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Bread & Roses PB All Politics is Local PB Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln PB
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Bread & Roses PB All Politics is Local PB Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln  PB
This book tells story of American working people from 1865 to 1915 - largely through their own words - as they struggled for human dignity, decent living standard & democratic rights. Tip O'Neill was American institution, known & loved across country.  In All Politics is Local he shares his secrets.  Continuing in tradition of best selling Man of House, O'Neill's inimitable stories & irresistible style show how politics really works.  Each of his rules comes to life w/unforgettable story about presidents, congressmen or constituents. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Doris K Goodwin wove biographies and history of the Civil War into a richly detailed account.of the Lincoln presidency that shaped the history of our country.
My Life PB Jefferson on Freedom HB Spin Works! PB
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My Life PB Jefferson on Freedom HB Spin Works! PB
My Life: Presidential Years offers fullest, most concretely detailed most nuanced account of presidency ever written - encompassing nost only high points & crises but way presidency actually works: day to day bombardments of problems, personalities, conflicts, setbacks & achievements. Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define tyrant is unfit to be ruler of people. Whose voice's heard in media & whose's silenced?  Who's part of national debate & who's left out?  News media's one of most powerful forces in America - shaping our opinions, setting debate & informing how we view our communities & world.  Yet few of us have access to it or know how to use it.
We're Right, They're Wrong PB Bush vs Environment PB Change We Can Believe In PB
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We're Right, They're Wrong PB Bush vs Environment PB Change We Can Believe In PB
Just like Harry Truman, Ragin' Cajun gives 'em hell.  James Carville wants to put Democrats back on offensive.  Carville, chief strategist of Bill Clinton's 1992 Warm Room, is out to break GOP's Contract w/America. Since becoming president, George W Bush has walked away from Kyoto Protocol, pushed for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, weakened protections for endangered pieces & wilderness & retreated from his campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide. But president's agenda reaches deeper than these well known policies. In Bush vs Environment, Robert S Devine shows how White House is quietly undermining entire system of environmental safeguards that has developed over past 30 years. Administration's tactics include:

Encouraging lawsuits against federal government that challenge existing environmental laws & then feebly defending cases in court.
Ignoring scientific evidence that doesn't support President Bush's goals & pressuring government scientists to product results Administration wants.
Using fuzzy math to overestimate costs & underestimate benefits of regulations that protect human health & environment, which can lead to eliminate of much needed rules.
At this defining moment in our history, Americans are hungry for change.  After years of failed policies & failed politics from Washington, this is our chance to reclaim American dream.  Barack Obama has proven to be new kind of leader - one who can bring people together, be honest about challenges we face & move this nation forward.  Change We Can Believe In outlines his vision for America.
Barbara Jordan American Hero PB Blinded by Right PB 101 People Who Are Really Screwing Up America PB
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Barbara Jordan American Hero PB Blinded by Right PB 101 People Who Are Really Screwing Up America PB
Barbara Jordan was 1st African American woman to serve in TX Senate since Reconstruction, 1st black woman elected to Congress from South & 1st to deliver keynote address at national party convention.  Yet Jordan herself remained mystery, woman so private that even her close friends didn't know name of illness that debilitated her for 2 decades until it struc her down at age of 59. "I had begun my career by suppressing my liberal social values to get ahead in conservative movement: I then abandoned conservative traditions of restraint & civility for Gingrichian ends justify means radicalism.  As closeted gay man, I did work of right wing lawyers of Federalist Society, Christian Coalition & worst bigots from Arkansas - racist, homophobic Clinton haters.  Through it all - destructive partisanship, careerism, personal aggrandizement - in my mind I managed to rationalize each of my actions & hold on to idea that I wasn't like Ruddys, Scaifes, Falwells, Tyrrells, Funds - I was better than they were.  Whatever else I may have been, I wasn't liar.  But I was no better than Arkansas Project brigade after all.  Strange lies were mine.  All attacks, hateful rhetoric, dark alliances & strange conspiracies, eye for eye, nuts & sluts, defending Pinochet, throwing grenades, carpet bombing White House, Bob Bork, Bob Tyrrell, Bob Dornan, Bob Bartley, Bob Barr - it all led right here: I lost my soul." Hilarious riposte to Bernard Goldberg's right wing & unforgivably successful 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America.
SNL Presents: Clinton Years PB Promises to Keep PB Bushworld Enter at Your Own Risk PB
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SNL Presents: Clinton Years PB Promises to Keep PB Bushworld Enter at Your Own Risk PB
Follow hilarious chronicles of our 42nd President, William Jefferson Clinton, as recorded here for posterity in these memorable moments from "Saturday Night Live" As US senator for more than 35 years, Joe Biden has both witnessed & participated in momentous epoch of American history.  In Promises to Keep, Biden, now Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, reveal what these experiences taught him about himself, his colleagues & institutions of government. For past 2 decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars - & her scorching wit - on Bush dynasty.  Here, she explores & dissects entire story, in all its Oedipal, Orwellian, Shakesperean glory.  Drawing from her "New York Times" column, w/new introductory essay, she journeys to Maine, Texas, Washington, old Europe, new Europe & Saudi Arabia, chronicling both father & son as well as cast of characters surrounding them.  For any reader who cares about America, this is essential reading.  As Dowd says about Bushrworld: "It's their reality.  We only live & die in it."
America Back on Track PB Truth HB Censoring Science PB
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War in Iraq, economy, national security, health care, education, civil rights, environment, constitutional system of checks & balances - these & other vital issues are major concerns to Americans today, yet all have been mishandled by Bush administration.  For Senator Edward Kennedy, it is proof that nation has departed more deeply from its fundamental ideals than at any time in modern history.  Responding to erosion in our long standing values, he identifies 7 principal challenges on defining issues of our time & offers proposals for putting America back on track to achieving its great promise of liberty & justice for all. Dr James Hansen - leading climate expert for NASA & world - first broke international news on global warming at Senate hearing in 1988.  Little did he expect rising storm of politically motivated resistance, denial & obstruction that would follow.
Everything You Think You Know About Politics...& Why You're Wrong PB Clinton Wars HB Homegrown Democrat HB
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Everything You Think You Know About Politics...& Why You're Wrong PB Clinton Wars HB Homegrown Democrat HB
Confused because conventional wisdom doesn't coincide w/your view of political world?  Perhaps that's because press & pundits have it wrong. This major new book - part history, part memoir - is riveting inside account of presidency of William Jefferson Clinton.  When in 1997 Clinton appointed Sidney Blumenthal as senior adviser, writer who had been covering Washington political scene for more than decade was catapulted into front lines of Clinton wars.  From his 1st day in White House until long after his appearance as only presidential aide ever to testify in impeachment trial, Blumenthal participated in nearly all battles of Clinton Wars. "We democrats are deeply flawed people, we can be earnestly boring & awfully righteous about moral issues in faraway places.  We can be weenies, capable of doing dumb things in name of common good.  But we do stick to our guns.  We believe in decency & public spiritedness & have refused to hitch our wagon to yahooism & have supported government as necessary force for good.  We are passionate.  This is year of possible."
Unique Voice of Hillary Rodham Clinton Portrait in her Own Words HB 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions & Distortions PB Liberal Hour PB
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Unique Voice of Hillary Rodham Clinton Portrait in her Own Words HB 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions & Distortions PB Liberal Hour PB
"I want to live my life way that I believe is right for me.  I want every woman to have same opportunity.  I do not prejudge any other woman's choices...What I wish for them is what I wish for every young girl: that their life choices give them satisfaction & happiness that comes from leading integrated life". "W/this new book, David Ray Griffin establishes himself, alongside Seymour Hersh, as America's #1 bearer of unpleasant, yet necessary, public truths." - Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University Reform has seldom come w/such speed, such sweep & such consequence.  What drove this political sea change?  In Liberal Hour, Calvin Mackenzie & Robert Weisbrot argue that primary force behind it was not counterculture but those in traditional seats of power.  W/nuance & panache, they present real life characters - from giants like JFK & Johnson to lesser known senators & congressmen - who drove these reforms & were critical to passage of key legislation.  Concise, accessible & engaging behind scenes look at profound social changes of 1960s, Liberal Hour reveals how Washington, so often portrayed as target of reform, was in fact era's most effective engine of change.
Acting President HB Shrub: Short But Happy Political Life of George W Bush HB Ted Kennedy HB
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Some called president lazy, others uninterested in daily details; some said he was brilliant delegator of responsibility.  Whatever viewpoint, it is unquestionably true that men around Ronald Reagan played unprecedented role in shaping & controlling nation's foreign & domestic policy.  In this explosive book, Schieffer & Gates, working w/extensive network of sources & some hitherto secret materials, show just who these men were & just how they influenced both President & country.  You'll read 1980 memorandum dividing up real power of presidency b/w Edwin Meese & James Baker; you'll understand why man was young as Michael Deaver was able to wield such enormous power; you'll witness astonishing Oval Office session on defense budget immediately after Gramm Rudman was passed.  You'll meet, in intimate, sometimes painful, detail, not only Deaver & Baker but such men as Donald Regan, William Casey, Alexander Haig & John Poindexter-  & what you read will change your vision of the decade. "Past is prologue in politics.  If politician is left, right, weak, strong, given to waffle or flip flop, or, as sometimes happens, able soul who performs well under pressure, all that will be in record." Edward Kennedy was a towering figure of the American political landscape for almost half a century. The youngest member of America's most fabled political clan and a leading voice of liberalism, he became one of the most powerful and effective Senators in the nation's history.

Kennedy's rich and sometimes tragic story is told in this book by TIME writers Joe Klein, Richard Lacayo and Karen Tumulty; historian Robert Dallek; former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle; longtime Kennedy-family aide Theodore Sorensen; and Kennedy's close friend and speechwriter Robert Shrum. It's also told through dozens of unforgettable photographs, including many intimate, behind-the-scenes pictures of Kennedy at work, on the campaign trail or relaxing with family and friends.

That story begins with the fierce ambition of Kennedy's father, the wealthy and unstoppable Joseph Kennedy Sr., who believed that one of his sons should become President of the United States. As the youngest of Joe and Rose Kennedy's nine children, Ted wasn't necessarily destined for a political career. But one by one, his older brothers met their fates, until only Ted was left. Joe Jr. died in a combat mission during World War II. Jack reached the White House, only to be assassinated in 1963. Five years later, Robert was shot down during his own campaign for the presidency.

For a time, it seemed inevitable that Ted would also seek the White House, and soon. Then came Chappaquiddick, the tragedy that cost a young woman her life and cast a shadow over Kennedy for the rest of his. When he did make his only bid for the Oval Office, in 1980, it was in a surprising attempt to unseat an incumbent Democrat, Jimmy Carter. Though Kennedy's 1980 campaign did not succeed, it ended in a speech to the Democratic National Convention that sealed his status as liberalism's greatest champion.

The failure of that campaign also freed Kennedy to focus for the rest of his life on the work of the Senate. It was there that he gave enduring substance to the Kennedy family legacy, through legislation that shaped this nation in many areas - education, the economy, civil rights, law enforcement and foreign policy-and especially through his decades-long struggle to extend affordable health care to all Americans. His career culminated in 2008 with his key role in securing the Democratic Party's nomination, and ultimately the presidency, for Barack Obama.

A rich compilation of insightful writing and memorable photographs, Kennedy is an authoritative portrait of a man who was one of the major figures of his time.
Notorious RBG HB Latino Wave How Hispanics Will Elect Next American President HB Truth to Tell HB
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Notorious RBG, Life and Times Latino Wave How Hispanics Will Elect Next American President HB Truth to Tell HB
Life and times, unique contributions of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Latinos are different.  Latinos are distinct.  They are rapidly integrating themselves into society but will not completely & fully assimilate themselves culturally.  Latinos are creating their own space in this country & their particular cultural differences will continue to influence rest of society.  These uniquely Hispanic cultural characteristics are forever changing face of United States.  Latinos are shattering proverbial melting pot. "Lanny Davis has written book that should be required reading for all Washington officials & journalists alike.  It's instructive & cautionary tale of constant struggle to know truth of what is going on at highest levels of government." - Tom Brokaw
   
 
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