Archive for the ‘Politics’ 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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Mornings on Horseback – David McCullough – Audio Book

May 21, 2007

Mornings on Horseback – David McCullough : Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography fof the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy – seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma – and his struggle to manhood.

His father – the first Theodore Roosevelt, “Greatheart, ” – is a figure of unbounded energy, enormously attractive and selfless, a god in the eyes of his small, frail namesake. His mother – Mittie Bulloch Roosevelt – is a Southerner and celebrated beauty.

ornings on Horseback spans seventeen years – from 1869 when little “Teedie” is ten, to 1886 when he returns from the West a “real life cowboy'” to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and begin anew, a grown man, whole in body and spirit.

This is a tale about family love and family loyalty… about courtship, childbirth and death, athers and sons… about gutter politics and the tumultuous Republican Convention of 1884, about grizzly bears, grief and courage, and “blessed” mornings on horseback at Oyster Bay or beneath the limitless skies of the Badlands.

David McCullough write about history in a very easy way to read. History becomes a subject into which it is easy to plunge. What is remarkable in this book, let alone the politic’s part, is how far David McCullough goes to make us understand the events of the early life of Theodore Roosevelt, events which forged his destiny and let him become the President we all know about.

No Room for Error – John T Carney and Benjamin F Schemmer – Audio Book

April 18, 2007

No Room for Error – John T Carney and Benjamin F Schemmer : When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite “special tactics” team in the late 1970s to work with special-operations forces, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Since then Carney and the U.S. Air Force Special Tactics units have circled the world on clandestine missions.

They have combated terrorists nd overthrown dangerous dictators. They have suffered eighteen times the casualty rate of America’s conventional forces. But they have gotten the job done.

Now that he is retired, Colonel Carney finally explains what goes on in a special-operations forces. Very instructive – an real eye opener and must read / must listen book / audio book!

Undaunted Courage – Stephen E. Ambrose – Audio Book

March 23, 2007

Undaunted Courage – Stephen E. Ambrose : In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and – by way of the Snake and mighty Columbia – down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West and when they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

Lewis is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and map-maker; and Lewis – the enigma, who let brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression — and despite his status as a national hero – Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.

As breathtaking as the conquest of the West itself.

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 !

Arrogance – Bernard Goldberg – Audio Book

March 13, 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.

An insider view of the actual journalism in America. A story told by a journalist who knows about what he is talking. Fascinating and frightening as well.

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.

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.