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Let them Eat Tweets - How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality (Hardcover): Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson Let them Eat Tweets - How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality (Hardcover)
Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson
R634 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Republican Party appears to be divided between a tax-cutting old guard and a white-nationalist vanguard-and with Donald Trump's ascendance, the upstarts seem to be winning. Yet how are we to explain that, under Trump, the plutocrats have gotten almost everything they want, including a huge tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, regulation-killing executive actions, and a legion of business-friendly federal judges? Does the GOP represent "forgotten" Americans? Or does it represent the superrich? In Let Them Eat Tweets, best-selling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson offer a definitive answer: the Republican Party serves its plutocratic masters to a degree without precedent in modern global history. Conservative parties, by their nature, almost always side with the rich. But when faced with popular resistance, they usually make concessions, allowing some policies that benefit the working and middle classes. After all, how can a political party maintain power in a democracy if it serves only the interests of a narrow and wealthy slice of society? Today's Republicans have shown the way, doubling down on a truly radical, elite-benefiting economic agenda while at the same time making increasingly incendiary racial and cultural appeals to their almost entirely white base. Telling a forty-year story, Hacker and Pierson demonstrate that since the early 1980s, when inequality started spiking, extreme tax cutting, union busting, and deregulation have gone hand in hand with extreme race-baiting, outrage stoking, and disinformation. Instead of responding to the real challenges facing voters, the Republican Party offers division and distraction-most prominently, in the racist, nativist bile of the president's Twitter feed. As Hacker and Pierson argue, Trump isn't a break with the GOP's recent past. On the contrary, he embodies its tightening embrace of plutocracy and right-wing extremism-a dynamic Hacker and Pierson call "plutocratic populism." As Trump and his far-right allies spew hatred and lies, Republicans in Congress and in statehouses attack social programs and funnel more and more money to the top 0.1 percent of Americans. Far from being at war with each other, reactionary plutocrats and right-wing populists have become the two faces of a party that now actively undermines democracy to achieve its goals against the will of the majority of Americans. Drawing on decades of research, Hacker and Pierson authoritatively explain the doom loop of tax cutting and fearmongering that characterizes our era-and reveal how we can fight back.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (Paperback): Eric E Hendrickson Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (Paperback)
Eric E Hendrickson
R499 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Blood and Fears - How America's Bomber Boys and Girls in England Won their War (Paperback): Kevin Wilson Blood and Fears - How America's Bomber Boys and Girls in England Won their War (Paperback)
Kevin Wilson 1
R296 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R35 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How America's bomber boys and girls in England won their war, and how their English allies responded to them. In this comprehensive history, Kevin Wilson allows the young men of the US 8th Air Force based in Britain during the Second World War to tell their stories of blood and heroism in their own words. He also reveals the lives of the Women's Army Corps and Red Cross girls who served in England with them. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Wilson brings to life the ebullient Americans' interactions with their British counterparts, and unveils surprising stories of humanity and heartbreak. Thanks to America's bomber boys and girls, life in Britain would never be the same again.

Treacherous Passage - Germany's Secret Plot against the United States in Mexico during World War I (Hardcover): Bill Mills Treacherous Passage - Germany's Secret Plot against the United States in Mexico during World War I (Hardcover)
Bill Mills
R704 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While the Great War raged across the trench-lined battlefields of Europe, a hidden conflict took place in the distant hinterlands of the turbulent Mexican Republic. German officials and secret-service operatives plotted to bring war to the United States through an array of schemes and strategies, from training a German-Mexican army for a cross-border invasion to dispatching saboteurs to disrupt American industry and planning for submarine bases on the western coast of Mexico. Bill Mills tells the true story of the most audacious of these operations: the German plot to launch clandestine sea raiders from the Mexican port of Mazatln to disrupt Allied merchant shipping in the Pacific. The scheme led to a desperate struggle between German and American secret agents in Mexico. German consul Fritz Unger, the director of a powerful trading house, plotted to obtain a salvaged Mexican gunboat to supply U-boats operating off Mexico and to seize a hapless tramp schooner to help hunt Allied merchantmen. Unger's efforts were opposed by a colorful array of individuals, including a trusted member of the German secret service in Mexico who was also the top American spy, the U.S. State Department's senior officer in Mazatlan, the hard-charging commander of a navy gunboat, and a draft-dodging American informant in the enemy camp. Full of drama and intrigue.

Empire of Sin - A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for New Orleans (Paperback): Gary Krist Empire of Sin - A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for New Orleans (Paperback)
Gary Krist 1
R289 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R36 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Empire of Sin is a vibrant account of New Orleans in the early 1920s, a time when commercialised vice, jazz culture and endemic crime formed the background for a civil war that lasted for thirty years. At its centre the city's vice lord fought desperately to keep his empire intact. Populated by flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, corrupt politicians and a violent serial killer, the heady and dangerous underworld of the Jazz Age is bought vividly to life in Empire of Sin. This gripping account intertwines personal stories with the wider history of New Orleans and plunges the reader into the heart of a city at war with itself.

The American West (Paperback, Ed): Dee Brown The American West (Paperback, Ed)
Dee Brown
R265 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R68 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As the railroads opened up the American West to settlers in the last half of the 19th Century, the Plains Indians made their final stand and cattle ranches spread from Texas to Montana. Eminent Western author Dee Brown here illuminates the struggle between these three groups as they fought for a place in this new landscape. The result is both a spirited national saga and an authoritative historical account of the drive for order in an uncharted wilderness, illustrated throughout with maps, photographs and ephemera from the period.

Plotting to Kill the President - Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover (Hardcover): Mel Ayton Plotting to Kill the President - Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover (Hardcover)
Mel Ayton
R785 R619 Discovery Miles 6 190 Save R166 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since the birth of our nation and the election of the first president, groups of organized plotters or individuals have been determined to assassinate the chief executive. From the Founding Fathers to the Great Depression, three presidents have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. However, unknown to the general public, almost all presidents have been threatened, put in danger, or survived "near lethal approaches" during their terms. Plotting to Kill the President reveals the numerous, previously untold incidents when assassins, plotters, and individuals have threatened the lives of American presidents, from George Washington to Herbert Hoover. Mel Ayton has uncovered these episodes, including an attempt to assassinate President Hayes during his inauguration ceremony, an attempt to shoot Benjamin Harrison on the streets of Washington, an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt at the White House, and many other incidents that have never been reported or have been covered-up. Ayton also recounts the stories of Secret Service agents and bodyguards from each administration who put their lives in danger to protect the commander in chief. Plotting to Kill the President demonstrates the unsettling truth that even while the nation sleeps, those who would kill the president are often hard at work devising new schemes.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Paperback, New ed): Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Paperback, New ed)
Hunter S. Thompson
R315 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R84 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The best, the fastest, the hippest and the most unorthodox account ever published of the US presidential electoral process in all its madness and corruption. In 1972 Hunter S. Thompson, the creator and king of Gonzo journalism, covered the US presidential campaign for Rolling Stone magazine alongside the establishment newsmen of Washington. The result is a classic piece of subversive reportage and a fantastic ride on the rollercoaster of Hunter's uniquely savage imagination. In his own words, written years before Watergate: 'It is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character almost every other country in the world has learned to fear and despise.'

Burning Down the House - Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Hardcover): Julian E... Burning Down the House - Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Hardcover)
Julian E Zelizer
R714 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Promised Land - How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968 (Hardcover): David Stebenne Promised Land - How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968 (Hardcover)
David Stebenne
R657 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
America, Inc - The 400-Year History of American Capitalism (Paperback): Bhu Srinivasan America, Inc - The 400-Year History of American Capitalism (Paperback)
Bhu Srinivasan 1
R583 R492 Discovery Miles 4 920 Save R91 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How and why did the US become the most successful economy in history? One of The Economist's Best Books of 2017, America, Inc explains the rise of America's economic power and how so many US businesses have succeeded. In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them. The story is entertaining, eye-opening and sweeping in its reach. America, Inc takes us on a journey through the inventions, techniques and industries that drove America forward: from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio and banking to flight, suburbia and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. We learn how Andrew Carnegie's early job as a telegraph messenger boy paved the way for his leadership of the steel empire that would make him one of history's richest men; how the gunmaker Remington reinvented itself in the postwar years to sell typewriters; and how the inner workings of the Mafia mirrored the trend of consolidation and regulation in more traditional business. Reliving the heady early days of Silicon Valley, we are reminded that the start-up is an idea as old as capitalism itself.

TVA and the Dispossessed - The Resettlement of Population in the Norris Dam Area (Paperback): Michael J McDonald TVA and the Dispossessed - The Resettlement of Population in the Norris Dam Area (Paperback)
Michael J McDonald
R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Hardcover): Mitchell Zuckoff Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Hardcover)
Mitchell Zuckoff 1
R725 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R215 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'The farewell calls from the planes... the mounting terror of air traffic control... the mothers who knew they were witnessing their loved ones perish... From an author who's spent 5 years reconstructing its horror, never has the story been told with such devastating, human force' Daily Mail This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerising, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life - and in some cases, bringing back to life - the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history. Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.

America's Reluctant Prince (Paperback): Steven M Gillon America's Reluctant Prince (Paperback)
Steven M Gillon
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) Pre-order
Iron Empires - Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America (Hardcover): Michael Hiltzik Iron Empires - Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America (Hardcover)
Michael Hiltzik
R698 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R149 (21%) Pre-order
Connecting Texas - True Tales of the People Who Built Our Highways and Bridges (Hardcover): Gary Scharrer Connecting Texas - True Tales of the People Who Built Our Highways and Bridges (Hardcover)
Gary Scharrer
R953 R743 Discovery Miles 7 430 Save R210 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

American roads are about destiny as much as they are about destinations. They link us to each other today, but back at beginning of the twentieth century when the national road system was just starting, the success of our roads undeniably linked the nation with its destiny, its history, and its unique future. Millions of motorists get into their vehicles every day to go to work or school or any one of hundreds of other places. But most of us don't think about the roads; we just jump in our cars and go. We don't give much thought to the people and the hard work and grit it took-and continues to take-to build and maintain these essential arteries that we take for granted. This book will change our perspective. Our roads today are a long way from the Model T days, when the early contractors used mules and fresnos to build roads and bridges that literally got people up out of the mud and across uncrossable rivers. But it didn't happen overnight. In Connecting Texas, readers will get to know the inspiring and entertaining stories of the giants and the ordinary people who gave Texas a road system that is the envy of the country

The Equivalents - A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s (Hardcover): Maggie Doherty The Equivalents - A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s (Hardcover)
Maggie Doherty
R720 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Notre Dame vs. The Klan - How the Fighting Irish Defied the KKK (Paperback): Todd Tucker Notre Dame vs. The Klan - How the Fighting Irish Defied the KKK (Paperback)
Todd Tucker
R481 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1924, two uniquely American institutions clashed in northern Indiana: the University of Notre Dame and the Ku Klux Klan. Todd Tucker's book, published for the first time in paperback, Notre Dame vs. The Klan tells the shocking story of the three-day confrontation in the streets of South Bend, Indiana, that would change both institutions forever. When the Ku Klux Klan announced plans to stage a parade and rally in South Bend, hoping to target college campuses for recruitment starting with Notre Dame, a large group of students defied their leaders' pleas to ignore the Klan and remain on campus. Tucker dramatically recounts the events as only a proficient storyteller can. Readers will find themselves drawn into the fray of these tumultuous times. Tucker structures this compelling tale around three individuals: D.C. Stephenson, the leader of the KKK in Indiana, the state with the largest Klan membership in America; Fr. Matthew Walsh, the young and charismatic president of the University of Notre Dame; and a composite of a Notre Dame student at the time, represented by Bill Foohey, who was an actual participant in the clash. This book will appeal not only to Notre Dame fans, but to those interested in South Bend and Indiana history and the history of the Klu Klux Klan, including modern-day Klan violence.

Rigged - America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference (Hardcover): David Shimer Rigged - America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference (Hardcover)
David Shimer
R719 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City - The Improbable Journey of America's Great 21st Century Urban Park (Hardcover): Tom... Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City - The Improbable Journey of America's Great 21st Century Urban Park (Hardcover)
Tom Jones; Contributions by James Corner; Edited by Susan Schadt; Foreword by Peter Harnik; Contributions by Alex Garvin, …
R1,915 R1,460 Discovery Miles 14 600 Save R455 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue): Stephen E.... Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue)
Stephen E. Ambrose 1
R268 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R67 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters - Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter - this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

Common Sense and a Little Fire - Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965 (Paperback, 2nd Revised... Common Sense and a Little Fire - Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965 (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Annelise Orleck
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Twenty years after its initial publication, Annelise Orleck's Common Sense and a Little Fire continues to resonate with its harrowing story of activism, labor, and women's history. Orleck traces the personal and public lives of four immigrant women activists who left a lasting imprint on American politics. Though they have rarely made more than cameo appearances in previous histories, Rose Schneiderman, Fannia Cohn, Clara Lemlich Shavelson, and Pauline Newman played important roles in the emergence of organized labor, the New Deal welfare state, adult education, and the modern women's movement. Orleck takes her four subjects from turbulent, turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe to the radical ferment of New York's Lower East Side and the gaslit tenements where young workers studied together. Orleck paints a compelling picture of housewives' food and rent protests, of grim conditions in the garment shops, of factory-floor friendships that laid the basis for a mass uprising of young women garment workers, and of the impassioned rallies working women organized for suffrage. Featuring a new preface by the author, this new edition reasserts itself as a pivotal text in twentieth-century labor history.

The Last of the President's Men (Paperback): Bob Woodward The Last of the President's Men (Paperback)
Bob Woodward 1
R307 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R106 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bob Woodward exposes one of the final pieces of the Richard Nixon puzzle in his new book The Last of the President's Men. Woodward reveals the untold story of Alexander Butterfield, the Nixon aide who disclosed the secret White House taping system that changed history and led to Nixon's resignation. In 46 hours of interviews with Butterfield, supported by thousands of documents, many of them original and not in the presidential archives and libraries, Woodward has uncovered new dimensions of Nixon's secrets, obsessions and deceptions. Butterfield provides the intimate details of what it was like working and living just feet from the most powerful man in the world as he sought to navigate the obligations to his president and the truth of Nixon's obsessions and deceptions. The Last of the President's Men could not be more timely and relevant as the public in America and around the world question how much do we know about President Donald Trump and the people who won the presidency with him in 2016 - what really drives them, how do they really make decisions, who do they surround themselves with, and what are their true political and personal values?

Virginians and Their Histories (Hardcover): Brent Tarter Virginians and Their Histories (Hardcover)
Brent Tarter
R829 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Histories of Virginia have traditionally traced the same significant but narrow lines, overlooking whole swathes of human experience crucial to an understanding of the commonwealth. With Virginians and Their Histories, Brent Tarter presents a fresh, new interpretive narrative that incorporates the experiences of all residents of Virginia from the earliest times to the first decades of the twenty-first century, affording readers the most comprehensive and wide-ranging account of Virginia's story. Tarter draws on primary resources for every decade of the Old Dominion's English-language history, as well as a wealth of recent scholarship that illuminates in new ways how demographic changes, economic growth, social and cultural changes, and religious sensibilities and gender relationships have affected the manner in which Virginians have lived. Virginians and Their Histories interweaves the experiences of Virginians of different racial and ethnic backgrounds and classes, representing a variety of eras and regions, to understand what they separately and jointly created, and how they responded to economic, political, and social changes on a national and even global level. That large context is essential for properly understanding the influences of Virginians on, and the responses of Virginians to, the constantly changing world in which they have lived. This groundbreaking work of scholarship-generously illustrated and engagingly written-will become the definitive account for general readers and all students of Virginia's diverse and vibrant history.

A History Lover's Guide to Lincoln (Paperback): Gretchen M Garrison A History Lover's Guide to Lincoln (Paperback)
Gretchen M Garrison
R543 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R112 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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