Black Flags: The Rise of Isis - Joby Warrick

Black Flags is an incredible look inside the history of ISIS, how it got it's origins and how it grew into the force we know it as today. It uncovers how some mishandling of the conflicts from the past decade and a half gave the group it's boost and shows how, once it got going it proved near impossible to halt. If you want a book to better understand this current threat, this book will not disappoint.

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ISBN: 9780385538213
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Published: Doubleday - September 29th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780804168939
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Published: Anchor - September 6th, 2016

Arendt and America - Richard H. King

King’s excellent study focuses on Arendt’s work from her 1941 arrival in the U.S. until her death in 1975. Writing in English, Arendt produced classics including On Revolution, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and Eichmann in Jerusalem; King covers the development, reception, and controversies surrounding these and other books, detailing as well Arendt’s fascination with the American Framers and her dismay at the country’s mass consumer society and preoccupation with image management. While he admires Arendt, he gives her critics a hearing and points out her missteps, such as her essay on Little Rock’s school desegregation. Like his subject, King is “a splitter not a lumper,” and his meticulous handling of complex ideas conveys the nuances of Arendt’s thinking.

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ISBN: 9780226311494
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 20th, 2015

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics - Barton Swaim

As a former presidential speechwriter, I’ve long frowned upon political staffers who, trusted to be discreet, leave their jobs and spill the beans about their bosses in tell-all memoirs. I make an exception, though, for Barton Swaim, whose book, The Speechwriter, is one of the most entertaining and illuminating political books of the past few years. Swaim wrote speeches, op-eds, and letters for Mark Sanford when he was governor of South Carolina and a rising star in the Republican Party (he is now a Congressman). During Swaim’s tenure, Sanford fell from gubernatorial grace after revelations that he had vanished for days from the state to conduct an adulterous affair with a mistress in South America. Swaim’s book reveals the tortured, and often comical, relationship between the politician and his staff. But it is Swaim’s ongoing self-education in how to write “well” for a linguistically-challenged pol that is the most amusing part of the story. Somehow Swaim manages to convey the absurd rhetorical demands of his boss, and the general unpleasantness of working for him, with humor, grace, and a very deft writer’s touch.

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ISBN: 9781476769943
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2016