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Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, proportion their impassioned argument for in charge gun ownership.

After the 2011 Tucson taking pictures that almost took her lifestyles, easy questions fed on Gabby Giffords and her family members: could Gabby live to tell the tale the bullet via her mind? could she stroll back? communicate? Her hard-won restoration, even though faraway from whole, has now allowed her and Mark to invite higher questions that confront us as a state: How will we deal with our nation’s epidemic of gun violence? How will we guard gun rights for legislation abiding electorate, whereas preserving firearms out of the arms of criminals and the mentally sick? What will we do approximately gun trafficking and different threats to our communities?

Enough goes backstage of Gabby and Mark’s construction of american citizens for liable suggestions, a company devoted to selling dependable gun possession and inspiring lawmakers to discover options to gun violence, regardless of their common worry of the gun foyer. As gun proprietors and powerful supporters of the second one modification, Gabby and Mark supply a daring yet brilliant course ahead, retaining the perfect to possess weapons for assortment, activity, and safeguard whereas taking common sense activities to avoid the subsequent Tucson, Aurora, or Newtown. ballot after ballot exhibits that almost all americans believe Gabby and Mark’s moderate proposals.

As the booklet follows Gabby and Mark from the halls of Congress to groups around the state, it presents an intimate window into the restoration of 1 of our nation’s most galvanizing public figures and divulges how she and her husband have taken at the position of co-advocates for one of many defining problems with our time.

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Triumvirate: The Story of the Unlikely Alliance That Saved the Constitution and United the Nation

By Bruce Chadwick

From famous historian Bruce Chadwick—acclaimed as "a author incapable of lifeless storytelling"—Triumvirate is the dramatic tale of the uniting of a kingdom and the not going alliance on the center of it all.

When the smoke cleared from progressive warfare battlefields, independent-minded americans grew to become opposed to one another.

Strong people with wildly diverse personalities, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay joined forces to persuade cautious americans and 13 headstrong states to unite as one. jointly they wrote the startlingly unique Federalist Papers now not as an workout in governmental philosophy, yet as an alternative aimed toward overcoming the typical man's fears. Their relentless efforts laid the foundation for ratifying the structure opposed to rampant competition.

United by way of an extreme love for his or her rising country, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay cast its legacy in pen and ink.

"Dr. Chadwick tells an exhilarating tale. His research will galvanize additional debate approximately this momentous interval in American history."
Dr. Paul Clemens, the Chairman of the Rutgers college division of History

"The writer successfully information the fi erce debates in Massachusetts, Virginia, and big apple and the serpentine political machinations that helped result in the start of a nation…Not only a historical past lesson, yet an exam of the basic principles that gave start to the United States."
Kirkus Reviews

"Chadwick tells a thrilling story…His research will galvanize extra debate approximately this momentous interval in American history."
Dr. Paul Clemens, Rutgers University

"If you're thinking that you understand how America's founding record took place, re-examine. during this striking new ebook, Bruce Chadwick reminds us of the 3 remarkable males who labored kingdom by way of kingdom, person through person, to make sure passage of the structure. it is a attention-grabbing story, good told."
Terry Golway, writer of Washington's common and Ronald Reagan's America

"A author incapable of lifeless storytelling."
Kirkus Reviews

"Chadwick vividly brings to lifestyles a time of turmoil and desire in a e-book that are meant to suffer as a fi ne instance of ancient journalism."
Willard Sterne Randall, writer of George Washington: A Life

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MODERN AND AMERICAN DIGNITY: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future (Religion and Contemporary Culture)

By Peter Augustine Lawler

The horrors of the 20 th century uncovered the insufficiency of conversing of human rights. In meaning to extinguish complete sessions of humans, the Nazis and Communists did anything a lot worse than violating rights; they aimed to minimize us all to lower than who we actually are. As political thinker Peter Augustine Lawler indicates during this illuminating ebook, rights are insecure with no a few deeper concept of human dignity
The threats to human dignity stay effective today—all the extra so for being much less visible. Our frightened and getting older society has embraced advances in technology, know-how, and particularly biotechnology—from abortion and embryonic stem-cell study to psychopharmacology, plastic surgery and neurology, genetic manipulation, and the detachment of intercourse from replica. yet such technical advances can come on the fee of our usual and creaturely dignity, of what we reveal after we comprehend who we're and what we’re speculated to do. Our lives will merely turn into extra miserably stressed if we can't converse hopefully approximately human dignity.

In smooth and American Dignity, Lawler, who served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics, unearths the highbrow and cultural traits that threaten our self belief in human dignity. The “modern” view of dignity, as he calls it, denies what’s sturdy approximately who we're through nature, figuring out human dignity to intend ethical autonomy (freedom from nature¬¬) or productiveness (asserting our mastery over nature through devising creative transformations). This new realizing of dignity stands at odds with the “American” view, which will depend on the self-evidence of the fact that we're all created both distinct and irreplaceable. the yank view, that is indebted to classical, Christian, and sleek resources, is aware that loose people are greater than simply self reliant or efficient beings—or, for that topic, shrewdpermanent chimps. It sees what’s stable in our own freedom and our technical mastery over nature, yet in basic terms in stability with the remainder of what makes us entire persons—our dignified functionality of our “relational” tasks as familial, political, and spiritual beings.

Lawler explores those themes with wit and magnificence. To make experience of latest political and ethical debates, Lawler attracts on a variety of thinkers from Socrates to Solzhenitsyn, from Tocqueville to Chesterton, from John Courtney Murray to our philosopher-pope Benedict XVI. In revealing the complete dimensions of those debates, he exposes the vacancy of glib pronouncements—such as President Obama’s—that our bioethical conflicts could be resolved by means of a consensus of medical specialists. because the adventure of the Bush Bioethics Council established, there's no medical consensus approximately who a man or woman is.

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Giants of Asia: Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew

By Tom Plate

Political genius is rarely with out controversy, or with no secret. this is often what makes it so attention-grabbing and so infrequent. Is Lee Kuan Yew the feral, authoritarian determine that Western critics declare? Or a stoic pioneer in new methods to constructing a nation—uncorrupt, sleek, virtually medical? American journalist Tom Plate first interviewed the founding father of glossy Singapore in 1996 in a continuous back-and-forth with LKY that ended in the summer time of 2009, while the previous best minister agreed to sit for 2 days of unprecedentedly casual yet excessive conversations that resulted in this distinctive book.This re-creation contains attention-grabbing excerpts from previous interviews, in addition to the author's evaluation of the guy who is going down in background because the world's longest-serving major minister—and as essentially the most unforgettable political figures of contemporary instances. "You have performed an excellent activity of taking pictures the numerous features of this amazing man...." - Dr Henry A. Kissinger on Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew.

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A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties

By Candy Carson

Dear Reader,

Many humans have questioned why I’ve been speaking out on arguable concerns for the previous few years. they are saying I’ve by no means held political place of work. I’m no longer a constitutional pupil. I’m no longer even a legal professional. All i will be able to say to that's “Guilty as charged.”

It’s precise that I’ve by no means voted for the cheap the United States couldn't have enough money. I’ve by no means raised anyone’s taxes. And I’ve by no means promised a lobbyist whatever in trade for a donation.

Luckily, none of that truly concerns. Our founding fathers didn’t desire a everlasting governing category politicians. They sought after a republic, in Lincoln’s phrases, "of the folks, through the folks, and for the people." a rustic the place any farmer, small-business proprietor, handbook laborer, or surgeon may possibly converse up and make a distinction.

I think that creating a distinction begins with realizing our impressive founding rfile, the U.S. structure. And as a person who has played mind surgical procedure millions of instances, i will guarantee you that the structure isn’t mind surgical procedure.

The founders wrote it for usual women and men, in transparent, special, basic language. They deliberately made it brief sufficient to learn in one sitting and to hold on your pocket.

I wrote this publication to motivate each citizen to learn and examine the structure, and to aid safeguard it from those that misread and undermine it. In our age of political correctness it’s specially very important to guard the invoice of Rights, which promises our freedom to talk, endure fingers, perform our faith, and lots more and plenty extra.

The structure isn’t history—it’s approximately your lifestyles in the US this day. And protecting it's approximately what sort of kingdom our youngsters and grandchildren will inherit.

I desire you’ll take pleasure in studying concerning the interesting ways in which the founders proven the best democracy in history—and the ways in which fresh presidents, congresses, and courts have threatened that democracy.

As the Preamble says, the aim of the structure is to create a extra excellent union. My aim is to empower you to aid guard that union and safe the advantages of liberty.

Ben Carson

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The Road to Ruin: how Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own government

By Niki Savva

Kevin Rudd was once given no caution, yet even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had lots of warnings, yet even she lasted longer than Abbott.

Abbott missed the entire warnings, from starting to finish — the general public ones, the non-public ones, from his acquaintances, his colleagues, the media.

His colleagues weren't being disloyal. they didn't suppose they'd betrayed him; they believed he had betrayed them. Their explanations have been honourable. They didn’t wish him to fail; they sought after the govt to prevail, they usually sought after the Coalition re-elected.

Abbott and Credlin had performed it more durable and rougher than anyone else to get the place they desired to be. yet they proved incapable of coping with their very own workplace, less the govt. Then, while it was once over, while it used to be crystal-clear to everybody they had failed, whilst every person else may well see why they'd failed, she performed the gender card whereas he performed the victim.

In The highway to Ruin, favorite political commentator, writer, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva unearths the ruinous behaviour of former best minister Tony Abbott and his leader of employees, Peta Credlin. in response to her unrivalled entry to their colleagues, and devastating first-person debts of what went on behind the curtain, Savva paints an unforgettable photo of a distinct duo who wielded energy ruthlessly yet now not good.

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The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn’t Transformed Politics (Yet)

By Micah L. Sifry

Now that conversation will be as speedy as concept, why hasn’t our skill to arrange politically—to determine profits and past that, to keep up them—kept speed? the net has given us either means and pace: yet innovative swap appears to be like anything eternally within the air, infrequently manifesting, much more hardly ever staying with us.

Micah L. Sifry, an established analyst of democracy and its function on the internet, examines what he calls “The enormous Disconnect.” In his traditional pithy, to-the-point type, he explores why data-driven politics and our electronic overlords have failed or misled us, and the way they are often made to serve us in its place, in a true stability among electorate and nation, self sufficient of corporations.

The internet and social media have enabled an explosive elevate in participation within the public arena—but no longer a lot else has replaced. For the next move past connectivity, writes Sifry, “we desire a genuine electronic public sq., now not one hosted by way of fb, formed by way of Google and snooped on via the nationwide safety employer. If we don’t construct one, then any proposal of democracy as ‘rule by way of the people’ will not be significant. we'll be a country of massive facts, by means of massive e-mail, for the powers that be.”

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The Imperfect Primary: Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics (Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation)

By Barbara Norrander

Recognized as a Choice Outstanding educational name in 2011!

Many humans whinge concerning the advanced process used to appoint presidents. The method is infrequently rational since it was once by no means rigorously deliberate. end result of the dissatisfaction over the idiosyncrasies of the present procedure, periodic calls come up to reform the presidential nomination method. yet how are we to make experience of the myriad complexities within the process in addition to within the demands change?

In The Imperfect Primary, political scientist Barbara Norrander explores how presidential applicants are nominated, discusses earlier and present proposals for reform, and examines the prospect for more effective, incremental adjustments to the electoral principles. Norrander reminds us to be cautious what we want for―reforming the presidential nomination procedure is as advanced because the present process. during the modeling of empirical learn to illustrate how questions of biases will be systematically addressed, scholars can greater see the benefits, negative aspects, and capability for unintentional effects in a complete host of reform proposals.

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Gramsci and Contemporary Politics: Beyond Pessimism of the Intellect (Routledge Innovations in Political Theory)

Can politics now be either radical and sensible? Gramsci and modern Politics is a suite of Anne Showstack Sassoon's writing which spans the foremost transitions from Thatcher and Reagan to Clinton and Blair; the cave in of communism to the regeneration of social democracy. utilizing unique interpretations of Antonio Gramsci's rules at the intellectuals, political language, civil society and political management, she argues that drawing from the previous, and broadening modern assets of political and educational wisdom can give a contribution to a grounded, radical hegemonic politics which could lead to swap.

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American Rhapsody

By Joe Eszterhas

  If the Watergate scandal used to be a prior generation's nationwide Nightmare, then probably the Clinton scandal used to be our nationwide rainy Dream, and who higher to relate it than the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas?  In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas, whose credit comprise Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, for which he used to be nominated for a countrywide e-book Award, takes us in the course of the occasions that threatened to topple a president and left lots of the nation's voters with, at least, a foul style of their mouths. 
   Taking complete benefit of his massive journalistic and storytelling abilities, Eszterhas provides us each truth, rumor, or innuendo surrounding the president's foibles within the context of past due century American politics and entertainment.  the following Washington and Hollywood do greater than simply flirt with one another; they percentage an analogous bed.  From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who all started as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to would-be president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his ultimate, unimpeachable witness, Willard—none except President Clinton's conversing penis—Eszterhas supplies us the products at the tale that no-one may well cease speaking approximately and, because of American Rhapsody, will be very unlikely to contemplate an analogous approach again.

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