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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...

Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy
Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy

Behind every financial crisis lurks a "political bubble"--policy biases that foster market behaviors leading to financial instability. Rather than tilting against risky behavior, political bubbles--arising from a potent combination of beliefs, institutions, and interests--aid, abet, and amplify risk. Demonstrating how political...

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...

House of Cards and Philosophy: Underwood's Republic (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
House of Cards and Philosophy: Underwood's Republic (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

Is Democracy overrated?

Does power corrupt? Or do corrupt people seek power?

Do corporate puppet masters pull politicians’ strings?

Why does Frank talk to the camera?

Can politics deliver on the promise of justice?

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The Archaeology of Athens
The Archaeology of Athens
The city of Athens has played a leading role in the development of European civilization. When we look back through time to the origins of so many of the institutions and activities which thrive or are valued today, we are led to ancient Greece and, most often, to Athens in the Classical period (480–323 B.C.). Time and again...
Counting the Public In
Counting the Public In
"A major scholarly work that adds greatly to our knowledge of the linkages between general public opinion and foreign policy." -- American Political Science Review

Ralph Levering Department of History, Davidson College, and author of The Public and American Foreign Policy, 1918-1978
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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...
Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive
Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive

The challenge of this book is thinking critically about media practices in a setting where they are fast, fun, and ubiquitous. As an avowedly engaged and political approach to thought, critical theory of any sort encounters challenges. Attempting to analyze and intervene in the present, it nonetheless adopts a backward gaze, an idea G.W.F....

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...

Digital Privacy: PRIME - Privacy and Identity Management for Europe
Digital Privacy: PRIME - Privacy and Identity Management for Europe
Information technologies are becoming pervasive and powerful to the point that the privacy of citizens is now at risk. Indeed, more and more of our daily transactions are conducted electronically and require us to transmit personal information. Examples include using an electronic identity card to prove one’s age in a...
Russian For Dummies (Language & Literature)
Russian For Dummies (Language & Literature)

Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes

Your fun and friendly guide to communicating in Russian

Whether you're a student, a traveler, or a businessperson, or if you just want to speak basic Russian, you'll find this book packed with practical lessons...

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...

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