Category Archives: Books

American Oligarchs-The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (Andrea Bernstein):

Why do I have more of a risk of telling her state secrets than anyone else? Either i’m qualified to handle state secrets or i’m not qualified to handle state secrets. I think I understand my responsibilities.” – Jared Kushner dismissing FBI warnings on his close relationship to suspected Chinese spy Wendi Deng

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Traitor-A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump (David Rothkopf):

“ – it is my conviction that, upon reviewing the facts, the only objective conclusion that can be drawn is that wittingly or otherwise, Donald Trump; those closest to him in the White House, his campaign, and his family; and the leaders of the Republican Party in the United States have committed the highest-level, greatest, most damaging betrayal in the history of the country. They are traitors. And as of this writing they continue to damage to United States as no other actors in the world can.

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Democracy in Chains-The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (Nancy MacLean):

The “campaign for the courts,” as a critical organization dubbed it, sought “to mold a new jurisprudence” that would radically change, “the way justice is dispensed in our society.” In particular, those waging the campaign sought “to make the protection and enhancement of corporate profits and private wealth the cornerstones of our legal system.

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The Grifter’s Club – Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency (Sarah Blaskey, Nicholas Nehamas, Caitlin Ostroff, Jay Weaver):

what a whopper! Like turds in a sewer, Trump presidency books just keep bobbing down the pipes. I am one of the bastards that is mad enough to read/study most of them, as they provide possibly the greatest education in raw corruption ever.

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Everybody Knows-Corruption in America (Sarah Chayes):

Only Now, as i write this, do i realize how i to was fooled by that optical illusion. I went half way around the world in my compulsion to respond to (/11. But the greatest national security threat was not terrorism, it was right here on Wall Street.”

In the United States, serious and damaging corruption is not getting punished. That means, by default, we deem it to be just fine.”

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Fallen-the inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell (Lucie Morris-Marr):

For the past three decades, cases of abuse of children by clergy from Island to the United States and Chile to Poland had come to the surface. There were thousands of victims. The handling of the cases was made worse by the seemingly common modus operandi to always protect the church first, no matter what; to silence the victims and pay them off when necessary because reputation came above justice and the safety of children.

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Shut Down the Business School-what’s wrong with management education (Martin Parker):

To add to the clamour, from 2008 onwards, there were plenty of commentators suggesting that business schools were complicit in producing the crash, teaching selfishness and the engineering of fiendishly complex financial instruments that no one really understood.” “ – call the bulldozers in and demand an entirely new way of thinking about management, business and markets. If we want those in power to become more responsible. Then we must stop teaching students that heroic transformational leaders are the answer to every problem, or that the purpose of learning about taxation laws is to evade taxation, or that environmental costs are external to supply chain logistics, or that creating new desires is the purpose of marketing, and so on. In every case, the business school acts as an apologist, selling ideology as if it were science as part of the longest public relations claim in history.

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