Archive for the ‘Politics Biographies’ Category

Never Again – John Ashcroft – Audio Book

August 3, 2007

Never Again – John Ashcroft : The most controversial attorney general in U.S. history tells untold story behind the war on terror in post-9/11 America.

John Ashcroft’s service as U.S. attorney general began with turmoil: a loss to a deceased challenger in is U.S. Senate reelection campaign and a tumultuous confirmation battle. Then, on September 11, 2001, is job was transformed into the greatest leadership challenge an attorney general has ever faced.

Highly classified intelligence briefings, secret surveillance of terror cells, and terror war councils with President Bush gave Ashcroft a uniquely comprehensive – and uniquely chilling – view of the threats o American security.

In NEVER AGAIN, Ashcroft breaks his silence about historic events that transpired during his term of ffice – including the largest terrorist attack in U.S. history, the enactment and defense of the Patriot Act, the Robert Hanssen spy scandal, the execution of Timothy McVeigh, and the recently iscovered domestic surveillance program authorized by President Bush. In this provocative audiobook, listeners will meet the man behind the title, hear his take on the dangers to and within America from outside forces, and discover what he did to repair the serious breaches in our country’s security. NEVER GAIN is a fascinating and probing look at what Ashcroft believes will ultimately make America safe.

John Ashcroft served as attorney general of the United States from February 2001 to January 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served in the United States Senate and as the governor of Missouri.

This is a terribly important book written by a man in the epicenter of the national response to the wful attacks of September 11, 2001. It’s an easy read written in a friendly, conversational style hat puts to lie everything said about this man in the media. John Ashcroft describes in detail the events following 9/11 and his horrific discoveries of the ineptitude and blindness of the previous administration in combatting terrorism within the borders of the United States. As someone said : “John Ashcroft came and went and the world did not end”. I highly recommend this ook.

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State of Denial – Bob Woodward – Audio Book

May 23, 2007

State of Denial – Bob Woodward : THE DETAILED, INSIDE STORY OF A WAR-TORN WHITE HOUSE

Bob Woodward examines how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to the Congress, and often to themselves in State of Denial. Woodward’s third book on President Bush is a sweeping narrative from the first days George W. Bush thought seriously about running for president, through the recruitment of his national security team, the war in Afghanistan, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the struggle for political survival in the second term.

State of Denial answers the core questions: What happened after the invasion of Iraq? Why? How does Bush make decisions and manage the war that he chose to define his presidency? And, is there an achievable plan for victory? Woodward provides the fullest account, and explanation, of the road Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the White House staff have walked.

Once the book of Bob Woodward is read we do have the feeling that President Georges W. Bush decided mostly on its own to start the war in Irak. And after 4 years of it, it seems that there won’t be, in terms of victory, a pro-democracy future in Iraq. Of course there will be the pro and the contra about this book but Bob Woodward is known as a journalist committing himself in telling a story very accurately and not caring about what his critics may think. For a wide overwiewI recommend it.

All of these People – Fergal Keane – Audio Book

May 16, 2007

All of these People – Fergal Keane : During his years of reporting from the world’s most savage and turbulent regions, Fergal Keane has witnessed the violence of the South African townships and the terror in Rwanda, the most extreme kinds of human behaviour, the horror of genocide and the bravery of peacekeepers faced with overwhelming odds.

As one of the BBC’s leading correspondents, he recounts extraordinary encounters on
the front lines. Alongside his often brutal experiences in the field, he also describes unflinchingly the challenges and demons he has faced in his personal life growing up in Ireland.

Keane’s existence as a war reporter is all that we imagine: frantic filing of reports and dodging shells, interspersed with rest in bombed-out hotels and concrete shelters.

Life in such vulnerable areas of the globe is emotionally draining, but full of astonishing moments of camaraderie and human bravery.

At the heart of Fergal Keane’s story is a descent into and recovery from alcoholism, panning two generations, father and son; a different kind of war, but as much part of he journey of the last 25 years as the bullets and bombs.

Reading Fergal Keane’s book gave me an insight into the man. I admire his honesty in writing his memoir, memoir which is haunted by his alcoholic father. His influence is felt in his early days as a reporter on the Irish Press to his dream job as BBC Southern Africa correspondent. He worked from Northern Ireland to the Balkans and he reported as well about the genocide in Rwanda. To forget all this he, too, became an alcoholic. This was the biggest battled he had to fight ! To me this book is like a confession of the guilt he carries about the dead and injured he has filmed and then left.

Don McCullin,war photographer, once said: he justifies himself: ‘You can’t focus with tears in your eyes.’

Case for Democracy, The – Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer – Audio Book

April 22, 2007

Case for Democracy, The – Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer : In this brilliantly analytical yet personal book, non democratic 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, Sharansky claims, is rooted in the right to dissent, to walk into the town square and declare one’s views without fear of punishment or reprisal.

he 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.

Natan Sharansky is a former Soviet dissident and political prisoner who has spent his life championing democracy and freedom.

A case for Democracy is a fascinating book. You will love it and you will have as well an idea of how our world functions, of how dictatorial government think about themselves and about the democratic government too. You will have as well an idea of how to compose or deal with such dictatorial government to be able to reach peace because the democratic societies also need the moral clarity to dentify… evil !

Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography – William F. Buckley, Jr. – Audio Book

March 14, 2007

Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography – William F. Buckley, Jr. : In this autobiography, woven from personal pieces composed over the course of a celebrated writing life of more than fifty years, you’ll meet William Buckley the boy, growing up in a family of ten children; Buckley the daring young political enfant terrible, whose debut book, God and Man at Yale, was a shocking New York Times best-seller; Buckley the editor of National Review, widely hailed as the founder of the modern conservative movement; Buckley the husband and father; Buckley the spy and novelist of spies; and Buckley the bon vivant.

Along the way, the listener will be treated to Buckley’s romance with wine, his love of the
right word, his intoxication with music, and his joy in skiing and travel.

William F. Buckley, Jr., a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer, was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award-winning Firing Line, the longest-running program in television history with the same host. He is the award-winning author of many best-sellers, starting with God and Man at Yale. He lives in Connecticut.

A pure delight !

Against All Enemies – Richard A Clarke – Audio Book

March 12, 2007

Against All Enemies – Richard A Clarke : The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years, serving under seven presidents and in the White House for George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, until he resigned in March 2003. He has had a front-row seat at every major battle in this war, from the first World Trade Center bombing, to 9/11, to Afghanistan, to Iraq.

Clarke knows the secret stories of Bill Clinton’s great victories—shutting down anti-U. S.
terrorism sponsored by Iran and Iraq—and his great frustrations—failing to kill Usama Bin Laden despite many attempts. When President Bush took office, Clarke was ready to present him with a master plan to roll back and destroy al Qaeda—yet the president did not grant a briefing for months. His aides had little interest in Usama Bin Laden, preferring to talk about Saddam Hussein at every turn. Clarke knows why we failed to shut down terrorist financing within our borders prior to 2001.

Fascinating, enthralling and a little bit frightening. To listen absolutly to be able to understand what is still going on.

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America – Ralph Raico and Wendy McElroy – Audio Book

February 20, 2007

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America – Ralph Raico and Wendy McElroy : Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, captured the essence of nineteenth-century America in his penetrating work, Democracy in America. The democratic concept of equality was emerging as a political reality in America, and it threatened the aristocracy of Europe; it produced a society of individualists hungry for self improvement.

In this classic treatise, Tocqueville weighed the advantages of democracy against its dangers. He asked: Is the tendency toward equality a tendency toward liberty? Can the majority be restrained to protect the freedom of individuals and minorities?

In this audio book we realise how visionary de Tocqueville was: a picture of American government, culture, a new nation of human interaction.

Arrogance – Bernard Goldberg – Audio Book

February 16, 2007

Arrogance – Bernard Goldberg : In Arrogance, Goldberg punctures the bubble in which the media elites live and work, a culture of denial where contrary views are not welcome. He shows how they base their stories on assumptions many Americans don’t share – which inevitably leads to biased reporting and slanted news. With blistering wit and passion, he names names and builds his case, revealing:

  • How the media’s coverage of the Jayson Blair scandal missed far more serious problems at the New York Times.
  • How some of the toughest watchdogs in journalism became Hillary Clinton’s lapdogs.
  • Why the media refuse to shoot straight when the subject turns to guns.
  • Which CBS News icon is “transparently liberal, ” according to commentator Andy Rooney.
  • Why the only kind of diversity you cannot in a lot of newsrooms is a diversity of ideas.
  • How some journalists, like Bob Costas and Tim Russert, do get it – and how they
    think American journalism can be made better.

At least here is an audio book that does not only explain facts but dives deep down
into the universe of real journalism.

Chile and Argentina – Mark Szuchman – Audio Book

February 14, 2007

Chile and Argentina – Mark Szuchman :

The World’s Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in ome of the world’s most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions re in today’s headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually ll of them. Each presentation covers up to ten centuries of background, evealing how and why today’s problems occur.

The “southern cone” of South America has a vibrant yet checkered history. rgentina in 1920 was a productive and wealthy nation, yet by the 1980s as reduced to virtual third world status. Chile has a long history of internal strife, usually with representative politics until authoritarians seized power in 1973. Chile was influenced by Spanish conquerors; Argentina’s Italian and German immigrants made it the most “European” of any South American country.

In the audio book Chile and Argentina, Mark Szuchman explains with a great skill all events which happened in those two countries and I recommend this audio book for those interested in knowing more about those two fascinating countries.

Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites – Tucker Carlson – Audio Book

February 10, 2007

Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites – Tucker Carlson :

Every weeknight, millions of Americans tune in to see Tucker Carlson anchor
the right side of the aisle on CNN’s Crossfire. Named by New York magazine
as the journalist most likely to succeed in the Years of Bush, he has charmed
liberals and roused conservatives with his singular brand of acerbic wit and
razor-sharp insight.

Tossed by fate (and the O.J. Simpson murder trial) into the trenches of electronic
journalism, Carlson learned early that “television brings out the crazy in people.
” Naturally, he started taking notes. The result is a hilarious and brilliantly
revealing look at the most powerful and weirdest medium there is. Carlson has not
only seen television from the inside, but dares to describe it.

In this audio book, he takes you behind the curtain of a political talk show and if
you want to spend a some relaxing hours, just listen to it.