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By Desmond Cole. 2020
NATIONAL BESTSELLERA bracing, provocative, and perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin… We're In will spark a national conversation, influence policy, and inspire activists.In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis. Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country. It was a year that saw calls for tighter borders when Black refugees braved frigid temperatures to cross into Manitoba from the States, Indigenous land and water protectors resisting the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, police across the country rallying around an officer accused of murder, and more. The year also witnessed the profound personal and professional ramifications of Desmond Cole’s unwavering determination to combat injustice. In April, Cole disrupted a Toronto police board meeting by calling for the destruction of all data collected through carding. Following the protest, Cole, a columnist with the Toronto Star, was summoned to a meeting with the paper’s opinions editor and informed that his activism violated company policy. Rather than limit his efforts defending Black lives, Cole chose to sever his relationship with the publication. Then in July, at another police board meeting, Cole challenged the board to respond to accusations of a police cover-up in the brutal beating of Dafonte Miller by an off-duty police officer and his brother. When Cole refused to leave the meeting until the question was publicly addressed, he was arrested. The image of Cole walking out of the meeting, handcuffed and flanked by officers, fortified the distrust between the city’s Black community and its police force. Month-by-month, Cole creates a comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic inequality. Urgent, controversial, and unsparingly honest, The Skin We’re In is destined to become a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians.
By Brian Harvey. 2019
An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a 25-year break from boating,… Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
By John Ivison. 2019
Canadians are very divided about their chameleon prime minister. Is Justin Trudeau a transformative prime minister, or does he just… play one on television? When he entered politics, he came across as a frivolous person with no fixed principles. Now, he presents himself as a conviction politician. Is he real or phony? What motivated his metamorphosis--belief or opportunism? More prosaically, he appears a man of good intentions but in 2019, he will be judged on results. And those results have been disappointing for many, even in his own party. The ballooning deficit, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, his disastrous trip to India, the carbon tax, and many other miscalculations have done him and his party no favours. And while the Liberals concluded a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico, there are still many Canadians dissatisfied with the terms. As political columnist for the National Post since 2003 and Ottawa bureau chief for Postmedia for the past three years, John Ivison has watched Trudeau evolve as a politician and leader at home and abroad. He first interviewed him in 2006 and has sat down on a number of occasions since. It has been a fascinating transition that has not been fully captured by any writer. This book will trace the palimpsest of the man, now barely visible beneath the talking points, virtue signalling, and polished trappings of office. Ivison concludes that he has always been manipulative--good at understanding the feelings of others and playing on them. It has made him a formidable politician but one who may yet be undone by raising the bar too high; by promising to transform a country that was designed to withstand change. 2019.
By Anonymous. 2019
#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the… anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital.On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell essay and took the rare step of granting its writer anonymity. Described only as "a senior official in the Trump administration," the author provided eyewitness insight into White House chaos, administration instability, and the people working to keep Donald Trump's reckless impulses in check.With the 2020 election on the horizon, Anonymous is speaking out once again. In this book, the original author pulls back the curtain even further, offering a first-of-its-kind look at the president and his record -- a must-read before Election Day. It will surprise and challenge both Democrats and Republicans, motivate them to consider how we judge our nation's leaders, and illuminate the consequences of re-electing a commander in chief unfit for the role.This book is a sobering assessment of the man in the Oval Office and a warning about something even more important -- who we are as a people.
By Jagmeet Singh. 2019
Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal. Every part of Jagmeet Singh's full name reflects a part of his identity. Jagmeet--the intelligent, warm… "friend to the world." Singh--the great grandson of a Punjabi freedom fighter who defended his people against injustice. Jimmy--the kid who grew up on the hardscrabble streets of Windsor. Dhaliwal--the son of immigrants who chanced it and uprooted themselves in Canada for a better life. With wisdom, warmth, and compassion, Love & Courage tells the stories behind each of those names. The son of Indian immigrants, Jagmeet Singh grew up in Windsor, and he learned at an early age that the world was not always be kind. Early experiences with racism and prejudice made Jagmeet question his place in the society around him as he fought on the streets and in the classroom to carve out a safe space for himself. But while the society around him sought to bring him down, Jagmeet's family lifted him up. Whenever Jagmeet returned home bruised or battered by the outside world, his mother repeated the same words: "We are all one. We are all connected." Drawing on his heritage and history, Jagmeet began to see the world through a new lens. To prove to a world that said, again and again, that he didn't have value, Jagmeet worked hard to be the best at everything he did. Martial arts, school, sports--he excelled at everything he tried. Still, he didn't want to simply push past others. He wanted to connect to them. Slowly but surely, Jagmeet learned the truth of his mother's words. As he broke down the barriers around him, Jagmeet came to define his life in two words: love and courage. Bestseller. 2019.
By Michael Paterson. 2011
Elizabeth II is within a few years of becoming the longest-reigning British monarch A personally quiet modest and… dutiful person she is far better-informed about the lives of her subjects than they often realize She has known every Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and every American President since Eisenhower Yet what of the woman behind the crown The book seeks to take a new look at this exhaustively-documented life and show how Queen Elizabeth became the person she is Who and what have been the greatest influences upon her What are her likes and dislikes What are her hobbies Who are her friends What does she feel about the demands of duty and protocol Is she really enjoying herself when she smiles during official events How differently does she behave when out of the public eye Examining the places in which she grew up or has lived the training she received and her attitudes to significant events in national life it presents a fresh view of one of recent history s most important figures
By Gare Thompson, Nancy Harrison. 2004
For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor… Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president-four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever.
By Tim Blanning. 2016
The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of… history Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent's great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian Tim Blanning gives us an intimate, in-depth portrait of a king who dominated the political, military, and cultural life of Europe half a century before Napoleon.A brilliant, ambitious, sometimes ruthless monarch, Frederick was a man of immense contradictions. This consummate conqueror was also an ardent patron of the arts who attracted painters, architects, musicians, playwrights, and intellectuals to his court. Like his fellow autocrat Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick was captivated by the ideals of the Enlightenment--for many years he kept up lively correspondence with Voltaire and other leading thinkers of the age. Yet, like Catherine, Frederick drew the line when it came to implementing Enlightenment principles that might curtail his royal authority. Frederick's terrifying father instilled in him a stern military discipline that would make the future king one of the most fearsome battlefield commanders of his day, while deriding as effeminate his son's passion for modern ideas and fine art. Frederick, driven to surpass his father's legacy, challenged the dominant German-speaking powers, including Saxony, Bavaria, and the Habsburg Monarchy. It was an audacious foreign policy gambit, one at which Frederick, against the expectations of his rivals, succeeded. In examining Frederick's private life, Blanning also carefully considers the long-debated question of Frederick's sexuality, finding evidence that Frederick lavished gifts on his male friends and maintained homosexual relationships throughout his life, while limiting contact with his estranged, unloved queen to visits that were few and far between. The story of one man's life and the complete political and cultural transformation of a nation, Tim Blanning's sweeping biography takes readers inside the mind of the monarch, giving us a fresh understanding of Frederick the Great's remarkable reign.Praise for Frederick the Great "Writing Frederick's biography . . . requires a diverse set of skills: expertise in eighteenth-century diplomatic and military history, including the intricacies of the Holy Roman Empire; a familiarity with the music, architecture and intellectual traditions of Northern Europe; and, not least, a profound sense of human psychology, the better to grasp the makeup of this complex and tormented man. Fortunately, Tim Blanning . . . has all of these skills in abundance."--The Wall Street Journal "At once scholarly and highly readable . . . [Blanning] has given us a superb portrait of an enlightened despot, equally at home on the battlefield and in the opera house, both utterly ruthless and culturally refined."--Commentary "Blanning, in clear thinking and prose, investigates all aspects of Frederick's personality and reign. . . . The last word on this significant king, for years to come."--Booklist (starred review)"Masterly . . . Blanning brilliantly brings to life one of the most complex characters of modern European history."--The Telegraph (five stars) "A supremely nuanced account . . . This biography finds [Blanning] at the height of his powers."--Literary ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.
By Hans-Lukas Kieser. 2018
The first English-language biography of the de facto ruler of the late Ottoman Empire and architect of the Armenian GenocideTalaat… Pasha 1874 1921 led the triumvirate that ruled the late Ottoman Empire during World War I and is arguably the father of modern Turkey He was also the architect of the Armenian Genocide which would result in the systematic extermination of more than a million people and which set the stage for a century that would witness atrocities on a scale never imagined Here is the first biography in English of the revolutionary figure who not only prepared the way for Atat rk and the founding of the republic in 1923 but who shaped the modern world as well In this explosive book Hans-Lukas Kieser provides a mesmerizing portrait of a man who maintained power through a potent blend of the new Turkish ethno-nationalism the political Islam of former Sultan Abdulhamid II and a readiness to employ radical solutions and violence From Talaat s role in the Young Turk Revolution of 1908 to his exile from Turkey and assassination--a sensation in Weimar Germany Kieser restores the Ottoman drama to the heart of world events He shows how Talaat wielded far more power than previously realized making him the de facto ruler of the empire He brings wartime Istanbul vividly to life as a thriving diplomatic hub and reveals how Talaat s cataclysmic actions would reverberate across the twentieth century In this major work of scholarship Kieser tells the story of the brilliant and merciless politician who stood at the twilight of empire and the dawn of the age of genocide
By Alexander Rose. 2006
P Basing his tale on remarkable original research historian Alexander Rose reveals the unforgettable story of the spy ring… that helped America win the Revolutionary War For the first time Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses covert operations and code breaking and unmasks the courageous flawed individuals who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors--including the spymaster at the heart of it all George Washington P b A New York Times Bestseller b
A New York Times Bestseller When FBI Director James Comey announced in July that Hillary Clinton would not be indicted… for mishandling classified information America was stunned Had the scandal-happy Clintons escaped justice once again Not so fast says investigative reporter and bestselling author Ed Klein There is far more behind Comey s shocking press conference than meets the eye -- and a minefield of email evidence between Hillary and the White House In his astonishing new book Klein uncovers the real story behind Hillary s email scandals and the dirty political games that have kept her one step ahead of the law - for now Klein reveals what the FBI s team of 150 investigators really found on Clinton s server How Comey originally threatened to resign over White House attempts to intervene in the investigation and his secret plan to go around the Justice Department if needed How an unprecedented Congressional investigation during an election year is uncovering new shocking evidence of corruption on a level some would call treason And what Bill and Hillary still have left in their bag of tricks in their desperate quest to get back into the Oval Office
By Abraham Ascher. 2012
Was Hitler A Riddle?is the first comparative study of how British, French, and American diplomats serving in Germany assessed Hitler… and the Nazi movement. These assessments provided the governments in London, Paris, and Washington with ample information about the ruthlessness of the authorities in Germany and of their determination to conquer vast stretches of Europe. Had the British, French, and American leaders acted on this information and taken measures to rein in Hitler, the history of the twentieth century would have been far less bloody: the second world war might well have been avoided, the Soviet Union would not have expanded into central and eastern Europe, and the world would have been spared the Cold War.
By Joanne Grasso. 2018
After being elected president George Washington set out to tour the new nation which was desperate for a… unifying symbol He spent five days on Long Island in April 1790 an area recovering from seven years of devastating British occupation Washington saw it all from Brooklyn to Patchogue to Setauket and back He was honored at each stop and wrote extensive diary entries about his impressions of the carriage stops for food overnight stays at taverns and private homes as well as his vision for the future of the region Author Dr Joanne S Grasso traces this momentous journey
Robert Scheer s interviews with and profiles of US presidents have shaped journalism history Scheer developed close journalistic relationships… with Presidents Nixon Carter Reagan Clinton and Bush I His reporting on them had a tangible impact on national debate such as the eminent 1976 Playboy interview in which Jimmy Carter the then-presidential candidate admitted to have lusted in his heart and the 1980 interview with the L A Times during which Bush I confessed to Scheer his dream of a winnable nuclear war In Playing President Robert Scheer offers an unparalleled insight into the presidential mind He analyses each administration since Nixon and including George W Bush offering insights that will surprise the reader--particularly those with rigid preconceptions about the decision-making processes of our leaders The volume will also include reprints of Scheer s famous presidential interviews along with previously unpublished interview transcripts and select previous writings Robert Scheer is the author of six books including Thinking Tuna Fish Talking Death Essays on the Pornography of Power With Enough Shovels Reagan Bush and Nuclear War and America After Nixon The Age of Multinationals Along with Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudhry he is the coauthor of The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq Seven Stories Akashic Scheer is currently a clinical professor of communications at the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California He is a nationally syndicated columnist based at the Los Angeles Times a contributing editor at the Nation and a host of NPR-affiliate KCRW s Left Right and Center
By Peter E Meltzer. 2014
"There is nothing trivial about Meltzer's fascinating facts. Full of interesting insights and quirky questions, this book goes beyond oft-discussed… presidential trivia and exposes the reader to the stories that define our nation's chief executives as individuals. So You Think You Know the Presidents is a great reference guide for students and avid history buffs alike." Meltzer is also the author of two non-legal books: The Thinkers Thesaurus: Sophisticated Synonyms for Basic Words and So You Think You Know Baseball: A Fan's Guide to the Rules. "Anyone interested in U.S. history will relish Peter Meltzer's book. It's a riot of fun factoids and colorful anecdotes. Highly recommended!" --Douglas Brinkley, Professor Rice University
By Itamar Rabinovich. 2017
An insider's perspective on the life and influence of Israel's first native-born prime minister, his bold peace initiatives, and his… tragic assassination More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation's pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author's recollections as one of Rabin's closest aides. An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides extraordinary new insights into Rabin's relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin's murder: Netanyahu's ensuing election and the rise of Israel's radical right wing.
By Meenal Shrivastava. 2018
As a precocious young girl, Surekha knew very little about the details of her mother Amma’s unusual past and that… of Babu, her mysterious and sometimes absent father. The tense, uncertain family life created by her parents’ distant and fractious marriage and their separate ambitions informs her every action and emotion. Then one evening, in a moment of uncharacteristic transparency and vulnerability, Amma tells Surekha and her older sister Didi of the family tragedy that changed the course of her life. Finally, her daughters begin to understand the source of their mother’s deep commitment to the Indian nationalist movement and her seemingly unending willingness to sacrifice in the name of that pursuit. In this re-memory based on the published and unpublished work of Amma and Surekha, Meenal Shrivastava, Surekha’s daughter, uncovers the history of the female foot soldiers of Gandhi’s national movement in the early twentieth century. As Meenal weaves these written accounts together with archival research and family history, she gives voice and honour to the hundreds of thousands of largely forgotten or unacknowledged women who, threatened with imprisonment for treason and sedition, relentlessly and selflessly gave toward the revolution.
By Sheila Fitzpatrick. 2015
Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding… him as mere yes-men and political window dressing On Stalin s Team overturns this view revealing that behind Stalin was a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953 Drawing on extensive original research Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle and their families vividly describing how these dedicated comrades-in-arms not only worked closely with Stalin whom they both feared and admired but also constituted his social circle Readers meet the wily security chief Beria whom the rest of the team quickly had executed following Stalin s death Stalin s number-two man Molotov who continued on the team even after his wife was arrested and exiled the charismatic Ordzhonikidze who ran the country s industry with entrepreneurial flair Andreev who traveled to provincial purges while listening to Beethoven on a portable gramophone and Khrushchev who finally disbanded the team four years after Stalin s death Among the book s surprising findings are that Stalin almost always worked with the team on important issues and that after his death the team managed a brilliant transition to a reforming collective leadership Taking readers from the cataclysms of the Great Purges and World War II to the paranoia of Stalin s final years On Stalin s Team paints an entirely new picture of Stalin within his milieu--one that transforms our understanding of how the Soviet Union was ruled during much of its existence
By Charles Maynard, Dan Emmett. 2017
Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. From that moment forward, he knew… he wanted to become a Secret Service agent, one of an elite group of highly trained men and women dedicated to preserving the life of the President of the United States at any cost, including sacrificing their own lives if necessary. Armed with single-minded determination and a never-quit attitude, he did just that. Selected over thousands of other highly qualified applicants to become an agent, he was eventually chosen to be one of the best of the best and provided protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush. I Am a Secret Service Agent skillfully describes the duties and challenges of conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One. With fascinating anecdotes, Emmett weaves keen insight into the unique culture and history of the Secret Service with the inner workings of the White House. I Am A Secret Service Agent is a must read for young adults interested in a career in federal law enforcement.
By Stephen Kotkin. 1928
A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his worldIt has the quality of myth a… poor cobbler s son a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total world war the former seminarian ruthlessly dominates the new regime until he stands as absolute ruler of a vast and terrible state apparatus with dominion over Eurasia While still building his power base within the Bolshevik dictatorship he embarks upon the greatest gamble of his political life and the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted the collectivization of all agriculture and industry across one sixth of the earth Millions will die and many more millions will suffer but the man will push through to the end against all resistance and doubts Where did such power come from In Stalin Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that at long last is equal to this shrewd sociopathic charismatic dictator in all his dimensions The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered cynical and true believing people oriented and vicious canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs We see a man inclined to despotism who could be utterly charming a pragmatic ideologue a leader who obsessed over slights yet was a precocious geostrategic thinker--unique among Bolsheviks--and yet who made egregious strategic blunders Through it all we see Stalin s unflinching persistence his sheer force of will--perhaps the ultimate key to understanding his indelible mark on history Stalin gives an intimate view of the Bolshevik regime s inner geography of power bringing to the fore fresh materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police Kotkin rejects the inherited wisdom about Stalin s psychological makeup showing us instead how Stalin s near paranoia was fundamentally political and closely tracks the Bolshevik revolution s structural paranoia the predicament of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist world surrounded and penetrated by enemies At the same time Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of understanding Stalin s momentous decisions outside of the context of the tragic history of imperial Russia The product of a decade of intrepid research Stalin is a landmark achievement a work that recasts the way we think about the Soviet Union revolution dictatorship the twentieth century and indeed the art of history itself