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.
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.
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.
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.
Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream
John Edwards puts a seminal issue back on the map, presenting blueprints for ending poverty in America.
“This is one of the great moral issues of our time. The day after Katrina hit, new government statistics showed that 37 million Americans live in poverty, up for the fourth year in a row.”—Senator John Edwards
Is poverty a fact of life? Can the wealthiest nation in the world do nothing to combat the steadily rising numbers of Americans living in poverty—or the 50 million Americans living in “near poverty”? Senator John Edwards and some of the country’s most prominent scholars, businesspeople, and community activists say otherwise.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life. I
War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back
A prominent CNN host and commentator identifies the ways in which middle-class Americans are being rendered vulnerable by political groups, large corporations, and sensational media practices that are compromising middle-income health care, educational resources, and employment opportunities.
Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods
This book focuses on how Iran and its various proxies fight.
It is on the most prestigious pre-deployment reading lists for both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, because it fully details the Islamists’ yet-to-be-defeated 4GW method. That method is best countered by “truly light” infantry tactics, but America has had only “line” infantry since 1943. Its members travel mostly by truck and fight mostly with supporting arms. That’s because the Pentagon is still practicing a “higher-tech” version of 2GW (killing as many enemy as possible)
The Unconquerable World
At times of global crisis, Jonathan Schell’s writings have offered important alternatives to conventional thinking. Now, as conflict escalates around the world, Schell gives us an impassioned, provocative book that points the way out of the unparalleled devastation of the twentieth century toward another, more peaceful path.
Tracing the expansion of violence to its culmination in nuclear stalemate, Schell uncovers a simultaneous but little-noted history of nonviolent action at every level of political life. His investigation ranges from the revolutions of America, France, and Russia, to the people’s wars of China and Vietnam, to the great nonviolent events of modern times-including Gandhi’s independence movement in India and the explosion of civic activity that brought about the surprising collapse of the Soviet Union.
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
John Boyd may be the most remarkable unsung hero in all of American military history. Some remember him as the greatest U.S. fighter pilot ever — the man who, in simulated air-to-air combat, defeated every challenger in less than forty seconds. Some recall him as the father of our country’s most legendary fighter aircraft — the F-15 and F-16. Still others think of Boyd as the most influential military theorist since Sun Tzu. They know only half the story.