Sunnis/Shiites at War 

Modern Players

Militant Hamas Vs. Moderate Fatah
Afghanistan/Iraq Wars to Forget
A Look Back at Afghanistan War

Epilogue Terrorism Against the West 1975-2015   

Other Stuff

50 Years: Legacies of the 1967 War
6 short videos
Conservative Brookings Institution 6/17

many short written reports

Podcast: The 1967 War 57 min podcast




7. The War Book Reviews

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.

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?

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. 

8. Interesting Stuff

A Concise History of Christianity

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, 43 Minute Video

The Predator State Video Part 1     Part 2

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 & economy

Decades of US Problems Faced by US

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. 

author/editor Walter Antoniotti

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


9. Proposed Education Manifesto

Updated 11/1/17       Please  

One-Page Executive Summary   PDF for color printing

Part One Opinions Matter

Historical Observations  from Confucius to Summers

Current Leaders Advise FACE="Arial"> from Ten Experts

Part 2 Education Truths

Ten Commandments of Education
suggestions to these Axiom and Postulate

 Part 3 Education Must Adjust as the
World Changed, Good Jobs Disappeared

Part 4 Implementation Goals

Local Community Prioritizes Goals

Educating the Class of 2034 Goals


 Walter Antoniotti