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The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo And the Iraq War's Buried History
The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo And the Iraq War's Buried History
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172078
At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested that eight months before the invasion of Iraq, long before weapons inspections resumed, President Bush had already decided on war and to justify it by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and links to terrorists, that the “intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy,” that the US wanted to avoid consulting the UN, and that few plans were being made for the aftermath of war. Largely ignored in the US press for weeks afterward, the memo was finally published, with an extensive commentary by Mark Danner, in The New York Review. Danner wrote two follow-up pieces about the significance of the memo, showing how it proves that Bush had decided to invade Iraq much earlier than he admitted and only agreed to weapons inspections not to avoid war but in the expectation that the Iraqis would invite it by refusing to cooperate. Most important, Danner argues that in the face of such clear evidence of deception, the press, public, and Congress still have not held the administration responsible. The Secret Way to War beings together Mark Danner’s strongly argued analysis of the Downing Street Memo, along with the text of the memo itself and seven other leaked British documents that show Tony Blair’s government struggling to find legal and political rationales and strategies to support regime change in Iraq.
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls: Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls
Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Paperback      ISBN: 0875461298
Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers: A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire
Barbs, Prongs, Points, Prickers, and Stickers
A Complete and Illustrated Catalogue of Antique Barbed Wire
Paperback      ISBN: 0806108762
On the Great Plains, a land barren of wood and rock for the traditional rail and stone fences, the wire fence was a logical invention. Hundreds of barded-wire designs were invented, and the more practical patents were manufactured and shipped west at great profit. Today collectors are carefully searching out that wire for both enjoyment and historical interest. This book was designed to provide a well-organized identifying, classifying, and cataloguing system for the many designs and variations of barded wire. Nearly one thousand drawings and three indexes to patents, inventors, and manufacturers provide an immediate means of identification.
The Falls of st Anthony: The Waterfall That Built Minneapolis
The Falls of st Anthony
The Waterfall That Built Minneapolis
Paperback      ISBN: 0873512057
The Mississippi's major waterfall played an important role in the development of lumbering, flour milling, and hydroelectric power in Minneapolis. The revised edition contains more than 50 photographs and a new epilogue by the author describing the commercial development along the waterfront since the 1960s.
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807818232
Offers a large-scale, detailed portrait of life and culture in the Southern United States. Bibliogs
Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
Mary Todd Lincoln
A Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0393305864
Profiles the much-maligned Fist Lady, a woman who was raised in a world of frontier violence, and who, like the nation her husband led during the Civil War, achieved an incomplete victory over internal discord
This House of Sky, Landscapes of a Western Mind: Landscapes of a Western Mind
This House of Sky, Landscapes of a Western Mind
Landscapes of a Western Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 0156899825
Ivan Doig recalls growing up among the ranches and wilderness of Montana with his father and grandmother, and their friends in the rural community
The Real American Cowboy
The Real American Cowboy
Paperback      ISBN: 0941533271
This book explains the growth of the cowboy myth, assesses the effect of that myth on American values and dreams, and contrasts the now-legendary cowboy image with historical reality
Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
Within the Plantation Household
Black and White Women of the Old South
Paperback      ISBN: 080784232x
Discusses how class, race, and gender shaped women's experiences in the South
Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West
Legacy of Conquest
The Unbroken Past of the American West
Paperback      ISBN: 0393304973
This study corrects the misperceptions of the American West based on representations from novels and films and shows how western history was--and is--a vast economic event