Political Economy Quick Studies
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1. Quick US Political Economy Studies   2. The War on Terror   3. War On Terror Book Reviews

4. Political Book Summaries   5. Political Economy Book Reviews   6. Interesting Stuff



1. Quick U.S. Political Economy Studies

2016 Presidential Issues 1p each

A Very Brief U.S. Political History
5 Political Eras and Their Important Events 2p

Recent U.S. Decades Ranked by Problems
Which Decade Was Best, Worst? 2p 

Most Severe US Recessions 2p 

Presidential Politics 5 Political Eras 
Elections and Accomplishments 1788 - 2012 5p

Current Political Economy Problems 7p

20th Century Decade Evaluation 10p
Political Economy by Decade

Capitalistic Democracy  
Makes Democracy Capitalistic 1P

The Great Recession Using Quick Notes 1P

2. The War on Terror


How the Longest War in US History Unfolded

 U.S. Terror Episodes Since 1900

Terrorism Against the West 1975-2015

Basic Middle East History

A Concise History of Christianity
40 Maps Explain the Middle East
Middle East Facts
Middle East: the way it is and why

Middle East Conflict in 11 mi video
Iran 20th Century
Iraq 20th Century Iraq
Islamic Fundamentalist

Middle East Conflict
Sunnis/Shiites at War 
War on Terror Cost for Europe

Modern Players
Concise History of Islamic State
Militant Hamas Vs. Moderate Fatah Afghanistan/Iraq Wars to Forget

Epilogue 1 Latest News
What the US Should Achieve in Afghanistan 6 min video
America's Post-WWII Foreign Policy
Why Do They Hate Us?
Greater Israel Project Ken O'Keefe

Kenneth O'Keefe

Epilogue 2 Conservative Brookings Institution Videos
50 Years: Legacies of the 1967 War 6 short videos
50-years-Legacies-of-the-1967 many short written reports
Podcast: The 1967 War 57 min podcast

3. The War Book Reviews
Blackwater The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary
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

How the West Was Lost Fifty Years of Economic Folly--
and the Stark Choices Ahead D. Moyo
1 page review and  
8 Minute and 43 Minute Videos

6. Interesting Stuff
The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41

The Predator State Video Part 1     Part 2

Decades of US Problems Faced by US

Thoughts Concerning Society More 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

GDP Per Capita by State

Election Issues, 1 page summaries of federal debt,
health care, education & other economic issues

Decades of US Problems Faced by US

U.S. Education Vs. Germany and Britain, Our Biggest Value Added Competitors

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

6. Political Book Summaries

Presidential Courage
Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 M. Beschloss 8 p

Turning Points in American History
covers 400 years, Great Course Five 2-page parts

Thomas Jefferson
The Art of Power 2012 J. Meacham 8 p

American Dynasty
Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
K. Phillips
, 6 p 
See 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, 6 p

Don't Know Much About History 
Everything You Need To Know About American History But Never Learned  K. C. Davis 6 p

Generations and The Fourth Turning  
W. Strauss and N. Howe 2 p

 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, J. 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, J. Perkins

Education and Income Inequality, chapter 21 The Age of Turbulence, 
Adventures in a New World, by A. 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 B. 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 

Videos by Ha-Joon Chang
    Part I     Part II     Part III   
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, J. Alter, 2013 .

A Brief History of US Banking is a brief chronology.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

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. 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.  

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