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  • Hard Powerby Kurt Campbell; Michael O'Hanlon

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 36.00

    Our ideas about national security have changed radically over the last five years. It has become a political tool, a "wedge issue," a symbol of pride and fear. It is also the one issue above all others that can make or break an election. And this is why the Democratic Party has been steadily losing power since 2001. In Hard Power , Michael O'Hanlon,... more...

  • The People's Machineby Joe Mathews

    PublicAffairs 2006; US$ 36.00

    California voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978. At the same time, a champion bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger was becoming a movie star. Over the past quarter century, the twin arts of direct democracy (through ballot initiatives designed to push the public to the polls on election day) and blockbuster moviemaking (through movies designed... more...

  • The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, Volume Iby Owen White

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 400.00

    This collection brings together twenty-one articles that explore the diverse impact of modern empires on societies around the world since 1800. Colonial expansion changed the lives of colonised peoples in multiple ways relating to work, the environment, law, health and religion. Yet empire-builders were never working with a blank slate: colonial rule... more...

  • The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, Volume IIIby Sarah Stockwell

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 400.00

    Few aspects of the history of modern empires are of such significance as their economics and politics. These factors are inextricably linked in many analyses, have generated extensive historiographical debate and are currently the subject of some of the freshest and liveliest scholarship. The articles and chapters which are brought together in this... more...

  • The Tsar's Last Armadaby Constantine Pleshakov

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 26.00

    On May 14-15, 1905, in the Tsushima Straits near Japan, an entire Russian fleet was annihilated, its ships sunk, scattered, or captured by the Japanese. In the deciding battle of the Russo-Japanese War, the Japanese lost only three destroyers but the Russians lost twenty-two ships and thousands of sailors. It was the first modern naval battle, employing... more...

  • Mugabeby Martin Meredith

    PublicAffairs 2009; US$ 22.00

    Robert Mugabe came to power in Zimbabwe in 1980 after a long civil war in Rhodesia. The white minority government had become an international outcast in refusing to give in to the inevitability of black majority rule. Finally the defiant white prime minister Ian Smith was forced to step down and Mugabe was elected president. Initially he promised... more...

  • Last Chance For Victoryby Scott Bowden; Bill Ward

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 36.00

    Long after nearly fifty thousand soldiers shed their blood there, serious misunderstandings persist about Robert E. Lee's generalship at Gettysburg. What were Lee's choices before, during, and after the battle? What did he know that caused him to act as he did? Last Chance for Victory addresses these issues by studying Lee's decisions and the military... more...

  • Just War Against Terrorby Jean Elshtain

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 24.00

    Jean Bethke Elshtain advocates "just war" in times of crisis and mounts a reasoned attack against the anti-war contingent in American intellectual life. Advocating an ethic of responsibility, Elshtain forces us to ask tough questions not only about the nature of terrorism, but about ourselves. This paperback edition features a new introduction by... more...

  • Dominion of Memoriesby Susan Dunn

    Basic Books 2007; US$ 28.00

    For decades, the Commonwealth of Virginia led the nation. The premier state in population, size, and wealth, it produced a galaxy of leaders: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Mason, Marshall. Four of the first five presidents were Virginians. And yet by the middle of the nineteenth century, Virginia had become a byword for slavery, provincialism,... more...

  • The Illusion Of Victoryby Thomas Fleming

    Basic Books 2008; US$ 32.00

    In this sweeping historical canvas, Thomas Fleming undertakes nothing less than a drastic revision of our experience in World War I. He reveals how the British and French duped Wilson into thinking the war was as good as won, and there would be no need to send an army overseas. He describes a harried president making speech after speech proclaiming... more...