In his memoir released early in 2011, Donald Rumsfeld takes the reader on a 50-year ride through government. After his three-and-a-half-year stint in the U.S. Navy was up, Rumsfeld — Princeton graduate, married, the father of an infant and with his wife suffering from hepatitis — set his sights on entering the private sector and beginning his career.
If you’re looking for some scattered, interesting facts about prices and the spending habits of different societies, The Price of Everything by Eduardo Porter, is the book for you. Porter has spent the past few years researching global statistics on paying for things like housing, food, athletes and votes. Mixing this all together, he provides a few entertaining nuggets about the exuberance of financial bubbles, the differing costs of getting married, why Pele never got paid enough and how folks decide what to tip a waiter.
But in his extensive compilation of research, Porter can’t seem to see the financial forest for the trees. For instance, while wading through factoids like how much a donated kidney is worth (about $15,200) or the median salary of the 2009 New York Yankees ($5.2 million), he never asks himself a really meaningful question. He never stops to wonder: What is the real significance of wealth and prices in a world where the supply of money is cynically manipulated by government bureaucrats beholden to corporate oligarchs who continually seek to concentrate power in the hands of an elite few?
I kept waiting for him to go deeper into his subject as I waded through this book’s mish-mosh of stories and anecdotes about the byzantine subject of prices. But he stays on the surface.
Longtime followers of Personal Liberty Digest™ know that I am a fan of Thomas E. Woods, Jr. His arguments in defense of the Constitution are always sound and he presents them in a manner that is reasoned, inoffensive and nonpartisan. And the arguments he makes in Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before The Coming Fiscal Collapse are no exception.
Agreeing with former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who said that a crisis should never be allowed to go to waste, Woods believes that the coming fiscal crisis is an opportunity to take a careful second look at government, its claims and promises and see how they hold up under scrutiny. Once you finish Rollback, you’ll realize they don’t hold up at all.
Listen up medical researchers! If you want the medical establishment to accept, or at least consider, your new health ideas that seem promising, you better have the right credentials, politics and media skills to put it across.
While most Americans know that their country is experiencing deep political divisions, few understand how or when this came about. Some feel this division first appeared during the 2000 Presidential election in which the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in Florida’s ballot counting controversy…
This new book is timely and an excellent primer for millions of frustrated Americans who believe that there is widespread wrong and crisis in America. They feel great danger but have not connected the dots that would bring into focus the big picture. This book puts the blame where it should be, on the vested political and bureaucratic system.
Have you read a really bad book lately? I’m talking here about some really dreadful books. The ones that helped produce the world’s most ruthless dictators… slaughtered millions of innocent civilians… and created the most misery. Read on for a list of the 10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries…
The official story of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a hole was blown into the western side of the Pentagon and an airliner fell into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, near the town of Shanksville, are seared into memory.
By the time the day was over, 2,996 people — the hijackers, passengers and crew on the airliners, New York firefighters, police and rescue workers — were dead. The attacks were attributed to al-Qaida, under the direction of Osama bin Laden and planning of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).
But Webster Griffin Tarpley points out in 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, the story foisted by the government and trumpeted by the corporate media is full of holes. And the 9/11 Commission report — which Tarpley called the Kean-Hamilton Report after commission chairman and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and vice chairman and former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton — did little to close the holes.
I read a lot of books. Not the mind-numbing drivel that most people read — the fiction love story/murder mystery/horror stuff — that, while maybe good for a diversion and enjoyment, does nothing to expand the mind, but real books, with substance, that challenge me to think or inform me about the real history of our nation, where we came from and how we got to where we are. Read this article for some Christmas list suggestions…
Obama’s Wars is the newest installment on Presidents and politics by Bob Woodward.
True to his reputation, Woodward gives a fly-on-the-wall perspective to the wars that President Barack Obama is waging. Woodward gives an inside view into combat operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the ongoing war within the Obama administration itself.
Woodward earned fame and wealth for his investigative reporting which helped bring down President Richard Nixon and lead to a best-seller he co-wrote with Carl Bernstein, All the President’s Men. That book shocked America.
Obama’s Wars is not as surprising as it is dismaying. It is a 428-page partial indictment of the Obama administration that is losing — yes losing — the war in Afghanistan and more importantly, it shows a President that may not be able to protect us.
According to the book, the Obama administration believes that Osama bin Laden is not only alive and well but he remains the principal architect engineering a Jihad that is of a greater threat to America now than it has been at any time since 9/11.
This comes to light after the newly formed Obama administration commissions top secret reports, one by CIA analyst Bruce Riedel. According to Woodward, the Riedel review states that key elements of the enemy reside in Pakistan; a superpower with 100 nuclear weapons that is fearful of India, paranoid about America and has an inept leader in President Asif Ali Zardari.