An Ivy League historian and fifth-generation Nebraskan presents an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential political crisis in today's America that traces the dismantling of tribal traditions and the rise of volatile bipartisanism. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing American Adult.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time draws on five decades of scholarship to offer an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth and exercise of leadership as demonstrated by Presidents Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and Johnson.
"The award-winning author of Founding Brothers and The Quartet now gives us a deeply insightful examination of the relevance of the views of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams to some of the most divisive issues in Americatoday. The story of history is a ceaseless conversation between past and present, and in American Dialogue Joseph J. Ellis focuses the conversation on the often-asked question "What would the Founding Fathers think?" He examines four of our most seminalhistorical figures through the prism of particular topics, using the perspective of the present to shed light on their views and, in turn, to make clear how their now centuries-old ideas illuminate the disturbing impasse of today's political conflicts. He discusses Jefferson and the issue of racism, Adams and the specter of economic inequality, Washington and American imperialism, Madison and the doctrine of original intent. Through these juxtapositions—and in his hallmark dramatic and compelling narrative voice—Ellis illuminates the obstacles and pitfalls paralyzing contemporary discussions of these fundamentally important issues"—
Shows readers moments throughout the nation's history, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movements, to guide them in understanding American politics today.
"Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars"produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts? Delving into the web's darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world."—
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Monkey Wars traces the dramatic true story of the late-19th-century effort of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley and other leading activists to implement government safety regulations into life-threatening period food production practices.
Presents a narrative account of the post-2016 election chaos that took over Washington to reveal how a small number of uninformed Trump appointees are triggering devastating world consequences.
Draws on hundreds of interviews with those within President Donald Trump's inner circle to examine the Kremlin's covert attempt to help Trump win the presidency, Trump's allegiance to Vladimir Putin, and Robert Mueller's investigation.
The investigative journalist draws on his experiences working in a Louisiana private prison to connect today's brutal for-profit prison system to the Civil War-era mass incarcerations of African-American workers.
From early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, a well-researched book provides a thought-provoking exploration of the centuries-old relationship between science and military power.
Shares a provocative examination of modern identity politics that assesses its origins, effects, and implications for domestic and international affairs of state.
The founder of World Central Kitchen describes how his culinary network challenged broken government systems while feeding tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Maria. 200,000 first printing.
Draws on interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, and other documents to depict life in the Trump White House, focusing on Trump's decision-making process for foreign and domestic policies.
The former special prosecutor shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the divisive impeachment of Bill Clinton to discuss key events and how they inform today's debates about presidential power, sexual harassment and what actions justify impeachment.
"John Kerry tells the story of his extraordinary life of public service, from decorated Vietnam veteran to five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State for four years: a personal and candid memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history, including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accords."—Provided by publisher.
The veteran journalist and author of the best-selling The Silicon Boys presents a cautionary behind-the-scenes portrait of the Supreme Court and the secret world of its Justices, arguing that their decisions in landmark cases are subverting democracy.