Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword by David K. Shipler

By David K. Shipler

A provocative, well timed evaluate of the kingdom of loose speech in America

With his top vendor The operating terrible, Pulitzer Prize winner and previous ny instances veteran David ok. Shipler cemented his position between our so much trenchant social commentators. Now he turns his incisive reporting to a serious American excellent: freedom of speech. Anchored in own stories—sometimes surprising, occasionally absurd, occasionally dishearteningly familiar—Shipler’s investigations of the cultural limits on either expression and the willingness to pay attention construct to show troubling instabilities within the very foundations of our democracy.

Focusing on fresh loose speech controversies around the country, Shipler maps a quickly moving topography of political and cultural norms: mom and dad in Michigan rallying to academics vilified for his or her studying lists; conservative ministers risking their churches’ tax-exempt prestige to evangelise politics from the pulpit; nationwide protection journalists utilizing concepts extra universal in dictatorships to prevent leak prosecution; a Washington, D.C., Jewish theater’s fight for inventive regulate within the face of protests focusing on productions severe of Israel; historical past academics in Texas quietly bypassing a reactionary curriculum to offer scholars entry to unapproved views; the combined benefits of the web as a discussion board for discussion approximately race.

These and different tales coalesce to bare the systemic styles of either suppression and chance which are making this present day a transitional second for the way forward for one in all our founding rules. Measured but sweeping, Freedom of Speech brilliantly finds the triumphs and demanding situations of defining and maintaining the bounds of loose expression in glossy America.

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Explaining News: National Politics and Journalistic Cultures by C. Archetti

By C. Archetti

The e-book demanding situations the concept methods of globalization are resulting in an expanding homogenization of stories on a world scale via targeting defining crises of our time - September 11 and the struggle in Afghanistan. The empirical research combines process-tracing, in addition to either quantitative and qualitative content material research of governmental discourses and information assurance of 8 elite newspapers around the US, France, Italy and Pakistan. It develops a brand new multidisciplinary framework to give an explanation for information that brings jointly formerly particular degrees of study: the micro point of the person judgements made by means of reporters, the organizational setting of the inside track association, nationwide social and political contexts, the macro point of diplomacy. The booklet goes to be of curiosity essentially to lecturers and researchers, postgraduate scholars throughout communications, media reviews, journalism, politics and diplomacy, in addition to newshounds, media practitioners and officers desirous about public conversation.

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Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from by Jim Lehrer

By Jim Lehrer

“In his quiet yet severe approach, Jim Lehrer earns the belief of the key political avid gamers of our time,” notes Barbara Walters. “He explains and exposes their hopes and goals, their strengths and screw ups as they fight to place their most sensible foot forward.”

From the fellow extensively hailed as “the Dean of Moderators” comes a full of life and revealing e-book that attracts again the curtain on greater than 40 years of televised political debate in the US. A veteran newsman who has presided over 11 presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer provides readers a ringside seat for the various epic political battles of our time, laying off gentle on the entire severe turning issues and rhetorical fake pas that helped be sure the result of America’s presidential elections—and with them the process heritage. Drawing on his personal studies as “the guy within the heart seat,” in-depth interviews with the applicants and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer isolates and illuminates what he calls the “Major Moments” and “killer questions” that outlined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain.

Oftentimes those moments contain the applicants themselves and are seared into our collective political reminiscence. Michael Dukakis stumbles badly over a query concerning the dying penalty. Dan Quayle compares himself to John F. Kennedy as soon as too usually. Barack Obama and John McCain slightly make eye touch over the process a ninety-minute dialogue. At different occasions, the talk moderators themselves turn into a part of the story—and Lehrer is there to provide us a behind the curtain examine the drama. Peter Jennings indicates stunning the applicants via postponing the conscientiously negotiated ideas mins earlier than the 1988 presidential debate—to the consternation of his fellow panelists. Lehrer himself weathers a firestorm of feedback over his functionality as moderator of the 2000 Bush-Gore debate. after which there are the excruciating moments while audio traces pass useless and TelePrompTers remain darkish simply seconds prior to happening the air dwell in entrance of a world tv viewers of millions.

Asked to sum up his event as a player in high-level televised debates, President George H. W. Bush memorably likened them to a night in “tension city.” In Jim Lehrer’s soaking up insider account, we discover out that more true phrases have been by no means spoken.

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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus, Plenty of Valet by Mark Leibovich

By Mark Leibovich

Tim Russert is dead.
But the room used to be alive.
Big price ticket Washington Funerals could make such nice networking possibilities. strength mourners preserve stampeding down the pink carpets of the Kennedy heart, handing out company playing cards, touching base. and there's no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or specifically) at a solemn tribal occasion like this.

Washington—This Town—might be loathed from each nook of the state, but those are enjoyable and busy days at this nexus of massive politics, substantial funds, colossal media, and massive vainness. There are not any Democrats and Republicans anymore within the nation's capital, simply millionaires. that's the grubby mystery of where within the twenty-first century. you'll always have lunch during this city back. irrespective of what percentage elections you lose, apologies you are making, or scandals you endure.

In This city, Mark Leibovich, leader nationwide correspondent for the hot York instances journal, offers a blistering, stunning—and usually hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class's incestuous "media business complex." via his eyes, we find how the funeral for a liked newsman turns into the social occasion of the yr. How political newshounds are fetishized for his or her skill to get their names into the predawn e mail despatched out by way of the city's strongest and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can conquer ignominy and perhaps emerge with a stronger "brand" than many elected participants of Congress. and the way an management bent on "changing Washington" might be sucked into the methods of This city with an identical ease with which Tea social gathering insurgents can, as soon as elected, settle into it like a hot bath.

Outrageous, interesting, and destined to win Leibovich a complete host of, er, new associates, This city is needs to analyzing, even if you're contained in the Beltway—or simply attempting to get there.

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State and Politics in Religious Peacebuilding by Tale Steen-Johnsen

By Tale Steen-Johnsen

In this e-book, story Steen-Johnsen explains how spiritual peacebuilders are restricted through either formal and extra sophisticated political suggestions geared toward regulating civil society. Political professionals have a vested curiosity in protecting social and spiritual hobbies lower than keep watch over, which limits the possibilities non secular leaders need to shrink violent conflicts among spiritual teams. This quantity bargains empirical examples of those connections in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania. it's worthy source for either students and improvement practitioners attracted to how politics and faith develop into conflated whilst non secular actors have interaction to construct peace.

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Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter

By Ann Coulter

"If a martian landed in the USA and got down to be certain the nation's reliable country faith, he must finish it truly is liberalism, whereas Christianity and Judaism are prohibited via law.

Many american citizens are outraged via liberal hostility to conventional faith. yet as Ann Coulter finds during this, her so much explosive ebook but, to concentration exclusively at the Left's assaults on our Judeo-Christian culture is to overlook a bigger element: liberalism is a religion—a godless one.

And it really is now entrenched because the kingdom faith of this county.

Though liberalism rejects the assumption of God and reviles humans of religion, it bears the entire attributes of a faith. In Godless, Coulter throws open the doorways of the Church of Liberalism, displaying us its sacraments (abortion), its holy writ (Roe v. Wade), its martyrs (from Soviet undercover agent Alger Hiss to cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal), its clergy (public institution teachers), its church buildings (government faculties, the place prayer is against the law yet condoms are free), its doctrine of infallibility (as take place within the "absolute ethical authority" of spokesmen from Cindy Sheehan to Max Cleland), and its cosmology (in which mankind is an inconsequential accident).

Then, after all, there's the liberal construction fantasy: Charles Darwin's idea of evolution.

For liberals, evolution is the touchstone that separates the enlightened from the benighted. yet Coulter well reverses the pretense that liberals are rationalists guided by way of the beliefs of loose inquiry and the medical strategy. She exposes the basic fact approximately Darwinian evolution that liberals refuse to confront: it is bogus science.

Writing with a prepared appreciation for real technological know-how, Coulter finds that the so-called gaps within the idea of evolution are all there is—Darwinism is not anything yet a spot. After a hundred and fifty years of devoted looking out into the fossil checklist, evolution's proponents have failed completely to confirm its claims. And an extended line of meant proof, from the notorious Piltdown guy to the "evolving" peppered moths of britain, has been uncovered as hoaxes. nonetheless, liberals deal with those that query evolution as spiritual heretics and limit scholars from listening to approximately actual technological know-how whilst it contradicts Darwinism. And those are the folk who say they need to maintain religion out of the classroom?

Liberals' absolute devotion to Darwinism, Coulter exhibits, has not anything to do with evolution's medical validity and every thing to do with its refusal to confess the opportunity of God as a guiding strength. they are going to brook no demanding situations to the reliable religion.

Fearlessly confronting the excessive clergymen of the Church of Liberalism and ringing with Coulter's razor-sharp wit, Godless is an important and riveting publication but from one in every of today's such a lot full of life and impassioned conservative voices.

"Liberals like to boast that they're no longer 'religious,' that's what one could anticipate to listen to from the state-sanctioned faith. after all liberalism is a faith. It has its personal cosmology, its personal miracles, its personal ideals within the supernatural, its personal church buildings, its personal excessive clergymen, its personal saints, its personal overall worldview, and its personal rationalization of the lifestyles of the universe. In different phrases, liberalism comprises the entire attributes of what's commonly known as 'religion.'" —From Godless

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and by Richard Poe, David Horowitz

By Richard Poe, David Horowitz

The USA is below assault. Its associations and values are less than day-by-day attack. however the relevant culprits should not international terrorists. they're influential and robust americans secretly stirring up disunion and disloyalty within the moving shadows of the Democratic Party.

Radical infiltrators were quietly remodeling America's societal, cultural, and political associations for greater than a new release. Now, subsidized by means of George Soros, they're able to make their flow. those "progressive" extremists have received keep watch over over a once-respectable yet now determined and hazardous political social gathering. From their perches within the Democratic hierarchy, they search to undermine the struggle on terror, destabilize the country, and impact radical "regime change" in America.

With startling new facts, ny occasions best-selling authors David Horowitz and Richard Poe shine the sunshine at the Shadow get together, exposing its equipment, strategies, and supreme agenda.

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The Truth About Canada by Mel Hurtig

By Mel Hurtig

Popular as a passionate Canadian, bestselling writer Mel Hurtig has combed via international data to determine how Canada fairly measures up -- and the consequences are awesome, and infrequently shocking.

This publication is ready how Canada has replaced, a great deal for the more severe, within the final two decades. because of those profound (often hidden) alterations, we're not the folks we expect we're. To take one instance, the Canadian media often leaves us with the influence that Canadians are quite seriously taxed. sure, in comparison to the united states of america, the standard element of comparability. No, in comparison to different nations with our way of life, different OECD international locations, for instance; there we are available twenty third at the high-tax scale.

The shocks during this e-book building up, bankruptcy by way of bankruptcy. How will we rank on this planet in voter turnout? attempt 109th. variety of physicians in step with 100,000 inhabitants? test 54th. Our rank in lowering pollutants? 126th out of 146 countries.

Some of the records are inner, evaluating Canada then and now. They again up of the book's strongest issues: the failure of Canadian enormous company to show list gains into ongoing funding in our state, and (no twist of fate) the sellout of our resources at a expense that no different state could allow.

This statistics-based booklet levels throughout all parts of our lives -- together with healthiness, wages, productiveness, tradition, the media (the such a lot targeted within the world), and masses else. Mel Hurtig's message is that we can't do whatever to mend the path we're drifting in except we realize it -- and realize the reality approximately Canada.

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