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    1. A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present (Perennial Classics)
    by Howard Zinn
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    Asin: 0060528370
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Classics
    Sales Rank: 175
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Actually it is History of American Protest and Labor Dispute
    Tough book to review. His bias is clear, but he is also upfront about it. I feel the greatest flaw of the book is that it paints history in incredibly "good vs evil" colors. While attesting to narrate a history of the American people, Zinn is also willing to portray much of America as remorseless villains. His portrayal of police forces make them seem as humane as stormtroopers in Star Wars. While the "underclass" have names and inspire sympathy the police forces and conservatives are faceless drones whose only role in history is to step over others. Then violence of his favorites is always justified implicitly while all other forms of violence are a symbol of tyranny. In this he falls in the same flaw he critiques, American history may at times glorify the American role and gloss over its failures, Zinn commits the same mistake in the opposite direction greatly focusing on American failures and forgetting its virtues.

    Zinn's book has also very little comparison to other countries, American racism, poverty and misogyny is never placed in a historical context. America's reality becomes always compared to an unexpressed ideal; with no allowance for a period of development in any historical scenario. For instance read Gordon Woods "The Radicalism of the American Revolution" for a completely different view on the American Revolution (and much more comparative to the eighteen century reality of the world).
    The book also becomes even more childish as it approaches more modern periods, while in from the Jacksonian and the Progressive era Zinn was willing to basically list the strikes happening in America (again without contrast to foreign comparisons, British for example), as he tries to explain quickly his views in modern American society his lack of arguments becomes more apparent and the superficiality of his so ambitious work is made more evident.

    This is also very Marxist rendition of history. Class struggle dominates, and the charming explicative simplicity of Marxist analysis of history is ever present (along with is implied superficiality), along with a good dose of paranoia on the abilities of Big Brother over the centuries. The good and bad guys are so obvious in Zinn's History that all that he could do to make it more so was to dispense white and black hats as the old Westerns did.

    Why three stars then? Well the book is also very passionate and a very fast read. Although I greatly disagree with the philosophy in it, this is a very clear presentation of it. The very influence of this book and its views on the American historiography and debate makes it a very important read. Those who agree with everything Zinn says really should read more in depth views of history that can greatly challenge this thesis, while those who can't read it at all must open their minds for the incredible value of the questioning (whether at times sophomoric) that Zinn can create.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE UGLY TRUTH BEHIND OUR CELEBRATED HISTORY
    Zinn successfully approaches the history of the United States from a very accurate and justified perspective. Our nation's history has been written by the point-of-view of scholars who solely use the triumphs of American presidents, generals, and heroes to tell the victories of a very proud people. Zinn, on the other hand, reveals the struggle, the unknown story of those who were not as fortunate. A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES educates its readers with extraordinary force, compelling even the most conservative reader to consider the assertions made throughout the book. Despite Zinn's radical nature, his scholarly research based on accurate, reliable, and sometimes first-hand resources strongly supports even Zinn's Marxist leanings. Those who accuse Howard Zinn of unattainable idealism, red communism, and liberal nature must take into account just how realistic A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES actually is. What elementary, high school, or even college text includes the exploitation of the poor for the profit of the rich throughout American history, the heinous crimes of U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam war, or the government's conspiracy to undermine antiwar groups during the Cold War? If America is to reap the economic rewards from the world it exploits, Americans might as well accept the responsibility and the truth behind our much celebrated history. The only alternative is that our "IGNORANCE IS BLISS".

    1-0 out of 5 stars There were no "American Masses" in the Colonial Period
    The entire text, which I reviewed for a History class when it was first released, is based upon the false assumption that America was a place of "masses of the people" and that some great eglatarian war similar in structure and purpose as that ongoing in Europe was replanted and flourishing in the colonies.

    For those who believe that communistic ideology has a place in real life and benefits real people, this is a great argument for them and referrence. However, America was not and is not and has not been a "socialist democracy" or a society of equality.

    America, historically, is a country founded on the essence that individuals have a right to express themselves within certain constraints in a manner that is not necessarily popular or preferred.

    This individual liberty is what allows our nation to grow and evolve into a nation that is REACHING but has yet to achieve "equality". Often, we forget that Equality is the Goal not the Fact.

    1-0 out of 5 stars a review
    Although the rest of my AP US history class hates this book, i find that this book is a more appealing way to research "what really happened" and not a bunch of lies that have compounded over the centuries and become the "history" that we teach the children of the "best country"in the world."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete
    For people who are already very familiar with American history, Zinn provides an interesting alternative view of events. I disagree with many of his premises and most of his conclusions, but he lays out his arguments clearly and provides a starting point for worthwhile debate.

    That said, I would not recommend this book to someone wanting an overview of American history. Zinn jumps around and fails to provide important background information on many of his subjects. Unless the reader is already very familiar with the events being discussed, they will be misled into accepting one man's rather biased and depressing view of America.

    Finally, I know this has been mentioned before, but I found the lack of foot-notes and the scantily compiled bibliography rather inadequate for a 'scholarly' book. ... Read more


    2. Government by the People, National Version, 20th Edition
    by James MacGregor Burns, J.W. Peltason, Thomas E. Cronin, David B. Magleby, David M. O'Brien, Paul C. Light
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    Asin: 0131101706
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-03)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 7728
    Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars I noticed a definite left tilt as well.
    After having spent a semester taking a class requiring this book, I definitely noticed a rather liberal-leaning bias throughout most of the text.One of the obligations of national government, as stated by the text, is its "matter of fact" attitude that more wealthy individuals owe it to "impoverised" people through literally "taking money from more wealthy states" and giving it to poor states.Give me a break, there is so much socialism and liberal drivel in this book it made reading it a headache.

    Profs and teachers, PLEASE find something a little more objective than this textbook.Sheesh!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Leftist propaganda not science
    This book presents the issues in a twisted manner, and never teaches fundamental values. It does not discuss at all the Declaration of Independence, does not give nearly enough historical background and generally mystifies the foundations of American politics. The meaning and value of the Electoral College is not explained nor compared to the structure of the Senate and House. Well if that was mentioned it would tell too much. Instead you get the usual leftist posturing, "uh - it's so complicated - let us fix it for you". The misery of this book is most evident in the discussion of the First Amendment - it is declared contradictory. Of course their interpretation is contradictory but this is what they like, so this is what you get. Once a conflict is introduced, the familiar soap opera style takes over. If you are not into MTV this book is not for you. BTW, editions galore and the price is definitely not "for the poor".

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Toooo!!! Politcal Side
    The book was ok. I took it as a summer class, and there was too much information to be packed in this book. Some side issues were rather interesting, but I would not recommend it unless you are into political science. And I mean "into it". ... Read more


    3. Leadership
    by Rudolph W. Giuliani, Ken Kurson
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    Asin: 0786868414
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Everyone can be a Leader, but there's only one Giuliani
    "Leadership" is an excellent resource for anyone who seeks
    to manage, lead, or instill organization into their own lives.
    Written in a style reflective of Giuliani's friendly yet steely
    personality, it provides an excellent overview of his political
    philosophy, decision making skills, and of course his historic
    leadership following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Until reading the book, I had forgotten how dire the conditions were in New York City prior to Rudy's election in 1993 - over 9,000 felonies per week! He details how he put plans into action
    and demanded accountability from everyone in the system, which often required enormous political strength. Being a Republican mayor in a city that is nearly 80% Democrat is enormously difficult. But Rudy explains how he relied on his priciples, moral beliefs and formed relationships with political enemies by
    trusting those who were trust worthy and always being open to discussion. These principles and beliefs were evident during the leadership exercised during 9-11.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in a political or management career, or anyone who wants to learn more about this great American.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
    In Leadership, former NYC Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (with writer Ken Kurson) gives you the inside look at how he applied basic leadership principles to being Mayor, Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney. Giuliani reveals how he and his key team applied these principles in the face of the Sept. 11 World Trade Tower collapse, and focuses on exercising leadership all the time. The principles may sound familiar - prioritize, prepare, take responsibility, hold everyone accountable, recruit great people, reflect and then decide, under-promise and over-deliver, develop and employ strong beliefs, be loyal and purposeful - yet the thrill comes from learning how Giuliani straightforwardly applied these principles to accomplish Herculean tasks. We from getAbstract recommend this breezy, engaging book to business leaders, governmental managers and politics junkies.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't confuse leadership with management
    First off, don't get me wrong this is an interesting book. From the man who helped a city recover from a dreadful event; he is an inspiration.

    Also, Giuliani is a fantastic *manager*, who was able to get the city of New York running better than it had for years.

    My main criticism is the title, and the derivations of some of the anecdotes. From my reading, Giuliani doesn't clearly understand the difference between *leadership* and *management*.

    Sure, he has a great technique for aiding communication, for setting KPIs and ensuring they are met. But these are management tasks, not leadership.

    My greatest disappointment with this book was hoping to find some of his ideas and insights into that much harder topic of leadership but all I got were some great ideas on how to manage a city (a city that has a population greater than my entire country...).

    So, buyer beware! This is an interesting book and gives you some insight into the man (even if you need to read between the political lines) but don't expect a book on Leadership!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
    Can a textbook be delightfully written? This one is. Authors Richard L. Hughes, Robert C. Ginnett, and Gordon J. Curphy explore every aspect of leadership and smoothly weave research conclusions into the narrative. Examples abound, from Colin Powell to Walt Disney. The authors are all psychologists who specialize in leadership issues. They have written conversationally and intelligently, using plenty of sidebar material (even famous cartoons) to bring their reporting to life. We recommend this classic (now in its third edition) to everyone interested in leadership.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Laughed. I Cried. I Marvelled.
    I listened to all of the ten audio cassette tapes. The presentation was both instructive and entertaining. The narration was great. I resonated with the message such that I laughed, cried, and marvelled through the many precepts and stories given. I got moist around the eyes while vicariously experiencing the beauty of courage, conviction, and of successfully overcoming great obstacles in the path to great accomplishment. The accomplishments of Mayor Giuliani's administration in NYC were many. Within the stories were principles related to the importance of hiring excellent people, management by morning meetings, management by metrics, being at the scene of problems. For lawyers, the book includes more than a few great insights.

    Primary among the many great stories is the Mayor's references to September 11, 2001. This occupies all of chapter 1 but the stories continue throughout. One of the early delights in the book is the story of overcoming the "squeegee men" panhandlers in New York City. Chapter headings related to "Be Prepared", "Loyalty" and "Stand Up To Bullies" deliver what they promise. I marvelled that the loyalty stories related primarily to loyalty down to the people who work for you. The story about Rudy's fight with prostate cancer was remarkable for the example that it gave of great diligence in gathering information and making a careful decision. The book, as read, is clear and concise. Every word seems to count. In my experience, Rudy began to earn his reputation long before he was Mayor when we worked to obtain convictions and strong sentences against organized crime bosses.

    The precepts and examples are admirable. It's Rudy's own account, but it is clear that Mr. Giuliani has given great diligence to his work while showing great insight, great commitment to principle, great courage. ... Read more


    4. Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry
    by John E. O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi
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    Asin: 0895260174
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-15)
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    Due to the timing of its publication, Unfit for Command could be dismissed as the sort of controversial, loaded book typical in a presidential election year: Either courageous and necessary, or untruthful and malicious, depending on one's political point of view. Filled with interviews of men who served in Vietnam at the same time as John Kerry, the book poses the following question: "Why do an overwhelming majority of those who commanded or served with John Kerry oppose him?" (Note that the issue of "service" has sparked investigation into its definition--in other words, just how close was the interaction between Kerry and those cited in the book during Kerry’s Vietnam tour of duty?)

    The charges leveled against Kerry in this book are severe and include filing false operating reports; lobbying for and receiving three Purple Hearts for minor wounds, two of which were self-inflicted; receiving a Silver Star under false pretenses; offering false confessions of bogus war crimes in both print and testimony; and recklessness in the field, including the burning of a village without cause or direct order. The book also claims that Kerry left Vietnam after serving just four months instead of the usual one year tour and that he returned home and accused his fellow soldiers of atrocities without offering any evidence, endangering POWs in the process.

    It is debatable whether the book will change any minds, or votes. Instead, readers will likely reach one of two conclusions: Either John Kerry grossly misrepresented his military service or the authors are spinning the interviews that they conducted for ulterior motives. There is a third option, however; readers will further investigate both sides of the debate, and by doing so, may reach conclusions independent of partisan extremes. --Brian Neff ... Read more

    5. The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror
    by Natan Sharansky, Ron Dermer, Anatoly Shcharansky
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    Asin: 1586482610
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
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    Natan Sharansky has lived an unusual life, spending nine years as a Soviet political prisoner and nine years as an Israeli politician. He brings the unique perspective of his experiences in order to make the case for democracy with his longtime friend and adviser Ron Dermer. In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, nondemocratic societies are put under a microscope to reveal the mechanics of tyranny that sustain them. In exposing the inner workings of a "fear society," the authors explain why democracy is not beyond any nation's reach, why it is essential for our security and why there is much that can be done to promote it around the world.

    Freedom, the authors claim, is rooted in the right to dissent, to walk into the town square and declare one's views without fear of punishment or reprisal. The authors persuasively argue that societies that do not protect that right can never be reliable partners for peace and that the democracy that hates us is much safer than the dictatorship that loves us. The price for stability inside nondemocratic regimes, the authors explain, is terror outside of them. Indeed, the security of the free world depends on using all possible leverage-moral, political, and financial-to support democracy.

    This book is about much more than theory. After explaining why the expansion of democracy is so critical to our future, the authors take us on a fascinating journey to see firsthand how an evil empire was destroyed and how the principles that led to that destruction were abandoned in the search for peace in the Middle East.

    But the criticism contained in this book does not dampen its profound optimism. When there is every reason to doubt that freedom will prevail in the Middle East, this book declares unequivocally that the skeptics are wrong. The argument advanced here makes clear why lasting tyranny can be consigned to history's dustbin if the free world stays true to its ideals. The question is not whether we have the power to change the world but whether we have the will. Summoning that will demands that we move beyond Right and Left and start thinking about right and wrong. ... Read more


    6. Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate--The Essential Guide for Progressives
    by George Lakoff
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    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
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    In the first of his three debates with George W. Bush, 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry argued against the war in Iraq not by directly condemning it but by citing the various ways in which airport and commercial shipping security had been jeopardized due to the war's sizable price tag. In so doing, he re-framed the war issue to his advantage while avoiding discussing it in the global terrorism terms favored by President Bush. One possible reason for this tactic could have been that Kerry familiarized himself with the influential linguist George Lakoff, who argues in Don't Think of an Elephant that much of the success the Republican Party can be attributed to a persistent ability to control the language of key issues and thus position themselves in favorable terms to voters. While Democrats may have valid arguments, Lakoff points out they are destined to lose when they and the news media accept such nomenclature as "pro-life," "tax relief," and "family values," since to argue against such inherently positive terminology necessarily casts the arguer in a negative light. Lakoff offers recommendations for how the progressive movement can regain semantic equity by repositioning their arguments, such as countering the conservative call for "Strong Defense" with a call for "A Stronger America" (curiously, one of the key slogans of the Kerry camp). Since the book was published during the height of the presidential campaign, Lakoff was unable to provide an analytical perspective on that race. He does, however, apply the notion of rhetorical framing devices to the 2003 California recall election in an insightful analysis of the Schwarzenegger victory. Don't Think of an Elephant is a bit rambling, overexplaining some concepts while leaving others underexplored, but it provides a compelling linguistic analysis of political campaigning. --John Moe ... Read more


    7. American Government and Politics Today : The Essentials, 2004-2005 Edition (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac) (American Government and Politics Today)
    by Barbara A. Bardes, II, Mack C. Shelley, Steffen W. Schmidt
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    Asin: 0534620825
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 99979
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The best selling book for Introduction to American Government, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, THE ESSENTIALS helps students experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship in a concisely organized package. Bardes, Schmidt, and Shelleys text is renowned nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes. The overriding theme is the importance of informed active citizenship.The pedagogy underscores this theme by soliciting critical thinking about political issues and encouraging students to become involved the political process. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, THE ESSENTIALS incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American government. This truly interactive text gives students more than reading material--it gives them tools to become good citizens. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Stereotypically leftward leaning
    I just finished a class with the 2001-2002 edition. Part of the book is very objective, other parts fit the stereotype of leftward leaning curriculum perfectly. It gives the perception that part of the authors really attempt to be objective, but at least one author's perceptions are left of center to the point that either he/she does not realize, or else does not care how leftward his/her perception is.

    On balance, most of the book is pretty good, and pretty objective, but certain parts - especially the portrayals, and interpretations of events in the civil liberties, and judicial chapters will likely be more frustrating than to many of the older students who have been a part of the "Attentive public" for a few years. I call out these sections because these two in particular I noticed a considerable amount of editorialism put forth as objective fact.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Text for American Government Course
    Three instructors have just finished using this book in a small liberal arts college for women. The program is an intensive one day a week program with five hour long classes. Students require a clearly written text that is interesting and easy to use. The Bardes text is all of these and more. The writing is well done, the many charts are relevant and very useful, the text offers good discussion opportunities with "what if?", "e-mocracy"and "which side are you on" sections in each chapter. Key concepts are highlighted and defined in the margins and are very useful. Additionally, the teacher support materials are very good especially the test bank which may be the best we have seen. The questions are relevant and clearly stated. The instructors and the students give this text a very positive review. ... Read more


    8. American Government: Continuity and Change, 2004 Edition with LP.com 2.0, Seventh Edition
    by Karen O'Connor, Larry J. Sabato
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    Asin: 0321129725
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-11)
    Publisher: Longman
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    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A top-notch Government textbook
    I totally disagree with the other reviewer. This is truly a top-notch textbook. I have been teaching introductory American Government courses at the university level for 4 years, and I can honestly say that this is one of the finest introductory textbooks available. It covers all aspects of American government in a clear, concise manner that makes it very easy to read. The book is very well-organized, and it truly makes teaching American government a joy. Students will love it, and professors will be very happy to find a text that actually ENGAGES students in the learning process (whereas most textbooks just turn them off).

    1-0 out of 5 stars textbook!?
    My instructor required this book for a college political science class. After having read and studied it from beginning to end, there were a couple of aspects that bothered me.

    There is a lot of repetition, over facts, issues and definitions. Sometimes I would read the same passage 2 or 3 times, and there were times when the exactly same passage was repeated, as in "copy and paste". Some paraphrasing would have been nice.
    The book also seemed to be focused towards those shocking moments in the US history. The 9/11 topic was overdone. It was brought up countless of times. The Clinton scandal took second place among many others.

    It would have been appreciated if the summary would have been more representative; 4 lines occupying just half of the page (equivalent to maybe 2 standard lines) summarizing 6 pages is too short to my taste considering the amount of essential facts and concepts students have to remember. Back then I wished there would have been a glossary of the organizational or the authors' own abbreviations. I just couldn't keep track of them and eventually got lost and frustrated, especially in the last chapters.

    It think it is weird when the graphs take sometimes half or more of the page when they could have been done on a smaller scale saving a lot of paper (and a lot of trees) and I also wondered why were there more pictures of GW Bush in comparison to the other presidents, candidates and officeholders combined. The writing style, in my opinion, could have been more concise and precise.

    I was very disappointed for having spent more than $100 on a soft cover book that seems just fairly put together. ... Read more


    9. Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think
    by Jed Babbin
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    Asin: 0895260883
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
    Publisher: Regnery Publishing
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    Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Problems of the Past ¿ A Plan for the Future
    Jed Babbin has written an important book that articulates why we must be very careful in our relations with the UN and Old Europe. At last there is an analyst with the wisdom to discern the truth and the guts to print the facts. The corruption and incompetence of the UN is unconscionable. The "Oil for Food" program appears more like a "line the pockets of the bureaucrats" program. The idea of ceding our national sovereignty to an organization that tells miscreants, "Stop, or we'll tell you stop again" is abhorrent. Mr. Babbin shows that Old Europe is in decline. It would be foolish and irresponsible for the United States to become entangled with the EU. As for the French, the book supports the idea that while they may produce nice wine and good mustard, they can be counted on to consistently confuse profit for moral imperative. Inside the Asylum is a must read for those concerned about America's direction for the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Asylum
    In this book, Inside the Asylum, Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense has written a concise (143 pages) but detailed and very realistic analysis of the UN and Old Europe's failings as international actors on the world stage today. This "must read" demonstrates that the UN and Old Europe are "morally bankrupt" and that neither is making the "world safe for democracy." In fact, on the contrary, this author demonstrates, unequivocally and unabashedly, that the UN and Old Europe are not only ineffective but false friends to the United States and a growing threat to international peace and security.

    Grounded in solid research and sobering facts, plus his own extensive governmental experience, the first part of this very readable book deals with the glaring deficiencies associated with today's United Nations. This former Deputy Undersecretary during the administration of President George H. W. Bush is highly critical of what the UN has become --- an institution that ignores nuclear proliferation, is a mid-wife to terrorism, turns a blind eye to its own corruption and incompetence, squanders its members financial contributions, and facilitates a quagmire diplomacy.

    Even if highly critical of the UN as an effective international player, Babbin is no unthinking unilateralist. He states that "America cannot and should not be isolationist . . ." but that does not mean that "we have to be multilateralist in the sense UN members want us to be." On the contrary, the author is a realistic multilateralist. And this means that the U.S. should seek a new and reformed UN and our "destination should be a new global organization of the free and democratic nations with which we share values and goals." Babbin, ever the realist in international affairs, acknowledges that this new framework will take time and effort but he is sure that this new organization of the free and democratic nations will "minimize the damage the UN can cause while we move ourselves and our allies into a new framework for international cooperation."

    The second part of the book deals with the failings associated with what Babbin calls "Old Europe" --- the major nations of the European Union, France, Germany and the Benelux countries. In this second part, he builds upon his earlier thesis regarding the need for a new and reformed UN. Babbin calls for a new and reformed NATO, outside the framework of the European Union and a failing Old Europe. In fact, the "EUnuchs"(and the UN)are "united in seeing America as a threat to their own powers .... Many states within the EU follow France's lead and see their role as competing against America, rather than cooperating with us." The United States should lay the foundation for a new Anglo-European forum that will reform NATO, excluding nations that are not our partners and that do not "share a similar poltical and strategic vision and similar rates of defense expenditures with the United States." This new political/military alliance "will be better suited to mutually beneficial consultation, cooperation, and action." And it will be a more aggressive partner in the war against Islamo-Fascism.

    During this presidential year, this is a book (to be read in tandem with Endgame by Generals Thomas McInerney and Paul Vallely) that calls for an American foreign and defense policy that emphasizes American sovereignty, decisive/pre-emptive self defense, reformed/realistic international cooperation and an aggressive/robust war against nuclear proliferation and Islamo-Fascism. At the same time, it offers real and specific recommendations for a realistic multilateral cooperation with like minded democracies interested in the same robust and energetic war against the Terror Masters. And this means, finally, that the UN, in Babbin's words should no longer be "an international enclave, no longer American territory. It is elegant, but still politically and intellectually a slum. Turtle Bay needs to be reclaimed for America, and so does our foreign polciy with Old Europe. President Bush has begun the process. Now is the time to finish the job."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing we haven't heard before
    This book is a synthesis of what you have been hearing on every right-wing talk radio show for a decade or more. The book argues that the US needs to get out of the UN because the UN functions solely to constrain US power, and that the UN lacks any moral authority because it is dominated by Third World authoritarian regimes voting as a bloc.

    The US and other Western Democracies need to form a "new UN" whose membership is exclusively nations that respect individual rights. That is the only way to have an international decisionmaking body with any moral authority.

    The last half of the book is essentially a tirade on the decadence of the French and other continental European nations. That is easily skipped, if you have read Robert Kagan's Of Paradise and Power. There is no need to read the last half of the book, except for the chapter on reforming NATO. Babbin wants NATO preserved (not a common opinion on right-wing talk radio). But he does want to reform it, so that only nations that can maintain a military readiness technologically compatible with the US should be able to participate in NATO planning, joint exercises, etc. This is because only the British and French have maintained their military expenditures at a level to maintain any level of readiness. The French though have not been a part of NATO command structure since the 1960s, so they don't participate in a meaningful way right now.

    Kagan is certainly more scholarly than Babbin in his delivery. Babbin's book has the pacing and hyperbole of a speech being given to a company of Army Rangers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth about the United Nations
    This book should be read by all Americans. It is an in-depth look at the disingenuous nature of the organization. The book is very well researched and written!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Voice of Fascism is on the air
    July 15, 2004. I just heard this person promoting his book on a local radio program. He says that the UN, France, Germany, Russia... well most countries are our enemies. The best countries are Turkey and Poland. Australia and New Zealand, for some reason also pass. He says that maybe Japan is okay. He doesn't care what any country thinks of the US, especially insignificant non-countries like France. He says the bad countries hate Bush because of his religion. He likes Bush because rather than waste time talking... he acts to set things straight.

    He seems to have been Bush One's Paul Wolfowitz. But obviously not that bright. Jed Babbin is a right wing fanatic who makes Limbaugh seem like Walter Cronkite. Pay attention to him if you think Hitler had the right idea. ... Read more


    10. The Irony of Democracy (with InfoTrac)
    by Thomas R. Dye, Harmon Zeigler
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    After 30 years in print, THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY still offers the freshest, most clear-sighted approach to American government available. In this Twelfth Edition, the authors again present an unrepentantly elitist approach to American democracy--contending that it is the elites and not the masses that govern our country. This edition uses elite theory to provide many new unique insights, including discussion of the 2000 elections and the events surrounding September 11. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The quality most introductory book don't have.
    "The Irony of Democracy" was my college-level introduction to American politics, and I feel it provided me something far greater than any of the political/historical texts I read in high school. Instead of the same details of Democrats as the longest political party and Columbus crossing the ocean blue in 1492, Dye and Zeigler focus on the current United States political agendas and attempt to unravel how and why this country has developed as it has.

    The thing that I liked best about this text is that it reads more like a novel than a textbook. It explains United States politics in an engaging way that forces the reader to react. Dye and Zeigler support that America is an elitist nation, and back up their argument with an analysis of government structure (primary elections, electoral college, what it takes to REALLY make it into Congress) and interaction between governmental branches and the American public (through political action committees, interest groups, and the media). Also interesting are the facts presented on similarities between political parties as an effort to reach the "middle ground."

    If your instructor recommends this book, expect a class that will take you far beyond the nuts and bolts of American politics; expect to make your own conclusions on what may make the United States a stronger nation, why you should challenge the system from time to time, and actually learn WHY and HOW politics work the way that they do. The class you take may end up requiring more thought or effort on your part if this is one of the required readings, but you will come out of the class more informed, wary, and enlightened about what really governs our actions and thoughts as masses.

    1-0 out of 5 stars too much money
    when are the publishers going to stop gouging students for a paperback???For 70 bucks it should be a hardback at least!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Non-Voters Like Me Are Good For Democracy!
    This textbook is a thorough , well-written, and well-organized study of the basics of American democracy. The authors are brutally honest in their overview of the American democratic system. The irony of democracy?: "Elites-not masses-govern the United States" and, my favorite, "that democratic ideals survive because the masses are generally apathetic and inactive" (the masses breed intolerance, you see). Among the fifteen chapters is one entitled "Elite-Mass Communication: Television, the Press, and the Pollsters," which I found to be very interesting. ... Read more


    11. Politics in States and Communities (11th Edition)
    by Thomas R. Dye, Susan A. MacManus
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    Asin: 0130496707
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-03)
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    This best-seller stands apart from others of its kind by its comparative approach, patient explanation, concern with policy, and ability to stimulate readers' interest. In a clear, accessible style, the authors demonstrate the important role that American states and communities play in the political life of the nation.Focuses on the sources and nature of conflict in states and communities, along with the structures and processes designed to manage conflict. Includes updates and new topics throughout, with refocused organization; discusses timely issues such as New York City's response to terrorism and the 2000 presidential race. Examines the background and career of prominent political figures, including Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Illustrates a wide variety of current political conflicts, covering issues such as the drinking age and the right to bear arms. Includes informative and entertaining discussion on various aspects of American states and communities such as state birds, nicknames, and ratings for the "most livable" states. provides end-of-chapter "On the Web" sections that direct students to links and additional information on the Internet.For anyone interested in learning more about the American political process. ... Read more


    12. Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step for Government and Nonprofit Agencies
    by Paul R.Niven
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    Asin: 0471423289
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-20)
    Publisher: Wiley
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    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Hands-on guidelines for using the Balanced Scorecard within mission-driven organizations

    Today’s insistence on demonstrated organizational performance is not limited to private-sector corporations. Public and nonprofit agencies are also finding that, as financial resources decrease and demand for results increases, they too must institute performance goals along with programs and processes to consistently progress toward those goals.

    Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step for Government and Nonprofit Agencies identifies the opportunities–and helps eliminate the obstacles–of bringing the popular and proven Balanced Scorecard approach to public and nonprofit organizations.

    This results-focused and practical book provides you with:

    • Fundamentals of the Balanced Scorecard concept
    • Advice on how to alter the "geography" of the balanced scorecard to fit public and nonprofit agencies
    • Techniques for developing strategy maps and Balanced Scorecards throughout your organization
    • Tools and templates to link the Balanced Scorecard with key management processes

    Balanced Scorecard Step-by-Step for Government and Nonprofit Agencies outlines the very real benefits of the field-proven Balanced Scorecard approach, and details how it can be tailored to the unique requirements and realities of nonprofit and public-sector organizations. Let it show you how to use the Balanced Scorecard to help your organization dramatically improve operational and fiscal effectiveness–and better meet the needs of your stakeholders. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A book for the 21st century
    Niven is one of the best authors on BSC. If this administration and communications tool has been hailed as one the best new concepts in the business world, in nonprofit and government administration it can have even more impact. It is a great general introduction, but even seasoned experts will find enlightenment and a great very updated bibliography. Works very well as a textbook for nonprofit management with HBS cases.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, informative and highly implementable advice
    Although the Balanced Scorecard has taken over performance mangagement thinking in business, its linkages and adaptability to public and non-profit organizations has remained extremely challenging. I currently am resposible for leading planning and strategy development for a large social services provider in Canada. Being a strong proponent of Balanced Scorecard theory, I anxiously waited two months for Paul Niven's latest book to hit the shelves in hope that I could adapt the balanced scorecard approach to evaluate our organization's strategy. Long story short >> Balanced Scorecard for Government and Nonprofit Agencies was an incredible investment, and we are now on the way to better measuring and reporting on our organization's progress with the help of this book's advice, tips and proecess design steps.

    Paul Niven's writing style provides a clear and informative description of the balanced scorecard approach to performance planning and measurement - and presents easy-to-follow steps for designing and implementing performance systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of nonprofit and public sector programs. I highly recommend this easy-to-read book to anyone interested in understanding how the world's leading approach to performance measurement and management can be successfully incorporated into your organization.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good & Practical Book on Balanced Scorecard
    I've read most of the literature on the Balanced Scorecard and the previous books by Norton & Kaplan and Paul Niven himself. Being a Management Consultant of 15 years, I worked with numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and have the usual skepticism towards theory books. This latest book on Balanced Scorecard was easy-to-read with numerous examples from Balanced Scorecard implementations in public sector. I found the step-by-step approach to be practical and quite down-to-earth with numerous take aways for a reader interested in BSC or a performance management practitioner, like myself. The book rightly touches upon the challenges in the scorecard implementations, and offers valuable advice. If you haven't read any previous books on this subject, you can read this book alone for a good idea on what the Balanced Scorecard is all about, and how you go about its implementation. ... Read more


    13. Politics in America, Texas Edition (5th Edition)
    by Thomas R. Dye, L. Tucker Gibson, Clay Robison, Tucker Gibson
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    Asin: 0130497088
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-19)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 9978
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    This highly-regarded introduction to politics in America is clearly and concisely written, providing the reader with a great basis for understanding our political system. Included in this edition is a study of politics in Texas, an important facet of politics in our country. With its timely illustrations, case studies, and explanation of current controversies, it is a must-read for anyone interested in how our political system functions.This lively, absorbing narrative examines the struggle for power: the participants, stakes, processes, and the institutional arenas. This Texas edition includes additional chapters concerning politics in that state: the social and economic milieu; the Texas Constitution; interest groups, political parties and elections; the legislature; the executive branch and bureaucracy; the judiciary; and local government in Texas.For anyone interested in our American political system; especially those with an interest in Texas politics, including government workers, policymakers, and politicians. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars good overview of government, though a bit biased
    Overall this book is a good overview of the american political system. The structures of the beurocracy, executive, congressional, and judicial branches are covered very thoroughly. However, I found that the author inserted a bit too much of his own Republican biases in it. There is a whole section devoted to "government waste" - a common election tactic by Republicans. While it is true that the government is wasteful- all beurocracies are to some extent- a recent survey showed the US gov't to be the 3rd most efficient in the world. Also, sprinkled throughout the book are convinient three paragraph long and very shallow "Counterpoints" which try to convince readers of republican principles from the flat tax to the abolition of affirmative action. The most egragrious offenses come in various profiles "people in polics" of various leaders in politics. Invariably, the Republicans profiled have their personal strengths asserted with a folksy charm, while the Democrats are given a far away overview as well as mention of some trivial personal faults (Barbara Boxer's overdrafts from the House banks- a trivial issue in the big picture of things- is in her bio). And of course there are also the "Liberal ratings" in it- with the late Paul Wellstone topping the list. In addition to all of this, the general wording of the book and word choice used betrays the clearly Republican biases of the author. Overall the book is not a bad book, it does a good and thorough job at outlining the structure of the federal government, however, reader beware of the biases of the author.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good introductory-level textbook.
    I just finished taking a class called "Introduction to AmericanPolitics" and this was our only textbook.I found the textbook to beeasy to read, clearly written, and factually accurate.I fear that manystudents, like myself, who have already studied some in this area may findthe book to be too simplified, and will get bored reading about the basicsof material which is already familiar to them.The book is great for thenovice, but is definitely not upperclassmen material. ... Read more


    14. The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God
    by George Weigel
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    Asin: 0465092667
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Basic Books
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    One of America's foremost public intellectuals argues that Europe's abandonment of its spiritual and cultural roots raises urgent questions about democracy's future around the world - including the United States

    Why do Europeans and Americans see the world so differently? Why do Europeans and Americans have such different understandings of democracy and its discontents in the twenty-first century? Contrasting the civilization that produced the starkly modernist "cube" of the Great Arch of La DŽfense in Paris with the civilization that produced the "cathedral" of Notre-Dame, George Weigel argues that Europe's embrace of a narrow secularism has led to a crisis of morale that is eroding Europe's soul and threatening its future-with dire lessons for the rest of the democratic world.

    Weigel traces the origins of "Europe's problem" to the atheistic humanism of the nineteenth-century European intellectual life, which set in motion a historical process that produced two world wars, three totalitarian systems, the Gulag, Auschwitz, the Cold War-and, most ominously, the Continent's de-population, which is worse today than during the Black Death. And yet, many Europeans still insist-most recently, during the debate over a new EU constitution-that only a public square shorn of religiously-informed moral argument is safe for human rights and democracy. Precisely the opposite, Weigel suggests, is true: the people of the "cathedral" can give a compelling account of their commitment to everyone's freedom; the people of the "cube" cannot. Can there be any true "politics"-any true deliberation about the common good, and any robust defense of freedom-without God? George Weigel makes a powerful case that the answer is "No," because, in the final analysis, societies are only as great as their spiritual aspirations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read!
    "The Cube and the Cathedral" addresses the thorny question of our time.Why, in the midst of unprecedented prosperity and health, is Europe committing demographic suicide?


    George Weigel answers this and other relevant questions in his thought-provoking book, "The Cube and the Cathedral."


    Weigel also tells us Americans that Europe's future concerns us.We are not protected by oceans as in centuries past.

    Europe is sinking slowly into malaise; its borders are increasingly penetrated by Islamic immigrants, who provide the workforce for Europe's aging population.These Islamic immigrants become radicalized in the secular societies of France and England.As one Islamic talk-show caller states, "We share their nationality; our religion is our own." Radical Islam recognizes no law but Shahria.

    The proposed European Union's constitution wants to eliminate all mention of the continents's Christian roots, wiping our 1500 years of Europe's civilization.

    Weigel argues that secularlists attempt to eradicate God from the public square in Europe is having disastrous consequences.Europeans are bored and disengaged from public life.They have so little faith in the future, they are not reproducing themselves.

    It would be a shame that the sacrifices of thousands of young men who died in the World Wars of the 20th century died for nothing.

    The time is now for Europe to halt her descent into cultural oblivion.



    4-0 out of 5 stars "Absent convictions, there's no tolerance;just indifference"
    Europe, George Weigel thinks, is in "Civilizational crisis"; seemingly to be suffering from a loss of hope, a lack of faith in the future. Look at the fact that no Western European country is currently even approaching a replacement-level birthrate. "What is happening," Mr. Weigel asks, "when an entire continent [though eastern Europe, admittedly is doing better herein], wealthier and healthier than ever before declines to create the human future in the most elemental sense, by creating a next generation?" (The replacement rate of 2.1 births vs. France's 1.7, Germany's 1.3, Italy's 1.2, and Spain's 1.1, for instance.) "[A]t the root of this loss of hope," Weigel quotes Henri de Lubac, "is an attempt to promote a vision of man apart from God and apart from Christ"---witness how Europeans not only recoiled from, but horrored at, George Bush when he expressed "the idea that freedom is a gift from God that must be actively defended"; & how of the roughly 70,000 words of the new EU constitution awaiting ratification you will not find "Christianity" (notwithstanding it being "the embodiment of a story that has arguably had more to do with 'constituting' Europe than anything else").Such culture-shaping ideas of atheistic humanism ("atheism with a developed ideology and a program for remaking the world") is what now characterizes the EU. Hence "transnational courts and the Brussels bureaucracy" leading the charge for "a softer form of socialism," coupled with a "nihilistic attitude toward the idea of any transcendent standard of judgement (or justice) by which public life is to be ordered." Mr. Weigel likens such behavior to "an adolescent rebellion against parents." God's search for man and the human response to that divine quest may have been the central reality of history; history in the literal past, but we've reached the end of that line's utility, some seemingly argue---we can take it from here.Concomitant with this seeming trend is the reality (in Mr. Weigal's view) that "demographic vacumns do not remain unfilled"; that should the majority in Europe continue to denegrate faith, such will only further reflexively discourage the minority (but fast increasing) Muslim population within Europe to assimilate under the banner of democracy, tolerance, & religious freedom for all.Instead, Mr. Weigel fears instead---as the murder of Theo Van Gogh in Holland by a middle class Muslim has highlighted---that (in the words of Germany's paper "Speigel") "the veil of multiculturalism has been lifted, revealing parallel societies" within even individual European countries. So while Europe (ie., the politicallypowerful "old Europe" of "Cubist" worshipping Belgium, France, & Germany in particular) seeks to deny its own heritage & its religious heart (in its proposed constitution), and seeks to make Europe more uniform, bureaucratic, and less responsive to its own member-states' citizens, we are left to hope that the "East" (ie., "New Europe"---epitomizing the "Cathedral" herein) will come to the rescue by emphasizing the point that "faith" (encouraged by Pope John Paul II) engendered the liberation of millions of Europeans (with Ronald Reagan's help, of course too).But the power of "faith" herein wasn't a one-off fluke, is Mr. Weigel's point in this book, to be acknowledged only to the point toward declaring the job done in Eastern Europe & thence to be eclipsed; especially now with the Catholic Church increasingly offering much as to how "faith" itself is transcendent; the life's effort by John Paul II that was particularly brought home by the hundreds of thousands who witnessed it firsthand, & the upwards of 2 billion who witnessed from afar, that man's funeral.Mr. Weigel's book is a short read (6 hours max), but it offers plenty which to contemplate. (05Apr) God Bless

    5-0 out of 5 stars must-read for all Europeans!
    excellent book, excellent points! those secular Europeans are destroying the continent- one has to be clearly an imbecil to support the exclusion of Christianity in the EU Constitution. fortunately, it will not be ratified as it stands today, even in France! Europe(ans) must wake-up!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Europe in jeopardy
    The issues covered are perhaps the most important issues facing the West as we begin the third millenium. We'll hear a lot about it as the de-Christianization of Europe seems to be number one item on the new Pope's agenda.

    The book is very important in that most Westerners - and I mean the educated westerners - don't even realize that a stage is being set for a war of religion/ideologies, just as liberals (in the American sense of the word) have convinced themselves that religion doesn't matter. See the review by a Urs Guber below who states that"Italy just happens to have the densest Roman Catholic population."I'm sure Urs believes she (?) knows a lot about Europe, but the statement betrays her complete ignorance of the trends under way.

    Italy is one of the LEAST Catholic countries in Western Europe, as - for instance - reported by CNN recently; the percentage of practicing Catholics - and Christians in general - has been falling rapidly in Italy, Germany, and France. Apart from an identity crisis it represents (whose long-term consequences are ahrd to predict), it has opened a great opportunity to Islam. Last year, a mosque was built at the site of a Catholic church in Granada (if you don't know what that means, you had better read up on history), and it's no coincidence that the largest mosque in Europe was built a stone's throw from the Vatican. Why the anti-religious left doesn't find that troubling is beyond me.Is Catholic Italy worse that Italy AD 2060 under sharia law? There will be no fashion in Muslim Italy - that's guaranteed.So even if you don't give a damn about religion or ideology, but couldn't live without Armani or Blahnik, you should be concerned.

    4-0 out of 5 stars As the light dims in the public square
    Weigel suggests Europe is a society adrift, untied from the source of its greatness - the very cultural foundation which provided the values making Europe great is now disintegrating, leaving Europe (and soon the entire West) on sinking sand.More specifically, as the past is erased, re-written, or ignored the rich Judeo-Christian history of Europe is being left behind.And at what cost?

    Weigel asks provocative questions... Why is European productivity dwindling to an all time low?Why is European politics rife with senselessness?Why does Sweden have a considerably higher level of its population living below the poverty line? Why is Europe undergoing the 'greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death of the 14th century'?

    Could the recent woes of Europe be tied to the ever decreasing Christian minority on this now decidedly post-Christian continent?

    As I ponder Weigel's book I'm reminded of Orwell's quote, "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."Weigel restates the obvious, "culture determines civilization".And he goes on to say, without its distinctly Christian history, Europe would not be what it is.Unfortunately, he may have more accurately written, `Europe would not have been what it was.'

    However, from the perspective of the Christian tradition there is more to lament than the secondary effects of a decline in productivity, and art.That is, merely reviving religion as an end in itself is not what Europe needs, but rather a call back to its first love, the God who blesses and rewards those who diligently seek Him.

    Of course the current intellectual elites regard God as an embarrassment as they continue to scoff at His name.What is the final price?The world has yet to know.

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    15. Government by the People, Brief, Fifth Edition
    by James MacGregor Burns, Jack Peltason, Thomas E. Cronin, David B. Magleby, David O'Brien, Paul Light
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    Asin: 0131842269
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-02)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is the most authoritative book on the market today about American government; its impeccable scholarship and distinguished author team enable readers to understand how the American political system works. Its accompanying CD-ROM ties multimedia-based simulations to most chapters, making political situations come alive. Crucial updated material in this edition includes discussion of challenges to American institutions post 9/11, providing readers with a context in understanding the impacts of these recent events.In-depth coverage of the following topics make for a most interesting read: constitutional principles, the political process, policy-making institutions, rights and liberties, and the politics of national policy (economic, social, foreign, and defense).An excellent reader for those interested in American government; the comprehensive appendices and glossary, as well as the wealth of information contained in the book, make this a necessary desk reference for anyone involved in government or governmental affairs, including those in the political arena. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to American Politics Textbook
    Excellent intro to politics text. I highly recommend it for a classroom or for anyone really who wants to sit down with a plain-spoken piece to get you to understand our government. Whether it is for someone with little knowledge as to who this vast bureaucracy works, or for someone with a fairly good knowledge of it all - I don't think it will disappoint.
    I think what I appreciated the most was the honesty that the text was written. The authors also included a good amount of humor to emphasize the point (in cartoon, comic, Top 10 List, etc), in order to keep a reader interested.
    I think this text is also a good reference as well, as there are numerous court cases and explicit examples of gov't at work - that if you are ever at a loss for "what was it that happened?" or "what does that term mean?" Things are extremely easy to find and be referred to.
    Good works.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love their attitude,I want to read it in English!
    I'm reading this book in Chinese,I love it! Our teachers never told me about it, they just teached us what is 'right'. ... Read more


    16. Criminal Justice Organizations: Administration and Management
    by Stan Stojkovic, David Kalinich, John Klofas
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    Asin: 0534584101
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-08)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 54534
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    Providing coverage of modern management theory, this text emphasizes the application of management techniques appropriate to each area of the criminal justice system. By focusing on the "how's" as well as the "why's," this text prepares students for dealing with real management issues.CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS is known for being thorough, approachable, and practical. It is praised for having strong pedagogical features, such as "Work Perspectives" and "Case Summaries". ... Read more


    17. Texas Politics, Eighth Edition
    by Richard H. Kraemer
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    Asin: 0534586449
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-16)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 234235
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    This text explicitly and critically compares the realities of Texas politics to the ideals described by democratic theory. The text's lively presentation of material engages students in controversial issues and encourages classroom debate. A balanced, comprehensive, thoroughly updated presentation of government in Texas, this edition includes the 2000 election results. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Textbook format
    This book is a comprehensive look at Texas politics which in itself is somewhat confusing, but the style of the book tends to cloud the issue even more. It sometimes uses examples that are not exactly on point and if you don't live in Texas than you may not fully understand the point of reference it comes from. Overall though, it is a detailed and comprehensive. The book offers some great study questions at the end of each chapter. This book tends to really very frank with it's criticism of the Texas political machine and on occasion it leans to the right somewhat, but heck, this is Texas, what did you expect. ... Read more


    18. Democracy Under Pressure : 2002 Election Update (with InfoTrac)
    by Milton C. Cummings
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    Asin: 0534173624
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-30)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 115778
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE has provided over a million students with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of American government. Cummings and Wise pair lively narrative with exemplary scholarship to convey a balanced, realistic sense of political history and to describe the institutions of American government. Throughout, the authors examine the theme of democracy under pressure, discussing the way democracy responds to the needs and demands of various groups over time. The text is developed around a systems approach - a framework of analysis that discusses various elements of the political process in terms of inputs and outputs - and focuses on the gap that exists between theory and reality in government today. This new edition has been updated to include the results of the 2002 congressional elections and other recent events of importance to the American political scene. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but Long
    I was surprised at how interesting this book made government. It's not boring like so many other college text books are. There are lots of examples that explain concepts in an interesting way, and there are little side stories about our country's history.

    Although this book is interesting the chapters are soooo long. I used this book for a 3 week summer government course and the long chapters nearly killed me. I found that I could skip the introduction to each chapter which saved me a whole page of reading. Also, I could sometimes read the first and last paragraph of a section and get the point of the section without having to read all the examples of an issue. The end of the chapter summaries are good, and very usefull to studying for exams.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Uses a lot of examples
    I used this text as a course textbook for a college class last semester. One of the good things about this book is that it contains a LOT of examples about every topic concerning government that is discussed in the book. One of the bad things that I've found however, is that these examples make the book very tedious - if you are just trying to get straight information (ie: to learn from), and you want to do it quickly, I would not recommend this book; however, if you are seeking to learn, and you learn best by seeing real-life examples, then this is the book for you, for it has plenty of those! Personally, I found it a little too much, but I realize that this is just my opinion, so I don't knock the book at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Democracy Under Pressure
    was a good book, a very interesting college course. This book was easy to read and follow.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Long Examples
    The format of this book is straight forward, and easy to comprehend. Unfortunately, the beginning of many chapters proved to be long and tedious before actually getting into the workings of government. Although the examples were necessary to illustrate daily workings of government, they could have been cut back. ... Read more


    19. Democracy in America
    by Alexis De Tocqueville
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    Asin: 0451528123
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Signet Book
    Sales Rank: 6023
    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    In the mid-1800s, a French political scientist named Alexis de Tocqueville came to the United States to appraise the meaning and functioning of democracy. This extraordinary book, written as a result of his visit, contains his comments and criticisms-many of which are still vital in today's world-and is a must-read for anyone interested in American politics. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Every literate American should read this
    The specific edition I am reviewing is the Heffner addition which is a 300 page abridgement. I also own an unabridged edition but I have only read Heffner cover to cover. What is amazing about de Toqueville is how uncanny many of his observations are over a century and a half later. He accurately predicted in 1844 that the world's two great powers would be the United States and Russia. He aptly pointed out that Americans are a people who join associations and he is so right 156 years later. Although there are both religious extremists on both ends, ie fundamentalists and atheists, he was dead on that, as a whole, we are a religious society but that our religious views are moderate. De Toqueville shows how American characteristics evolved from democracy as opposed to the highly class structered societies of Europe. From de Tocqueville, it could have been predicted that pop culture, such as rock music etc, would develop in America because the lack of an aristocracy causes a less cultured taste in the arts. In a thousand and one different ways, I found myself marveling at how dead on de Toqueville was. Most controversially, those who argue that we have lost our liberties to a welfare state might well find support in de Toqueville. Here, 100 years before the New Deal, he forsaw that a strong central government would take away our liberties but in a manner much more benign than in a totalitarian government. There are certain liberties that Americans would willingly sacrifice for the common good. Critics of 20th century liberalism in the US might well point to this as an uncanny observation. By reading "Democracy in America," the reader understands what makes Americans tick. De Toquville was an astute observer of who we are as a people and should be read by all educated Americans.

    I want to note that there are several editions of this great work and in deciding which to buy, be aware that each has a different translator. I feel Heffner's translation is slightly stilted but, he did such a wonderful job in editing this abridgement that it, nontheless, deserves 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Astute Observer of America
    De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy. From reading the book I deduced that De Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx! He compares European culture and government with the fledgling culture and democracy he observes in America. He is very much impressed with what he sees taking place in America in the 1830's and hopes it will spread to Europe. He at first believed that America's prosperity was simply due to geography and their distance from powerful neighbors, he abandons this idea after his visit to America. He comes to realize that the West is not being peopled "by new European immigrants to America, but by Americans who he believes have no adversity to taking risks". De Tocqueville comes to see that Americans are the most broadly educated and politically advanced people in the world and one of the reasons for the success of our form of government. He also foretells America's industrial preeminence and strength through the unfettered spread of ideas and human industry.

    De Tocqueville also saw the insidious damage that the institution of slavery was causing the country and predicted some 30 years before the Civil War that slavery would probable cause the states to fragment from the union. He also the emergence of stronger states rights over the power of the federal government. He held fast to his belief that the greatest danger to democracy was the trend toward the concentration of power by the federal government. He predicted wrongly that the union would probably break up into 2 or 3 countries because of regional interests and differences. This idea is the only one about America that he gets wrong. Despite some of his misgivings, De Tocqueville, saw that democracy is an "inescapable development" of the modern world. The arguments in the "Federalist Papers" were greater than most people realized. He saw a social revolution coming that continues throughout the world today.

    De Tocqueville realizes at the very beginning of the "industrial revolution" how industry, centralization and democracy strengthened each other and moved forward together. I am convinced that De Tocqueville is still the preeminent observer of America but is also the father of social science. As a retired Army officer and political philosopher, I found this book to be a must read for anyone interested in American history, political philosophy or the social sciences.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best novels of the 19th century
    This is one of the best novels of the 19th century. Most people do not recognize the significance of this book, however its relevance to modern literature cannot be emphasized more. Ironically, this book has apparently
    gained quite a following among political scientists, historians, and pediatric endocrinologists, however this is only because of a misinterpretation. Many believe De Tocqueville to have been what he claims to have been, a gentleman, statesman, diplomat, and liaision for France to the United States. De Tocqueville was none of the above, in fact he was a petty criminal from Marseille who was arrested in 1832 for stealing horseshoes from a prominent businessman's steed. While in jail he was mixed up with political prisoners from a recent revolt and sent to Martinique to serve a sentance of 5 years hard labor. Unfortunately, De Tocqueville had a hot temper and allegedly killed an Arawak Indian in a fight, and being that this was the last known Arawak Indian on the island was sentanced to life in prison. It was here that he met a young Victor Hugo, a criminal justice student studying colonial jail system and theory, who De Tocqueville befriended. Hugo taught him to write, which Alexis did to pass the time and to allay his growing madness. Upon his death, guards found thousands of pages of text stuffed under his soiled mattress, some of which we now know to be Democracy In America. It was part of a larger epic about a French diplomat named Arnaud Venilas who wrote political treatises and sold them to British merchants to feed his opium addiction.
    I wholeheartedly disagree with the modern interpretation of this work and hope that eventually this mini story will be put back into the Venilas context as De Tocqueville had originally intended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Why America is so a successfull country.
    Democracy in America" , in the abridged version of the quite voluminous full work which totals something like 2.000 pages of texts, is worthy all the money the reader spent in search of a good content and which fully conveys the inteligent writting style and the penetrating innovative ideas of one of the most brilliant thinkers of all times, the superbly bright French nobleman , Alexis de Tocqueville, a household name in America's schools. I would be at a loss if I had to name the area of knowledge where the author impresses me most: as an historian?, as a sociologist? as an economist? as an anthropologist or a philosopher? In all of these fields of knowledge his approach is innovative, his style vivid, and his ideas spring from the seemingly endless source of his mental apparatus, certainly one of the best of his time. Getting in first contact with such a cornucopia of new ideas and thoughts is very estimulating, specially if one has in mind that Alexis' work is not a panegeric of his condition of nobleman(after the French Revolution). Quite to the contrary, his open mindedness is revealed in the futurity he ascertains to the United States as the new economic and social power of the world, leaving behind all the decadent fashion and way of style of ancient nobility, English or French. All this in the 1830's!!! He analyses the formative concepts of the social and economic life in the States and many of the concepts and aspects of day-to-day life of Americans are to be found even nowadays, there cemented in the social and economic life of that country. The reader , even in this abridged edition, which very adequately compacts the two voluminous full editions, will be at in a very gainfull position to get in contact with one of the most important thinkers who has given its precious mind to study what is behind the success of the United States as a nation. As a minor flip-side the book, in a very poor paperback edition, is very difficult to handle phisically and to peruse. But, as a bottom-line, the book is so good that I will order the unabridged version to read it in totum.

    5-0 out of 5 stars timeless reference
    While American democracy has changed significantly over the past couple centuries since de Toqueville wrote this, his chapters on citizenship and governance are still a must-read for anyone interested in the workings of democratic government. His insight was exceptional, so like Shakespeare, much of this work is a timeless analysis of human nature. ... Read more


    20. Do-gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim To Help And The Rest Of Us
    by Mona Charen
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    Asin: 1595230033
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-23)
    Publisher: Sentinel
    Sales Rank: 214977
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    Mona Charen has a loyal following from her syndicated newspaper column (whichrunsin more than two hundred newspapers) and her many television and radioappearances.Her first book, Useful Idiots, was an eight-week New York Timesbestseller. Now she’s back, switching her focus from foreign policy to domesticissues.

    Unlike some conservatives who throw verbal hand grenades, Charen never getsshrill ormean. Instead, she focuses on the facts to reveal exactly why liberals arewrong—andhow their proposals hurt the very people they claim to be fighting for, as wellas thecountry as a whole.

    Do-Gooders is a guide to the smug know-it-alls in politics, the newsmedia, andHollywood who think they know what’s best for the poor and other needyAmericans.From Marian Wright Edelman to John Kerry, Hillary Rodham Clinton to Rob Reiner,thisbook will skewer the liberals by name. It covers topics such as:
    Education: Do-gooders send their own kids to private schools whileworking todeny poor children a better education through voucher programs.
    Affirmative Action: Do-gooders defend racial preferences at all costswhileignoring the enormous problems they create for African Americans at all levelsofachievement.
    Welfare: Do-gooders thought welfare reform in the 1990s would hurt thepoor,and they still refuse to admit how much it actually helped.

    By collecting and exposing the most outrageous quotes and actions of the do- gooders,this book will become a must-read for conservatives across the country as theygear upfor the next round of policy battles. ... Read more


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