Have you caught yourself staring at your TV, watching the circus that our government seems to have devolved into with disbelief? In Relic, William Howell and Terry Moe peel back the layers and explain how not only is it not surprising that our government can't seem to accomplish much, but that it was actually designed that way. We take a look at our 226 year old Constitution and consider a very minor alteration that could allow for much greater functionality.
Many of us think we know something about those in the United States who’ve been charged with some kind of jihadist terrorist crime. We might think that most of them are foreigners, or that they turned to terrorism as a result of some traumatic life experience. Well, get ready to have these and other common preconceptions proved wrong. In United States of Jihad, Peter Bergen examines the 330 people in the United States who have faced terrorism charges since 9/11. Drawing on years of experience writing about terrorism issues, he looks at what has motivated homegrown terrorists and how U.S. institutions have responded while trying to balance security and liberty. Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security secretary, called Bergen’s work “the best one-volume treatment available on the current state of jihad in America.”
This book is bold in its approach to present race as the center of what American politics has been and what it has the potential to be. Reid places the lens on Barack Obama and the Clinton regime as a way of analyzing the multifaceted and consistently developing Democratic Party. It’s not an indictment but a call, a laying of the political foundation for America, moving forward. It achieves much by being strikingly present while examining the history of the intense relationship race and politics in the US.