The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 13:29

"Since Ronald Reagan left office—and particularly after his death—his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator.

Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:12

"Forty years ago, a majority of Americans were highly engaged in issues of war and peace. Whether to go to war or keep out of conflicts was a vital question at the heart of the country's vibrant, if fractious, democracy. But American political consciousness has drifted. In the last decade, America has gone to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, while pursuing a new kind of warfare in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan. National security issues have increasingly faded from the political agenda, due in part to the growth of government secrecy.

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:23

"“Fascists,” “Brownshirts,” “jackbooted stormtroopers”—such are the insults typically hurled at conservatives by their liberal opponents. Calling someone a fascist is the fastest way to shut them up, defining their views as beyond the political pale. But who are the real fascists in our midst?

The Koch Club

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:20

"The Investigative Reporting Workshop reviewed and analyzed five years of political and charitable donations from Charles and David Koch, their five charitable foundations and Koch Industries to scores of federal candidates, 89 nonprofit public-policy organizations and 221 U.S. colleges and universities. The billionaire brothers' organizations cumulatively spent $134 million, and “The Koch Club” specifically reveals precisely how and to whom the money was targeted."

Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:16

"A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance

In his fascinating new book Kissinger's Shadow, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America—its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home—we have to understand Henry Kissinger.