This book is the compelling story of President Obama’s domestic policy decisions made between September 2008 and his inauguration on January 20, 2009. Unlike all other presidents except Abraham Lincoln - who decided not to allow slavery to expand westward before he was sworn in - Barack Obama determined the fate of his presidency before he took office. The results of these fateful decisions led to Donald Trump, the worst person Obama could have imagined, taking his place eight years later.This book describes how and why these decisions were made, and discusses whether the outcomes could have been different. Based on dozens of interviews with actors in the Obama transition, as well as the author’s personal observations, this book provides unique commentary on those defining decisions of winter 2008-2009.A decade later, the ramifications of the Great Recession and the role of government in addressing the crisis are the reasons behind the ideological battle between progressivism and neoliberalism in the Democratic Party and the continuing struggle for direction in the Republican Party. As many seek the presidency in the November 2020 election, all candidates and of course the eventual winner will face decisions that may be as critical and difficult as those confronted by Barack Obama. This book aims to provide them guidance from history. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Culp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011408/bk_brll_011408_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage´s penetrating investigation of the Obama presidency and the national security state. Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of change from George W. Bush´s ´´global war on terror´´. Yet from indefinite detention and drone strikes to surveillance and military tribunals, Obama ended up continuing - and in some cases expanding - many policies he inherited. What happened? In Power Wars, Charlie Savage looks inside the Obama administration´s national security legal and policy team in a way that no one has before. Based on exclusive interviews with more than 150 current and former officials and access to previously unreported documents, he lays bare their internal deliberations, including emotional debates over the fates of detainees held on torture-tainted evidence and acts of war that lacked congressional authorization. He tells the inside stories of how Obama came to order the killing of an American citizen, preside over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks, and keep a then-secret National Security Agency program that collected records of every American´s phone calls. Savage also pieces together the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past 35 years, synthesizing recent revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting. And he provides lucid explanations of legal dilemmas in a way that nonlawyers can understand. Highlighted by new information about the pivotal aftermath to the failed Christmas underwear bombing and the planning for the Osama bin Laden raid, Savage´s own eyewitness reporting at Guantánamo, and detailed accounts of closed-door meetings at the highest levels of government, Power Wars equips listeners to understand the legacy of Obama´s presidency. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Woren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002310/bk_hach_002310_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four Trump campaign officials who worked with Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election have been charged with allowing Russia to interfere in the victory for Trump over Hillary Clinton. Russian President Vladimir Putin is being accused of having a direct influence in covert operations to support Trump’s campaign for the presidency. Questions still remain about how, who, and to what degree - if any - went on between Russian government officials, spies, and operatives and Trump’s campaign.While much of the country has been focused on Russia, you will soon learn how all this fiasco could be a big fat lie or maybe it’s the truth. Every office in the executive branch has conspired to cover-up and hide information about Hillary Clinton’s emails, Benghazi, FBI documents, the IRS, and much more. Here’s WHY you should listen to the audiobook: Break the status quo - question your beliefs on history in a new way. Raise your critical thinking and awareness of current events. Learn what can’t be found on mainstream news and TV outlets. So what are you waiting for?Get ready for a revelation of a lifetime! This book will definitely answer any questions you have regarding some of history’s most unforgettable events. Go deeper now and get your own copy TODAY!Don’t forget to hit the ´´BUY button´´! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Remington Ridley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125375/bk_acx0_125375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history. The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of ´´Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes from more than two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy. Loathed by the Obama team in the wake of the primary, Hillary worked to become the president’s greatest ally, their fates intertwined in the work of reestablishing America on the world stage. HRC puts readers in the room with Hillary during the most intense and pivotal moments of this era, as she mulls the president-elect’s offer to join the administration, pulls the strings to build a coalition for his war against Libya, and scrambles to deal with the fallout from the terrible events in Benghazi - all while keeping one eye focused on 2016. HRC offers a rare look inside the merciless Clinton political machine, as Bill Clinton handled the messy business of avenging Hillary’s primary loss while she tried to remain above the partisan fray. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Dep 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003758/bk_rand_003758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights - the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the poignant and inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society´s attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration. They are called the DREAMers: young people who were brought or sent to the United States as children and who have lived for years in America without legal status. Growing up, they often worked hard in school, planned for college, only to learn they were, in the eyes of the United States government and many citizens, ´´illegal aliens´´. Determined to take fate into their own hands, a group of these young undocumented immigrants risked their safety to ´´come out´´ about their status - sparking a transformative movement, engineering a seismic shift in public opinion on immigration, and inspiring other social movements across the country. Their quest for permanent legal protection under the so-called ´´Dream Act´´ stalled. But in 2012 the Obama administration issued a landmark new immigration policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has since protected more than half a million young immigrants from deportation even as efforts to install more expansive protections remain elusive. The Making of a Dream begins at the turn of the millennium, with the first of a series of ´´Dream Act´´ proposals; follows the efforts of policy makers, activists, and undocumented immigrants themselves; and concludes with the 2016 presidential election and the first months of the Trump presidency. The immigrants´ coming of age stories intersect with the watershed political and economic events of the last two decades: 9/11, the recession, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama presidency, and the rebirth of the anti-immigrant right. In telling their story, Laura Wides-Muñoz forces us to rethink our definition o 1. Language: English. Narrator: Almarie Guerra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006479/bk_harp_006479_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
HOLLYWOOD IS RAVING ABOUT ROMANCE FOR MEN!! See why DENIS LEARY, ROBIN WILLIAMS, WILL ARNETT, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, HOWIE MANDEL, DAVID SPADE, BRAD GARRETT, DAMON WAYANS and many more have fallen in love with America’s hilarious, twisted new hero: Jack Icefloe Jackson! DENIS LEARY: ´´Disgusting, profane, rabid and totally unnecessary. Which is also why I LAUGHED MY A** OFF.” ROBIN WILLIAMS: ´´WILDLY FUNNY, twisted, sick, and every short, fat bald guy’s wet dream.” HOWIE MANDEL: ´´This is HYSTERICAL! It’s Fifty Shades of Funny!” DAVID SPADE: ´´HILARIOUS… I’m LAUGHING OUT LOUD AT TACO BELL.” DAMON WAYANS: ´´It’s FART-OUT-LOUD FUNNY!” MITCH HURWITZ (creator, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT): ´´A TRIUMPH!” BRAD GARRETT: ´´HYSTERICAL! And potentially the END OF CIVILIZATION…” SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR: ´´It’s one of the FUNNIEST THINGS I’VE EVER READ!” Jack Icefloe Jackson is short, fat, bald and has a 6-inch penis -- although he only uses the first 4 because the 5th would kill a broad and the 6th would open up a rip in the fabric of time. His pleasant days in the Alaskan wilderness dynamite hunting for moose and bear are cut short when Earth is faced with an extinction-level threat. Realizing that the end-of-the-world can only be averted by Icefloe´s superior sexual prowess, President Obama calls on him to use his penis to save us all. This carnal mission will take Icefloe from The Hot Nuns of Assisi (hidden beneath the Vatican by the Pope) to The Nazi Babes of the SS in their terrible lair on Fuhrer Island... Sick, twisted, and profane, Jack Icefloe Jackson is America’s newest hero, and ROMANCE FOR MEN: Pandora’s Box is its most hilarious new book! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Serena Scott Thomas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019564/bk_acx0_019564_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 2016 election is conservatives´ last, best chance to take back the country. So how can they win? The answer, conservative columnist and analyst Ed Morrissey says, depends on seven battleground counties in swing states Republicans must win. Each county pulled for Obama in one or both of the last two elections, but after eight years of misadventures under the Obama administration, the door is open for Republicans to win them - and the presidency - once again, making a decisive mandate against progressivism for the generation to come. In Going Red, Morrissey takes listeners inside the battlegrounds that will decide the election, weaving together data and the stories of people and leaders in these communities to answer the most pressing questions facing conservatives in 2016: What went wrong in 2008 and 2012, and how can the party do better in 2016? Can Republicans take back crucial swing states like Florida, Ohio, and Virginia? Is a Hillary Clinton victory really inevitable? How can conservatives reverse their track record with minorities and young voters? Providing an unparalleled look into the campaign and the thinking of experts from both parties, Going Red is a field guide for taking back the White House and an essential book for anyone who cares about the fate of the Right. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ed Morrissey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004555/bk_rand_004555_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.