A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy.
Mixing deft political analysis, timely social commentary, and deep historical understanding, Twilight of the Elites describes how the society we have come to inhabit – utterly forgiving at the top and relentlessly punitive at the bottom – produces leaders who are out of touch with the people they have been trusted to govern. Hayes argues that the public’s failure to trust the federal government, corporate America, and the media has led to a crisis of authority that threatens to engulf not just our politics but our day-to-day lives.
Upending well-worn ideological and partisan categories, Hayes entirely reorients our perspective on our times. Twilight of the Elites is the defining work of social criticism for the post-bailout age. Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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Amazon offers eTextbooks rentals for those who don’t need to own a traditional print copy. Not all rentable textbooks fit the traditional definition. Books from the Cherry Ames Series, historical fiction for pre-teens and teens about a young WWII nurse, are available for a minimal 30-day rent. If you need a bit more time to finish the book or four-book bundle, select any date beyond 30 days and the fee will be increased accordingly.
As the expiration date approaches, Amazon sends a helpful email reminding you to extend the rental period. You can also purchase the book and your rental fee paid will be applied to the current price, if you take action prior to the end of the rental period.
Notice that the email I received (at left) mentions that notes and highlights can be accessed after the expiration. If an enterprising student highlighted the complete textbook…..would those highlights be available?
Earlier this week I found this biography that can be purchased for $1.99 or rented for 30 days for 96 cents:
The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928–1933 : This is the first definitive study of the presidency of America’s least understood and most under-appreciated Chief Executive. Combining government with private resources, Hoover became the first president to pit government action against the economic cycle, setting precedents and spawning ideas employed by his successor and all future presidents.
Amazon is offering a great price on magazines subscriptions – just $5 for popular publications such as The New Yorker, Martha Stewart Living, Money, O The Oprah Magazine and more. Most subscriptions are for 12 months and several are all access (print and digital). NOTE: Confirm prices as the link has more than just the $5 deals.
This great rate is auto-renewing, but you can cancel your subscription through your Amazon account manager.
A Prayer for the City is acclaimed journalist Buzz Bissinger’s true epic of Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, an utterly unique, unorthodox, and idiosyncratic leader willing to go to any length for the sake of his city: take unions head on, personally lobby President Clinton to save 10,000 defense jobs, or wrestle Smiley the Pig on Hot Dog Day—all the while bearing in mind the eternal fickleness of constituents whose favor may hinge on a missed garbage pick-up or an overzealous meter maid.
A Prayer for the City describes the rare combination of political courage and optimism that may be the only hope for America’s urban centers. Buy this book for $1.99 today.
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How should Christians live their faith in the public arena? In an era when Christianity is being attacked from every side what is the message of the Christian church? What does the Bible say, and what do we learn from history about the proper relationship between faith and culture? Appealing to scripture, reason, and history, this book tackles society’s most pressing and divisive issues. New stories and examples reflect the realities of today, from the clash with radical Islam to the deep division between ‘reds’ and ‘blues.’ In an era of angry finger-pointing, Colson furnishes a unique insider’s perspective that can’t be pigeonholed as either ‘religious right’ or ‘religious left.’
Whatever your political or religious stance, this book will give you a different understanding of Christianity. If you’re a Christian, it will help you to both examine and defend your faith. If you’ve been critical of the new religious right, you’ll be shocked at what you learn. Buy this insightful book today for only 99 cents.
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.
Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.
Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War.
Buy this book today, MLK Day, for $2.99.
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In Churchill Defiant, Leaming tells the tumultuous behind-the-scenes story of Churchill’s refusal to retire after his 1945 electoral defeat, and the bare-knuckled political and personal battles that ensued.
In Churchill Defiant, Leaming gives us a vivid and compelling narrative that sheds fresh light on both the human dimension of Winston Churchill and on the struggles and achievements of his final years. At last, in Leaming’s eloquent account, we understand the tangled web of personal relationships and rivalries, the intricate interplay of past and present, the looming sense of history that makes the story of these years as fascinating as anything in the extraordinary century-long saga of Winston Churchill’s life. Buy this book today for just 99 cents.
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Hedrick Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.
Smith talks to a wide range of people, telling the stories of Americans high and low. From political leaders such as Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to CEOs such as Al Dunlap, Bob Galvin, and Andy Grove, to heartland Middle Americans, Smith puts a human face on how middle-class America and the American Dream have been undermined.
This magnificent work of history and reportage is filled with the penetrating insights, provocative discoveries, and the great empathy of a master journalist. Finally, Smith offers ideas for restoring America’s great promise and reclaiming the American Dream. Buy this book today for $1.99.
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Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.
Nothing to Envy is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance. Buy it today for only $1.99.
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