Britain Under Thatcher (Seminar Studies in History)

By Anthony Seldon, Daniel Collings

Publish 12 months note: First released November sixth 1999

This concise, available, and balanced ancient research of the Thatcher years and their outcomes analyzes many debatable features of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, together with the Falklands struggle, the miner's strike, sour kinfolk with Europe and the ill-fated ballot tax.

Books during this Seminar stories in historical past sequence bridge the space among textbook and professional survey and contains a quick "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the topic via a considerable and authoritative portion of "Analysis" targeting the most issues and matters. there's a succinct "Assessment" of the topic, a beneficiant collection of "Documents" and an in depth bibliography.

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Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

By Stephen Kinzer

The bestselling writer of Overthrow bargains a brand new and brilliant imaginative and prescient for rebuilding America's strategic partnerships within the heart East

What can the us do to aid become aware of its dream of a calm, democratic center East? Stephen Kinzer deals a stunning solution during this paradigm-shifting booklet. nations within the sector, he argues, are America's logical companions within the twenty-first century: Turkey and Iran.

Besides featuring this new "power triangle," Kinzer additionally recommends that the USA reshape kinfolk with its conventional center East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This ebook offers a penetrating, well timed critique of America's method of the world's so much unstable quarter, and provides a startling alternative.

Kinzer is a grasp storyteller with an eye fixed for grand characters and illuminating old element. during this ebook he introduces us to larger-than-life figures, like a Nebraska schoolteacher who turned a martyr to democracy in Iran, a Turkish radical who remodeled his kingdom and Islam ceaselessly, and a colourful parade of princes, politicians, girls of the area, spies, oppressors, liberators, and dreamers.

Kinzer's provocative new view of the center East is the infrequent ebook that might richly entertain whereas relocating an important coverage debate past the stale possible choices of the final fifty years.

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The Obamas

By Jodi Kantor

Whilst Barack Obama gained the 2008 presidential election, he additionally gained a long-running debate together with his spouse Michelle. opposite to her fears, politics now gave the look of a necessary, even noble pursuit. jointly they deliberate a White apartment lifestyles that might be as basic and sane as possible.

Then they moved in.

In the Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes us deep contained in the White condo as they struggle to grapple with their new roles, swap the rustic, elevate young ones, preserve friendships, and determine what it ability to be the 1st black President and primary woman. full of riveting element and perception into their partnership, feelings and personalities, and written with a prepared eye for the ironies of public lifestyles, THE OBAMAS is an intimate portrait that might shock even readers who notion they knew the President and primary woman.

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Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine

By Daniel Halper

Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper offers a meticulously researched account of the bright calculations, mystery offers, and sometimes treacherous maneuverings that ended in the Clintons’ go back to political prominence.

In the twelve years because the Clintons left the White residence, they've got long past from being nearly penniless to multi-millionaires, and are arguably the most well-liked politicians in America—respected and feared by way of Republicans and Democrats alike. yet in the back of that upward push is a never-before-told tale of strategic cleverness, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for political power.

Investigative reporter Daniel Halper makes use of a wealth of analysis, particular files, and special interviews with shut neighbors, allies, and enemies of the Clintons to bare the tactic they used and the offers they made to show their political fortunes round. Clinton, Inc. exposes the connection among President Obama, the Bush family members, and the Clintons—and what it capacity for the long run; how invoice and Hillary are laying the foundation for the approaching presidential crusade; how vice chairman Biden and different Democrats try to move round her; Chelsea’ s political destiny; the Clintons’ skillful media administration; the Clintons’ marriage and why it has survived; and an inside of examine the Clinton’s monetary backers and hidden company enterprises.

Clinton, Inc. is the major to knowing America’s strongest political couple.

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Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country

By Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann covers eleven effortless recommendations to America's present difficulties. on the center of every is a choice to reclaim financial sovereignty and to wrest regulate of democracy again from the company powers that experience hijacked either the USA and her citizens.

what is quite specific approximately Hartmann's suggestions is that each one were confirmed to paintings. each one among his eleven steps both was once traditionally a part of what outfitted America’s greatness long ago (such as imposing the Sherman Act and breaking apart colossal companies or returning to a tariff-based exchange policy), or has labored good in different international locations (like a countrywide single-payer healthcare approach —Medicare half "E" for "Everybody"—or encouraging the expansion of worker-owned cooperatives just like the $6 billion Mondragon cooperative in Spain).

From addressing the matter of a warming globe to the loss of life of America's center classification to the lack of our crucial liberties, Rebooting the yank Dream indicates how the US can reclaim the imaginative and prescient of our Founders and the greatness we held either at domestic and in a foreign country for over a century.

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Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America

By Evelyne Huber

Although inequality in Latin the US ranks one of the worst on the planet, it has significantly declined during the last decade, offset by way of advancements in overall healthiness care and schooling, more advantageous courses for social counsel, and raises within the minimal wage.

In Democracy and the Left, Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens argue that the resurgence of democracy in Latin the United States is vital to this transformation. as well as without delay affecting public coverage, democratic associations let left-leaning political events to emerge, considerably influencing the allocation of social spending on poverty and inequality. yet whereas democracy is a crucial determinant of redistributive switch, it really is on no account the single issue. Drawing on a wealth of information, Huber and Stephens current quantitative analyses of eighteen nations and comparative ancient analyses of the 5 such a lot complicated social coverage regimes in Latin the USA, displaying how overseas strength constructions have motivated the course in their social coverage. They increase those analyses by means of evaluating them to the improvement of social coverage in democratic Portugal and Spain.
The such a lot bold exam of the improvement of social coverage in Latin the USA to this point, Democracy and the Left indicates that inequality is way from intractable—a discovering with an important coverage implications worldwide.

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The Politics of Size: Perspectives from the Fat-Acceptance Movement

By Ragen Chastain

Our society is body-size obsessed. the end result? an atmosphere the place "fat people" are regularly refrained from and mentioned disparagingly at the back of their backs. even if fats humans in general undergo the brunt of the institutionalized oppression round being outsized, pervasive closeminded attitudes approximately physique dimension in the United States have an effect on everybody of all sizes-from those who find themselves shamed for being too skinny to these whose lives revolve round the worry of turning into fats. This ebook talks a couple of subject that's vital to all readers, despite their actual dimension, delivering an anthology of first-person bills of what it's prefer to join the fat-acceptance flow and at the entrance strains of activism within the "war on obesity." The Politics of measurement: views from the fats popularity flow provides a frank dialogue of the problems surrounding being fats and the linked wellbeing and fitness concerns-both actual and mental-and reframes the dialogue approximately weight problems from a scientific factor to a social one. The essays serve to right incorrect information approximately weight problems and fats people who is often authorised via most people, equivalent to the concept "fat" and "healthy" are together unique. material coated contains fat-friendly office regulations; fats relationship stories; and the intersections of being fats and likewise anyone of colour, an individual with disabilities, a transgender individual, or a member of one other sub-group of society.

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The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

By Parag Khanna

Grand factors of ways to appreciate the complicated twenty-first-century international have all fallen short–until now. In The moment World, the intense younger student Parag Khanna takes readers on an exhilarating worldwide journey, one who indicates how America’s dominant second has been unexpectedly changed by means of a geopolitical market in which the ecu Union and China compete with the us to form international order on their lonesome phrases.

This contest is most well liked and so much decisive within the moment international: pivotal areas in jap Europe, vital Asia, Latin the USA, the center East, and East Asia. Khanna explores the evolution of geopolitics during the contemporary histories of such underreported, interesting, and complex nations as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Libya, Vietnam, and Malaysia–nations whose assets will eventually verify the destiny of the 3 superpowers, yet whose futures are perennially doubtful as they try to upward thrust into the 1st international or steer clear of falling into the third.

Informed, witty, and armed with a traveler’s instinct for mixing into diversified cultures, Khanna mixes copious examine with deep reportage to remake the map of the realm. He depicts second-world societies from the interior out, staring at how globalization divides them into winners and losers alongside political, fiscal, and cultural lines–and indicates how China, Europe, and the US use their specific imperial gravities to tug the second-world nations into their orbits. alongside the way in which, Khanna additionally explains how Arabism and Islamism compete for the Arab soul, unearths how Iran and Saudi Arabia play the superpowers opposed to each other, unmasks Singapore’s inspirational function in East Asia, and psychoanalyzes the second-world leaders whose judgements are reshaping the stability of energy. He captures the main elusive formulation in overseas affairs: find out how to imagine like a country.

In the twenty-first century, globalization is the most battlefield of geopolitics, and the USA itself runs the danger of descending into the second one global if it doesn't renew itself and redefine its function on the planet.

Comparable in scope and boldness to Francis Fukuyama’s The finish of historical past and the final guy and Samuel P. Huntington’s The conflict of Civilizations and the Remaking of global Order, Parag Khanna’s The moment international will be the definitive consultant to global politics for years to come.

“A savvy, streetwise primer on dozens of person international locations that provides as much as a coherent concept of world politics.”
–Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Eastward to Tartary and Warrior Politics

“A panoramic evaluation that boldly addresses the dilemmas of the realm that our subsequent president will confront.”
–Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former nationwide defense advisor

"Parag Khanna's attention-grabbing ebook takes us on an epic trip round the multipolar global, elegantly combining historic research, political concept, and eye-witness studies to make clear the conflict for primacy among the world's new empires."
–Mark Leonard, government Director, eu Council on international Relations

"Khanna, a widely known professional on worldwide politics, deals an examine of the twenty first century's rising "geopolitical market" ruled by means of 3 "first international" superpowers, the united states, Europe and China... the ultimate pages of his publication warn eloquently of the hazards of imperial overstretch mixed with declining fiscal dominance and deteriorating caliber of existence. via themselves these pages are well worth the cost of a e-book that from starting to finish evokes reflection."
–Publishers Weekly

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