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Outspoken: Free Speech Stories
Outspoken: Free Speech Stories
"America's national obsession with asserting, and quelling, free-speech comes alive in this collection of profiles of First Amendment firebrands.Ê.Ê.Ê. The author goes beyond the usual polarized corners of political correctness.Ê.Ê.Ê.Êher nuanced treatment of all sides of the debate makes this a...
Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11
Spying Blind: The CIA, the FBI, and the Origins of 9/11

In this pathbreaking book, Amy Zegart provides the first scholarly examination of the intelligence failures that preceded September 11. Until now, those failures have been attributed largely to individual mistakes. But Zegart shows how and why the intelligence system itself left us vulnerable.

Zegart argues that after the Cold War...

Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law (America's Freedoms)
Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law (America's Freedoms)
An innovative narrative approach combines history, politics, and legal doctrine to explore the origin and evolution of Americans' constitutional right to free speech. The First Amendment's declaration that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the Freedom of Speech" is the keystone of our democracy. However, the meaning of this freedom...
Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate
Is Democracy Possible Here?: Principles for a New Political Debate

Politics in America are polarized and trivialized, perhaps as never before. In Congress, the media, and academic debate, opponents from right and left, the Red and the Blue, struggle against one another as if politics were contact sports played to the shouts of cheerleaders. The result, Ronald Dworkin writes, is a deeply depressing political...

Empire and the Five Kings
Empire and the Five Kings

One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind.

The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and
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Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today
Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today

“Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Germs, Genes & Civilization makes the case that infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping society. Clark argues that religion, morals, and even democracy have all been influenced by the smallest and most dangerous organisms on our planet. While...

Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy (Inside Technology)
Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy (Inside Technology)
Controversies over such issues as nuclear waste, genetically modified organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene therapy, avian flu, and cell phone towers arise almost daily as rapid scientific and technological advances create uncertainty and bring about unforeseen concerns. The authors of Acting in an Uncertain World argue that political...
Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security
Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

"If you've got nothing to hide," many people say, "you shouldn't worry about government surveillance." Others argue that we must sacrifice privacy for security. But as Daniel J. Solove argues in this important book, these arguments and many others are flawed. They are based on mistaken views about what it means to...

Digital Communities in a Networked Society: e-Commerce, e-Business and e-Government
Digital Communities in a Networked Society: e-Commerce, e-Business and e-Government
Digital Communities in a Networked Society: e-Commerce, e-Business and e-Government deals with the accelerating evolution in the computerization of society. This evolution, or should we call it a revolution, is dominantly driven by the Internet, and documented by the novelties introduced, year by year, by Information and Communication Technologies....
How Math Explains the World: A Guide to the Power of Numbers, from Car Repair to Modern Physics
How Math Explains the World: A Guide to the Power of Numbers, from Car Repair to Modern Physics

In How Math Explains the World, mathematician Stein reveals how seemingly arcane mathematical investigations and discoveries have led to bigger, more world-shaking insights into the nature of our world. In the four main sections of the book, Stein tells the stories of the mathematical thinkers who discerned some of the most fundamental...

Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (Routledge Critical History of Victorian Poetry)
Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (Routledge Critical History of Victorian Poetry)
To my mind Armstrong's book makes its contribution to the study of Victorian Literature in two key ways. I expect I will return often to her very sophistocated consideration of that old chesnut, the Victorian crystallization of lyric subjectivity in a political-poetical dramaturgy of self-spectatorship. And I find an extraordinary resonance in her...
The Idea of Human Rights
The Idea of Human Rights

The international doctrine of human rights is one of the most ambitious parts of the settlement of World War II. Since then, the language of human rights has become the common language of social criticism in global political life. This book is a theoretical examination of the central idea of that language, the idea of a human right. In...

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