Critical examination of the characteristics, tactics, opponents and policy impact of a national interest group operating in the USA today:Akademische Schriftenreihe. 1. Auflage. Katrin Schmidt
The gripping account of an assassination on US soil and the violent foreign conspiracy that stretched from Pinochet´s Chile to the streets of Washington, DC, with a new introduction by Ariel Dorfman. On September 10, 1976, exiled Chilean leader Orlando Letelier delivered a blistering rebuke of Augusto Pinochet´s brutal right-wing regime in a speech at Madison Square Garden. Eleven days later, while Letelier was on Embassy Row in Washington, DC, a bomb affixed to the bottom of his car exploded, killing him and his coworker Ronni Moffitt. The slaying, staggering in its own right, exposed an international conspiracy that reached well into US territory. Pinochet had targeted Letelier, a former Chilean foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, and carried out the attack with the help of Operation Condor, the secret alliance of South America´s military dictatorships dedicated to wiping out their most influential opponents. This gripping account tells the story not only of a political plot that ended in murder, but also of the FBI´s inquiry into the affair. Definitive in its examination both of Letelier´s murder and of the subsequent investigations carried out by American intelligence, Assassination on Embassy Row is equal parts keen analysis and true-life spy thriller. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020386/bk_adbl_020386_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Keith Reddin´s examination of the early career of Richard Nixon. Set in a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a paranoid Dick Nixon is an idealistic young congressman who is ambivalent about resorting to a monumentally underhanded ´´dirty trick´´. This was orchestrated by Nixon´s conniving campaign official Roy Day against his Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas - the so-called ´Pink Lady´. Nixon´s victory launches his career as a politician. A Goodman Theatre coproduction. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Timothy Carhart as Nixon Harry Groener as Melvyn Gary Houston as Roy Leslie Lyles as Helen David Shapiro as Stan Directed by Michael Maggio. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, Chicago, in October 1998. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy Carhart, Harry Groener, Gary Houston, Leslie Lyles, David Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000434/pf_latw_000434_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The only biography of Thurgood Marshall to be endorsed by Marshall´s immediate family Thurgood Marshall was the most important American lawyer of the 20th century. He transformed the nation´s legal landscape by challenging the racial segregation that had relegated millions to second-class citizenship. He won 29 of 33 cases before the United States Supreme Court, was a federal appeals court judge, served as the US solicitor general, and, for 24 years, sat on the Supreme Court. Marshall is best known for achievements after he relocated to New York in 1936 to work for the NAACP. But Marshall´s personality, attitudes, priorities, and work habits had crystallized during earlier years in Maryland. Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice is the first close examination of the formative period in Marshall´s life. As author Larry S. Gibson shows, Thurgood Marshall was a fascinating man of contrasts. He fought for racial justice without becoming a racist. Simultaneously idealistic and pragmatic, Marshall was a passionate advocate, yet he maintained friendly relationships with his opponents. Young Thurgood reveals how Marshall´s distinctive traits were molded by events, people, and circumstances early in his life. Professor Gibson presents fresh information about Marshall´s family, youth, and education. Gibson describes Marshall´s key mentors, the special impact of his high school and college competitive debating, his struggles to establish a law practice during the Great Depression, and his first civil rights cases. The author sheds new light on the NAACP and its first lawsuits in the campaign that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision. He also corrects some of the often-repeated stories about Marshall that are inaccurate. The only biography of Thurgood Marshall to be endorsed by Marshall´s immediate family, Young Thurgood is an exhaustively researched and 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vince Bailey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010070/bk_adbl_010070_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
The idea of Texas was forged in the crucible of frontier warfare between 1822 and 1865, when Anglo-Americans adapted to mounted combat north of the Rio Grande. This cavalry-centric arena, which had long been the domain of Plains Indians and the Spanish Empire, compelled an adaptive martial tradition that shaped early Lone Star society. Beginning with initial tactical innovation in Spanish Tejas and culminating with massive mobilization for the Civil War, Texas society developed a distinctive way of war defined by armed horsemanship, volunteer militancy, and short-term mobilization as it grappled with both tribal and international opponents. Drawing upon military reports, participants´ memoirs, and government documents, cavalry officer Nathan A. Jennings analyzes the evolution of Texan militarism from tribal clashes of colonial Tejas, territorial wars of the Texas Republic, the Mexican-American War, border conflicts of antebellum Texas, and the cataclysmic Civil War. In each conflict Texan volunteers answered the call to arms with marked enthusiasm for mounted combat. Riding for the Lone Star explores this societal passion - with emphasis on the historic rise of the Texas Rangers - through unflinching examination of territorial competition with Comanches, Mexicans, and Unionists. Even as statesmen Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston emerged as influential strategic leaders, captains like Edward Burleson, John Coffee Hays, and John Salmon Ford attained fame for tactical success. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Curylo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/078781/bk_acx0_078781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rudy Baker´s world collapses when the law firm he was due to join is taken over. Suddenly, just before his bar examination, he is without employment and up to his neck in debt. His whole future hinges on his only two prospective clients. One is an eccentric old lady who claims to have a twenty million dollar fortune and wants a new will drafted. The other is a case against an insurance company who has denied a claim involving a young man dying of leukaemia. Donny Ray Black might have been saved if Great Benefit had paid out months ago, but now he has no hope. Both he and his mother want to bring Great Benefit to its knees and they choose Rudy, even though he has never argued a case in court. But this case is only the tip of the iceberg: there are hundreds of similar claims popping up all over the US. Soon Rudy finds himself facing the very legal firm whose takeover cost him his job, in a trial which threatens to blow the lid off one of the biggest cases of corporate fraud in America history. He is one young man against a battery of million dollar lawyers, and his opponents will do anything to stop him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000125/bk_rhuk_000125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives. Surgeons who pray in the OR. Pro-life clinics and end-of-life interventions, intelligent-design activists and stem-cell-research opponents. Is this the state of modern medicine in America? In Blind Faith, Dr. Richard P. Sloan examines the fragile balance and dangerous alliance between religion and medicine - two practices that have grown disconcertingly close during the 21st century. While Sloan does not dispute the fact that religion can bring a sense of comfort in times of difficulty, he nevertheless believes, and in fact proves, that there is no compelling evidence that faith provides an actual cure for any ailment.By exposing the flawed research, Sloan gives readers the tools to understand when good medical science is subverted and, at the same time, provides a thought-provoking examination into the origins and varieties of faith, and human nature itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Sluyter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007543/bk_adbl_007543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.