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The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

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A sweeping and detailed view of the neoconservative movement in American politics is contained in The Forty Years War. Colodny & Shachtman trace the movement to German expatriate and Pentagon official, Fritz Kramer who taught his devotees, including Kissinger, Haig, and Rumsfeld, that the right path for America was military prowess.
The Neocons battle for power and influence, sometimes from behind the scenes and often right in the oval office itself, just might change your view of who really holds the reigns of our government and ultimately, the destiny of America.
While I didn’t consider myself a political neophyte prior to reading this, it did teach me that there is a lot more that I need to learn to become a fully informed voter. You are seldom voting for one candidate, you are voting for the people behind the candidate.
The Forty Years War: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama by Len Colodny & Tom Shachtman

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061253898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061253898
  • From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America By Steven V. Roberts

     

    From Every End of This Earth by Steven V. Roberts: Book Cover

    From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
    By Steven V. Roberts

    Okay, everyone that either has immigrate to America themselves or has an immigrant in their family tree raise your hand. Pretty much everyone, right? Sometimes, I think that we forget that. That is understandable because often our own families story of immigration is lost to history. It isn’t tangible.

    Steven Roberts makes immigration tangible by telling the story of 13 families and their  journey to America. Whether fleeing persecution, seeking business opportunities,  or for a myriad of reasons the stories are ones of dreams, heartbreak, fear, great courage and ultimately, success.  Some families have totally assimilated and some have held fast to the culture that they left behind, but no matter their choices, they have all contributed to the story of America.

    Something that becomes very clear in all of the stories is that these people worked very hard to get here and continue to work hard at creating their American dream.  Did you know that immigrants represented 16.7% of all business owners and account for $67 billion in yearly income? Or that more than half of the businesses in Silicon Valley were started by them?

    I am totally guilty of jumping to generalizations and stereotypes when the subject of immigration comes up. Mea culpa, this book made me see the bigger picture and it just might do the same for you.

    From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America
    By Steven V. Roberts

    Hardcover: 352 pages
    Publisher: Harper (October 6, 2009)
    ISBN-10: 0061245615
    ISBN-13: 978-0061245619

    Between Two Worlds : Escape From Tyranny : Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam By Zainab Salbi


    If you read one memoir in the next year, I urge you to make it this one. Salbi writes of her childhood in a comfortable and loving Iraqi family. Her mother was a teacher and her father a commercial pilot. All that changed when Saddam Hussein chose her father to be his pilot.

    Most of us have no clue what it was really like to live in Iraq under the Saddam Hussein and even most Iraqis have no idea what it meant to be part of his inner circle. It wasn’t a free pass for families like the Salbis, it meant that they were virtual prisoners and constantly experienced his reign of terror first hand.

    The family lived in a home in Saddam’s compound, worried that the walls had ears, couldn’t trust a soul, and were at his beck and call. From the outside, I am sure that it looked like they had everything, but with all of these privileges came more eyes and ears on them constantly.

    As Salibi grew up, her mother came to believe that they only way her daughter, Zainab, was going to be able to escape was if she set her up in an arranged marriage with someone not living in Iraq. Her quest for freedom led her into another kind of prison.

    All of her struggling to find her own voice eventually led her to create a non profit organization, Women for Women International, that is helping women all over the world find their voice after surviving genocides, civil wars and other horrible political situations.

    I think what kept hitting me was that Salbi and I are the same age. We are less than 2 years apart, yet we have led so very different lives. It just goes to show you, that life starts out with the luck of the draw and what really matters is what you choose to do with it. Salibi, her book, Between Two Worlds, and the organization, she started, Women for Women International, has made me realize that I have a lot to be grateful for and I really need to get out there and do my part of making a difference in this world.

    One word to describe Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam by Zainab Salbi …..Inspiring.

    Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Gotham (August 17, 2006)
    ISBN-10: 1592402445
    ISBN-13: 978-1592402441
    $11.90 on Amazon.