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release date: Feb 02, 2012
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Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6th Edition
Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities worldwide, the market-leading text owes its success to the unique way in which it combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and practical exercises that help students apply what they learn. Each chapter of Peter Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice follows a consistent format, allowing students to contrast the various theories, and three case studies in each chapter provide practical examples of each theory or trait discussed. The Sixth Edition adds an important new chapter on Servant Leadership.
release date: Feb 04, 2015
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Principles and Practice of American Politics; Classic and ContemporaryReadings 6ed
This collection effectively examines the strategic behaviour of key players in American politics, showing that political actors, though motivated by their own interests, are governed by the Constitution, the law, and institutional rules, as well as influenced by the strategies of others. In this sixth edition of Principles and Practice of American Politics, the articles selected reflect the changing federal-state relationship; the continuing debates over the polarization of the American electorate and Congress; the role of media in influencing public views of politicians and issues; and the ever-evolving state of civil rights and civil liberties. Each and every selection is artfully framed by Kernell and Smith's contextual headnotes and 7 of the readings are written specifically for the volume. It's the perfect companion volume for The Logic of American Politics.
release date: Oct 30, 2017
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All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump
A Wall Street Journal bestseller

ALL OUT WAR!

That's what the media, the Democrats, and the Never-Trump Republicans are waging on the democratically elected president of the United States.

With ferocity not seen since the Civil War, the Washington establishment and the radical Left are joining forces in an attempted coup d’état to overturn the will of the people and return power to the political and media elites who have never been more unhinged.

In All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, investigative reporter and national best-selling author Edward Klein reveals:
  • How the plot to destroy Trump was initiated in the Obama White House
  • Two EXCLUSIVE FBI reports that prove the existence of “the Deep State” working against the Trump agenda, warn of ISIS ties to the anti-Trump "resistance,” and highlight the danger of domestic terrorism from the anti-Trump radicals
  • The scandal you don’t yet know about: why Hillary Clinton could still be facing investigation by the FBI and prosecution by the Justice Department
“In America, you are entitled to your own opinion,” Klein writes. “But you are not entitled to overthrow the democratically elected president of the United States and inflict irreparable damage on our country. That, however, is what Donald Trump’s enemies on the Left and Right are doing. Through a variety of underhanded tactics―lies, leaks, obstruction, and violence―they are working to delegitimize President Trump and drive him from office before he can drain the swamp and take away their power.”

Stunning in its revelations, meticulous in its reporting, there can be no timelier or more important political book than All Out War.
release date: Feb 01, 1993
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Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times
Lincoln on Leadership is the first book to examine Abraham Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world.

You think you have it rough?


Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking all Federal agencies, forts, and arenas within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a minority of the popular vote, was thought of by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience.

What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history; now his wisdom and leadership philosophy can help you run your business. In Lincoln on Leadership you'll discover why you should:
  • Seize the initiative and never relinquish it.
  • Wage only one war at a time.
  • Avoid issuing order and instead request, imply, or make suggestions.
  • Once in a while, let things slip, unbeknownst-like
  • ... and much much more.
release date: Jul 31, 2012
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The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the “national interest”—or even their subjects—unless they have to.

This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance.

release date: Jan 15, 2002
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Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
In this pathbreaking work, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, the state, and the global order.

Based on a series of case studies—including the media’s dichotomous treatment of “worthy” versus “unworthy” victims, “legitimizing” and “meaningless” Third World elections, and devastating critiques of media coverage of the U.S. wars against Indochina—Herman and Chomsky draw on decades of criticism and research to propose a Propaganda Model to explain the media’s behavior and performance. Their new introduction updates the Propaganda Model and the earlier case studies, and it discusses several other applications. These include the manner in which the media covered the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and subsequent Mexican financial meltdown of 1994-1995, the media’s handling of the protests against the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund in 1999 and 2000, and the media’s treatment of the chemical industry and its regulation. What emerges from this work is a powerful assessment of how propagandistic the U.S. mass media are, how they systematically fail to live up to their self-image as providers of the kind of information that people need to make sense of the world, and how we can understand their function in a radically new way.
release date: Jul 25, 2013
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The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government (Seventh Edition)

A critical, focused, point-of-view approach to American government, highlighting the ongoing tension between capitalism and democracy.

Students appreciate a critical approach; The Politics of Power gives them something to think about and argue with, rather than just facts to memorize. The Seventh Edition applies this successful framework to examine recent political conflict over fiscal policy, electoral demographics, health care reform, and economic inequality, among other vital issues.
release date: Jul 20, 2016
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Analyzing American Democracy: Politics and Political Science

How can political science help you understand the world you live in? Modern approaches to the study of politics analyze why Congress, the president, the courts, and other political actors do what they do. Learning to think critically about power, institutions, and rules helps citizens engage constructively in politics and the wider world around them and helps us systematically identify false claims, biases, and misconceptions. Analyzing American Democracy teaches students to think analytically by presenting current political science theories and research in answering the engaging, big questions facing American politics today. It serves as both an introduction to American politics and to the discipline of political science by reflecting the theoretical developments and empirical inquiry conducted by researchers. Every chapter highlights the most current research and discusses related public policy. It demonstrates for students how to think critically and analytically, bringing theoretical insight to contemporary American politics.

More than just a comprehensive overview and description of how American politics works, Jon Bond and Kevin Smith demonstrate how politics can be studied systematically. Throughout the text, they introduce students to the insights gleaned from rational choice, behavioral, and biological approaches to politics. Understanding these three social scientific models and their applications helps students get the most out of their American government course and out of this text--they learn a way of thinking that they can use to make sense of future challenges facing the American polity.

A number of features help aid comprehension and critical thinking:

  • Key Questions at the start of every chapter frame the learning objectives and concepts
  • "Thinking Analytically" boxes demonstrate how political scientists answer pressing questions about the American polity and model critical thinking
  • "Applying the Frameworks" boxes show why theory is so important in making systematic sense of the political world
  • "New Directions" boxes will highlight cutting edge research in political science to highlight some of the big contemporary questions the book addresses
  • Tables, Figures, Charts, and Maps throughout present the empirical details of American politics, helping students gain quantitative literacy
  • Top Ten Takeaway Points at the end of every chapter recap the most important points covered but also help students discern the general principles that make sense of the numerous factual details
  • Key Terms are bolded in the text, defined in the margins, recapped at the end of the chapter, and compiled in a glossary, all to help insure that students can effortlessly master the vocabulary of American politics and political science in order to move on to the more important concepts.

 

NEW TO THE SECOND EDITION

Updated coverage throughout includes

  • Affordable Care Act in the context of federalism
  • Death penalty debates
  • Affirmative action
  • Racism, homophobia, and hate crimes in the wake of Ferguson
  • Weakening of the Voting Rights Act
  • Gay marriage history and new developments
  • Tea Party and traditional party interface
  • Campaign finance upheaval
  • The changing Congressional landscape and increasing political polarization
  • Updated tables, figures, and photos present the empirical details of American politics, helping students gain quantitative literacy
  • Landmark court cases, now highlighted and linked to key concepts
  • Refreshed feature boxes reinforce the book’s dedication to helping students understand the scientific approach to politics, incorporating intriguing new topics including genetics and public opinion, the biology of political participation, and evolution and the bureaucracy
release date: Nov 01, 2002
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Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition
A classic work on leadership for business men and women, government leaders and all persons in positions of authority.
release date: Oct 30, 2017
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Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide

“Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.” ― Doris Kearns Goodwin

As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty―a route rarely traveled―is impeachment.

Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people’s role in holding presidents accountable. Despite intense interest in the subject, impeachment is widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions. For example, he shows that the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, establishes grounds for impeachment, and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law. Even neglect of duty counts among the “high crimes and misdemeanors” delineated in the republic’s foundational document. Sunstein describes how impeachment helps make sense of our constitutional order, particularly the framers’ controversial decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings.

With an eye toward the past and the future, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president’s removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely.

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