The Obama Syndrome:Surrender at Home, War Abroad Tariq Ali
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 March 23 issue of National Review.´´Conservatism´´ - In the Age of Barack Obama, conservatives can seem uncommonly keen to tell you what they are not. ´´Still Deranged´´ - In December 2003, Dr. Charles Krauthammer diagnosed a new mental disorder, Bush Derange ment Syndrome (BDS).´´Save the Sequester´´ - The most unheralded achievement of the Republican Congress over the last four years has undoubtedly been the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA).´´Texas Has a Corruption Problem´´ - Texas is a fantastic place to do business: Taxes are low, the trial lawyers are on a short leash, regulation is light, and the state government is an energetic advocate of business growth.´´The Birth of Dada´´ - Zurich, that decorous Swiss city, is already preparing to celebrate next year the centenary of Dada.´´The Christie Hiatus´´ -Chris Christie grabbed the attention of political observer s when he defeated New Jersey incumbent governor Jon Corzine in 2009, vowing to fix a state that had been beset by almost continuous economic and fiscal woes for a decade. ´´President Obama’s Civic Religion´´ - Seven years after Jeremiah Wright came to national fame as President Obama’s radical pastor, a man who declared ´´God damn America” from the pulpit, the president’s faith is still a matter of controversy.´´The Sage of The Pentagon´´ - Ashton Carter, Obama’s new secretary of defense, will face some tough decisions about how to protect America’s security abroad. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Ashby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/natd/000102/pe_natd_000102_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I believe that we will win.´´ In the summer of 2014, Tim Howard became an overnight sensation after more than 10 years as one of America´s leading professional soccer players. His record-breaking 15 saves for the United States national team against Belgium in the World Cup electrified a nation that had only recently woken up to the Beautiful Game after decades of hibernation. An estimated TV audience of 21 million viewers in the United States - larger than those of the NBA and NHL finals - watched Howard´s heroic performance against the heavily favored Belgians in which he repelled shots with his hands, feet, legs, knees, and even his signature long beard. Suddenly an athlete who had toiled in relative anonymity for much of his career became the star of his own Internet meme (´´Things Tim Howard Could Save´´: from Janet Jackson´s ´´wardrobe malfunction´´ to the Titanic) and fielded personal calls from the likes of President Barack Obama (´´You guys did us proud.... I don´t know how you are going to survive the mobs when you come back home, man. You´ll have to shave your beard so they don´t know who you are´´). In this inspiring and candid memoir, the beloved US and Everton goalkeeper finally allows himself to do something that he would never do on the field: He drops his guard. Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette syndrome defied the odds to become one of the greatest American keepers in history. He recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of all sports - he was also a standout high school basketball player - and a devout faith that helped him cope with a disorder that manifested itself with speech and facial tics, compulsive behavior, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and touch. The Keeper is also a chronicle of the personal sacrifices he´s made for his career, including the ultimate dissolution of Howard´... 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. D. Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004212/bk_harp_004212_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.