Are corporations citizens? Is political inequality a necessary aspect of a democracy or something that must be stamped out? These are the questions that have been at the heart of the debate surrounding campaign finance reform for nearly half a century. But as Robert E. Mutch demonstrates in this fascinating book, these were not always controversial matters. The tenets that corporations do not count as citizens, and that self-government functions best by reducing political inequality, were commonly heldup until the early years of the twentieth century, when Congress recognized the strength of these principles by prohibiting corporations from making campaign contributions, passing a disclosure law, and setting limits on campaign expenditures. But conservative opposition began to appear in the 1970s. Well represented on the Supreme Court, opponents of campaign finance reform won decisions granting First Amendment rights to corporations, and declaring the goal of reducing political inequality to be unconstitutional. Buying the Vote analyzes the rise and decline of campaign finance reform by tracking the evolution of both the ways in which presidential campaigns have been funded since the late nineteenth century. Through close examinations of major Supreme Court decisions, Mutch shows how the Court has fashioned a new and profoundly inegalitarian definition of American democracy. Drawing on rarely studied archival materials on presidential campaign finance funds, Buying the Vote is an illuminating look at politics, money, and power in America. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019817/bk_adbl_019817_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surprisingly neglected in accounts of Allied wartime triumphs, in 1941 British and Commonwealth forces completed a stunning and important victory in East Africa against an overwhelmingly superior Italian opponent. A hastily formed British-led force, never larger than 70,000 strong, advanced along two fronts to defeat nearly 300,000 Italian and colonial troops. This compelling book draws on an array of previously unseen documents to provide both a detailed campaign history and a fresh appreciation of the first significant Allied success of the war. Andrew Stewart investigates such topics as Britain´s African wartime strategy; how the fighting forces were assembled (most from British colonies, none from the US); General Archibald Wavell´s command abilities and his difficult relationship with Winston Churchill; the resolute Italian defense at Keren, one of the most bitterly fought battles of the entire war; the legacy of the campaign in East Africa; and much more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Page. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007021/bk_tant_007021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the fall of 1864, the Civil War´s outcome rested largely on Abraham Lincoln´s success in the upcoming presidential election. As the contest approached, cautious optimism buoyed the President´s supporters in the wake of Union victories at Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley. With all eyes on the upcoming election, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant conducted a series of large-scale military operations outside Richmond and Petersburg, which have, until now, received little attention. In Richmond Must Fall, Hampton Newsome examines these October battles in unprecedented scope and detail. The narrative begins with one of Lee´s last offensive operations of the war at the Darbytown Road on October 7, 1864, and ends with Grant´s major offensive on October 27 to seize the South Side Railroad, the last open rail line into the Confederate stronghold at Petersburg. The October 1864 operations offer important insights into the personalities and command styles of Lee and Grant, including Lee´s penchant for audacity and overwhelming thirst to strike a blow against his opponent even against bitter odds and Grant´s willingness to shoulder heavy responsibility in the face of great risk. The narrative explores the relationships within the high command of both armies, including Grant´s sometimes strained partnership with the cautious George Meade. Drawing on an array of original sources, Newsome focuses on the October battles themselves, examining the plans for the operations, the decisions made by commanders on the battlefield, and the soldiers´ view from the ground. At the same time, he places these military actions in the larger political context of the fall of 1864. With the election looming, neither side could afford a defeat at Richmond or Petersburg. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claton Butcher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008660/bk_acx0_008660_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This article explains the secret to Dr. Ben Carson´s success as a presidential candidate: grassroots support. Unlike the bland establishment candidates, Dr. Carson has spent years filling auditoriums and learning from ordinary Americans. Listen to this article to find out why grassroots support matters, and why it gives Ben Carson a leg up on his political opponents. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038999/bk_acx0_038999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this third volume of Michael Logusz´s epic study of the Wilderness War of 1777, a sizable British military force, augmented with German and loyalist soldiers, attacks the Northern Army´s southern front in the fall of 1777 in hopes of assisting a much larger British Army that is threatened to the north of New York City in the wilderness region of Saratoga. In previous works on the Wilderness War, Logusz deftly described General John Burgoyne´s efforts in the Saratoga campaign. He covered the exploits of British general Barry St. Leger and the convergence of British, German, Canadian mercenary, loyalist, and Indian forces toward Albany. In this third installment, Logusz presents how British general Sir William Howe was to advance northward from New York City with a force of almost 20,000 regulars accompanied with a strong river naval force to link up with the two other commanders in Albany. Capturing Albany would not only deny the provincials a vital town on the edge of a wilderness, but also cut off the entire region of New England from the rest of the newly established nation. Instead, Howe decided to pursue Washington in Pennsylvania, leaving behind British general Sir Henry Clinton in New York City to deal with the city´s lingering troubles and the events to the north. The book vividly describes the hardships encountered by the patriots fighting for independence and their opponents, along with Clinton´s experiences in and around New York City, West Point, and the Hudson Valley region. Logusz illustrates in depth the terrain, tactics, and terror of the multifaceted Wilderness War of 1777. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for listeners interested in history - books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025778/bk_adbl_025778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is the first insider account of the precipitous fall of Hillary Clinton. How the scandals of a lifetime finally reached critical mass. How, in the last few days of the campaign, some on her staff saw the ghostly shroud of defeat creeping over them but were helpless to act, frozen by the self-denial of the group. Here is an explanation of why the national media and their corporate owners kept Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren out of the race. Why they wanted their investment in the Clintons to work and how they were willing to go to great lengths to make that happen. Don´t have time to read the tens of thousands of leaked emails from inside the Clinton machine? The author has done it for you and has come back from the experience with a stunning peek into the world of a political leader who privately declared that she wanted a hemisphere ´´with open trade and open borders´´. Finally, here is the story of the rise of Donald Trump. How his opponents sought to derail him. This is the story of how Donald Trump´s message and brand transcended the traps laid by his enemies. How, against all odds, he won the presidency. And here are the details of his plan to make American great again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Wead. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003022/bk_hach_003022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered how George W. Bush got to be President? Writer, political strategist, and Bush campaign worker Stuart Stevens takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bush presidential campaign. He shows us the hidden moments in the small towns of Texas which added up to success for the former Major League Baseball owner: the humble Bush practicing his speeches in a small Methodist church in Crawford, Texas; the blue-jeaned Bush, hoping for a chance to ´´bond´´ with his strategists; the innocent Bush, convinced he would win despite overwhelming odds and an opponent who was counting on them. With humor, Stevens relays hair-raising tales of the campaign trail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000324/bk_bkot_000324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With Allied armies poised on the banks of the Rhine, Nazi Germany tottered on the brink of collapse. The ensuing battles on German soil - especially those in the so-called Ruhr Pocket - were as fierce and hard-fought as any in the European theater. Going well beyond previous accounts, Derek S. Zumbro chronicles this key military campaign from a unique and fresh perspective - that of the defeated German soldiers and civilians caught in the final maelstrom of the war´s Western front. Best known for his translation of In Deadly Combat, the best-selling World War II memoir, Zumbro chronicles the relentless assault on the Ruhr Pocket through German eyes as the Allied juggernaut battered the region´s cities, villages, and homes into submission. He tells of children pressed into service by a desperate Nazi regime - and of even more desperate parents trying to save their sons from sacrifice at the 11th hour. He also tells of unspeakable conditions suffered by foreign laborers, POWs, and political opponents in the Ruhr Valley and of the mass graves that gave Allied soldiers a grisly new understanding of their enemy. Zumbro also recounts the story of Field Marshal Walter Model´s final hours. His eventual suicide effectively ended the existence of the Wehrmacht´s once-formidable Army Group B after being pursued, methodically encircled, and finally destroyed by US and British forces. Through interviews with surviving members of Model´s former staff, Zumbro has uncovered the attitudes - and harrowing experiences - of beleaguered officers that official records could never convey. Other interviews with former soldiers reveal the extent to which Allied bombing contributed to the rapid deterioration of German combat effectiveness and tell of civilians begging soldiers to abandon the war. Zumbro´s deep research reveals the identities of specific characters discussed in previous works but never identified, describes the final hours of German off 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julian Elfer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/015248/bk_tant_015248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The agents of the Imperial Security Bureau in Cloud City are commanded by none other than Agent Blaise, a cold and methodical warrior and an expert interrogator. With Agent Blaise by your side, you can menace the Rebel heroes in any campaign or strip your opponent of Command cards during a skirmish game.With an entirely new three-card Agenda set, new Command cards, additional Deployment cards, and missions for both campaign and skirmish games, the Agent Blaise Villain Pack is your chance to level the might of the ISB against your opponents.This figure pack includes a sculpted plastic figure of Agent Blaise that you can use to replace the token included in The Bespin Gambit.