A narrative thriller about the battle royale surrounding Barack Obama´s quest for a second term amid widespread joblessness and one of the most poisonous political climates in American history. The election of 2012 will be remembered as a hinge of history. With huge victories in the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican Party had blocked President Obama at every turn and made plans to wrench the country sharply to the right. The 2012 contest offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government and repealing much of the social contract that dated back to the New Deal. Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, and a concerted effort in 19 states to rig the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back toward the center. In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce the first full account of America at the crossroads. He pierces the bubble of the White House and of the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight. More than a campaign book, this is the epic story of an embattled president facing a historic moment he considered more pivotal than 2008. Alter relates the untold story behind Obama´s highs and lows, from his daring decision to raid Osama bin Laden´s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his run-ins with black and Latino activists he expected to be his firm allies. There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from ´´Obama Derangement Syndrome´´. Alter takes us inside the GOP ´´clown car´´ primaries as well as Obama´s disastrous preparation for the first debate. We meet Obama´s analytics geeks working out of ´´The Cave´´ and the man who secretly videotaped Mitt Romney´s infamous comments on the ´´47 percent´´. The Center Holds, which... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Alter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006325/bk_sans_006325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States was surely one of the least likely and most riveting stories of our time. But all of us - and especially businesspeople - have much to learn from the way Obama won his victory. This brief, important book spells out the lessons of the campaign and illustrates them with examples of successful companies that have used similar strategies and tactics.Obama´s marathon effort had three distinguishing characteristics:He kept keep his cool, stayed focused on the main issues, and remained constantly on messageHe created a nationwide community by using the social technologies of the Internet, including blogs, texting, and viral videos.He became the change he was offering and thus persuaded Americans that he could lead the nation to a new kind of politics and government.These strategies aren´t as simple as they sound. Barack, Inc. not only spells them out clearly but offers actionable lessons that businesspeople can apply.Obama´s mantra of ´´change´´ was a tired old cliche until he gave it new life by persuading Americans that government can transcend the petty partisanship of recent years. He became the embodiment of that change, telling us, ´´We are the change we seek. We are the ones we´ve been waiting for. ´´ Tens of thousands of volunteers flocked to his banner, and donors large and small sent him more money than any other candidate has received.By the same token, says Barack, Inc., business leaders must embrace and become the change they are offering their people. Just as Obama triumphed by creating a huge online community, the leaders of business can create whole new communities of stockholders, employees, suppliers, distributors and customers. And in the Web 2.0 world of the 21st century, community - in addition to products and profits - is what business is all about. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000767/bk_adbl_000767_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A provocative critique of the Obama administration´s economic policies and an examination of America´s difficult economic future. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised ´´a net spending cut´´ to make government smaller in order to reduce the deficit. But this huge increase in government spending and debt, and the resulting prospect of higher taxes, will make America a poorer country. Are Americans happier because the government has determined where this money should be spent? According to John Lott and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, the answer is no, and in Debacle: Obama´s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future they explain why. Obama´s economic policies have raised unemployment, slowed economic growth, dramatically raised the national debt, squandered taxpayer money through poor investments, and damaged the housing market. The book explains why Obama´s policies on spending, taxes, and regulation have all worked to harm the recovery, increase unemployment, and depress housing prices. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deficits that President Obama proposes for the years from 2011 through 2020 come to a staggering $126,000 per family of four, and John Lott and Grover Norquist make clear why the costs outweigh the benefits Explains why Keynesian economics is more a way of transferring wealth to political constituencies than a legitimate economic theory for understanding how the economy operates Posits that Obama´s economic policies were more an opportunity ´´to do big things´´ than to solve the country´s economic problems Arguing that the policies of the Obama administration have created widespread economic chaos, Debacle is a bleak look at American finance from Grover Norquist. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holsopple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004717/bk_adbl_004717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Barack Obama´s speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King, Jr.´s dream of racial unity. Yet in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided - as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore. With President Obama´s election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players - and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House. Fracture traces the party´s makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton´s campaign represent an embrace of Obama´s legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton´s stand on race both similar to and different from Obama´s or from her husband´s? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her - and what will happen if they don´t? Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joy-Ann Reid. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004595/bk_harp_004595_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In a riveting narrative, The Inheritance describes the huge costs of distraction and lost opportunities at home and abroad as Iraq soaked up manpower, money, and intelligence capabilities. The 2008 market collapse further undermined American leadership, leaving the new president with a set of challenges unparalleled since Franklin D. Roosevelt entered the Oval Office. The Inheritance takes readers to Afghanistan, where Bush never delivered on his promises for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country, paving the way for the Taliban´s return. It examines the chilling calculus of North Korea´s Kim Jong-Il, who built actual weapons of mass destruction in the same months that the Bush administration pursued phantoms in Iraq, then sold his nuclear technology in the Middle East in an operation the American intelligence apparatus missed. And it explores how China became one of the real winners of the Iraq war, using the past eight years to expand its influence in Asia, and lock up oil supplies in Africa while Washington was bogged down in the Middle East. Yet Sanger, a former foreign correspondent in Asia, sees enormous potential for the next administration to forge a partnership with Beijing on energy and the environment. At once a secret history of our foreign policy misadventures and a lucid explanation of the opportunities they create, The Inheritance is vital listening for anyone trying to understand the extraordinary challenges that lie ahead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001677/bk_rand_001677_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What do Blendtec, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Barack Obama have in common? They all created huge amounts of buzz and generated millions of dollars in sales and campaign contributions by using the principles found in this enlightening audio book. A World Wide Rave is when people around the world are talking about you, your company, and your products Whether you´re located in San Francisco, Dubai, or Reykjavik, it´s when global communities eagerly link to your stuff on the Web. It´s when online buzz drives buyers to your virtual doorstep. And it´s when tons of fans visit your Website and your blog because they genuinely want to be there. Millions of people try to create something on the Web that will catch on and become a hit on YouTube, blogs, Facebook, and other online media. But you can´t generate buzz without something to buzz about. Now bestselling author, David Meerman Scott explains how to produce engaging online content that people will WANT to share, triggering a ´´world wide rave´´ for your product or service. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000250/bk_gdan_000250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016 In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Zarqawi began by directing terror attacks from a base in Northern Iraq, but it was the American invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the head of a vast insurgency. By falsely identifying him as the link between Saddam and bin Laden, US officials spurred like-minded radicals to rally to his cause. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings persisted until American and Jordanian intelligence discovered clues that led to a lethal airstrike on Zarqawi´s hideout in 2006. His movement, however, endured. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq then Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his followers sought refuge in ungoverned pockets on the Iraq-Syria border. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, and as the US largely stood by, ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarqawi´s dream of an ultraconservative Islamic caliphate. Drawing on high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. Black Flags is a definitive history that revea... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sunil Malhotra. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004335/bk_rand_004335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this indispensable guide to navigating the twenty-first century, two visionary thinkers reveal the unexpected ways power is changing--and how ´´new power´´ is reshaping politics, business, and life. Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in our chaotic, connected age? In New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms confront the biggest stories of our time--the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-nowhere victories of Obama and Trump; the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo--and reveal what´s really behind them: the rise of ´´new power.´´ For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and then jealously guarded. This ´´old power´´ was out of reach for the vast majority of people. But our ubiquitous connectivity makes possible a different kind of power. ´´New power´´ is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It works like a current, not a currency--and it is most forceful when it surges. The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel. New Power shines fresh light on the cultural phenomena of our day, from #BlackLivesMatter to the Ice Bucket Challenge to Airbnb, uncovering the new power forces that made them huge. Drawing on examples from business, activism, and pop culture, as well as the study of organizations like Lego, NASA, Reddit, and TED, Heimans and Timms explain how to build new power and channel it successfully. They also explore the dark side of these forces: the way ISIS has co-opted new power to monstrous ends, and the rise of the alt-right´s ´´intensity machine.´´ In an era increasingly shaped by new power, this groundbreaking audiobook offers us a new way to understand the world--and our role in it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Fallaize. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005173/bk_rand_005173_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.