Great American Stories: World War I, Why We Fought

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Great American Stories: World War I, Why We Fought

On this date 104 years ago, a U.S. president broke a solemn election-year promise and committed Americans to fight and die on Europe’s battlefields in a war characterized by unfathomable human carnage.

Woodrow Wilson’s first recollections as a boy in Virginia and Georgia during the Civil War were of the lessons of loss. By 1917, human beings had become expert at killing: More soldiers died in the first few hours of the Battle of the Somme than in three days at Gettysburg.

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8 Events that Led to World War I

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8 Events that Led to World War I

World War I, which lasted from 1914 until 1918, introduced the world to the horrors of trench warfare and lethal new technologies such as poison gas and tanks. The result was some of the most horrific carnage the world had ever seen, with more than 16 million military personnel and civilians losing their lives.

It also radically altered the map, leading to the collapse of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Russian empires that had existed for centuries, and the formation of new nations to take their place. Long after the last shot had been fired, the political turmoil and social upheaval continued, and ultimately led to another, even bigger and bloodier global conflict two decades later.

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Myanmar’s Bloodshed Reveals a World That Has Changed, and Hasn’t

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Myanmar’s Bloodshed Reveals a World That Has Changed, and Hasn’t

Myanmar’s rulers this week crossed a threshold few governments breach anymore: They have killed, by most estimates, more than 500 unarmed citizens of their own country.

Such massacres by government forces have, even in a time of rising nationalism and authoritarianism, been declining worldwide. This is the seventh in the past decade, compared with 23 in the 1990s, according to data from Uppsala University in Sweden.

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Interventions (City Lights Open Media)

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Interventions (City Lights Open Media)

Noam Chomsky says that the freedom to challenge power is not just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. For the past several years Chomsky has been writing essays for The New York Times Syndicate to do just that: challenge power and expose the global consequences of U.S. policy and military actions worldwide. Interventions is a collection of these essays, revised and updated with notes by the author.

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Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World

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Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World

Dramatically recreates a sequence of ten decisions made by six major leaders between May 1940 and December 1941 that reshaped human destiny, from Churchill’s war cabinet’s choice to continue fighting after the German blitzkrieg defeat of France and Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union to Hitler’s declaration of war on the U.S. and his subsequent decision to eliminate Jewish citizens.

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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class — And What We Can Do About It

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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class — And What We Can Do About It

Our founding fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country—they’d had enough of aristocracy. They put government to work to ensure a thriving middle class.

When the middle class took a hit, beginning in the post-Civil War Gilded Age and culminating in the Great Depression, democracy-loving leaders like Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower revitalized it through initiatives like antitrust regulations, fair labor laws, the minimum wage, Social Security, and Medicare.

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Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War

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Betraying Our Troops: The Destructive Results of Privatizing War

In this shocking exposé, two government fraud experts reveal how private contractors have put the lives of countless American soldiers on the line while damaging our strategic interests and our image abroad. From the shameful war profiteering of companies like Halliburton/KBR to the sinister influence that corporate lobbyists have on American foreign policy, Dina Rasor and Robert H. Bauman paint a disturbing picture.

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The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars

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The Price of Liberty: Paying for America’s Wars

In a bracing work of history, a leading international finance expert reveals how our national security depends on our financial security

More than two centuries ago, America’s first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, identified the Revolutionary War debt as a threat to the nation’s creditworthiness and its very existence. In response, he established financial principles for securing the country–principles that endure to this day.

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First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

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First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan

While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the treacherous top-secret mission inside Afghanistan to set the stage for the defeat of the Taliban and launch the war on terror.

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