New Arrivals · Politics

July 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life

July 23, 2014
Lichter, S. Robert.
Boulder : Westview Press, 2014.
pages cm
Introduction: politics is a funny business -- The rise of late night comedy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the White House -- Politicians behaving badly -- What's so funny? -- Laughing matters? -- If you can't beat them, join them -- Political humor: prospect and retrospect.

The Nixon tapes

July 16, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xxiii, 758 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The start of taping to the China Announcement, February-July 1971 -- The collapse of the gold standard to the India-Pakistan War, August-December 1971 -- Summit planning and escalation in Vietnam, January-May 1972 -- The road to reelection and the end of the war, June 1972-January 1973.
"The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius"-- Provided by publisher.

935 lies : the future of truth and the decline of America's moral integrity

July 14, 2014
Lewis, Charles, 1953-
New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
xxiii, 364 pages ; 25 cm
Our first casualty -- The public's right to know : the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and a triumph for truth -- Race : the American delusion -- America's secret foreign policy and the arrogance of power -- Doubt is their product : the corporate war on truth -- Where have you gone, Edward R. Murrow? -- A watchdog in the corridors of power -- The future of truth.
Lewis describes the ways in which he sees that "truth can be manipulated and distorted by governments, corporations, even [lone] individuals. He [posits that] truth is often distorted or diminished by delay: truth in time can save terrible erroneous choices. In part a history of communication in America, a cri de couer for the principles and practice of objective reporting, and a journey into several notably labyrinths of deception, [this book is a] search for honesty in an age of casual, sometimes malevolent distortion of the facts"-- Provided by publisher.

Please stop helping us : how liberals make it harder for Blacks to succeed

July 14, 2014
Riley, Jason (Jason L.)
New York, New York : Encounter Books, 2014.
205 pages ; 24 cm
Black man in the White House -- Culture matters -- The enemy within -- Mandating unemployment -- Educational freedom -- Affirmative discrimination.
The author believes that "many efforts by liberals to help the black underclass not only fail but often harm the intended beneficiaries. The intentions behind welfare programs may be noble, but in practice they have slowed the self-development that was necessary for other groups to advance. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they also have a long history of pricing blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education was intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates ... than would have existed in the absence racial preferences"-- Provided by publisher.

Assault and flattery : the truth about the left and their war on women

July 14, 2014
Pavlich, Katie.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2014.
viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm
"In the vein of fellow female pugilists Ann Coulter and Michele Malkin, [Pavlich explores what she sees as] the Democratic stance toward women on every major current issue and in every liberal stronghold, including abortion, self-defense, the myth of the women's vote, Hollywood, academia, and more"--Amazon.com.

Good morning, Mr. Mandela

July 14, 2014
La Grange, Zelda, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2014]
xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
One of Mandela's three private secretaries and now working for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, "La Grange pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him: a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. The Mr. Mandela we meet in these pages is a man who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, giving her life true meaning"--Amazon.com.

Disobeying Hitler : German resistance after Valkyrie

July 11, 2014
Hansen, Randall, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014].
470 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illlustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction -- War, atrocities, resistance -- The coup against Hitler -- From failing hands : the coup in Paris -- Paris, July 20, 1944 : the SS locked down -- The resistance's last hope : Rommel against Hitler -- Hitler's revenge -- Did a Prussian save Paris? -- To destroy the City of Light -- Paris in revolt -- Paris liberated, Paris spared -- Normandy south : the invasion of southern France -- Forts and fortresses : Toulon -- Europe's lifeline : Marseille -- Violence comes home : preparing the defense of the Reich -- To destroy Germany : Hitler and scorched earth -- Fighting to the last man : the allies at the Rhine -- Hitler rages -- The Siege of Dusseldorf -- Dying so that they may live : central Germany -- Nuremberg's destruction, Heidelberg's salvation : southern Germany -- A citizens' revolt : Augsburg -- "We, the women of Freiburg, beg you" : the French occupation of southern Germany -- A house of cards : the Soviet assault on the Reich -- Saving Caspar David Friedrich's city -- Finishing the job that Bomber Harris started : Hamburg -- Escaping the Soviet net : Walther Wenck and the flight across the Elbe -- Conclusion.

Brazil : the Troubled Rise of a Global Power

July 11, 2014
Reid, Michael, author.
©2014.
xii, 334 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction : a new power -- Brazil's troubled rise -- The Brazilian way of life -- Part I: History from geography -- The forging of a people -- From monarchy to coffee republic -- Getulio Vargas and 'national developmentalism' -- The long dictatorship -- Part II: The making of democratic Brazil -- From disorder to progress under Cardoso -- Lulismo and the Brazilian dream -- The long road to a middle-class society -- Oil, farming and the Amazon -- Brazil's guided capitalism -- Part III: Prospects -- Global ambitions and frustrations -- An unreformed Leviathan -- Brazil's century?

Witness : art and civil rights in the sixties

July 10, 2014
©2014
176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum, March 7-July 6, 2014; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., August 30-December 21, 2014; the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin, February 8-May 10, 2015.
Civil, rights, act / Kellie Jones -- Documentary activism: photography and the Civil Rights Movement / Connie H. Choi -- Exhibit A: Evidence and the art object / Teresa A. Carbone -- Civil rights and the rise of a new cultural imagination / Cynthia A. Young -- Chronology / Dalila Scruggs.
"Over 100 works by African American artists and others from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement show powerful responses in art to events of black history. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Witness accompanies an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum and demonstrates the array of aesthetic strategies through which 1960s artists engaged in the struggle for racial justice. Personal recollections from artists including Mark di Suvero and Jack Whitten intertwine with rich illustration, engaging essays, and documentary photos--including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and freedom marchers on the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and Gordon Parks's photos of the Black Panther Party and Muhammad Ali--along with a comprehensive chronology of the period from 1954 to the 1970s. African American artists featured include Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Hammons, and Melvin Edwards. Represented as well are notable artists who recorded aspects of the Civil Rights struggle, including Richard Avedon, Bruce Davidson, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Philip Guston. This collection of emotionally resonant artworks lets us see the Civil Rights movement with new eyes and is a fitting tribute to a turbulent period in history, whose struggles continue to shape America."--Publisher information.

The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s

July 8, 2014
Washington, Mary Helen, author.
©2014
xviii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Lloyd L. Brown: black fire in the cold war -- Charles White: "Robeson with a brush and pencil" -- Alice Childress: black, red, and feminist -- When Gwendolyn Brooks wore red -- Frank London Brown: the end of the Black Cultural Front and the turn toward civil rights -- 1959: Spycraft and the black literary left -- Epilogue: The example of Julian Mayfield.
Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few include the activities of radical writers and artists from the Black Popular Front. Washington's work incorporates these black intellectuals back into our understanding of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and art and expands our understanding of the creative ferment energizing all of America during this period.

When the United States spoke French : five refugees who shaped a nation

July 8, 2014
Furstenberg, François.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
498 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Strange reunions: an introduction -- Pt. 1: The United States speaks French. France comes to America ; Settling in America : Philadelphia speaks French ; Franco-American networks and polite Atlantic spaces --Pt. 2: The French Revolution in the West. Transatlantic land speculation ; France in the Mississippi Valley ; The émigrés return to France, France returns to America -- A conclusion: Empty houses.
"In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic's formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America. When the French Revolution broke out, these men had been among its leaders. They were liberal aristocrats and ardent Anglophiles, convinced of the superiority of the British system of monarchy and constitution. They also idealized the new American republic, which seemed to them an embodiment of the Enlightenment ideals they celebrated. But soon the Revolutionary movement got ahead of them, and they found themselves chased across the Atlantic. François Furstenberg follows these five men -- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Napoleon's future foreign minister; theorist/reformer Rochefoucauld, the duc de Liancourt; Louis-Marie Vicomte de Noailles; Moreau de Saint-Méry; and Constantin-François Chasseboeuf, Comte Volney -- as they left their homes and families in France, crossed the Atlantic, and landed in Philadelphia -- then America's capital, its principal port, and by far its most cosmopolitan city and the home of the wealthiest merchants and financiers. The book vividly reconstructs their American adventures, following along as they integrated themselves into the city and its elite social networks, began speculating on backcountry lands, and eventually became enmeshed in Franco-American diplomacy. Through their stories, we see some of the most famous events of early American history in a new light, from the diplomatic struggles of the 1790s to the Haitian Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. By the end of this period, the United States was on its way to becoming a major global power. Through this small circle of men, we find new ways to understand the connections between U.S. and world history, and gain fresh insight into American history's most critical era. Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, When the United States Spoke French offers a fresh perspective on the tumultuous years of the young nation, when the first great republican experiments were put to the test"-- Provided by publisher.

Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival

July 3, 2014
Pharr, Wayne, 1950-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, hundreds of SWAT officers engaged in a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory, and a key reason for that victory was the actions of a 19-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP: Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Pharr's riveting story of life in the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive attack. He illuminates the history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP, filling in a missing piece of Black Panther history and, in the process, creating an engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir about a time and place that holds tremendous fascination for readers interested in African American militancy"-- Provided by publisher.

The once and future king : the rise of crown government in America

June 30, 2014
Buckley, F. H. (Francis H.), 1948- author.
New York : Encounter Books, [2014].
398 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rex quondam, rex futurus -- The American president -- The British prime minister -- Exporting Westminster -- The rise of crown government -- American exceptionalism -- Jack Sprat's law -- Taming the king -- Madisonian infirmities -- Tryannophilia.

The Palestinian territories

June 30, 2014
Detroit : Greenhaven Press, [2014].
217 pages : illustrations, 24 cm
Chapter 1 : What is the best solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? The two-state solution should be implemented / The Economist ; A one-state solution should be implemented / Ghada Karmi ; Two-state condominialism should be considered as a viable solution / Anne-Marie Slaughter ; Rethinking Israel-Palestine : beyond bantustans, beyond reservations / Noura Erakat ; A Palestinian state should be based on pre-1967 borders / Barack Obama ; Return Israel to pre-1967 borders? How about returning the US to 1844 (or 1802 or 1861) borders? / George Berkin -- Chapter 2 : Should the United Nations grant Palestinian statehood? No to the Palestinian "state" / National Review ; Statehood exposes Israel's contradictory Palestinian policy / J.J. Goldberg ; Palestinian statehood is counterproductive and blocks peace efforts / Hillary Clinton ; Palestinian statehood is just and affirms the legitimacy of Palestine / Pierre Tristam -- Chapter 3 : How can circumstances in the Palestinian Territories be improved? The Palestinian Authority should be dissolved / Steven A. Cook ; The Palestinian Authority should not be dissolved / Dawoud Abu Lebdeh ; The Palestinian Authority should recognize Israel as a Jewish state / Jeff Jacoby ; The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is crucial to the Middle East peace process / James Zogby ; The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation : threatening peace prospects / Michael Robin ; Palestinian attempts at institution building do not solve the region's problems / Nathan J. Brown -- Chapter 4 : How should the United States treat the Palestinian Territories? The United States should recognize Palestinian statehood / Zvi Bar'el ; The United States should not recognize Palestinian statehood / John R. Bolton ; The United States should rethink aid to the Palestinian Authority / James Phillips ; The United States should make a concerted effort to root out corruption in the Palestinian Authority / Elliot Abrams ; The United States should take a more proactive and aggressive role in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks / Alon Ben-Meir ; The United States should be doing more to stop Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people / Sarah Marusek.
"Opposing Viewpoints: The Palestinian Territories: This title examines what the best solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict might be, if the United Nations should grant Palestinian statehood, how the circumstances in the Palestinian Territories can be improved, and how the United Nations should treat the Palestinian Territories"-- Provided by publisher.

The new Arabs : how the millennial generation is changing the Middle East

June 26, 2014
Cole, Juan Ricardo.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xiv, 348 pages ; 24 cm
"The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today's Arab youth--who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics. Beginning in January 2011, the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests, riots, and civil wars that comprised what many call "the Arab Spring" shook the world. These upheavals were spearheaded by youth movements, and yet the crucial role they played is relatively unknown. Middle East expert Juan Cole is here to share their stories. For three decades, Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. In The New Arabs he outlines the history that led to the dramatic changes in the region, and explores how a new generation of men and women are using innovative notions of personal rights to challenge the authoritarianism, corruption, and stagnation that had afflicted their societies. Not all big cohorts of teenagers and twenty-somethings necessarily produce movements centered on their identity as youth, with a generational set of organizations, symbols, and demands rooted at least partially in the distinctive problems besetting people of their age. The Arab Millennials did. And, in a provocative and optimistic argument about the future of the Arab world, The New Arabs shows just how they did it"-- Provided by publisher.

Benson's cuckoos

June 25, 2014
Ricard, Anouk.
Montreal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
94 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
First published in French as Coucous Bouzon.
Richard thinks he's in luck when he snags a job at the cuckoo-clock factory, but things start to go wrong right off the bat. First of all there's his boss, who doesn't seem to have the strongest grip on reality and has an odd penchant for silly hats. Then there are his coworkers, who are alternately evasive and idiotic when asked about anything pertaining to actually getting work done. Finally there's George, the employee Richard's replacing, who supposedly quit but whose family has just appeared on national TV pleading for his safe return. It's all adding up to a very strange workplace, and when the company goes on a retreat, everything spools quickly out of control.

Gaming the world : how sports are reshaping global politics and culture

June 25, 2014
Markovits, Andrei S.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
xi, 345 p. ; 25 cm.
Going global : sports, politics, and identities -- The emergence of global arenas : mapping the globalization of sports cultures between cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and localism -- The transatlantic transfer of sports and their cultures : institutionalization and diffusion -- A silent "feminization" of global sports cultures? women as soccer players in Europe and America -- A counter-cosmopolitan backlash? the politics of exclusion, racism, and violence in European and American sports cultures -- The limits of globalization : local identity and college sports' uniquely American symbiosis of academics and athletics.
Professional sports today have truly become a global force, a common language that anyone, regardless of their nationality, can understand. Yet sports also remain distinctly local, with regional teams and the fiercely loyal local fans that follow them. This book examines the twenty-first-century phenomenon of global sports, in which professional teams and their players have become agents of globalization while at the same time fostering deep-seated and antagonistic local allegiances and spawning new forms of cultural conflict and prejudice.

Delphi : a history of the center of the ancient world

June 25, 2014
Scott, Michael, 1981-
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xi, 422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: Why Delphi? -- Part I: Some are born great -- Oracle -- Beginnings -- Transformation -- Rebirth -- Part II: Some achieve greatness -- Fire -- Domination -- Renewal -- Transition -- Part III: Some gave greatness thrust upon them -- A new world -- Renaissance -- Final glory? -- The journey continues -- Epilogue: A brief tour of the Delphi site and museum.
The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the "omphalos"--The "center" or "navel" - of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi's oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble, and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions. This book provides the first comprehensive narrative history of this extraordinary sanctuary and city, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long. In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the whole history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi became a contested sacred site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and foreign kings. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped right up to the present. Finally, for the modern visitor to Delphi, he includes a brief guide that highlights key things to see and little-known treasures. A unique window into the center of the ancient world, this book will appeal to general readers, tourists, students, and specialists.

Freedom's nightmare

June 24, 2014
Zieger, Harald.
©2014
401 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Harald revealed how the two major political parties in East Germany were both communistic. The voters really didn't have a choice. It did not matter which party you voted for just like we feel in America! The East German government over taxed small businesses and took control by offering them small business loans they could never repay. After they controlled the businesses, they went after the schools. Something I had never heard before was that after WWII the East German government put their political dissenters in the abandoned concentration camps. Can you imagine? Harald's first person account ties the past, present and what can happen in the future of America together."--Review on Amazon.com

The United States Constitution : questions and answers

June 23, 2014
Vile, John R.
Santa Barabra, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Foundations and Purposes of the United States Constitution -- Article I: The Legislative Branch -- Article II: The Executive Branch -- Article III: The Judicial Branch -- Articles IV, V, VI, and VII: Federalism, the Amending Process, Miscellaneous Matters, and Ratification -- The adoption of the Bill of Rights and the meaning of the First Amendment -- The rest of the Bill of Rights and the Eleventh and Twelfth Amendments -- Amendments Thirteen Through Fifteen: The Post-Civil War Amendments -- Amendments Sixteen Through Nineteen: The Progressive Era Amendments -- Amendments Twenty Through Twenty-Seven: The Modern Amendments -- 1215 through 2013: A Walk Through American Constitutional History -- The Constitution of the United States -- The Declaration of Independence -- Articles of Confederation -- Speakers of the House of Representatives -- United States Presidents -- United States Supreme Court Justices -- The Fifty States.
An up-to-date, all-encompassing, and nonpartisan presentation of questions and answers about the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. -- From publisher description.

Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War : the end of the American century

June 23, 2014
Schmitz, David F., author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xvi, 161 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The necessity of the war in Vietnam -- The middle road to the White House -- Nixon takes over -- Expansion and crisis -- The end of the American century -- Denouement.

Blood feud : the Clintons vs. the Obamas

June 23, 2014
Klein, Edward, 1936-
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, 2014.
302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Delves into [what Klein sees as] the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons ... [positing] just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews"--Amazon.com.

Mayor for life : the incredible story of Marion Barry, Jr.

June 23, 2014
Barry, Marion, 1936- author.
©2014.
324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics. In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all--including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC. This is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

Gnarr : how I became the mayor of a large city in Iceland and changed the world

June 23, 2014
Jón Gnarr, 1967- author.
Brooklyn : Melville House, [2014]
xi, 177 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
It all started when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. The financial collapse in Iceland had, after all, precipitated the world-wide meltdown, and fomented widespread protest over the country’s leadership. Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, a “drug-free Parliament by 2020” . . . and he swore he’d break all his campaign promises. But then something strange started happening: his campaign began to succeed. And in the party’s electoral debut, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner. Gnarr promptly proposed a coalition government, although he ruled out partners who had not seen all five seasons of The Wire. And just like that, a man whose previous foreign-relations experience consisted of a radio show (in which he regularly crank-called the White House and police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet) was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital. Here, Gnarr recounts how it all happened and, with admirable candor, describes his vision of a more enlightened politics for the future. The point, he writes, is not to be afraid to get involved—or to take on the system.

In bed with Wall Street : the conspiracy crippling our global economy

June 23, 2014
Doyle, Larry, 1960-
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
xii, 225 pages ; 25 cm
Pillow talk -- The money trail -- Cops on the take -- Out in the cold -- Kangaroo court -- Incest -- Immunity -- Fake security -- Code of silence -- Pogo sticks -- Too big to regulate -- Changing the sheets.
The Wall Street meltdown in 2008 brought the country to its knees and spawned nationwide protests against the lack of regulation and oversight in the financial industry. But the average American still fails to fully grasp what was--and still is--happening: that the inmates run the asylum. Larry Doyle exposes how financial executives, politicians, and even the regulators charged with overseeing the banks have conspired for personal gains while deceiving largely unprotected investors, consumers, and American taxpayers. He details the shocking corruption of the SEC, FINRA, and other "financial police," painting them as meter maids who assess nominal fines and look the other way at even the most egregious abuses. Most importantly, he unveils the revolving door of Wall Street, where countless regulators (and plenty of legislators) are former or future employees of the very firms they're tasked with overseeing. Recent bombshells--such as multi-billion dollar trading losses at JP Morgan Chase, the manipulation of interest rates via the LIBOR scandal, and money laundering with North American drug cartels and rogue nations such as Iran--are symptomatic of this corrosive culture, which has decimated consumer and investor confidence. As the big banks fight tooth and nail to avoid real reforms, this book is a timely, important, and shocking look at a hopelessly compromised system, still defenseless against the next great crash.--From publisher description.

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