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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest...
by Rachel Maddow

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy鈥擶inner Take All</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /> In 2010, the words 鈥渆arthquake swarm鈥?entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia鈥攊ncluding his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove鈥攚as sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.<br /><br /> With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia鈥檚 rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia鈥檚 rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West鈥檚 most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, 鈥渓ike being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can鈥檛 really blame the lion. It鈥檚 in her nature.鈥?lt;br /><br /> <i> Blowout</i> is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world鈥檚 most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, 鈥淒emocracy either wins this one or disappears.鈥?/div>
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government鈥檚 system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.</b><br /><b></b><br />In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.</p><p>Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, <i>Permanent Record </i>is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online鈥攁 man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet鈥檚 conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, <i>Permanent Record </i>is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.</p>
The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America
by Bill O'Reilly

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>A rare, insider鈥檚 look at the life of Donald Trump from Bill O'Reilly, the bestselling author of the <i>Killing </i>series, based on exclusive interview material and deep research</b></p><p>Readers around the world have been enthralled by journalist and <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Bill O鈥橰eilly鈥檚 <i>Killing </i>series鈥攔iveting works of nonfiction that explore the most famous events in history. Now<i>,</i> O鈥橰eilly turns his razor-sharp observations to his most compelling subject thus far鈥擯resident Donald J. Trump. In this thrilling narrative, O鈥橰eilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump鈥檚 childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House. </p><p>Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence鈥攐f 鈥渉ow Donald Trump鈥檚 view of America was formed, and how it has changed since becoming the most powerful person in the world鈥濃€?from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history. </p><p>As the author will tell you, 鈥淚f you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you鈥檒l get it here.鈥?lt;/p>
Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law
by James B. Stewart

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English

Pages

382

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>"Important and stunning. This is must-read material if you want to understand what the Trump administration is still up to right now." --Lawrence O'Donnell<br /><br />From bestselling author James Stewart, the definitive story of the war between President Trump and America's principal law enforcement agencies, answering the questions that the Mueller report couldn't聽<i>鈥撀?lt;/i>or wouldn't</b><br /><br />When Trump fired James Comey, he triggered the appointment of Robert Mueller as an independent special counsel and caused the FBI to open a formal investigation into the President himself. This set in motion a chain of events, which would join in unprecedented and potentially mortal combat two vital institutions of American democracy: the Presidency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the investigative arm of the Department of Justice.<br /><br />The stakes could not be higher: the rule of law itself, the foundation of the American constitution and Anglo-American democracy for centuries. In this epic battle, there is no room for compromise. There can only be winners and losers, to invoke a distinctly Trumpian view of the world. But there is plenty of room for collateral damage. The reputations of both sides have already been harmed, perhaps irrevocably, and at great cost to American democracy and its institutions.<br /><br />Drawing on scores of interviews with key FBI, Justice Department, and White House officials, and voluminous transcripts, notes, and internal reports, Stewart tells the dramatic saga of the FBI and its simultaneous investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump <i>鈥撀?lt;/i>the first time in American history the FBI has been thrust into the middle of both parties' campaigns for the Presidency. Packed with drama and a cast of fascinating characters, <i>Deep State</i> goes where others cannot, revealing the truth of the grand and world-changing struggle that has defined the Trump presidency.
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder

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English

Pages

130

Publication Date

February 28, 2017

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<b>#1聽<i>New York Times</i>聽Bestseller 鈥⒙?lt;b>A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.</b><br /></b><br />The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.<br /><br /><i>On Tyranny</i>聽is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.<br /><br /><b>"Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." 鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b>
Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American P...
by Gregg Jarrett

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<p><strong>How did a small group of powerful intelligence officials convince tens of millions of Americans that the president is a traitor, without a shred of evidence?</strong></p><p><strong>Now that every detail and argument set forth in the聽#1 <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>The Russia Hoax </em>has been borne out by the Mueller report, the author is back with a hard-hitting, well-reasoned evisceration of what may be the dirtiest trick in political history. </strong></p><p>What people tend to forget about witch hunts is that they require people in power to believe there really are witches.</p><p>No marks have ever been as gullible as distraught Democrats in 2016. Washington insiders broke rule after rule investigating the president, chasing a conspiracy that turned out not to exist. Somehow this was spun into Donald Trump having something to hide. People associated with the president were pushed into plea deals that had nothing to do with Russian 鈥渃ollusion鈥?or discouraged from serving by the threat of huge legal bills. Somehow this was spun into Trump鈥檚 lawyers being bullies. The president complained that the investigation was a waste of time, but he allowed it to continue unimpeded to the end. Somehow this was spun into obstruction of justice. </p><p>In <em>Witch Hunt</em>賂 Gregg Jarrett uncovers the bureaucratic malfeasance and malicious politicization of our country鈥檚 justice system. The law was weaponized for partisan purposes. Even though it was Hillary Clinton鈥檚 campaign that collected and disseminated a trove of lies about Trump from a former British spy and Russian operatives, Democrats and the media spun this into a claim that Trump was working for the Russians. </p><p>Senior officials at the FBI, blinded by their political bias and hatred of Trump, went after the wrong person. At the DOJ, the deputy attorney general discussed secretly recording the president and recruiting members of the cabinet to depose Trump. Those behind the Witch Hunt have either been fired or resigned.聽 Many of them are now under investigation for abuse of power. But what about the pundits who concocted wild narratives in real time on television, or the newspapers which covered the fact that rumors were being investigated without investigating the facts themselves? </p><p>Factual, highly persuasive, and damning, this must-read expose makes clear that not only was there no 鈥渃ollusion,鈥?but there was not even a basis for Mueller鈥檚 investigation of the charge that has attacked Trump and his administration for more than two years. It鈥檚 always been a <em>Witch Hunt. </em></p>
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
by Douglas Murray

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>The challenging and brilliantly-argued new book from the bestselling author of <i>The Strange Death of Europe.</i></b><b></b><br /><br />In his devastating new book <i>The Madness of Crowds</i>, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century's most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality.<br /><br />We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal--and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting. <br /><br />Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray's masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation's most complicated issues. He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
by Garrett M. Graff

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭his is history at its most immediate and moving鈥 marvelous and memorable book.鈥?鈥擩on Meacham</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淩emarkable鈥 priceless civic gift鈥n page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淰isceral...I repeatedly cried鈥his book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day.鈥?鈥擭PR</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淗ad me turning each page with my heart in my throat鈥here鈥檚 been a lot written about 9/11, but nothing like this. I urge you to read it.鈥?鈥擪atie Couric</b><br /> <br /><b>The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001鈥攁 panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.</b><br /><br />Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright鈥檚 <i>The Looming Tower</i>, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to <i>The 9/11 Commission Report</i>, the government鈥檚 definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this point鈥攁 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it.<br /> <br />Now, in <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i>, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was <i>lived</i>鈥攊n the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.<br /> <br />Beginning in the predawn hours of airports in the Northeast, we meet the ticket agents who unknowingly usher terrorists onto their flights, and the flight attendants inside the hijacked planes. In New York City, first responders confront a scene of unimaginable horror at the Twin Towers. From a secret bunker underneath the White House, officials watch for incoming planes on radar. Aboard the small number of unarmed fighter jets in the air, pilots make a pact to fly into a hijacked airliner if necessary to bring it down. In the skies above Pennsylvania, civilians aboard United Flight 93 make the ultimate sacrifice in their place. Then, as the day moves forward and flights are grounded nationwide, Air Force One circles the country alone, its passengers isolated and afraid.<br /> <br />More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> is the historic narrative of how ordinary people grappled with extraordinary events in real time: the father and son working in the North Tower, caught on different ends of the impact zone; the firefighter searching for his wife who works at the World Trade Center; the operator of in-flight telephone calls who promises to share a passenger鈥檚 last words with his family; the beloved FDNY chaplain who bravely performs last rites for the dying, losing his own life when the Towers collapse; and the generals at the Pentagon who break down and weep when they are barred from rushing into the burning building to try to rescue their colleagues.<br /> <br />At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.
Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
by Christopher Wylie

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>For the first time, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells the inside story of the data mining and psychological manipulation behind the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, connecting Facebook, WikiLeaks, Russian intelligence, and international hackers.</b><br /><br /> <i>Mindf*ck</i> goes deep inside Cambridge Analytica鈥檚 鈥淎merican operations,鈥?which were driven by Steve Bannon鈥檚 vision to remake America and fueled by mysterious billionaire Robert Mercer鈥檚 money, as it weaponized and wielded the massive store of data it had harvested on individuals鈥攊n excess of 87 million鈥攖o disunite the United States and set Americans against each other. Bannon had long sensed that deep within America鈥檚 soul lurked an explosive tension. Cambridge Analytica had the data to prove it, and in 2016 Bannon had a presidential campaign to use as his proving ground.<br /><br /> Christopher Wylie might have seemed an unlikely figure to be at the center of such an operation. Canadian and liberal in his politics, he was only twenty-four when he got a job with a London firm that worked with the U.K. Ministry of Defense and was charged putatively with helping to build a team of data scientists to create new tools to identify and combat radical extremism online. In short order, those same military tools were turned to political purposes, and Cambridge Analytica was born.<br /><br /> Wylie鈥檚 decision to become a whistleblower prompted the largest data-crime investigation in history. His story is both expos茅 and dire warning about a sudden problem born of very new and powerful capabilities. It has not only laid bare the profound vulnerabilities鈥攁nd profound carelessness鈥攊n the enormous companies that drive the attention economy, it has also exposed the profound vulnerabilities of democracy itself. What happened in 2016 was just a trial run. Ruthless actors are coming for your data, and they want to control what you think.
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
by Samantha Power

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL</em></strong><strong>, AND <em>USA TODAY</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p> <p><strong>鈥淭his is a wonderful book. [鈥 The interweaving of Power鈥檚 personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly鈥攁nd with unblinking honesty.鈥?lt;/strong><strong> 鈥?THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN,聽<em>The New York Times Book Review聽</em></strong></p><p><strong>鈥淗onest, personal, revealing鈥?about the development of a young woman鈥檚 inner strength and self-knowledge.鈥?鈥?COLM T脫IB脥N, author of <em>Brooklyn</em> and <em>Nora Webster</em></strong></p> <p><strong>鈥淭ruly engrossing.鈥?鈥?RACHEL MADDOW</strong></p> <p><strong>An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, widely known as a relentless advocate for promoting human rights, who has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America's "foremost thinkers on foreign policy."</strong></p><p>In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"鈥攁nd a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power鈥檚 distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama鈥檚 human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role. </p><p>Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy. Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power鈥檚 memoir is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism鈥攁nd of one person鈥檚 fierce determination to make a difference.</p>

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