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The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

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The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

Donald A. Ritchie, "The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction"
Oxford University Press, USA | 2010-07-07 | ISBN: 0195338316, 0199713634 | 168 pages | PDF | 1,9 MBMany scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works. In The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill--pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language into plain English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insiders perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historians analytical insight. After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. What is it like to campaign for congress? To attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, explaining committee assignments (and committee work), the role of staffers and lobbyists, floor proceedings, parliamentary rules, and coalition building. Ritchie explores the great effort put into constituent service--as representatives and senators respond to requests from groups and individuals--as well as media relations and news coverage. He also explores how the grand concepts we all know from civics class--checks and balances, advise and consent, congressional oversight--work in practice, in an age of strong presidents and a muscular Senate minority (no matter which party is in that position). In this sparkling addition to Oxfords Very Short Introduction series, Donald Ritchie moves beyond the cynicism and the platitudes to provide a gem of a portrait of how Congress really works.
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Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

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Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

Lewis Sorley, "Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam "
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | ISBN: 0547518269 | 2011 | EPUB | 416 pages | 4.8 MBIs this man the real reason the Vietnam War was lost? How did he get there, why did he fail, and how did he last so long?Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what happened to us in Vietnam, or why. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in World War II and Korea, rising rapidly to command the 101st Airborne Division and become Superintendent at West Point, then was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam.That turned out to be a disaster. He failed to understand a complex war, choosing a flawed strategy, sticking to it in the face of all opposition, and misrepresenting the results when truth mattered most. In so doing he squandered four years of support by Congress, much of the media, and the American people. The tragedy of William Westmoreland provides lessons not just for Vietnam, but for America??�s future military and political leadership. Lewis Sorley??�s definitive portrait is essential reading.
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Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

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Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

Ronald Dworkin, "Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate"
Publisher: Princeton University Press | ISBN: 0691138729 | 2008 | PDF | 192 pages | 3.3 MBPolitics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political culture, as ill equipped for the perennial challenge of achieving social justice as for the emerging threats of terrorism. Can the hope for change be realized? Dworkin, one the worlds leading legal and political philosophers, identifies and defends core principles of personal and political morality that all citizens can share. He shows that recognizing such shared principles can make substantial political argument possible and help replace contempt with mutual respect. Only then can the full promise of democracy be realized in America and elsewhere.Dworkin lays out two core principles that citizens should share: first, that each human life is intrinsically and equally valuable and, second, that each person has an inalienable personal responsibility for identifying and realizing value in his or her own life. He then shows what fidelity to these principles would mean for human rights, the place of religion in public life, economic justice, and the character and value of democracy. Dworkin argues that liberal conclusions flow most naturally from these principles. Properly understood, they collide with the ambitions of religious conservatives, contemporary American tax and social policy, and much of the War on Terror. But his more basic aim is to convince Americans of all political stripes--as well as citizens of other nations with similar cultures--that they can and must defend their own convictions through their own interpretations of these shared values.
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Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America's Entry into World War I

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Nothing Less Than War: A New History of Americas Entry into World War I


Justus D. Doenecke, "Nothing Less Than War: A New History of Americas Entry into World War I"

Publisher: T.e Un//ers.ty P/ess of Ke//ucky | ISBN: 0813130026 | 2011 | PDF | 432 pages | 4 MB
When war broke out in Europe in 1914, political leaders in the United States were swayed by popular opinion to remain neutral; yet less than three years later, the nation declared war on Germany. In Nothing Less Than War: A New History of Americas Entry into World War I, Justus D. Doenecke examines the clash of opinions over the war during this transformative period and offers a fresh perspective on Americas decision to enter World War I.
Doenecke reappraises the public and private diplomacy of President Woodrow Wilson and his closest advisors and explores in great depth the response of Congress to the war. He also investigates the debates that raged in the popular media and among citizen groups that sprang up across the country as the U.S. economy was threatened by European blockades and as Americans died on ships sunk by German U-boats.
The decision to engage in battle ultimately belonged to Wilson, but as Doenecke demonstrates, Wilsons choice was not made in isolation. Nothing Less Than War provides a comprehensive examination of Americas internal political climate and its changing international role during the seminal period of 1914--1917.
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