In ARCHITECTS OF POWER, Philip Terzian examines two public figures in the twentieth century who personify, in their lives, careers, and philosophies, the rise of the United States of America to global leadership: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Terzian reveals how both men recognized and acted on the global threats of their time and questions whether America can rise to the same challenges today. Without this clear window into the stricken world that Roosevelt inhabited and Eisenhower understood, we are unlikely to recognize the perils and challenges of the world we have inherited.
When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. One of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web."
The political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps most trying time. Together as foils, confidants, conspirators and comrades, the duo guided Britain through war while reinspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.
In CIA ROGUES AND THE KILLING OF THE KENNEDYS, Patrick Nolan fearlessly investigates the CIA’s involvement in the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy --- why the brothers needed to die and how rogue intelligence agents orchestrated history’s most infamous conspiracy.
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, GAME CHANGE. In DOUBLE DOWN, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.
Historian Edward P. Kohn argues that it was Theodore Roosevelt's hometown of New York that made him the progressive president we celebrate today. During his early political career, he took on local Republican factions and Tammany Hall Democrats alike, proving his commitment to reform at all costs. HEIR TO THE EMPIRE CITY reveals that Roosevelt’s true education took place not in the West but on the mean streets of 19th-century New York.
In this eye-opening new account of the Warren Commission and its findings, Howard P. Willens sets out to prove that Warren's advice ("history will prove that we are right") was prescient. Willens, one of the few living staff members of the Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives.
How would America and the world have been different if President Kennedy survived his trip to Dallas on 11/22/63? This is the question five-time Emmy Award-winning political commentator Jeff Greenfield asks and answers in IF KENNEDY LIVED. He finds that the JFK assassination was a historical moment literally when everything changed.
The decade of the 1790s has been called the “age of passion.” Fervor ran high as rival factions battled over the course of the new republic. In this epochal debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.Their personalities, their passions, and their bold dreams for America leap from the page in this epic new work from one of our finest historians.
Before John F. Kennedy became a legendary young president, he was the junior senator from Massachusetts. The Senate was where JFK's presidential ambitions were born and first realized. In the first book to deal exclusively with JFK's Senate years, author John T. Shaw looks at how the young Senator was able to catapult himself on the national stage.
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.