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The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution

by Kathleen Cleaver George Katsiaficas Carlos Muñoz

With discussions of more than 50 countries, Katsiaficas articulates an understanding of the 1960s' social struggles not bound by national or continental divides nor focused on famous individuals. From the Prague revolt against Soviet communism to the French May uprising, the Vietnam Tet offensive, African anticolonial insurgencies, the civil rights movement, and campus eruptions in Latin America, Yugoslavia, and the United States, this book portrays the movements of the '60s as intuitively tied together. Student movements challenged authorities in almost every country, giving the insurgency a global character. As uprisings occur with increasing frequency in the 21st century, the lessons of 1968 provide useful insights for future struggles.

The Year the Lights Came On (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.)

by Terry Kay William J. Scheick

Reader’s Guide: “The Year the Lights Came On is Terry Kay's evocative tale of Colin Wynn, an twelve-year-old boy growing up in rural northeast Georgia. The year is 1947, and in Colin's hometown of Emery, Route 17 divides the community into the haves and the have-nots--those with and without electricity. This boundary creates a common bond among Colin and the other members of the Our Side Gang in their frequent confrontations with their affluent neighbors, the Highway 17 Gang. But then the Rural Electrification Administration brings electricity to the homes of the less privileged and Colin boasts that the wires will ‘knit us into the fabric of the huge glittering costume, Earth.’ “Drawing upon his own memories of growing up in Royston, Georgia, Kay follows Colin, his brother Wesley, and their friends through fierce battles fought on the school playground, an exhilarating visit to the Brady Dasher Flying Circus, desperate attempts to throw a search party off the trail in the Black Pool Swamp, and gleeful celebrations when all-important baseball games are won. “With an array of characters like Rev. Bartholomew R. Bytheway, a reformed fertilizer salesman who operates the Speaking-In-Tongues Traveling Tent Tabernacle, and Freeman Boyd, a Georgian Huck Finn who knows the swamp as well as the other boys know their backyards, Terry Kay's book draws a marvelously nuanced portrait of the rural South poised on the brink of change following World War II.”

Thoreau's Microscope (Outspoken Authors)

by Michael Blumlein

The politics and terrors of biotech, human engineering, and brain science are highlighted in this selection of short stories with Michael Blumlein's signature mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and wicked humor. The title piece, "Thoreau's Microscope," is a stunning mix of hypothesis and history, in which the author inhabits Thoreau's last days to explore the politics of impersonal science and personal liberation—a journey as illuminating as it is disturbing.

Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

by Robert A. Sirico

The Left has seized on our economic troubles as an excuse to "blame the rich guy" and paint a picture of capitalism and the free market as selfish, greedy, and cruel. Democrats in Congress and "Occupy" protesters across the country assert that the free market is not only unforgiving, it's morally corrupt. According to President Obama and his allies, only by allowing the government to heavily control and regulate business and by redistributing the wealth can we ensure fairness and compassion.Exactly the opposite is true, says Father Robert A. Sirico in his thought-provoking new book, The Moral Case for a Free Economy. Father Sirico argues that a free economy actually promotes charity, selflessness, and kindness. And in The Moral Case for a Free Economy, he shows why free-market capitalism is not only the best way to ensure individual success and national prosperity but is also the surest route to a moral and socially-just society. In The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Father Sirico shows:Why we can't have freedom without a free economy and why the best way to help the poor is to a start a businessWhy charity works-but welfare doesn'tHow Father Sirico himself converted from being a leftist colleague of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden to recognizing the merits of a free economyIn this heated presidential election year, the Left will argue that capitalism may produce winners, but it is cruel and unfair. But as Sirico proves in The Moral Case for a Free Economy, capitalism does not simply provide opportunity for material success, but it ensures a more ethical and moral society as well.

The Arthritis Cure Cookbook

by Brenda Adderly

Unlock the secrets of a healthy, joint-preserving diet!A Step-by-Step Nutritional Guide to Completing the CureIn The Arthritis Cure Cookbook you'll learn simple ways to incorporate into your everyday meals the seven guidelines to a healthy, join-preserving diet including how to:Ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis with delicious and easy-to-make mealsBoost important arthritis-fighting antioxidants in the bloodstreamFocus on inflammation-reducing foodsReplace important nutrients depleted by prescription arthritis drugsMaximize your energy and rediscover the joy of cookingCreate an arthritis-friendly kitchen that minimizes the strain on your jointsWith a wide range of recipes for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, side dishes, salads, vegetarian meals, main dishes and more. The Arthritis Cure Cookbook is sure to delight almost any palate!So cook and eat your way to good health with The Arthritis Cure Cookbook! It will change your life!

Wealth and Poverty: A New Edition for the Twenty-First Century (Ics Series In Self-governance)

by Steve Forbes George Gilder

Hailed as "the guide to capitalism," the New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty by George F. Gilder is one of the most famous economic books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this influential classic, Gilder explains and makes the case for supply-side economics, proves the moral superiority of free-market capitalism, and shows why supply-side economics are more effective at decreasing poverty than government-regulated markets.Now, in this new and completely updated edition of Wealth and Poverty, Gilder compares America's current economic challenges with her past economic problems-particularly those of the late 1970s-and explains why Obama's big-government, redistributive policies are doing more harm than good for the poor.Making the case that supply-side economics and free market policies are-and always will be-the answer to decreasing America's poverty rate and increasing her prosperity, Wealth & Poverty offers solutions to America's current economic problems and hope to those who fear that our best days are behind us.

The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics

by Lanny Ebenstein

Milton Friedman is one of the most famous economists in history. His writings and theories on everything from capitalism and freedom to deregulation and welfare have inspired movements, influenced government policies, and changed the course of America's economic history.Now, acclaimed Friedman biographer Dr. Lanny Ebenstein brings together twenty of Friedman's greatest essays in his new book, The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics. The only collection of Friedman's writings to span his entire career, The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics features some of Friedman's never-before-republished writings as well as the best and most timeless of his works.These exceptional essays not only illuminate the progression of Friedman's thought, but explain how America might overcome some of its most difficult challenges. Broken into two sections, politics and economics, The Indispensable Milton Friedman shows how we can ultimately turn America around, and is more necessary than ever during this critical election year and time of economic uncertainty.

Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

by Dore Gold

Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. and internationally known Middle East expert, uses previously unpublished intelligence documents to piece together the links between the current wave of global terrorism--from the World Trade Center to Bali, Indonesia--and the ideology of hatred taught in the schools and mosques of Saudi Arabia.

La Virgen del Pilar

by María Luz Gómez

"La Pilarica" aragonesa y sus milagros constituyen sin lugar a dudas ¡una historia única en el mundoentero! <P><P> En este libro cuento la historia de la venida de la Virgen Madre de Jesucristo, Dios y hombre verdadero, en carne mortal a Zaragoza sobre un Pilar transportado por Ángeles, el 2 - 1 del año 40 de la Era Cristiana. Para hacerlo, la Señora tenía dos fines. Uno era confortar al Apóstol Santiago en la evangelización que estaba llevando a cabo en la entonces llamada Hispania Tarraconense. <P><P>El otro era dejar allí el Pilar, símbolo de la firmeza de la fe que reinaría en la Península; en su entorno se edificaría un templo, en elque Dios concedería infinitos favores a los que se acogieran a su amparo bajo la advocación de la Virgen del Pilar, que permanecería allí hasta el fin del mundo. Continúo hablando de Santiago, y de lo que ha sido de "la Pilarica" milagrosa aragonesa, a través delos siglos y hasta nuestros días. Termino contando una zarzuela, "Gigantes y Cabezudos", que es un homenaje al Pilar, y ameniza un tanto la seriedad del libro.

Yo le he dicho ¡sí! al amor

by Liliana Rodriguez Bernal

¿Es posible sobrevivir a la locura intensa del amor? «Yo le he dicho ¡sí! al amor esculpe y ordena pensamientos, sentimientos y emociones. Su lectura, hecha pausadamente, en voz alta y con los ojos del alma nos adentra, con su ritmo y cadencia, en la danza de la imaginación poética o en los sueños de los enamorados que nos transportan a un mágico lugar, sumergiéndonos en ese mar idílico de pasiones, unas veces tranquilas y otras tormentosas, donde brotan sentimientos cual lágrimas, de felicidad o de tristeza, por aquello del amor o del desamor, de la ilusión o la melancolía, de la soledad o la compañía, de la muerte o la vida...»Miguel Bejarano Corchuelo

Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant

by Humberto Fontova

"Cuba's own Elvis"--that's what Dan Rather calls him. Funny name for a man who has threatened the United States with nuclear war, who has made common cause with Islamic terrorists against the United States, and whose people risk death to escape him. But there's a lot that Hollywood liberals and other Fidel Castro admirers would rather you didn't know about the dictator of Cuba--like how he imprisoned more people as a percentage of population than Hitler or Stalin; how Fidel's firing squads killed thousands of Cubans; how Fidel's subjects would rather inject themselves with AIDS than live under his tyranny.Drawing on a wealth of research--including interviews with former Castro regime officials, anti-Castro freedom fighters, and Castro's political prisoners--acclaimed author Humberto Fontova reveals the ugly face of the Castro regime. Along the way, he punctures some of the egregious myths about Cuba: The Motorcycle Bore: The real Che Guevara--not the rebel rock star of T-shirt fame, but a battlefield incompetent, a puritan-Stalinist bore, and the man who sent thousands of innocent Cubans to the firing squadsCommunist Economics 101: How Castro took Cuba from being a First World economy that had to turn away European emigrants to a country that even impoverished Haitians won't emigrate to, with among the highest suicide and abortion rates in the worldThe Saddam Hussein Next Door: How Castro has not only had nuclear weapons (and wanted to launch them) but has plotted massive terrorist outrages against the United StatesFidel the anti-black racist and unrepentant Communist--and his long list of useful idiots: from Jesse Jackson to Oliver Stone, George McGovern to Ted Turner, Bill Clinton to Steven Spielberg, to Katie Couric and many othersThe Left's favorite racism: against conservative Cuban-Americans Fidel: Hollywood's Favorite Tyrant is a stunning exposé of the real Fidel Castro and of the hypocrisy, ignorance, and inexcusable appeasement that makes his liberal admirers notorious.

Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion

by David Horowitz

Radical liberals want to make America a better place, but their utopian social engineering leads, ironically, to greater human suffering. So argues David Horowitz, bestselling author in his newest book Radicals: Portraits of a Destructive Passion.From Karl Marx to Barack Obama, Horowitz shows how the idealistic impulse to make the world "a better place" gives birth to the twin cultural pathologies of cynicism and nihilism, and is the chief source of human suffering. A former liberal himself, Horowitz recounts his own brushes with radicalism and offers unparalleled insight into the disjointed ideology of liberal elites through case studies of well-known radial leftists, including Christopher Hitchens, feminist Bettina Aptheker , leftist academic Cornel West, and more.Exploring the origin and evolution of radical liberals and their progressive ideology, Radicals illustrates how liberalism is not only intellectually crippling for its adherents, but devastating to society.

Ships of Oak, Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Forging of the American Navy

by Ronald Utt

The War of 1812 is typically noted for a handful of events: the burning of the White House, the rise of the Star Spangled Banner, and the battle of New Orleans. But in fact the greatest consequence of that distant conflict was the birth of the U.S. Navy. During the War of 1812, America's tiny fleet took on the mightiest naval power on earth, besting the British in a string of victories that stunned both nations.In his new book, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron: The War of 1812 and the Birth of the American Navy, author Dr. Ronald Utt not only sheds new light on the naval battles of the War of 1812 and how they gave birth to our nation's great navy, but tells the story of the War of 1812 through the portraits of famous American war heroes. From the cunning Stephen Decatur to the fierce David Porter, Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron relates how thousands of American men and boys gave better than they got against the British Navy. The great age of fighting sail is as rich in heroic drama as any epoch.Dr. Utt's Ships of Oak and Guns of Iron retrieves the American chapter of that epoch from unjustified obscurity, and offers readers an intriguing chronicle of the War of 1812 as well as a unique perspective on the birth of the U.S. Navy.

$2.50 A Gallon: Why Obama Is Wrong and Cheap Gas Is Possible

by Newt Gingrich

New York Times bestselling author, former Speaker of the House, and Fox News political analyst and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has a plan for slashing gas prices and reducing our long-term dependence on foreign oil.Gingrich is famous for taking big, visionary ideas and boiling them down into practical solutions for the American people and in his new book, $2.50 A Gallon: Why Obama Is Wrong and Cheap Gas Is Possible, Gingrich tackles America's energy crisis.Dealing not only with spiraling gas prices, but with all aspects of energy policy, Gingrich shows how we can safely reap the benefits of America's own natural resources and technology in gas, oil, coal, wind, solar, biofuels and nuclear energy.Gingrich argues that the pinch Americans are feeling at the pump is not a blip in the economy but a looming crisis--affecting not only the price of gas, but the price of food, the strength of our economy, and our national security.To meet this crisis, Gingrich lays out a national strategy that will tap America's scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, and require Congress to unlock our oil reserves and remove all the impediments and disincentives that unnecessary government regulation has put in the way of American energy independence.The energy crisis is solvable, as Newt Gingrich's plan makes clear. His handbook, $2.50 A Gallon: Why Obama Is Wrong and Cheap Gas Is Possible, is sure to become the talk of the presidential campaign season.

No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom

by George Neumayr Phyllis Schlafly

The Obama administration's overreaching and pervasive secularist policies represent the greatest government-directed assault on religious freedom in American history. So argue conservative movement leader Phyllis Schlafly and journalist George Neumayr in their new book, No Higher Power. In No Higher Power, Schlafly and Neumayr show how Obama is waging war on our religious liberties and actively working to create one nation under him rather than one nation under God. "Obama views traditional religion as a temporary opiate for the poor, confused, and jobless-a drug that will dissipate as the federal government assumes more God-like powers, and his new secularist beliefs and policies gain adherents," write Schlafly and Neumayr. From cutting funding for religious schools to Obama's deliberate omission of God and religion in public speeches to his assault on the Catholic church, No Higher Power is a shocking and comprehensive look at how Obama is violating one of our most fundamental rights--and remaking our country into a nation our Founding Fathers would hardly recognize.

Divider-in-Chief: The Fraud of Hope and Change

by Kate Obenshain

When Barack Obama ran for president four years ago, he promised hope and change for America and to unite the country. But as Kate Obenshain reveals in The Divisive President, Obama has done exactly the opposite--as a result, America has become a nation of even greater polarization, the land of no compromise, and the home of disillusionment.Obenshain exposes: In The Divisive PresidentHow Obama ran as a champion for the downtrodden, yet the unemployment rate is disproportionately high among minorities and womenHow Obama pushes for the HHS mandate, forcing many woman to violate their conscience--and some their religionHow Obama has condoned the actions of Occupy Wall Street, saying "You are the reason I ran for office," while he vilifies both Wall Street and businessmen across America,How he continues to pass partisan policies with no attempt at compromise with Congress and RepublicansHow Obama seizes on opportunities to highlight racial discord and then accuses any critic of being "a racist"Dynamic political commentator Kate Obenshain shows how Obama promotes class warfare--aggravating racial, gender, and economic differences--in order to advance his ideological agenda. And with each policy failure, Obama plays the blame game. Searing and controversial, The Divisive President calls for the defeat of Barack Obama before he tears our nation apart.

Breakout: Pioneers of the Future, Prison Guards of the Past, and the Epic Battle That Will Decide America's Fate

by Newt Gingrich

It is not between the Left and the Right, but between the past and the future.America is on the edge of a breakout. In fact, we are poised for one of the most spectacular leaps in human well-being in history. Pioneers of the future-innovators and entrepreneurs-are achieving breakthroughs in medicine, transportation, energy, education, and other fields that will make the world a dramatically different and better place.Unless the "prison guards" of the past stop them. Every American must choose a side. Will you be a champion of the future or a prisoner of the past?Every potential breakthrough has to get past a host of individuals and institutions whose power and comfort depend on the status quo. These prison guards of the past will strangle every innovation that threatens to change the way things have always been done-if we let them.In Breakout you'll learn:Why environmental extremists cling to the myth of "peak oil," and how the fracking revolution is about to make America the world's leading oil producerHow personalized healthcare-radically individualized treatments made possible by advances in genetics-and regenerative medicine could wipe out our most feared diseases, and why they're on a collision course with ObamacareHow self-driving cars are on the verge of making traffic jams-and traffic deaths-a thing of the past, unless regulators wreck them before they leave the lotWhy a one-size-fits-all education will become a historical curiosity, unless the teachers' unions and professional academicians succeed in preserving the current dysfunctional systemsHow NASA-once the repository of American dreams of the future-became a textbook case of death by bureaucracyAmericans don't have to settle for a shrunken future. We can escape from the prison of the past into a future of undreamed of opportunity and abundance. All we need is the courage to break out.

Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians

by Raymond Ibrahim

Forget what the history textbooks told you about martyrdom being a thing of the past. Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered today.Raymond Ibrahim unveils the shocking truth about Christians in the Muslim world. Believers in Jesus Christ suffer oppression and are massacred at the hands of radicals for worshipping and spreading the gospel of the Lord.Discover the true-life stories that the media won't report in Ibrahim's Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians.ans that is commonplace in Muslim countries; explains why the mainstream media has been so quiet on the topic; and argues powerfully for greater exposure and international outcry for this crisis. Raymond Ibrahim combines a thorough knowledge of the languages and texts of Islam with up-to-the-minute reports on recent incidences of persecution in a powerful account of a tragedy the mainstream media has largely chosen to ignore.

Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World

by George Gilder

Ronald Reagan's most-quoted living author - George Gilder - is back with an all-new paradigm-shifting theory of capitalism that will upturn conventional wisdom, just when our economy desperately needs a new direction.America's struggling economy needs a better philosophy than the college student's lament: "I can't be out of money, I still have checks in my checkbook!" We've tried a government spending spree, and we've learned it doesn't work. Now is the time to rededicate our country to the pursuit of free market capitalism, before we're buried under a mound of debt and unfunded entitlements. But how do we navigate between government spending that's too big to sustain and financial institutions that are "too big to fail?" In Knowledge and Power, George Gilder proposes a bold new theory on how capitalism produces wealth and how our economy can regain its vitality and its growth.Gilder breaks away from the supply-side model of economics to present a new economic paradigm: the epic conflict between the knowledge of entrepreneurs on one side, and the blunt power of government on the other. The knowledge of entrepreneurs, and their freedom to share and use that knowledge, are the sparks that light up the economy and set its gears in motion. The power of government to regulate, stifle, manipulate, subsidize or suppress knowledge and ideas is the inertia that slows those gears down, or keeps them from turning at all.One of the twentieth century's defining economic minds has returned with a new philosophy to carry us into the twenty-first. Knowledge and Power is a must-read for fiscal conservatives, business owners, CEOs, investors, and anyone interested in propelling America's economy to future success.

Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion

by Benjamin Wiker

Many Christians feel that they are being opposed at every turn by what seems to be a well-orchestrated political and cultural campaign to de-Christianize every aspect of Western culture. They are right, and it goes even further back than the Obama Administration.In Worshipping the State: How Government is Replacing Religion, Benjamin Wiker argues that it is liberals who seek to establish an official state religion: one of unbelief. Wiker reveals that it was never the intention of the Founders to drive religion out of the public square with the First Amendment, but centuries of secularists and liberals have deliberately misinterpreted the establishment clause to serve their own ends: the de-Christianization of Western civilization.The result, they hope, is government as the new oracle. Personal faith in a deity is replaced with collective dependence on government, and the diversity of religious practices and dogmas is reduced to a uniform ideological agenda. The strategy is two-pronged: drive religion out of the public square through law and by encouraging popular derision of the faithful; then, in religion's place, erect the Church of the State to fill the human need for a higher power to look up to.But what was done can be undone. Outlining a simple, step-by-step strategy for disestablishing the state church of secularism, Worshiping the State shows the full historical sweep of the war to those on the Christian side of the cultural battle-and as a consequence of this far more complete vantage, how to win it.

Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don?t Understand

by Mike S. Adams

Born the son of a farmer, 19-year old Ty goes off to college, fulfilling his father's dream of a better life. The only mistake was sending Ty to a liberal university. Sure enough, in his second year, Ty begins to reject his father's values-the very values of hard work and individual responsibility that provided him his education. The biggest fear of conservative parents is not experiencing the "empty nest" syndrome when their children leave for college. It is a brainwashing of their child by the pervasively liberal academic world. Author Michael Adams recounts a true story of liberal indoctrination and intellectual redemption in his new book Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.Presented as a series of letters between Adams and his former student, Ty, Letters to a Young Progressive demonstrates how the world of progressive education encourages the next generation in the pursuit of unhappiness. Confused and angry, today's college students and grads have come down with a bad case of moral relativism, comparing Rush Limbaugh to Charles Manson, and George W. Bush to Hitler, and confusing fairness with justice.Witty and enlightening, Letters to a Young Progressive is the perfect book to help parents prevent-or undo--the ubiquitous, liberal brainwashing of their children before it is too late.

The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy

by Erick Stakelbeck

The Muslim Brotherhood, or Ikhwan, has engaged in terrorism, assassinations, and anti-Western, anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence for almost a century-yet few Americans realize how powerful they really are. While we focus on al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah, it's actually the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest, most influential, and most anti-American Islamist group, that has become the preeminent voice and power in the Muslim world. Hiding behind a cloak of respectability and expensive Western suits, the Muslim Brotherhood is installing vehemently anti-American governments and power structures throughout the Middle East and the world, as we sit back and cheer for the "democracy" of the Arab Spring.In his new book, America's Next Great Enemy: The Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, Erick Stakelbeck teaches us the frightening truth about this dangerous group, from his first-hand experiences investigating the Brotherhood for eleven years, interviewing its members and visiting its mosques and enclaves. In America's Next Great Enemy, Stakelbeck:Reveals how the Obama administration has put the Brotherhood on the threshold of power at every turnExamines the alarming ramifications for America, Europe and Israel of the Brotherhood's rapid riseWarns against the West's-particularly the Left's-shortsighted, naïve and deadly embrace of the Ikhwan andTraces the group from its violent roots to its current strategy of "stealth jihad"With Middle Eastern unrest only growing hotter, and saber-rattling at the West only growing louder, the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood's growing global clout will remain on the front burner of American national security challenges. Revealing and disconcerting, America's Next Great Enemy is a must-read for every American hoping to remain in a free America.

The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland (The\presidents Ser.)

by John Pafford

Grover Cleveland is the forgotten conservative: a man of dignity, integrity, and courage often overlooked by the history books. Historian and author John Pafford reveals a president who deserves more attention. Cleveland might not have presided over deeply troubled times, but he set a standard for principled leadership in office that is especially relevant today.In The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland, Pafford tells the story of how Cleveland, as the mayor of Buffalo, fought corruption and eliminated taxpayer funding of projects that he considered outside the purview of government. Cleveland was nominated as the clean candidate for governor of New York in the era when Tammany Hall still pulled the strings of many politicians. Once he became governor, he fought hard for civil service reform, rejecting the "spoils system" that had created so much corruption in state government. A man of strong faith and principles, he brought his reform mentality with him to the White House.Today, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and New Jersey's Chris Christie are making headlines with their efforts to reform the civil service behemoth and clean up the government of their states. Perhaps one of their greatest leadership examples should be none other than the forgotten conservative, Grover Cleveland. As president, Cleveland was fiercely pro-business, promoting many policies that would set conservatives' heads nodding today: eliminating subsidies, reducing tariffs, and tackling cronyism. He slimmed down the bloated civil service, and established a reputation of fairness and bipartisanship in his appointments, respecting members of both parties who did their work well. But most importantly, he was an example of a great leader, respected and remembered by all for his reputation for honesty, integrity, wisdom and hard work, setting a standard that remains to this day.

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House

by Tevi Troy

From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural influences on our American presidents are powerful and plentiful. Thomas Jefferson famously said "I cannot live without books," and his library backed up the claim, later becoming the backbone of the new Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched hundreds of movies in his White House, while Ronald Reagan starred in a few in his own time. Lincoln was a theater-goer, while Obama kicked back at home to a few episodes of HBO's "The Wire."America is a country built by thinkers on a foundation of ideas. Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day. In Pop Culture and the American Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential scholar and former White House aide Tevi Troy combines research with witty observation to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by popular culture.

Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Investigations

by Peter H. Kahn Stephen R. Kellert

<p>For much of human evolution, the natural world was one of the most important contexts of children's maturation. Indeed, the experience of nature was, and still may be, a critical component of human physical, emotional, intellectual, and even moral development. Yet scientific knowledge of the significance of nature during the different stages of childhood is sparse. This book provides scientific investigations and thought-provoking essays on children and nature. <p>Children and Nature incorporates research from cognitive science, developmental psychology, ecology, education, environmental studies, evolutionary psychology, political science, primatology, psychiatry, and social psychology. The authors examine the evolutionary significance of nature during childhood; the formation of children's conceptions, values, and sympathies toward the natural world; how contact with nature affects children's physical and mental development; and the educational and political consequences of the weakened childhood experience of nature in modern society.</p>

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