American Black Chamber
Paperback ISBN: 1591149894
Throughout the 1920's, Yardley (1899-1958) directed The Cryptographic Bureau, funded by the US Army and the Department of State, and the predecessor of the National Security Agency. His 1931 account of its work, published by Bobbs-Merrill, set off a controversy about the right to freedom of expression versus national security. It is reproduced in facsimile. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Great Improvisation
Franklin, France, And the Birth of America
Paperback ISBN: 0805080090
Reveals how Benjamin Franklin outmaneuvered hostile colleagues, British spies, French informers, and other challenges to convince France to underwrite America's experiment in democracy.
Glory and Terror
The Growing Nuclear Danger
Paperback ISBN: 1590171306
Steven Weinberg, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, writes that America today "has an unprecedented opportunity to begin to escape from the risk of nuclear annihilation." But, he warns, President Bush is not only letting this opportunity slip away, he is, in some respects, moving in the wrong direction. Bush's abrogation of the 1972 treaty limiting anti-ballistic missile systems is one example. Another, equally worrying, is the "revival of the idea of developing nuclear weapons for use, rather than solely for deterrence." The development of low-yield, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons for use in attacking underground bunkers "would be foolishness on a scale that even medieval knights might find implausible," Weinberg argues. Such weapons would be "one sort of folly to which war is especially well suited: the lust for glory." The temptation to prize military glamour over sensible strategy has always been with us, as Weinberg shows in examples from the Middle Ages onward, but may have a particularly dangerous effect on defense policies in our age of high-tech armaments. Anthony Lewis writes in his preface concerning these proposed weapons: "In the face of official folly so great, most of us tend to turn off. The subject is too difficult, and too frightening. But Steven Weinberg does not turn off. He grapples with the danger and the folly in understandable and elegant prose."
Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Hardcover ISBN: 1576753018
A former consultant to the U.S. government reveals the inner workings of the high-stakes economic game that encourages third world economies to borrow money so that major corporations like Halliburton end up getting the lucrative contracts.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Inside Iraq's Green Zone
Hardcover ISBN: 1400044871
A journalist and former Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post furnishes a revealing look at life in Baghdad's Green Zone, the headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq, criticizing the follies and foibles of L. Paul Bremer and others in the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq. 30,000 first printing.
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Updated With a New Chapter
Paperback ISBN: 0385413726
A winner of the National Book Award, the seminal study of the Middle East conflict by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has been updated with the addition of a new chapter that traces the situation up to 1995. Original.
The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power
Paperback ISBN: 0679763937
A profile of modern China describes its booming economy, which is stated to be rapidly outstripping those of the U.S. and Japan, while noting the often disturbing practices that contribute to such success. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. Tour. NYT. PW.
The President, the Prophet, and the Shah-1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam
Hardcover ISBN: 0316323942
An account of the 444-day Iran hostage crisis describes how a mob of students, inspired by a then-virtually unknown Khomeini, seized the American embassy in 1979, in a chronicle that documents the year they spent as political prisoners, the contributions of such figures as Jimmy Carter and the Shah, and the doomed Desert One rescue mission. By the author of Shooting the Moon. 25,000 first printing.