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I Trust To Be Believed: Speeches And Reflections
I Trust To Be Believed
Speeches And Reflections
Paperback      ISBN: 193247207x

In the course of a half-century in public life, the late Elmer L. Andersen commanded respect as a voice of reason and wisdom. A selection of his speeches have been gathered here, accompanied by his updated opinions on the subjects.

Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life
Why Courage Matters
The Way to a Braver Life
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1400060303
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In this inspiring meditation on courage, Senator John McCain shares his most cherished stories of ordinary individuals who have risked everything to defend the people and principles they hold most dear.

"We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear but the capacity for action despite our fears," McCain reminds us, as a way of introducing the stories of figures both famous and obscure that he finds most compelling--from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to Sgt. Roy Benavidez, who ignored his own well-being to rescue eight of his men from an ambush in the Vietnam jungle; from 1960s civil rights leader John Lewis, who wrote, "When I care about something, I'm prepared to take the long, hard road," to Hannah Senesh, who, in protecting her comrades in the Hungarian resistance against Hitler's SS, chose a martyr's death over a despot's mercy.

These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others to help them summon the resolve to be both good and great. He explains the value of courage in both everyday actions and extraordinary feats. We learn why moral principles and physical courage are often not distinct quantities but two sides of the same coin. Most of all, readers discover how sometimes simply setting the right example can be the ultimate act of courage.

Written by one of our most respected public figures, Why Courage Matters is that rare book with a message both timely and timeless. This is a work for anyone seeking to understand how the mystery and gift of courage can empower us and change our lives.

Praise for Why Courage Matters

" John] McCain the man remains one of the most inspiring public figures of his generation."--The Washington Post Book World

"Thrilling . . . John McCain's profiles in courage offer inspiration. . . . A marvelous collection of stories featuring honest-to-God heroes."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Extraordinary . . . McCain proves how courage can change lives and improve the world."--New York Daily News

" McCain] is open and candid, a refuge from spin and arrogance."--The Washington Post

"Wise words from a man who personifies courage."--The Sunday Oklahoman
Stockwell of Minneapolis: A Pioneer of Social and Political Conscience
Stockwell of Minneapolis
A Pioneer of Social and Political Conscience
Paperback      ISBN: 0878391037

S.A. Stockwell was a politician ahead of his time. From before the turn of the century, he held office into the 1930s and strove to better Minnesota and its people by supporting women's rights, improving schools and labor conditions, revamping tax laws, and fighting for African-Americans.

Winston Churchill: A Life
Winston Churchill
A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0143112643
One of the greatest historians writing today gives us a defining portrait of the incomparable Winston Churchill

In his landmark biography of Winston Churchill, acclaimed historian John Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the twentieth century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. From Churchill's youth as a poor student to his leadership during World War II, Keegan reveals a man whose own idea of an English past--eloquently embodied in his speeches--allowed him to exhort a nation to unprecedented levels of sacrifice. The result is a uniquely discerning look at one of the most fascinating personalities in history.

"The best military historian of our generation." -Tom Clancy
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300095325

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best-selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist - and the most prominent celebrity of the 18th century.

Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel
Intimate Politics
How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 158005160x
Set amidst the political upheaval of the McCarthy trials, the Vietnam War, and the rise of the women's movement, Intimate Politics is a courageous and uncompromising account of one woman's personal and political transformation, and a fascinating portrayal of a key chapter in our nation's history.

At eight years old, Bettina Aptheker watched her family's politics play out in countless living rooms across the country when her father, historian and U.S. Communist Party leader Herbert Aptheker, testified on television in front of the House on Un-American Activities Committee in 1953. Born into one of the most influential U.S. Communist families whose friends included W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Bettina lived her parents' politics witnessing first-hand one of the most dramatic upheavals in American history. She also lived with a terrible secret: incest at the hands of her famous father and a frightening and lonely life lived inside a home wrought with family tensions.
A gripping and beautifully rendered memoir, Intimate Politics is at its core the story of one woman's struggle to still the demons of her personal world while becoming a controversial public figure herself. This is the story of childhood sexual abuse, abortion, sexual violence, activism, and the triumph over one's past. It's about FBI harassment and persecution, Jewish heritage, and lesbian identity. It is, finally, about the courage to speak one's truth despite the consequences and to break the sacred silence of family secrets.
For the Vast Future Also: Essays from the Journal of the Lincoln Association
For the Vast Future Also
Essays from the Journal of the Lincoln Association
Hardcover      ISBN: 0823219593

"For a Vast Future Also": Essays from The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, brings together the most informative and thoughtful articles by fourteen accomplished scholars in the Lincoln field. The essays provide compact, detailed treatments concerning different facets of three general themes: Lincoln and the problems of emancipation; Lincoln and presidential politics; and the Lincoln legacy. Readers of the collection will understand why the Civil War profoundly changed the nation. These essays give insight into how Lincoln and his administration dealt with the profound issues of war and slavery and the continuing legacy of Lincoln and the war.

No book or essay collection brings together the writings of such luminaries in the field as John Hope Franklin, James M. McPherson, Don E. Fehrenbacher, T. Harry Williams, Phillip S. Paludan, Harold Hyman, John Niven, William A. Gienapp, Norman B. Ferris, John T. Hubbell, Arthur Zilversmit, Eugene H. Berwanger, Christopher N. Breiseth, and Michael Vorenberg. Researchers now have these valuable essays available in one volume. It offers the general public the distillation of scholarship supported by the Abraham Lincoln Association over the past twenty-five years. And college and university introductory courses will find this book a valuable summary of, and introduction to, the major issues of the Civil War period.

Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
Rachel Carson
Witness for Nature
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805034277

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, published in 1962, did more than any other single publication or event to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to shape a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history. This definitive biography, based on personal documents and reminiscences unavailable to others, shows how Carson, already a famous nature writer, became a reluctant reformer, confronting a government and industry that were widely misusing extremely dangerous chemicals, unquestioned by the public. This book illuminates and evaluates for the first time her personal courage in setting forth an ecological vision of humankind's place in the natural world and her contribution to the contemporary environmental movement. It is also the first to describe her personal life, showing the spirited, lonely, and determined woman behind the publicly shy but brilliant scientist and writer. Illustrated with photographs, many never before published, this is a compelling and masterful portrait of a heroic woman who was not afraid to question the political direction of her time.

Death at Chappaquiddick
Death at Chappaquiddick
Paperback      ISBN: 0882892495

I still feel a lot of bitterness. It's been a long time, but to me it was just yesterday. I'll never forgive him. I don't believe the truth has been told. I don't know the truth. None of us knows the truth. It's still a mystery . . . . There was just too
much deception, too much double talk and cover up.
-- Joseph Kopechne, Women's News Service

This then is the real horror of the case. Mary Jo in the
bottom of that upside-down car, wedged in, clawing, clutching and straining for
air and for life in the total blackness at the bottom of Poucha Pond with water
creeping higher and higher. Completely terrified, she waited for help from
Senator Kennedy - who was on the phone seeking help not for Mary Jo, but for
Senator Kennedy.

From Death at Chappaquiddick

On July 19, 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge on
Chappaquiddick Island, leading to the death of his young female companion and,
the authors contend, an extensive cover up to protect Kennedy's political
The Tedrow recreates the unexplained events of that fateful night, examine
the self-admitted panic of a U. S. senator, and point by point puncture
Kennedy's sieve-like account of the tragedy.
The authors' exhaustive investigation produces solid answers to curious
questions. Most damning of all, they present evidence that Kennedy fled the
scene in panic, then spent hours telephoning cronies seeking political
protection while a helpless Mary Jo Kapechne slowly suffocated in a pocket of
air inside the submerged auto.
Richard L. Tedrow served for 17 years as Chief Commissioner of the U. S.
Court of Military Appeal and is the author of the standard reference for U. S.
military court martials. Thomas Tedrow is a freelance writer in Houston, Texas.

Common Cents: A Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works-And What We Must Do to Fix It
Common Cents
A Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works-And What We Must Do to Fix It
Hardcover      ISBN: 0316699128

After twelve years in Congress, with his political stock rising in Washington and still wildly popular in his home district in Minnesota, Representative Timothy Penny did the unthinkable: he decided not to seek reelection. He was fed up with a Congress whose lawmakers spend more than the country can afford, allow serious problems to fester, and abandon policies they know are right merely because pollsters tell them they're unpopular. Having worked tirelessly for a dozen years to reform profligate government spending from the inside, Penny decided to leave and to pursue change from the outside.
In Common Cents, Timothy Penny tells us just how badly damaged the institution of Congress is - and what we, as voters, must do to repair it. It is a candid account that could only have been written by a congressman who has been behind the closed doors, taken part in the daily battles, and seen how totally Congress is held in the thrall of partisanship, special interests, polls and careerism. Penny explains how powerful members of Congress have the power to stop any bill - no matter how popular - from becoming law. He reveals, from personal experience, how special interest groups successfully influence legislators to shut down valuable initiatives. And he shows how politicians cynically enact laws that have no impact, giving the appearance of making responsible decisions while in fact preserving the status quo.
The 1994 elections were a loud cry of disgust with Congress. Common Cents shows how right the voters are to be disgusted - and how deeply entrenched the cultures are that will keep Congress from changing, unless voters work to make it more open, responsive, and accountable.
Readers can use Common Cents as a guide to effecting change. Penny details dozens of ways that individual voters can make a difference, including providing guidelines for evaluating candidates and for making sure elected officials hear voters' voices and respond.
Every reader who wants an effective, responsive Congress will value this impassioned expose and heartfelt call for change from a man who went to Washington and left before he lost his integrity.