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    1. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
    by Philip Gourevitch
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    Asin: 0312243359
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Picador
    Sales Rank: 4547
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    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

    In April 1994, the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority, and over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis perished in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid history of the tragedy's background, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. One of the most acclaimed books of the year, this account will endure as a chilling document of our time.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Modern Atrocities
    Gourevitch's book is a gut-wrenching account of the 1994 genocide on the part of the Hutu government to kill 800,000 Tutsi neighbors, not because of the graphic nature but because of the complacency and ignorance of the rest of the world while this was happening. Gourevitch seems personally affected by the genocide, particularly when western nations 1) not only could have stopped the genocide but also 2) aided the Hutus in refugee camps.

    Gourevitch's blame falls on the Clinton Administration, the UN and General Kofi Annan and France. The fact that massacres were going to take place, he claims, was within the knowledge of all these different powers even before the massacre occurred.

    The bulk of Gourevitch's book is interviews with a cross-section of the Rwandan public who displayed courage, as well as those who didn't.

    The theme of genocide progresses throughout the book but then becomes subsumed in a narrative of various relief efforts with names that are difficult to keep track of (RPF, FAR, UNAMIR, etc.)

    Gourevitch writes as a journalist, and it differs in many ways from scholarly articles such as "Beyond Nuremberg" by David Cohen, which I read previous to We Wish To Inform You. In trying to draw parallel themes, I found that Gourevitch was seeking to expose how the murder of the Tutsis in Rwanda was carried out even more methodically than the Nazis' Final Solution. His point is particularly disconcerting after having read about the complex legalities of the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals, only to have another genocide occur 50 years later, largely ignored by the public. Gourevitch's book effectively changes this, and brings the atrocities in Rwanda to the public, where they can no longer be ignored.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A life changing experience
    The genocide in Rwanda was a tragedy beyond belief, especially considering that after the Jewish Holocaust of WW2, the international community had sworn never to allow such a mass murder to happen again. Yet as thousands of people screamed out in pain and anguish for their lives to be saved, for the violence to stop, for justice to prevail, no one heeded their cries. Reading this book, and others on this genocide, opened my eyes to the painful truth of what happened in Rwanda. It broke my heart, realizing there was no rescuer, no savior for the hundreds of thousands of murdered persons who perished in 100 days. No happy ending. No white knight (or whatever color) galloping in to save the day. Philip Gourevitch eloquently writes about what happened, uncovering the bitter truth of Western inaction and describing the horrific scenes of evil in the course of the genocide. The victims, whether they be Hutu or Tutsi, appear real to the reader, never seeming too unrealistic as to turn someone away from the book. Gourevitch makes them on paper what they were in real life: human beings, and this affects the reader even more. Reading this book is a life changing experience, as the reader is forced to ask painful questions during and afterwards about what happened, why it happened, and why it was allowed to happen. Why do human beings do this to each other? Why didn't anyone stop it? Why didn't enough people care enough to bring it to the spotlight of public attention? Gourevitch, in a significant part of the book, writes of how the murderers, the Hutu Power militia, were saved, fed and protected by international aid agencies and governments who arrived too late to save the genocide's victims. The irony is painful, and even more such for Americans such as myself is the realization that America is to blame for the prolonging of the genocide, and for a majority of the lack of action on the part of other nations. Gourevitch exposes the American government's heinous actions: denying a genocide was even occuring at first, and once the bodies were piling up, trying to label it something other than a genocide so that America wouldn't be forced to act to halt the holocaust. When African nations sought to put an end to the genocide, America dragged its heels and did its best to slow the effort. As a young man raised in a family full of military veterans and fierce patriots, it is shameful for all of us to believe our government, our nation, would do such a heinous thing, but it did, and from the truth perhaps some good can occur. More genocides are going to occur in the very near future, whether they be in Sudan, Indonesia, Burundi, one of the former Soviet Republics, or anywhere else, and the call to arms will be made to prevent/stop the genocide occuring. Will anyone answer?

    5-0 out of 5 stars An eye opener - The US press did not provide this view!
    Gourevitch does a nice job of changing from past to present throughout the book to weave a story that is much different from what the US press provided. At points he seems to take sides in this social divide, but overall he provides what appears to be a clear and even handed accounting of what is in essence the worst of mankind. The writer's style lends itself to quick reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenching Documentary
    This book will rip your heart out if you have the compassion for this poor, strife-ridden country (and many others like it). I am still trying to understand the Dark Continent and why all these tragedies happen in such brutal ways (I am an avid reader of the pan-African countries and visited Botswana and Zimbabwe last year). Philip Gourevitch paints a pretty bleak picture, but I believe what he relays is very accurate for everything else I have learned about this genocide through international reports. I would love to see Steven Spielberg (or someone as talented) do for this book what he did for Schindler's List. This story needs to be told. These brutalities are still going on there, and, in other countries of Africa. Only now, in 2004, are the perpetrators of these horrendous acts now being brought to trial (with only a glimpse in your local newspaper, if at all). I definitely recommend this book, but only if you have a strong stomach. If you are interested in other countries, I strongly recommend "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz", Michela Wrong (Congo) and "Our Votes, Our Guns", Martin Meredith (Zimbabawe). Primitive man arose from Africa. The industrial nations left the African nations in obscurity while beating them down and teasing them with our so called progressive ways (and exploiting their natural resources at their expense). Has this led to the corruption of the new African leaders? Power? Greed? The atrocities that follow? Why can't the African countries overcome the stigma befallen them? We can only better understand these conundrums if we educate ourselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read Now! It is a must as an American, as a human
    I just finished this book today 3 days shy of my 22nd birthday. I had to read it for Comparative Politics at the university I attend. I am glad I read it.
    I barely remembered the genocide. I was 11 and 12 years old when it occurred and only remember hearing blurbs on the news back then. Now, ten years later, I am abosolutely amazed and frightened that something like this can happen (and is happening. Look at the Sudan.) This book was sad and depressing, but it opened my eyes about how heartless mankind can be. I am appalled at the LACK of help, interevention, ANYTHING that the international community did. I am still trying to grasp why this happened and why the world was tricked into helping the Hutu Power hiding in the refugee camps.
    I recomend this book to anyone who can read. Please read it. We, as humans, always say we will never forget. Many of us have. It shouldn't happen again, but it will if people do not understand what can and has happened... over three times in the last 60 years. Read it now. ... Read more


    2. Criminal Law
    by Charles P. Nemeth
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    Asin: 0130930954
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 134047
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    This critical inquiry into the nature and underpinnings of criminal law legislation provides a comprehensive review and analysis of criminal law content from statutory, moral and philosophical perspectives. The book covers fundamental principles in criminal law codifications, delivers an accurate examination of criminal elements in felonies and misdemeanors and encourages critical inquiry and analysis beyond the volume.The volume introduces the definitions of crime, Actus Reus and Mens Rea and analyzes homicide, assault and other offenses, sexual offenses, crimes against property and habitation, offenses contrary to the public morality, inchoate offenses and criminal defenses.For those interested in critical inquiry into criminal law legislation. ... Read more


    3. The Politics of United States Foreign Policy (with InfoTrac)
    by Jerel A. Rosati
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    Catlog: Book (2003-06-27)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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    Completely revised and updated, THE POLITICS OF UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY shows how government, society, and the global environment--the three basic levels of analysis--affect the real world of politics and the policymaking process. The text addresses presents three critical themes: dominant patterns of continuity and change in the foreign policy process, the President's ability to govern, and the tensions between the demands of democracy and those of national security. Not only are important institutions covered, but also the reader is given an-depth view into the policymaking process, and is linked to evidence emphasizing the dynamic nature of politics. It offers a blend of substance, theory and history, and is accessible and interesting, making it appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students alike. ... Read more


    4. A Life and Death Decision : A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty
    by Scott E. Sundby
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    Asin: 1403961182
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-16)
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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    With a life in the balance, a jury convicts a man of murder and now has to decide whether he should be put to death. Twelve people now face a momentous choice.
    Bringing drama to life, A Life and Death Decision gives unique insight into how a jury deliberates. We feel the passions, anger, and despair as the jurors grapple with legal, moral, and personal dilemmas. The jurors’ voices are compelling. From the idealist to the “holdout,” the individual stories—of how and why they voted for life or death—drive the narrative. The reader is right there siding with one or another juror in this riveting read.
    From movies to novels to television, juries fascinate. Focusing on a single case, Sundby sheds light on broader issues, including the roles of race, class, and gender in the justice system. With death penalty cases consistently in the news, this is an important window on how real jurors deliberate about a pressing national issue.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Current System Of The Death Penalty In Most States
    This current system as practiced in many states is inherently evil. The system screens out all potential jurors who have the wisdom to understand the fact that the death penalty should never be an option because it is evil and exploits our animal instinct for revenge and vengence. The government that murders one of its own people in revenge for a crime that may have been committed is a government unwilling to set a good example for its own citizens. It is a government that does not understand that this act of killing breeds disrespct for all of the potential goodness, wisdom and compassion that a proper government can bring to add to the quality of life for its citizens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a nonfiction must-read!!
    Scott Sundby gives the reader a window, almost a fly-on-the-wall peek, into the capital jury room, a place most people do not experience first-hand.Whether or not you have a strong opinion about the use of the death penalty in the U.S. criminal justice system, this book will challenge your views and provide new insights.Professor Sundby has succeeded in writing a true page-turner that is at once emotionally provocative and incredibly informative.The prose is elegant and smooth, and it is a pleasure to read.Everyone interested in justice in America should read, and discuss the issues raised, in this book. ... Read more


    5. The Struggle for Democracy with LP.com Version 2.0, Sixth Edition
    by Edward S. Greenberg
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    Asin: 0321155297
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-24)
    Publisher: Longman
    Sales Rank: 239295
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great read
    Some individuals might say this book is too liberal. However, the problem with most government textbooks is that they are too conservative and leave out important analysis of our governmental system. As a political scientist, I have found Edward Greenberg a sober voice in American government. To be liberal is not to be factual. If anything else, liberals use factual material more often than the ideological authors of the right, who are incapable of taking off their blinders.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Lean Left
    This book has a very Left leaning liberal bent. If you just want the facts, this is not the book for you. If you don't mind just hearing one side of events (the left side) then by all means get this book. It is a commentary not a history book. ... Read more


    6. Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment
    by FloydAbrams
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    Asin: 0670033758
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-07)
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Sales Rank: 3406
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    From the Patriot Act to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl show, recent events have embroiledAmerica’s First Amendment rights in ongoing battles to maintain this country’s freedom ofexpression. And with the media taking an ever-more prominent role in the lifestyles of all citizens,the First Amendment continues to be one of the most hotly and dramatically contested issues inthe public eye.

    Now, with Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams, the attorney on the front lines of America’s fightfor uncensored expression for more than thirty years, re-creates eight of the most importantcases of his career—landmark trials and Supreme Court arguments in cases involving key FirstAmendment protections, including the famous Pentagon Papers case. With adversaries asdiverse as Richard Nixon, Wayne Newton, and Rudy Giuliani, and allies as unlikely as KennethStarr and Senator Mitch McConnell, Abrams takes readers behind the scenes to examine hisstrategies, the ramifications of each of the decisions, and the long-term significance of each case,while presenting a clear and compelling look at the law in action.

    In the tradition of bestselling authors on legal issues such as F. Lee Bailey, Louis Nizer, and AlanDershowitz, Floyd Abrams conveys the dramatic immediacy of the trials and appeals in whichFirst Amendment law has been created—and addresses the continuing importance of upholdingAmerica’s constitutional right to free speech. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read even if you disagree
    Have just begun the book and already I can say say it is a fair, must read for anyone, conservative or liberal or middle roader who wants to see or know why the First Amendment is such a national treausre.And how no matter who is in office, attempts to censor are always a concern. The liberals want to restrict hate speech, cigarette advertising while the conservatives seem hell bent on restricting free speech rights of post 911 Arab Americans or anything having to do with the military.And the author is a constant reminder to all of us, citizens, that we can easily loose Constitutional rights if we do not fight to keep them. ... Read more


    7. Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century
    by Frank Schmalleger
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    Asin: 0130450642
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    THE bestselling four-color book/multimedia package in the field, this introduction to criminal justice provides a realistic description of the American criminal justice system and how it works—police, courts, and corrections. Using a three-pronged thematic approach, it provides an intricately woven picture of contemporary American criminal justice, assumes a forward-looking perspective that recognizes the importance of individual rights, social order, multiculturalism, and high-technology as they affect the day-to-day practice of criminal justice, and gives serious emphasis to terrorism as a crime. Incorporates the most authoritative, reliable, and current information, statistics, and court cases, and provides citations to online criminal justice mega-sources that are constantly updated. Features a variety of issues-oriented, career, and “the future” boxes throughout. An accompanying simulations CD features real-life scenarios based on actual U.S. Supreme Court cases that enable readers to put themselves in the role(s) of police officer, judge, probation officer, legislator, and corrections official.What Is Criminal Justice? The Crime Picture. The Search for Causes. Criminal Law. Policing: History and Structure. Police Management. Policing: Legal Aspects. The Courts. The Courtroom Work Group and the Criminal Trial. Sentencing. Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections. Prisons and Jails. Prison Life. Juvenile Justice. Drugs and Crime. Multinational Criminal Justice. The Future of Criminal Justice.For those in law enforcement, the court system, corrections, juvenile delinquency, probation, parole, and private security. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT INTRODUCTION
    Relatively up to date (September 11 and law enforcement reactions, USA PATRIOT Act, etc.), and very informative, this textbook provides an excellent survey of the Criminal Justice System. The prose is streamlined, clear, and somewhat non-biased. Minor corrections may need to be made (e.g. the textbook states that the majority of female sexual assault victims do not know their attacker. . .), but these flaws are minor for a textbook of this scope. The book is extensively source documented, making it perfect for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the Criminal Justice System. The CD-ROM and online tools are comprehensive, and give the reader/student a more intimate view of the author's vision.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Criminal Justice.
    This is the best book I have read on Criminal Justice. It is fun to read and easy to enjoy. I advise anybody that is interested on the field of criminal justice to begin with this book. ... Read more


    8. A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik)
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    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
    Sales Rank: 575748
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    9. Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives (9th Edition)
    by Paul B. Weston, Charles A. Lushbaugh
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    Asin: 0130942081
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-24)
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    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Designed to help readers discover both the art and science of criminal investigation, this book explores the legal significance of evidence in the field, outlines the fundamentals of inquiry, and then carefully details each element of investigation—from the preliminaries to case preparation for prosecutor review. Reflecting the most recent changes in techniques and their application to various crimes, it features real-life case studies that give readers practice in developing their abilities to analyze, evaluate, and reason.Ethical Awareness. The Crime Scene. Witnesses and Evidence. Recording the Crime Scene. Basic Investigative Leads and Informants. Major Investigative Techniques. Laboratory and Technical Services. Interrogation of Suspects. Arresting the Accused Person. Physical Assaults. Sexual Assaults. Robbery. Arson, Bombing and Hate Crimes. Property Crimes. Dangerous Drugs, Vice/Gambling, and Organized Crimes. The Investigator as a Witness.For those involved in criminal investigations. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Some of the examples are old, out dated methods
    Overall, this text is not bad, although several instructional areas are out-dated material, ie: marking "shell casings, "bullets", on the face,etc. Also, todays training does not include marking handguns on every piece that can be removed, ie: frame, cylinder, barrel, grips, etc. ... Read more


    10. Gideon's Trumpet
    by ANTHONY LEWIS
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    Catlog: Book (1989-04-23)
    Publisher: Vintage
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    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    A history of the landmark case of James Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational story of how a poor man fought for his rights
    Clarence Earl Gideon was a poor prisoner in Florida who, one day, wrote a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States. His plea was a simple one. "I requested the court to appoint me an attorney, and the court refused," he explained. In "Gideon's Trumpet," Lewis presents an unparallelled account of the case Gideon v. Wainright, which resulted in a requirement for states to make Public Defenders available to all accused. Sparing no detail, he gives the reader a look into the lives of attorneys, Supreme Court Justices, and Clarence Earl Gideon himself. This inspirational novel is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what it means to seek justice

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic, Essential Reading For All Law Students
    Gideon's Trumpet is an eloquent and informative look at a very important story in the history of the United States legal system. Not only will it teach you about the evolution of the right to counsel from the case of Gideon v. Wainwright, but it teaches you much about the practices, intricacies and eccentricities of the Supreme Court and its members. This book should be considered essential and required reading for all law students. I loved it and learned much from it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The story is fascinating. The commentary, however........
    I saw the movie with Henry Fonda on video while I was in high school. The story was fascinating, and years later I read this book. The details of the story, again, were fascinating and Lewis relates them well. But along the way, you have to slog through a LOT of commentary about how selfless these lawyers are and how we owe them a debt of gratitude, etc. Well, fine. But it just got a little heavy-handed for my taste. The story on its own would have made that point FOR him. The constant "just-the-altruistic-lawyers-against-the-evil-system" argument is annoying mostly because it is precisely that system that ALLOWED the case to be brought forth and decided in the first place!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spellbound by the true story and the writing
    Simply a brief review as the book has been out for years, but is still worth your time to read how fundamental constitutional law is breathed to life from the words of our United States Constitution by the United States Supreme Court from a then backwater county, Bay County, Florida, in the Panhandle region of North Florida.

    Bay County's county seat is Panama City, next to the world famous Panama City Beach -- where girls go wild, spring break brings in thousands and thousands and where crime continues...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Insight
    This is one of the better books on the Supreme Court. It covers the initial problem, the progress through the courts, to decision and brief epilogue. The insights into the inner workings of the Supreme Court are very good. I would not say unprecedented coverage, but possibly unprecedented in a single volume -- some aspects are seen in other books, just not in the same one.

    The author avoids any political hangups but still generates a sense of something about to happen that is politically huge. Forty years later, it is a big part of our current assumptions about law, which goes to show how powerful it was. For the author to maintain his distance must have required inordinate self control.

    One of the top-ten books on the Supreme Court. ... Read more


    11. Blood and Oil : The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (The American Empire Project)
    by Michael T. Klare
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    Asin: 0805073132
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-10)
    Publisher: Metropolitan Books
    Sales Rank: 4451
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    From the author of Resource Wars, a landmark assessment of the critical role of petroleum in America's actions abroad

    In his pathbreaking Resource Wars, world security expert Michael T. Klare alerted us to the role of resources in conflicts in the post-Cold War world. Now, in Blood and Oil, he concentrates on a single precious commodity, petroleum, while issuing a warning to the United States-its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer.
    Since September 11th and the commencement of the "war on terror," the world's attention has been focused on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil. Klare traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II, revealing its influence on the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter doctrines. He shows how America's own wells are drying up as our demand increases; by 2010, the United States will need to import 60 percent of its oil. And since most of this supply will have to come from chronically unstable, often violently anti-American zones-the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea, Latin America, and Africa-our dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.
    With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil delineates the United States' predicament and cautions that it is time to change our energy policies, before we spend the next decades paying for oil with blood.
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    12. Introduction to Comparative Politics
    by Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph
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    Asin: 0618214461
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
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    Written by a distinguished group of comparativists, this innovative and accessible introductory text surveys 12 key countries organized according to their level of political development: established democracies, transitional democracies, and non-democracies. The country studies illuminate four comparative themes in a global context: the world of states, examining the interaction of states within the international order; governing the economy, covering the role of the state in economic management; the democratic idea, discussing the pressure for more democracy and the challenges of democratization; and the politics of collective identities, studying the political impact of diverse attachments and sources of group identity.

    The theoretical framework developed in an expanded introduction provides a rich context for each country study, and clear prose makes the book accessible to students with little or no background in political science. Students will also benefit from the data sheet at the beginning of each chapter that includes basic demographic, socioeconomic, and political information, to aid in country comparisons. In addition, they can use the Geographic Setting sections in each chapter, as well as maps, tables, charts, photographs, and political cartoons to further their understanding of each country studied.

    • New! All 12 country studies, as well as two additional studies, are available in an online database. Instructors may choose from among these chapters (a minimum of 7) to create a customized text. East-Central Europe and South Africa will be available for Fall 2003 classes, and two new countries will be added every year.
    • New! The chapter on the United States has been broadened in response to reviewer comments.
    • New! Expanded coverage throughout includes a focus on the political and military aspects of globalization in the post-September 11 world.
    • New! Recently added information includes the effects of ethnic, nationalist, and religious divisions.
    • Complete updates include discussion of political events, elections, and other circumstances that influence change.
    • Key terms appear as bold in the text and a glossary at the end defines key concepts in comparative politics. In addition, an appendix explains the Human Development Index.

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    13. Our Nation's Archive: The History of the United States in Documents
    by Erik A. Bruun, Jay Crosby
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    Asin: 1579120679
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
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    This book tells a history of the United States using over 1,000 primary sources and documents.Fascinating articles, history-making speeches, moving personal letters, momentous court cases and more paint an in-depth portrait of American life in all arenas: political, social, religious and cultural.

    Brief introduction by the authors give background information for each document.

    Every issue in U.S. history is covered - from the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights to Brown vs. the Board of Education and Roe vs. Wade.

    Browsers will discover entertaining and informative writings not found in history books, including the first American cookbook, Andrew Carnegie's business advice, poems that inspired the Chicano Movement, Mario Cuomo's 1984 convention speech, the environmental movement manifestoes and the Starr Report.

    Organized chronologically and divided by subject ("The Civil War," "The Cold War," etc.), all documents are cross referenced in indexes so history buffs can find their favorite documents by author, document name and first line. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Primary Source Guide
    Excellent book of primary sources. The author did not intend to put whole documents in this book. If you feel like you need the whole document, most of these can be found on the web.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Failed Attempt at a Good Idea
    This book has one redeeming quality: the volume contains many unusual and telling 'pieces' descriptive of American history.
    However,the volume is flawed in two fatal and fundamental ways. 1) There is no bibliography, thus the reader has no way to determine where the editors located their material. For example, the first piece in the volume ("How the World was Made") is simply attributed to 'The Cherokee Nation'. 2) The editing of the material is suspect at best. The Rev. Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" has been redacted from its original fifty pargraphs to a mere 18 without wxplanation. Don't buy this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Will, a Historian of some type.
    This is a credible source, don't get me wrong, however history, in the form of documents, quotations, etc., can be very misleading. While, I'm certain, the editor selected the articles and quotes with some discretion, you need to stay objective and remind yourself that quotes alone are not always representative of a sinle person or time. Use this book, but read Howard Zinn's A Peoples History of the United States first, to get a good foundation of American History. History has always been told from a biased viewpoint from persons capable of being heard (Usually because of a higher position in a social-economic/political system). Use your mind to discriminate information from propaghanda.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than any history book I have ever seen.
    A unique look at america through our documets including the govermental papers, first hand accounts of key events, songs, poems, speaches and prose of many kinds that define out nation. A great resource for the home or classroom and fun to read. A true learning experience. ... Read more


    14. Criminal Law Today: An Introduction with Capstone Cases (2nd Edition)
    by Frank Schmalleger
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    15. Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science (7th Edition)
    by Richard Saferstein
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    Written by a renowned authority on forensic science, this book introduces the non-scientific reader to the field of forensic science through an exploration of its applications to criminal invesigations, with clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory. The most current technologies, techniques, practices, and procedures highlight this book; the accompanying interactive crime scene CD-ROM puts readers in the role of crime scene investigations. Actual cases, including a new case study on the role of DNA evidence in the investigation of the World Trade Center crime scene, enable readers to see the integral role of forensic science in criminal investigations. Topics covered include: the crime scene, physical evidence, physical properties, organic analysis, inorganic analysis, the microscope, hairs, fibers, and paint, drugs, forensic toxicology, forensic aspects of arson and explosion investigations, forensic serology, DNA, fingerprints, firearms, toolmarks and other impressions, document and voice examination, and forensic science on the Internet.An excellent reference resource for members of the forensic science field, as well as others involved in criminal justice. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars correct your listing please
    You're listing as a paperback version of Saferstein's "Criminalistics: an intro to forensic science," the associated lab manual by Meloan, Saferstein and another. Sort of confusing until you figure it out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Forensic Science!
    As textbooks go this is without a doubt the best one that I have ever used. This book manages to explain complicated things such as DNA, and other techniques, and tests that are used during the course of an investigation in simple terms that are easy to understand. Especially if you are new to the idea of Forensic Science. Simple explanations, with colored pictures, diagrams, and case studies help show how different tests, evidence collection, and other aspects of Forensic's are used to help "catch" the bad guy. Again easy to read and understand. Well worth the purchase, you will learn a lot!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science
    This is without any doubt, in my opinion, the best book ever
    written on criminalistics. Not there are not any other great books on the subject, however this is the greatest. It is suprisingly comprehendible considering the complexity of some of the topics involved. The photographs and drawings are crystal clear.
    In addition I especially like the test at the end of each section that I feel is necessary to help the reader realize his knowledge,(or lack of knowledge) of that section.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An Orwellian apparatus we can live with?
    On the surface, Saferstein's textbook is meant to survey the procedures and instrumentation which oversee the evidential chain-of-possession from crime scene to laboratory to courtroom presentation. It offers a brief archaeology of the field, the technologies of social control developing alongside the modern metropolis (that eternal hotbed of anonymous hatred and victimization), from anthropometry and dactylography all the way down to the Human Genome Project. "Forensics," derived from the Greek FORENSIS, or "debate," registers the cooperative interplay between scientific reason and the criminal justice system. Saferstein's text begins, logically enough, at the crime scene itself, and after a brief excursion on basic chemistry, biology, geology and physics, goes on to catalogue the vicissitudes of evidence-collection and processing, the laboratory procedures for organic and inorganic analysis, the various forms of microscopy available and their uses, the typing and collection of hair, fiber, fingerprints, body fluids, et al., the physiology of drug and alcohol consumption (and its legal implications), with detailed excurses on forensic serology and toxicology, firearms and ballistics, document and voice examination, the Internet, all supplemented by legalistic paradigms of prosecution, evidential value, case studies, and a fine insight into the way lawyers manipulate criminalistic legislation to their own parsimonious gain (i.e. memories of O. J. Simpson's blood).

    The implications for altruistic social control are staggering. Once identitarian criminal databases (blood, fiber, DNA, fingerprint, somatotype, facial and retinal recognition, credit records, the resurrection of deleted email off the original magnetic tapes(!), et al.) are centralized and updated, it would seem that a citizen wouldn't be able to stick his gum on a public wall without the whole juggernaut of networked forensic technologies converging on the site, a public littering ticket arriving in one's mailbox that very afternoon. One could envision a subculture of decadent anti-criminologists, using Saferstein's text as a blueprint for new Underworld patents on gloves, bodywear, chemical reagents, and a whole bookshelf of counter-procedural "operations manuals" which serve to elude and obfuscate the forensic apparatus. In the teeth of such ambitious criminality, I suppose the only hope forensic science has of becoming the legalistic Archangel of altruistic Orwellianism it wants to be is if the criminal element remains, on the whole, as stupid as ever. As for the *true* decadents, the white-collar devils of capitalist exploitation, we can only shudder at the destruction their money can wreak. In the future of crime, those who have the most brilliant scientists and engineers on their payroll will be the ones who can stay strategically ahead of the system. Why, one can almost imagine organized crime syndicates recruiting disgruntled grad students right out of MIT!

    But going back to the text itself, there are some annoying glitches the potential buyer should be aware of.... My criminalistics professor at Rutgers, a friend and colleague of the author, pointed out to me that Saferstein retired from the forensics field in 1991, going on to freelance his expertise to any privatized legal cabal willing to stamp a check. As a result (isolated from the laboratory as he is), some of the instrumental minutiae which characterize a cutting-edge forensics lab are absent from or misrepresented in the text. Furthermore, on the flip side, certain defunct procedures and instruments are presented as if they were still cutting-edge! Much of the photography and graphic presentations in the book also seem a tad antiquated, carry-overs from previous editions, apparently. (My own father, a specialist in immunoassay engineering, upon perusing the book's graphics estimated its copyright at late '80s, early '90s!) But these are minor trifles in an outstanding introductory text. The best thing about this book is that the price has dropped about twenty dollars since the previous edition. Wonderful news for penny-stricken undergraduates like ourselves!

    4-0 out of 5 stars For School
    I had to use this book for school - I liked it. It provided me with the basic information that i needed to know in this field. ... Read more


    16. The Case Against Lawyers
    by CATHERINE CRIER
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    THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HOST OF COURT TV’S "CATHERINE CRIER LIVE" DESCRIBES AN AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM DANGEROUSLY OUT OF CONTROL – AND FINDS THE LAWYERS GUILTY AS CHARGED.

    As a child, Catherine Crier was enchanted by film portrayals of crusading lawyers like Clarence Darrow and Atticus Finch.As a district attorney, private lawyer, and judge herself, she saw firsthand how the U.S. justice system worked – and didn’t.One of the most respected legal journalists and commentators today, she now confronts a profoundly unfair legal system that produces results and profits for the few – and paralysis, frustration, and injustice for the many. Alexis de Tocqueville’s dire prediction in Democracy in America has come true: We Americans have ceded our responsibility as citizens to resolve the problems of society to "legal authorities" – and with it our democratic freedoms.

    The Case Against Lawyers is both an angry indictment and an eloquent plea for a return to common sense.It decries a system of laws so complex even the enforcers – such as the IRS – cannot understand them.It unmasks a litigation-crazed society where billion-dollar judgments mostly line the pockets of personal injury lawyers.It deplores the stupidity of a system of liability that leads to such results as a label on a stroller that warns, “Remove child before folding.”It indicts a criminal justice system that puts minor drug offenders away for life yet allows celebrity murderers to walk free.And it excoriates the sheer corruption of the iron triangle of lawyers, bureaucrats, and politicians who profit mightily from all this inefficiency, injustice, and abuse.

    The Case Against Lawyers will make readers hopping mad.And it will make them realize that the only response can be to demand change.Now.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally the word is out!
    Thank you Catherine Crier!
    Finally someone has brought to public attention the problems with the American court system and Lawyers today! Much of what Ms. Crier has written has been on the minds of many - but finally it has been put into language that both legal and non-legal people can both understand.
    It is very important to me that the source of information like this be credible. Crier is a well respected journalist - who comes from a legal background (having been both a lawyer and judge). She is knowledgeable and involved in everything she writes about - which to me gives her every authority to discuss this freely. This is definitely a book that could help change the world for the better. Highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Verdict: Lawyers and Politicians Guilty As Charged
    This in an interesting and disturbing book about how the law today has frequently been used to abuse citizens and weaken our democracy and economy rather than protect us. Catherine Crier observed the inner workings of the legal system as a private attorney, distict attorney, and judge; her frustrations with the current day practice of law in contrast to her beliefs regarding the underlying intent of the founders of our country led her to write this book. It has a theoretical base but primarily consists of anecdotes and case studies so outrageous that she hopes that her readers will heed her call for a return to commonsense and personal responsibilty. It is easy to read and contains a lot of very diverse material, some widely disseminated but most probably unknown to casual students of the subject. And I believe that she proves her case.

    She begins with a brief introduction which outlines in very cogent form her view of nine characteristics with which our laws should uniformly conform but which are often lacking from modern jurisprudence. Then she goes on to examine several areas of particular concern to her: among these are the perversion of our educational system by the search for equality rather than excellence, the police state tactics of regulatory agencies, the extremes to which enforcement of the ADA has beeen carried, civil rights vs. civil liberties, the role of money and lobbyists in politics, and particularly effectively in my opinion how our war on drugs has become an "addiction to insanity". Her conclusion that in some cases we seem to have entered the Twilight Zone in such areas as personal damage awards regardless of whether any neglience was actually involved and discussion of how attorneys often use the threat of punitive damages as "a sledgehammer" is right on the mark.

    Nevertheless, I recommend this book with mixed feelings and found it hard to rate. While the author does a very good and often entertaining job of proving her case, her discussion of our Constitutional principles and how they have been subverted could have been better. She also vacillated frequently between her apparent libertarian impulses (with which I am generally in agreement) and populist outrage which was naive and very disappointing. While she pays lip service to the fact that politicians and businessmen usually just respond to the incentives with which they are presented, she often seems to be reflexively and almost rabidly anti-business. At the same time she pays no attention to such other sources of power as labor unions and associations and groups such as AARP and Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition.

    I was also disappointed by the brevity and unconvincing or incomplete nature of her suggestions for reform. She seems to fail completely to recognize that most of the things which she finds outrageous result from the sheer size our our government today and the potential for abuse which this provides. Thus if the problems are systemic in nature they need a comprehensive solution. She convinces us that we have suffered horrible injury, then offers us a few bandaids.

    She seems to agree with the Jeffersonian vision of limited government, personal responsibilty, and a dominant role for civil rather than political society. In fact, she refers to Jefferson often and contrasts his views with those of Hamilton. Yet she refrains from aggressively endorsing a return to Constitutional first principles, especially a reinterpretation by the courts of the Commerce Clause and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. She wants us to take action, but apparently is hesitant to call for an activist role for the courts in defense of liberty. Perhaps she is afraid of the harm that an activist judiciary has done in creating the meaningless idea of "a living Constitution", but an activist judiciary in defense of first principles is quite different. In this fight, only the framers understanding that the Constitution is the shield of the people against the sword of government will save us in the end from the tryanny to which she believes we are now subjected. Hopefully her next book will reach this conclusion and more clearly articulate this point.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Didn't Want to Know
    I thought it was OK just to think about how crazy things are getting. Ms. Crier puts it on a plate and makes you take a big whiff of the stuff.

    This book will anger and hopefully energize you. From the silly to the shocking, it's all here and we better pay attention.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's good, but it's been said before
    I had great expectations for this book. I somehow hoped to find in it something new; after all, this was an attorney, a judge; mayhaps there could be a new insight, on the problem of lawyers and judges runnign amok.
    Alas, it was not to be. The book is well researched, well, almost; in ch 4, when discussing the ADM Ethanol boondoggle, MS. Crier confuses Ethanol (grain alcohol) with Methanol (wood alcohol). However, much of it is basically a rehash of P.K. Howard's "The death of Common Sense"
    A few insights on how PACs work, and soft money influence on the Federal, State and local governments, but nothing really new.
    The promised comments on how we can retake our government seem to me a series of platitudes, with as much chance of happening as Ralph Nader of becoming president.
    The one area of interest, and the one ray of hope, was where Ms. Crier explained how big industry bribes both parties equally, with one exception. The trial lawyers almost exclusively supported (i.e. bribed) the democratic party candidates. Lo and behold, they backed the wrong horse, and, here is the ray of hope, we might, just might, see some significant tort reform.
    I'm not holding my breath though.
    If you have not read "The death of common sense" then this one is worth a try

    5-0 out of 5 stars Right on the money!
    Crier tells the American people how we have hijacked our legal system in this great book. She has no other motives or hidden agenda other than the desire to re-establish our country along the lines of justice, equality, and opportunity. But what I thought was great about this book is that she not only presented problems (anyone can do that, but I must admit that Crier's research and analysis is outstanding), she also offered solutions and suggestions on how to "take back" our legal system. This is an interesting book and a must read for anyone interested in current affairs or law. ... Read more


    17. Politics of Latin America: The Power Game
    by Harry E. Vanden, Gary Prevost
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
    I can think of no other text that explains politics in Latin America better. The authors provide an outstanding review of history, culture, religion and revolution in Latin America. Moreover, the research of Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile and Brazil by assorted scholars in part two of the text is excellent. Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of Latin America must read this book. ... Read more


    18. America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
    by Ivo H. Daalder, James M. Lindsay
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    George W. Bush has launched a revolution in American foreign policy. He has redefined how America engages the world, shedding the constraints that friends, allies, and international institutions impose on its freedom of action. He has insisted that an America unbound is a more secure America.

    How did a man once mocked for knowing little about the world come to be a foreign policy revolutionary? In America Unbound, Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay dismiss claims that neoconservatives have captured the heart and mind of the president. They show that George W. Bush has been no one’s puppet. He has been a strong and decisive leader with a coherent worldview that was evident even during the 2000 presidential campaign.

    Daalder and Lindsay caution that the Bush revolution comes with significant risks. Raw power alone is not enough to preserve and extend America’s security and prosperity in the modern world. The United States often needs the help of others to meet the challenges it faces overseas. But Bush’s revolutionary impulse has stirred great resentment abroad. At some point, Daalder and Lindsay warn, Bush could find that America’s friends and allies refuse to follow his lead. America will then stand alone—a great power unable to achieve its most important goals. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Thin Arguments
    Daalder and Lindsay argue that George W. Bush has revolutionized U.S. foreign policy and that his revolution rests on two premises: the world is a dangerous place in which alliances and treaties hold back U.S. power and the U.S. must use that unfettered power to change the status quo of international relations. This revolution preceded 9-11, the authors claim, rather than was caused by it. The terrorist attacks in the United States simply reinforced a strong tendency already evident in the Bush administration.

    I expected better evidence and more solid arguments from a book which claims Bush, rather than 9-11, revolutionized U.S. foreign policy. The pre-9-11 unilateral foreign policy decisions made by Bush that are cited here (withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol and the ABM Treaty, for example) can hardly be considered revolutionary given the strong support for such moves during the Clinton administration among conservative intellectuals and Republican congressmen and senators. Bush's most controversial foreign policy doctrine to date - pre-emptive war - came after 9-11 and whatever plans Bush may or may not have had for Saddam's Iraq prior to the terrorist attacks, nothing would have come of them without hijacked airliners crashing into New York City skyscrapers and the Pentagon.

    Other arguments made in the book also do not point to a revolutionary foreign policy. Bush's strong moral language of good and evil when discussing foreign policy, for example, may be unfamiliar to foreign audiences and can be debated on its own terms, but it is of an accord with a not uncommon tendency in American foreign policy that can be found in the speeches of Ronald Reagan, John Foster Dulles, and Woodrow Wilson. Even John F Kennedy's inaugural spoke of foreign policy in grandiose and stark terms such as "twilight struggle" between Communism and the West and "supporting any friend and opposing any foe".

    Daalder and Lindsay's thesis begs for some historical perspective, but beyond a rough sketch, they rarely provide it. They're content to look at Bush's foreign policy on its own terms, or in contrast to the foreign policy of his immediate successor, and then judge it revolutionary. They admit that foreign policy was not a priority when Bush came to office, and that 9-11 transformed the views of his administration in some ways, but they don't connect the dots. It was not Bush that revolutionized U.S. foreign policy; it was 9-11 that revolutionized Bush's foreign policy. The monumental project of nation-building currently underway in Iraq is proof of that.

    5-0 out of 5 stars America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy
    Two Clinton-era National Security Council staffers offer muted criticism of George W. Bush's foreign policy from a realist perspective. September 11th is identified as the reason for Congressional deference to Bush's "revolutionary" tangent as Bush proceeded to wage war on Afghanistan and Iraq, unleash the CIA from previous legal constraints, and generally pursue a "hegemonist" worldview in foreign affairs. Not unexpectedly, they would prefer the multilateral approach towards exercising American power that has largely prevailed over the past five decades.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Engaging and thought provoking presentation
    While obviously opposed to the Bush approach to foreign policy in general and to Iraq in particular, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay have nonetheless succeeded in producing a remarkably fair book attempting to explain the reasons behind the President's about face from recent U.S. foreign policy. The attacks on 9/11 and other terrorist activities over the past decade had gradually convinced the President that the internationalist view espoused by Bill Clinton and his own father was simply no longer the answer. Bush has chosen instead to embark on a new unilateralist course favored by most of his senior advisors that the authors argue may be somewhat productive in the short run but likely to be a disaster over the long haul. Extremely well written, thoughtful and meticulously documented, this book should be an essential read for any citizen seeking to get up to speed on foreign policy issues before the 2004 Presidential election.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read on Bush and Foreign Policy 2000-2003
    The present book is a compelling read and covers many but not all of the major issues on terrorism and Iraq.

    I feel like I have been on an overdose of these books just having read House of Bush, House of Saud by Craig Unger - the biggest tell all blockbuster (my opinion), The Choice by Zbigniew Brzezinski (an excellent analysis), Disarming Iraq by Hans Blix, Noam Chomsky's Hegemony of Survival (truly a book that makes one think), Thirty Days (about Tony Blair) by Peter Stothard, and Price of Loyalty by Paul O'Neill (excellent book), Why America Slept by Gerald Posner, the very popular best seller Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke, and the Rise of the Vulcans by Mann and Mann. I put together a "listmania" list of the 25 best books - the best books - mainly non political taken together, no strong bias conservative or liberal - a spectrum of opinion when you take them all together.

    Many of the books are "gotcha" books that link Bush with some wrong doings or alternately books like Brzezinski that lay out solutions. This book is a bit different. It is more of a chronological history, and the book has been highly acclaimed by the Economist, NY Times etc. After reading I can see why.

    I started to read the present book and was unable to put it down until I had read it virtually cover to cover. It is a surprisingly good book and neutral in tone and a compelling read - for myself it was a page turner. It brings together the story of Iraq and WMD's in chronological order (all briefly). It starts with the Bush campaign and what he says in his run for the presidency regarding foreign policy, his philosophy, the team that he put together, plus the authors put in some historical perspective starting with Washington, then Wilson, Truman, etc. It then works its way through pre and post 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq until late 2003.

    Surprisingly I found that this book is in almost complete agreement with some of the more recent "tell all" books (Blix, O'Neill, Clarke), and I would strongly recommend reading this book. The overlying theme or conclusion is that the intelligence was flawed and incomplete. Like the Hans Blix book there were no WMD's in Iraq. The Iraq war was pushed by Wolfowitz and others prior to 9-11, and can best be described as a distraction or even an incitement of Muslims towards anti-Amercian feelings. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan lacked realistic follow up plans for the post military invasion. So those conflicts still remain unresolved. Also, the more serious threats of Iran and North Korea remain almost unsolvable due to the potential negative consequences of a military solution for those cases including the threat of North Korea dropping nuclear weapons on South Korea.

    An excellent book and I highly recommend.

    Jack in Toronto

    4-0 out of 5 stars A sober analysis that deserves to be read
    This book is a thoughtful and comprehensive look at the origins and consequences of the "Bush doctrine" in foreign policy. It's also a serious critique, made more so by the fact that it is not couched (unlike, say, Michael Mann's "Incoherent Empire") in the language of partisan name-calling and electoral bitterness.

    In fact, Daalder and Lindsay's argument kind of sneaks up on you, in that the first section of the book almost ... almost ... seems pro-Bush. Unlike many of his critics, these authors are willing to give the guy a little credit for having a brain in his head and a firm, relatively well-defined, set of beliefs. They argue that the discreet facts Bush knows (citing the famous pre-election "pop quiz" of world leaders) are less important than the principles he believes, since the latter are the raison d'├ętre of his policy. As they note in an important chapter titled "Bush's Worldview," while GWB may not be able to articulate the underlying logic of his hegemonist worldview in "a form that would please political science Ph.D.s" [p. 41], those principles are deeply held and guide his thinking on strategic matters.

    This might seem to be damning with faint praise. But it's still more of an admission than we'll get from most subscribers to the kneejerk-but-tired caricature of Bush as a puppet whose strings are pulled by the neocons (or the oil companies, or Dick Cheney, or his dad, or whoever). What it also does, however, is set up the authors' principal argument, that "the Bush revolution" can in fact be traced back to the president himself: his ideas, his declarations, and his decisions.

    The conclusion seems to be not so much that this revolution is evil (the arguments here are utilitarian rather than moral, which isn't necessarily a bad thing) as it is poorly thought-out. The administration is surprised to discover that America's historic friends and allies don't automatically line up behind the president's priorities. That falling into disfavor with world opinion can actually have consequences for our foreign policy (and that even a "hyperpower" can't do everything by itself). That pre-emption and unilateralism don't work so well in cases like North Korea or Iran. That how to stabilize post-war Iraq should have given more thought in pre-war times. And that "with us or against us" bipolarism gets murky with countries like Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.

    I've read a handful of books in recent weeks about America's descent into empire and this president's new direction in foreign policy. While "America Unbound" lacks the wide historic lens of Chalmers Johnson's "The Sorrows of Empire," it is still a fine look at this president, his administration, his underlying principles, and their geopolitical consequences. Its restrained and logical tone -- unburdened by the polemical language of the Bush-hating Left -- ought to attract thoughtful and open-minded readers, and be a useful contribution to sober debate about the direction this nation is headed. ... Read more


    19. The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956
    by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
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    Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.

    Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims -- men, women, and children -- we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the "welcome" that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fills in the historical blanks left from public education
    Gulag provided for me a powerful and shocking history lesson I had never been taught in high school or college. So much has been taught on Hitler, but barely anything of substance on Soviet Communism. After reading this book, you'll understand the reasons for the so-called paranoia of McCarthyism. Ronald Reagan had it right when he called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." I found this book so compelling, though heart wrenching, that I went on to read "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" as well as a recent biography on Solzhenitsyn by D. M. Thomas called "Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life." I have come to the conclusion that nobody but a man like Solzhenitsyn could ever have written Gulag.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Someone has to tell the truth
    This is probably as significant a book as has been published in the 20th century. Not because it changed the course of history or influenced a huge number of people. It did neither of these things. The history it deals with was already long passed and its size and severity kept it from being read by a mass audience. Still, it is significant because it tells a story that otherwise could not have been told. The full extent of what happened during the half century of Soviet rule to millions of Soviet citizens is the focus of this book and Solzhenitsyn's narrative, often numbing in the regularity of repeated cycles of arrests, 'trials', and imprisonment, seems to be his effort at repaying those who perished - at insuring that they are remembered and that those who subjected them to lives of torture are remembered for what they did.

    Solzhenitsyn is a true hero of the 20th century. A military officer of the Soviet Union during WWII, he was imprisoned for writing a letter that included a joke about Stalin. During his time in prison he met numerous others who had been in different camps - different places and different types - and started piecing together in his mind the full scale of the vast Gulag enterprise which eventually consumed more of his contrymen than the total count of those of all countries who died in WWII. That the size and scope of this mass internment was kept virtually a secret to most of the world (and to most Russians)for so long is only part of the horror to which Solzhenitzyn is responding.

    From his first book, A Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovitch, a small volumn about a single day in the life of a typical Gulag prisoner - smuggled out of Russia and published in the West - he has devoted his life to various tellings of his country's recent history. Most of it to do with the Gulag. This isn't pleasant stuff. It isn't tight fiction like Darkness At Noon. This is the real stuff with no prettifying. He feels that someone had to tell the truth. We owe it to him to listen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Work of Non-Fiction
    This is an amazing book. It is long, but well written, despite the translation. It shows the pattern of injustices and tortures to the point of the reader's acceptance and perhaps understanding. For those of us who have never experienced such, it is a peak at something that seems important to understand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
    Review by Mike, Age 13

    Solzhenitsyn does an excellent job of retelling the story of the atrocities of the Soviet Union. The Gulag Archipelago is a disturbing account of what happened inside the Gulag prisons. This is an account about the things hidden from the public and the things the Marxists wanted to keep hidden. And how he gave a first person account of prison life, well that was just amazing! His vivid descriptions about the kinds of arrests that took place I thought was very interesting and an amazing brainchild of a distorted Soviet Union!

    How Stalin could turn an innocent gesture of two long lost friends being reunited into an arrest is beyond me. The Gulag Archipelago is an excellent book that unveiled an entirely new side of the Soviet Union and its perverted system of justice. It's a great book for historians and World War II buffs, or even if you are trying to find out more about the Soviet Union. The Gulag Archipelago is quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read! I would recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in the Soviet Union. (Content will be confusing for younger readers.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy smoke!
    After I read this book I bought a rifle! ... Read more


    20. Visions for Change : Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century (4th Edition)
    by Roslyn Muraskin, Albert R. Roberts
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Not as textbook, but a liberal manifesto
    As a Criminal Justice instructor who has reviewed this text (and almost had to use it) I cannot recommend this book.It portends to be a book about solutions, when in fact it essentially attacks every aspect of policing and the criminal justice system as it exists today, and the only solutions it provides are from the left to far left.There is no balance of opinion, no counter-point, and absolutely no effort on the part of the authors to inform students that they are in fact only getting one side of the issue.Far too often do I see this approach by liberal writers and educators: attempting to pass off their out of the mainstream ideas as fact.College is a marketplace of ideas, discussion, and debate.However, this book turns the debate into a one sided discussion on how awful and wholly without merit the current system is.I am not one as a CJ educator that believes we are to be cheerleaders for law enforcement.However, we do need to present the good with the bad, and this book would do nothing but discourage would-be law enforcement professionals.If the goal is to make such persons believe the profession they are about to enter into is completely corrupt and without merit, this is the "test" to use.If forced to use this book, I would suggest supplementing it with articles or texts that offer a counterpoint.That is, if you are interested in giving your students both sides of the issue - which I believe we as educators are charged to do, not just simply indoctrinate them with the opinions of those with whom you might agree.This book is nothing more than an attempt to indoctrinate, not foster intelligent debate and discussion on the topics contained therein. A candidate for zero stars, if that choice were available. ... Read more


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