Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's by Sheldon Rampton, John Stauber

By Sheldon Rampton, John Stauber

Rampton and Stauber can now exhibit intimately how public kinfolk specialists within the Bush management acted intentionally to distort the scoop, to suppress the proof and to push an the United States nonetheless stunned through the assaults of Sept. 11 into conflict on Iraq. Worse, they construct a damning case opposed to the mainstream media, and its failure to problem the White apartment over its most evident lies and evasions. From the outset, the invasion of Iraq used to be branded and packaged like a advertisement product. while requested why the build-up to the conflict all started in September 2002, the White condo leader of employees had this to claim, "From a advertising viewpoint, you don't introduce new items in August".

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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's by Robert Baer

By Robert Baer

In his explosive long island instances bestseller, best CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling photograph of the way terrorism works at the inside of and offers startling facts of the way Washington politics sabotaged the CIA’s efforts to root out the world’s deadliest terrorists, bearing in mind the increase of Osama bin encumbered and Al Qaeda and the ongoing entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

A veteran case officer within the CIA’s Directorate of Operations within the center East, Baer witnessed the increase of terrorism first hand and the CIA’s insufficient reaction to it, resulting in the assaults of September eleven, 2001. This riveting publication is either an indictment of an organization that misplaced its manner and an unparalleled examine the roots of contemporary terrorism, and contains a new afterword during which Baer speaks out in regards to the American struggle on terrorism and its profound implications during the heart East.

“Robert Baer used to be thought of might be the simplest on-the-ground box
officer within the center East.”
–Seymour M. Hersh, the hot Yorker

From The Preface
This ebook is a memoir of 1 foot soldier’s occupation within the different chilly struggle, the only opposed to terrorist networks. It’s a narrative approximately areas such a lot americans won't ever commute to, approximately humans many americans would favor to imagine we don’t have to do enterprise with.

This memoir, i am hoping, will express the reader how spying is meant to paintings, the place the CIA misplaced its method, and the way we will carry it again back. yet i am hoping this publication will accomplish another function in addition: i am hoping it's going to express why i'm offended approximately what occurred to the CIA. and that i are looking to convey why each American and everybody who cares in regards to the renovation of this kingdom may be indignant and alarmed, too.

The CIA used to be systematically destroyed via political correctness, through petty Beltway wars, by way of careerism, and lots more and plenty extra. At a time while terrorist threats have been compounding globally, the supplier that are meant to were tracking them used to be being scrubbed fresh as a substitute. americans have been making an excessive amount of funds to hassle. lifestyles was once reliable. The White residence and the nationwide protection Council turned cathedrals of trade the place the pursuits of massive company outweighed the pursuits of shielding americans at domestic and in a foreign country. Defanged and dispirited, the CIA went alongside for the journey. after which on September eleven, 2001, the reckoning for such sizeable carelessness was once provided for the entire global to see.

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A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and by Richard Dawkins

By Richard Dawkins

Some of the most popular evolutionary biologists at paintings this present day, Richard Dawkins has written passionately for years on topics that subject deeply to him - and subject urgently to we all. A Devil's Chaplain brings jointly the easiest and so much provocative of his essays, on topics starting from evolution to ethics, from shuttle to literature, from schooling to faith. the result's an interesting portrait of 1 of the best minds in science.

With eloquence and energy, those essays recommend Dawkins's such a lot primary axiom: search fact. He speaks out opposed to pseudoscience and deftly dissects faith and mysticism. In a strong letter to his ten-year-old daughter, he argues for the need of basing any trust on good facts. And he doesn't turn away from skewering the loftiest associations, no matter if judicial or academic. "To hell with . . . your fact-stuffed syllabuses and your unending roster of exams," he pronounces with fresh directness. He writes infectiously of his awe on the tremendous complexity of the universe, can pay relocating tribute to pricey acquaintances and invaluable colleagues, and tenderly remembers his boyhood in Africa. Uncompromising, even ruthless as Dawkins famously is while protecting medical fact and cause, this assortment additionally exhibits a gentler, extra contemplative aspect which could shock his many readers.

Here we meet the fundamental Richard Dawkins: inspirational in either his dependable recognition to rationalism and his abiding passions.

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Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, by Robert Wuthnow

By Robert Wuthnow

Robert Wuthnow has been praised as one in every of "the country's most sensible social scientists" through columnist David Brooks, who hails his writing as "tremendously valuable." The manhattan instances calls him "temperate, balanced, compassionate," including, "one can't yet appreciate Mr. Wuthnow's views." a number one authority on faith, he now addresses essentially the most profound topics: the top of the world.

In Be Very Afraid, Wuthnow examines the human reaction to existential threats--once a question for theology, yet now looming earlier than us in a number of kinds. Nuclear guns, pandemics, international warming: every one threatens to damage the planet, or at the least to annihilate our species. Freud, he notes, famously taught that the normal mental reaction to an overpowering risk is denial. in truth, Wuthnow writes, the other is right: we search methods of absolutely assembly the probability, of doing something--anything--even if it's wasteful and time-consuming. The atomic period that begun with the bombing of Hiroshima sparked a flurry of task, starting from duck-and-cover drills, basement bomb shelters, and marches for a nuclear freeze. All have been arguably ineffectual, but every one sprang from an innate wish to take motion. it might be something if our responses have been only unnecessary, Wuthnow observes, yet they could truly be destructive. either the general public and policymakers are inclined to version reactions to grave threats on how we met earlier ones. The reaction to the terrorist assaults of September 11, for instance, echoed the chilly War--citizens went out to shop for duct tape, mimicking 1950s-era civil protection measures, and the management introduced high priced conflicts in another country.

Offering perception into our responses to every little thing from An Inconvenient Truth to the chicken and swine flu epidemics, Robert Wuthnow presents a profound new realizing of the human response to existential vulnerability.

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Icebound by Dean Koontz

By Dean Koontz

BONUS: This version includes an excerpt from Dean Koontz's Odd Apocalypse.

A mystery Arctic scan turns into a frozen nightmare, while a crew of scientists are set adrift on an iceberg--with a assassin of their midst, and an incredible explosive cost purely hours clear of detonation. This unique early Koontz novel--in the culture of wintry weather Moon--is now to be had in huge print version, liberating at the same time with Ballantine's mass industry version.

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The impact of 9 11 on politics and war: the day that changed by Matthew J. Morgan

By Matthew J. Morgan

The impression of 11th of September on Politics and struggle is the 1st quantity of the six-volume sequence The Day that modified every little thing? edited by means of Matthew J. Morgan.  The sequence brings jointly from a extensive spectrum of disciplines the prime thinkers of our time to mirror on the most major occasions of our time.  With a foreword via former DCI R. James Woolsey, the volume's individuals comprise former Undersecretary of country for political views Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Afghan Minister of inside Ali Jalali, and prime students Rohan Gunaratna, Bruno Frey, Jerrold publish, Stephen Cimbala, and others.

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Amerithrax by Robert Graysmith

By Robert Graysmith

Who was once the anthrax killer?
Six days after the 9-11 assaults, a brand new terror started to spread...

September 17, 2001: A Florida tabloid gets a love letter addressed to Jennifer Lopez. The paper's photograph editor opens it--and, unknowingly, inhales millions of poisonous spores. by way of 10/5 he's useless.

October 12, 2001: NBC anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant checks confident for cutaneous anthrax, because of the publicity to a powder in an envelope she inhaled 3 weeks sooner than.

within the days that undefined, 28 extra humans validated optimistic for anthrax, plunging a whole nation into the frontlines of an insidious bioterror.

The anthrax struggle had all started.

this is often the main complete paintings up to now in regards to the plague of terror that arose within the wake of 9/11--and the relentless medical manhunt to respond to the query of who the anthrax killer was once.

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The Culprits by Robert Hough

By Robert Hough

Hank Wallins is a damaged guy operating the evening shift in a meaningless activity. plagued by the tinnitus consistently ringing in his ears, he sleepwalks via lifestyles, too scarred by means of a sad love affair to aim back. while a madman pushes him into the trail of an oncoming subway educate, this scrape with loss of life re-awakens Hank to the area. yearning a reengagement with ardour, he reaches out to a tender a little cross-eyed Russian good looks who he locates on an internet site. He ventures through airplane to fulfill the stunning and mysterious Anna in her native land of St. Petersburg.

Anna Verkoskova seeks to escape not just the hopelessness of her fiscal scenario, but additionally the reminders of her personal failed love affair with Ruslan, a womanizing Dagastani rock famous person look-alike from the Chechen sector. discovering no specific cause to dislike the type, lumbering Hank, she consents to stick with him to Canada. yet as soon as she has left Russia at the back of, she is beaten by way of homesickness and a dread of disappearing into the gray Toronto wintry weather. Then she gets a daunting notice: Ruslan has been abducted. She races domestic instantly, wearing a bag crammed with funds. Hank's cash.

Held captive and tortured by way of the FSB, Ruslan has been crippled by means of his tormentors and injected with N20, a mysterious CIA-developed serum that fills its victims' brains with the totality of human wisdom, rendering them insane. Ruslan is traded to Chechen radicals and ransomed. As Anna is now linked to a "rich" Westerner, she is now a aim for the ransom. Ruslan's former political disengagement has been changed by way of a brand new kind of apathy, person who renders him a pawn to whomever has regulate of the omniscient demons in his ears screaming for blood.

Returned to St. Petersburg and reunited with Ruslan, Anna speedy realizes that her former lover has been misplaced to her without end, as has her state. With few techniques, she returns to the security of Hank and Canada and discovers that, along with her ardour for Ruslan pale, she has room for brand new passions to emerge. yet she additionally consists of along with her a life-altering secret.

The novel unfolds throughout the phrases of a narrator who describes himself as an abomination, but he's heroic and compassionate, and able to massive acts of affection, together with the construction of this very narrative itself--a reward for his unborn half-sister. His horrors were shaped because of untold millennia of blood hatred. however it is thru his lifestyles that our protagonists go beyond their very own human culpability.

A kaleidoscopic and riotous story, voiced by means of essentially the most strange narrators in literary background, Robert Hough's The Culprits places form and flesh to the murky unknowns surrounding a real-life terrorist incident and all that led as much as it, shining a gentle into a few of humanity's such a lot inscrutable sins. This novel is immediately a miraculous hallucination and a vintage love tale, exploring the human thirsts for romance and keenness, for allegiance and belief, and for horrible vengeance.

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