Destiny and Power

Author: Jon Meacham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812998200

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 864

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this brilliant biography, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time • NPR • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush’s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first. Praise for Destiny and Power “Should be required reading—if not for every presidential candidate, then for every president-elect.”—The Washington Post “Reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.”—The New York Times Book Review “A fascinating biography of the forty-first president.”—The Dallas Morning News

The Qur'an with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English

Author: Ali Unal

Publisher: Tughra Books

ISBN: 1597841447

Category: Religion

Page: 1418

View: 1715

A timely addition to the literature on the holy book of Islam, this translation provides both the original Arabic verse as well as extensive explanations and interpretations in modern English. Additional commentary is offered on the the social and historical aspects of Islam, as well as the existence and unity of God, the concept of resurrection, and other theological complexities. Several special glossaries detailing the names of God and Qur'an vocabulary are also included.

Power to Fulfil Your Destiny

Author: Shade Olukoya

Publisher: The Battle Cry Christian Ministries

ISBN: 9783831828

Category: Religion

Page: 60

View: 3757

Irrespective of your background or present situation, God has earmarked a glorious destiny for you. Discovering, fulfilling and maximizing your destiny is your greatest responsibility in life. This book offers help where it is most needed. The approach is practical. The style makes reading interesting while the exposition of scriptures makes the book compelling.With this book in your hand you can plug your destiny into the socket of divine fulfillment.

Animosity, the Bible, and Us

Author: John T. Fitzgerald,Society of Biblical Literature. International Meeting,Fika Van Rensburg,European Association of Biblical Studies

Publisher: Society of Biblical Lit

ISBN: 1589834011

Category: Religion

Page: 363

View: 1915

Animosity in its various forms, including enmity, war, homicide, domes- tic violence, religious hostility, and retaliation, is a perennial problem that has plagued every form of interpersonal and international relationship since the dawn of human existence. The essays in this volume, offering perspectives from three continents, examine how animosity is understood and presented in the biblical text and its historical and literary contexts. The authors recognize at the same time that the Bible itself and how it has been used have sometimes contributed to the problem of animosity and thus seek to glean any insights that might address this problem in the contemporary world, which today is a pressing global concern.


Author: Rick Perlstein

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1476793050

Category: History

Page: 1120

View: 1552

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020 From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power. Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga’s final installment, he has delivered yet another stunning literary and historical achievement. In late 1976, Ronald Reagan was dismissed as a man without a political future: defeated in his nomination bid against a sitting president of his own party, blamed for President Gerald Ford’s defeat, too old to make another run. His comeback was fueled by an extraordinary confluence: fundamentalist preachers and former segregationists reinventing themselves as militant crusaders against gay rights and feminism; business executives uniting against regulation in an era of economic decline; a cadre of secretive “New Right” organizers deploying state-of-the-art technology, bending political norms to the breaking point—and Reagan’s own unbending optimism, his ability to convey unshakable confidence in America as the world’s “shining city on a hill.” Meanwhile, a civil war broke out in the Democratic party. When President Jimmy Carter called Americans to a new ethic of austerity, Senator Ted Kennedy reacted with horror, challenging him for reelection. Carter’s Oval Office tenure was further imperiled by the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, near-catastrophe at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant, aviation accidents, serial killers on the loose, and endless gas lines. Backed by a reenergized conservative Republican base, Reagan ran on the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”—and prevailed. Reaganland is the story of how that happened, tracing conservatives’ cutthroat strategies to gain power and explaining why they endure four decades later.

Down by the Riverside

Author: Janeia Daniels

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412035104

Category: Poetry

Page: 114

View: 1246

Discover a place where rhythm flows incessantly through a verbal maze of emotional epiphanies and lyrical imbalance. Experience a harmonious blend of artistic freedom and poetic justice as revealed by some of the most extraordinarily gifted unsung poets. Awaken your creative abilities and be inspired to grow as you embrace the pride of poetry in your journey Down by the Riverside. Down by the Riverside is a literary celebration that offers an invigorating gathering of authentic, passionate, and astonishingly rich poetry. Filled with imagery on every page, this collection will open a window into the dynamic contemporary poetry scene and invite you to rediscover the enduring art of poetry. Fully indexed by title and author, Down by the Riverside presents the greatest of seventeen poetic voices in all the fullness and ardor of their experiences and vision. This anthology provides a panoramic view of a generation of artistic minds whose life-affirming poems will quicken readers into renewed consciousness. So, if you were wondering where all the great contemporary poets escape to, look for them Down by the Riverside.

The Qu'ran in 99 Questions

Author: Muhittin Akgul

Publisher: Tughra Books

ISBN: 1597846406

Category: Religion

Page: 298

View: 4895

Muslims and non-Muslims alike will gain a comprehensive view of the Qur?an and discover the truth behind common misconceptions of Islam with this concise guide. Authoritative Islamic scholarship and literature provide extensive answers to frequently asked questions about Muslims, Islam, and the Qur?an while addressing the biased image of Islam perpetrated by the mass media.

The Middle Way


Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190092882

Category: History

Page: 257

View: 2989

In The Middle Way, Derek Chollet identifies the surprising similarities in foreign policy leadership among three consequential and widely-admired presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The Middle Way unpacks how these leaders navigated foreign policy challenges through a measured, even-handed, and pragmatic approach. Tied together by history, their common outlooks, experiences, and struggles bear special relevance giventhe current levels of polarization in America. At a moment when many Americans are deeply worried about America's role in the world, this book reveals an inspiring history that can guide us forward.

Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power

Author: Louis Fisher

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

ISBN: 0700624678

Category: Political Science

Page: 350

View: 5155

In the fourth of the Federalist Papers, published in 1787, John Jay warned of absolute monarchs who "will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it." More than two centuries later, are single executives making unilateral decisions any more trustworthy? And have the checks on executive power, so critical in the Founders' drafting of the Constitution, held? These are the questions Louis Fisher pursues in this book. By examining the executive actions of American presidents, particularly after World War II, Fisher reveals how the Supreme Court, through errors and abdications, has expanded presidential power in external affairs beyond constitutional boundaries—and damaged the nation's system of checks and balances. Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power reviews the judicial record from 1789 to the present day to show how the balance of power has shifted over time. For nearly a century and a half, the Supreme Court did not indicate a preference for which of the two elected branches should dominate in the field of external affairs. But from the mid-thirties a pattern clearly emerges, with the Court regularly supporting independent presidential power in times of "emergency," or issues linked to national security. The damage this has done to democracy and constitutional government is profound, Fisher argues. His evidence extends beyond external affairs to issues of domestic policy, such as impoundment of funds, legislative vetoes, item-veto authority, presidential immunity in the Paula Jones case, recess appointments, and the Obama administration's immigration initiatives. Fisher identifies contemporary biases that have led to an increase in presidential power—including Supreme Court misconceptions and errors, academic failings, and mistaken beliefs about "inherent powers" and "unity of office." Calling to account the forces tasked with protecting our democracy from the undue exercise of power by any single executive, his deeply informed book sounds a compelling alarm.

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Publisher: N.A


Category: United States

Page: 452

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