Prelude Video A 500 year timeline provides some basics for the study of history.
U.S. Terror Episodes Since 1900
Conservative Brookings Institution 6/17
50 Years: Legacies of the 1967 War
Podcast: The 1967 War 57 min podcast
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 Economics
Editor's Note: Anwar Sada's Assassination shortly after recognizing Israel is just one reason why peace in the Middle East is centuries away.
Travels with Walter, an Educator's Life
explores the genius behind these Free Internet Libraries.
Turning Points in American History
Presidential Courage Brave Leaders and
Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power 2012 J. Meacham 8p
Second Chance Three Presidents and the Crisis of America Superpower by Zbigniew Brzezinski, 6p summary,
Pass Fail Analysis of U.S. Presidents
Political Economy Book Reviews
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
"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, ...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 by Jonathan Alter, 2013
War and Politics
Strange Rebels: 1979
and the Birth of the 21st Century.
By Christian Caryl. Basic; 400 pages
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.
Germs, and Steel - the fates of human societies
'...attempts to explain why
civilizations, as a whole, have survived and conquered others, while
attempting to refute the belief that Eurasian
is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic