Posts in category: United States Of America
By Mahmood Mamdani
During this excellent examine the increase of political Islam, the prestigious political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his services and perception to endure on a question many american citizens were asking seeing that September 11: how did this happen?
Mamdani dispels the belief of "good" (secular, westernized) and "bad" (premodern, fanatical) Muslims, stating that those judgments discuss with political instead of cultural or non secular identities. The presumption that there are "good" Muslims on hand to be break up off from "bad" Muslims mask a failure to make a political research of our occasions. This ebook argues that political Islam emerged because the results of a latest come upon with Western energy, and that the terrorist stream on the heart of Islamist politics is a fair newer phenomenon, one who America's embody of proxy battle after its defeat in Vietnam. Mamdani writes with nice perception in regards to the Reagan years, displaying America's include of the hugely ideological politics of "good" opposed to "evil." deciding on militant nationalist governments as Soviet proxies in international locations resembling Nicaragua and Afghanistan, the Reagan management without problems subsidized terrorist events, hailing them because the "moral equivalents" of America's Founding Fathers. The period of proxy wars has come to an finish with the invasion of Iraq. And there, as in Vietnam, the USA might want to realize that it's not struggling with terrorism yet nationalism, a conflict that can not be gained by means of occupation.
Good Muslim, undesirable Muslim is a provocative and demanding publication that might profoundly switch our knowing either one of Islamist politics and how the US is perceived on the planet at the present time.
By Nicholas Schou
Drawing on unprecedented entry to resources together with legal professionals, The Weed Runners is either journalistic exposé and event tale. there's a big community fueling the continuing national explosion of scientific marijuana, and this ebook specializes in a really dynamic three-year interval from 2009 to 2012. in the course of that point, marijuana left the realm of illegality and blossomed right into a mainstream undefined, changing into the quickest transforming into financial engine in California ahead of the feds swooped in and placed pot again in its "proper" position. This fast-moving and interesting account examines the lives of the folk interested by today's marijuana exchange in addition to contemporary advancements within the federal battle on clinical marijuana, giving readers a first-hand examine America's quasi-legal scientific marijuana exchange.
By Renee K. Harrison
The old documents and tales of enslaved African girls have either artistic and life-affirming resistance innovations for a way ladies of the prior have handled and healed from violence. This booklet attracts on mid-seventeenth to nineteenth-century slave narratives to explain the depths of multi-dimensional oppression and violence within the lives of enslaved African ladies. Harrison investigates pre-colonial West and West relevant African women’s lives sooner than ecu arrival with a purpose to recuperate these African-derived aesthetic varieties, cultural traditions, and spiritual practices that helped enslaved ladies wrestle violence and oppression. The 9 recommendations of resistance provided as modes of resistance hired via enslaved ladies are doable modes for modern day women.
By Kate Andersen Brower
America's first households are one of the such a lot inner most public figures on the earth. From the mystique of the glamorous Kennedys to the tumult that surrounded invoice and Hillary Clinton through the president's impeachment to the old but polarizing residency of Barack and Michelle Obama, every one new management brings a distinct set of personalities to the White House—and a brand new set of demanding situations to the fiercely dependable and hardworking those who serve them: the White apartment place of abode staff.
No one knows the president of the U.S., and his kin, just like the women and men who make the White condo run on a daily basis. Now, for the 1st time, their tales of 50 years, ten administrations, and numerous crises, huge and small, are advised within the place of abode. Drawing on enormous quantities of hours of interviews with butlers, maids, cooks, florists, doormen, and different staffers—as good as former first women and primary kinfolk members—Kate Andersen Brower, who coated President Obama's first time period, deals a gaggle portrait of the devoted execs who orchestrate lavish kingdom dinners; stand prepared in the course of conferences with overseas dignitaries; deal with the president and primary lady's little ones; and cater to each desire the 1st couple can have, although elegant or, from time to time, ridiculous.
In the voices of the place of dwelling staff themselves—sometimes wry, frequently affectionate, consistently gracious and proud—here are tales of
The Kennedys—from intimate glimpses in their marriage to the chaotic days after JFK's assassination
The Johnsons—featuring the weird saga of LBJ's obsession with the White condominium plumbing
The Nixons—including Richard Nixon's unforeseen visual appeal within the White condo kitchen the morning he resigned
The Reagans—from a hearth that endangered Ronald Reagan past due in his moment time period to Nancy's keep an eye on of info huge and small
The Clintons—whose deepest battles, marked by way of shouting suits and flying items, unsettled place of abode workers
The Obamas—who danced to Mary J. Blige on their first evening within the White House
And simply as compelling are the tales of the employees themselves, together with Storeroom supervisor invoice Hamilton, who served 11 presidents over fifty-five years; government Housekeeper Christine Limerick, who married a fellow place of dwelling employee; leader Usher Stephen Rochon, who grew to become the 1st African American to carry the publish; govt Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, who feuded fiercely with government Chef Walter Scheib; and Butler James Ramsey, who made acquaintances with presidents invoice Clinton and George W. Bush, and whose spirit lively the White residence via six administrations earlier than his demise in 2014.
Working tirelessly to supply impeccable carrier and incomes the belief and timeless admiration of every new first kinfolk, those notable White residence employees served each day in the course of history—and lived to inform the stories.
By Robert C. Doyle
Revelations of abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib felony and the U.S. detention camp at Guantánamo Bay had repercussions extending past the global media scandal that ensued. the debate surrounding images and outlines of inhumane therapy of enemy prisoners of conflict, or EPWs, from the conflict on terror marked a watershed momentin the examine of contemporary war and the therapy of prisoners of conflict. Amid allegations of human rights violations and conflict crimes, one query sticks out one of the leisure: was once the therapy of America's most modern prisoners of battle an remoted occasion or a part of a troubling and complicated factor that's deeply rooted in our nation's army history?Military professional Robert C. Doyle's The Enemy in Our palms: America's therapy of Prisoners of battle from the Revolution to the conflict on Terror attracts from diversified resources to respond to this query. historic in addition to well timed in its content material, this paintings examines America's significant wars and earlier conflicts -- between them, the yankee Revolution, the Civil battle, global Wars I and II, and Vietnam -- to supply knowing of the UnitedStates' remedy of army and civilian prisoners. The Enemy in Our arms bargains a brand new point of view of U.S. army heritage near to EPWs and means that the strategies hired to regulate prisoners of warfare are targeted and disparate from one clash tothe subsequent. as well as different important details, Doyle presents a cultural research and exploration of U.S. adherence to foreign criteria of behavior, together with the 1929 Geneva conference in every one struggle. even supposing wars usually are not received or misplaced at the foundation of the way EPWs are handled, the remedy of prisoners is among the measures wherein history's conquerors are judged.
By Peter L. Bergen
TEN YEARS HAVE handed because the surprising assaults at the international exchange heart, and after seven years of clash, the final U.S. wrestle troops left Iraq—only to maneuver into Afghanistan, the place the ten-year-old struggle keeps: the warfare on terror rages with out transparent lead to sight. In The Longest conflict Peter Bergen bargains a complete background of this struggle and its evolution, from the thoughts devised within the wake of the Sep 11 assaults to the struggling with in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and past. not like the other publication in this topic, right here Bergen tells the tale of this moving war’s disasters and successes from the views of either the USA and al-Qaeda and its allies. He is going into the houses of al-Qaeda individuals, rooting into the resource in their devotion to terrorist explanations, and spends time within the places of work of the most important gamers shaping the U.S. strategic efforts within the sector. At a time while many are annoyed or fatigued with what has turn into a permanent multigenerational clash, this e-book will offer an illuminating narrative that not just lines the arc of the struggle yet initiatives its most probably destiny.
Weaving jointly inner files from al-Qaeda and the U.S. places of work of counterterrorism, first-person interviews with top-level jihadists and senior Washington officers, together with his personal stories at the flooring within the heart East, Bergen balances the debts of every aspect, revealing how al-Qaeda has advanced due to the fact that September 11 and the categorical methods the U.S. govt has replied within the ongoing struggle.
Bergen additionally uncovers the strategic mistakes devoted on either sides—the approach that al-Qaeda’s daring assault at the usa on 11th of September really undermined its goal and prompted the cave in of the Taliban and the destruction of the organization’s shelter in Afghanistan, and the way al-Qaeda is de facto wasting the battle of rules within the Muslim global. The booklet additionally exhibits how the us undermined its ethical place during this battle with its activities at Guantánamo and coercive interrogations—including the intense rendition of Abu Omar, who used to be abducted by way of the CIA in Milan in 2003 and used to be tortured for 4 years in Egyptian prisons; his case represents the 1st and purely time that CIA officers were charged and convicted of the crime of kidnapping.
In reading different strategic error the U.S. has devoted, Bergen bargains a scathing critique of the Clinton and Bush administrations’ lack of ability to adequately determine and counter the al-Qaeda hazard, Bush’s deeply inaccurate purposes for invading Iraq—including the tale of ways the invasion was once introduced established, partially, at the perspectives of an imprecise educational who positioned forth theories approximately Iraq’s involvement with al-Qaeda—and the Obama administration’s efforts in Afghanistan.
At a severe second in international historical past The Longest battle provides the definitive account of the continuing conflict opposed to terror.
By James McCartney, Molly Sinclair McCartney
Whilst President Dwight D. Eisenhower ready to go away the White residence in 1961, he did so with an ominous message for the yankee humans concerning the "disastrous rise" of the military-industrial complicated. Fifty years later, the advanced has morphed right into a nearly unstoppable battle computing device, one who dictates U.S. financial and international coverage in an immediate and titanic way.
Based on his stories as an award-winning Washington-based reporter overlaying nationwide protection, James McCartney provides a compelling background, from the chilly conflict to provide day that shpws that the matter is much worse and much extra wide-reaching than something Eisenhower can have imaginined. colossal army has turn into "too immense to fail" and has grown to envelope the nation's political, cultural and highbrow associations. those facilities of strength and impact, together with the now-complicit White condominium and Congress, have a vested curiosity in getting ready and waging pointless wars. The authors pursuasively argue that no longer one international intervention some time past 50 years has made us or the area safer.
With additions by means of Molly Sinclair McCartney, a fellow journalist with 30 years of expertise, America's conflict computer offers the context for today's nationwide safeguard kingdom and explains what will be performed approximately it.
By James W. Parins
Elias Cornelius Boudinot offers the 1st complete account of a guy who was once in detail and prominently fascinated about the lifetime of the Cherokee country within the moment 1/2 the 19th century and was once hugely influential within the starting of the previous Indian Territory to white cost and the eventual formation of the kingdom of Oklahoma. concerned about approximately each point of social, monetary, and political lifestyles in Indian Territory, he used to be ostracized by means of many Cherokees, a few of whom additionally threatened his life.
Born into the influential Ridge-Boudinot-Watie relatives, Boudinot used to be raised within the East after the assassination of his father, who helped chanced on the 1st newspaper released through an Indian country. He again to the Cherokee country, affiliating together with his uncle Stand Watie and serving within the accomplice military and as a consultant of the Cherokees within the accomplice Congress. He used to be concerned with treaty negotiations after the warfare, helped open the railroads into the Indian Territory, and based the town of Vinita in Oklahoma. He additionally grew to become a political determine in Washington, DC, a newspaper editor and writer, and a favorite orator.
By Jon Wilkman
Previous to hour of darkness on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis Dam, a twenty-story-high concrete constitution simply fifty miles north of la, unexpectedly collapsed, liberating a devastating flood that roared fifty-four miles to the Pacific Ocean, destroying every thing in its course. It was once a bad disaster, but one that this present day is almost forgotten.
With study accumulated over greater than twenty years, award-winning author and filmmaker Jon Wilkman revisits the deluge that claimed approximately lives. A key determine is William Mulholland, the self-taught engineer who created an extraordinary water procedure, permitting la to turn into America's second-largest urban, and who used to be additionally chargeable for the layout and building of the St. Francis Dam.
Driven by way of eyewitness bills and mixing city heritage with a life-and-death drama and a technological detective tale, Floodpath grippingly reanimates the truth in the back of L.A. noir fictions comparable to the vintage movie Chinatown. In an period of weather switch, expanding call for on water assets, and a ignored American infrastructure, the tragedy of the St. Francis Dam hasn't ever been extra suitable.
By Benjamin Percy
A canyon earmarked for improvement as a golfing inn. One final searching journey in a vanishing wasteland. A grandfather, a son, and a grandson—plus one indignant undergo. Over the process the weekend, every one guy will switch in sharply contrasting ways.
Percy's very good debut novel (after the gathering Refresh, Refresh) digs into the ambiguous American angle towards nature because it oscillates among Thoreau's romantic appreciation and sheer gothic horror. The plot issues a looking journey taken via Justin Caves and his sixth-grade son, Graham, with Justin's bullying father, Paul, a passionate outdoorsman in failing future health who's decided to spend one final weekend within the Echo Canyon ahead of actual property developer Bobby Fremont turns the chic pocket of desolate tract right into a golf lodge. Justin, a highschool English instructor, has hit a virtually terminally tough patch in his marriage to Karen, who, whereas the men camp, contemplates an affair with Bobby, notwithstanding she can have higher issues of wounded Iraq conflict vet Brian, a case research in creepy stalker. the boys, in the meantime, are being tracked by way of a beast and needs to cope with a vengeful roughneck roaming the woods. A taut plot and solid of deeply improper characters--Justin is a masterwork of pitiable wretchedness--will continue readers rapt as peril descends and split-second judgements come to have lifelong repercussions. It's as shut as you may get to a latest Deliverance.