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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.
#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 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.
A new departure in science is a simple phenomenon of nature, determined in its origin and progress, like all such… phenomena, by conditions of time and place. Attention must be drawn to these conditions at the outset, for it is only by accurately defining them that the scientific conscience of the student of sociology is developed and confirmed. The experimental philosophy of the latter half of our century, combined with human biology and psychology, and with the natural study of human society, had already produced an intellectual atmosphere decidedly favourable to a practical inquiry into the criminal manifestations of individual and social life. To these general conditions must be added the plain and everyday contrast between the metaphysical perfection of criminal law and the progressive increase of crime, as well as the contrast between legal theories of crime and the study of the mental characteristics of a large number of criminals.
By Khushwant Singh. 2017
An authentic definitive and no-holds-barred narrative packed with fascinating incidents and anecdotes … that brings alive the life and times of one of the most prominent multifaceted and striking individuals a former royal in the sphere of Punjab politics Beginning with a historical background of how the Patiala kingdom came to be established and ruled over the centuries the author moves on to describe the early years of Amarinder Singh a scion of that kingdom He then portrays the Indo Pak war zone of 1965 where the protagonist earned his spurs and finally focuses on the combative arenas of Punjab politics where numerous electoral and other battles have been and continue to be fought This informative work unravels the subterfuges of politicians and others including religious leaders in trying to ensure their dominance The pages reveal behind-the-scenes intrigues plots and counter-plots even as Punjab was in the vice-like grip of terrorism in the late twentieth century Operation Bluestar June 1984 and its consequences have been objectively recorded Besides tracing the career graph of Amarinder Singh who reached his pinnacle when he became the chief minister of Punjab in February 2002 the author provides useful insights into crucial events that have made an immense impact on that state and the neighbouring areas over the past few decades The text also throws light on Amarinder Singh s five-year tenure as chief minister marked by both positive and negative aspects and on the following period when Parkash Singh Badal regained that post The contents are rounded off with an update on the Punjab scenario up to February 2017 which saw Amarinder Singh come back with a thumping victory Here s a saga that records history in the making in Punjab
By Peter Dorey, Andrew S. Crines, Timothy Heppell. 2016
This book examines the political oratory, rhetoric and persona of Margaret Thatcher as a means of understanding her justifications for… 'Thatcherism'. The main arenas for consideration are set piece speeches to conference, media engagements, and Parliamentary orations. Thatcher's rhetorical style is analysed through the lens of the Aristotelian modes of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos). Furthermore, the classical methods of oratorical engagement (deliberative, epidictic, judicial) are employed to consider her style of delivery. The authors place her styles of communication into their respective political contexts over a series of noteworthy issues, such as industrial relations, foreign policy, economic reform, and party management. By doing so, this distinctive book shines new light on Thatcher and her political career.
The firsthand account of the life of adventurer scholar war hero and twenty-sixth president of the United… States Theodore Roosevelt There must be the keenest sense of duty and with it must go the joy of living Here in his own words Theodore Roosevelt recounts his remarkable journey from a childhood plagued with illnesses to the US presidency and beyond With candor and vivid detail this personal account describes a life guided by a restless intelligence a love for adventure and an unflagging duty to his country Roosevelt sheds light on his wide array of roles from New York police commissioner where he waged a battle against corruption to cattle rancher in the Dakotas to assistant secretary of the US Navy under William McKinley to leader of the legendary Rough Riders at the outbreak of the Spanish American War when he led the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry to victory in the Battle of San Juan Hill These extraordinary accomplishments earned Roosevelt national fame and set the stage for his ascent to the White House As twenty-sixth president of the United States he ushered in the Progressive Era with his domestic policies such as the Square Deal and trust-busting of monopolies such as Standard Oil He was a war hero scholar statesman adventurer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Theodore Roosevelt An Autobiography provides unique insight into the truly remarkable life of one of America s most beloved presidents This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices
By John Edgar. 2012
Every Aucklander of a certain age knows that we should have listened to Mayor Robbie back in the 1970s' -… Labour Party MP Phil Twyford. But who was he? And why is he still relevant today? From a working class Jewish boy in Sheffield to long serving Mayor of Auckland (1959-1980), Sir Dove-Myer Robinson's life followed an unusual path. A slight, bespectacled man whose tiny stature was offset by a booming voice and massive ego, he was a natural political campaigner. Associated with a host of local and national causes, he became Auckland's most recognisable spokesperson. He joined political causes and challenged convention. He fought for our current waste water treatment process, against French nuclear testing, and an integrated Auckland transport system and city. Though his political career was outstanding and memorable, his personal life was a hot bed of gossip. Four wives, one 20 years his junior, and a very public divorce during one of his terms meant he was never far from the headlines. In this book we look at both his personal life and his outstanding political career, which affected not only the future of Auckland, but the future of New Zealand.
By Shirley Williams. 2010
The role of women in our society has changed out of all recognition. But it has changed least in the… House of Commons. I want to describe those changes and the resistances to them through the magnifying glass of my own life, a life that coincides with our turbulent post-war history.'Shirley Williams was born to politics. As well as being influenced by her mother, Vera Brittian, her father George Caitlin, a leading political scientist, encouraged his daughter to have high ambitions for herself - including daring to climb the bookshelves in his library. Elected as MP for Hitchin in 1964, she was a member of the Wilson and Callaghan governments and was also the Secretary of State for Education. As one of the 'Gang of Four' Shirley Williams famously broke away from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981 and later supported its merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats. CLIMBING THE BOOKSHELVES is the voice of strong and passionate woman of luminous intelligence.
By Salman Khurshid. 2016
An authoritative forthright and thought-provoking narrative that attempts to analyse why the Congress lost the 2014 Lok Sabha elections… and also focuses on the fluctuating fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party and other political parties besides dealing with crucial issues having a bearing on the country s future As a former minister who has held important portfolios in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government Salman Khurshid has witnessed crucial behind-the-scenes developments that have had a profound impact on the destiny of the nation Beginning with the reasons for the rout of the Congress in 2014 including the series of scams that sealed its fate he goes on to point out that the party has the ability to bounce back given the many setbacks that have affected the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre as well as some BJP-ruled states and the Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi The author next highlights the role of the media which he feels was largely instrumental in ensuring the Congress s defeat He nevertheless acknowledges that of late the fourth estate has not spared the governments in power at the Centre and in the BJP-ruled states and has exposed the chinks in their armour the growing brazenness of the right-wing forces the Lalit Modi fallout and the Vyapam-related incidents Thereafter Salman Khurshid turns the spotlight on a range of significant and highly relevant topics such as international relations with an emphasis on Pakistan and the USA the Election Commission s role communalism minority affairs especially the problems affecting the Muslims the judiciary and its overreach the Nirbhaya tragedy and corruption and its impact with a cameo on the Anna Hazare movement Here is an insider s perspective that is not only incisive and insightful but also vital for understanding the recent events in the political arena and their far-reaching ramifications
By Jeremi Suri. 2017
A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for… every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politicsIn The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision.Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.
By O'Brien, Conor Cruise. 2009
Just before he died after a long and distinguished international career as a politician, commentator, and author, Conor Cruise O’Brien… completed a study of George Washington’s presidency. Cruise O’Brien has been described as a man who so persistently asks the right questions” (The Economist), and in this, his last book, he explores the question of how early America’s future was determined. First in Peace considers the dissension between Washington and Jefferson during the first U. S. presidency, and reveals Washington’s clear-sighted political wisdom while exposing Jefferson’s dangerous ideology. Cruise O’Brien makes the case that Washington, not Jefferson, was the true democrat, and commends his clarity of vision in restoring good relations with Britain, his preference for order and pragmatism, and his aversion to French political extremism.
By William F. Buckley. 1976
By I. K. Gujral. 2011
The first-ever autobiography written by an Indian prime minister Only once in a lifetime comes a book that simply… must be read An absorbing authentic and definitive account by a former prime minister of crucial events that had a significant impact on the nation s destiny after independence I K Gujral has penned his life story in a forthright and candid manner He entered the political fray as a freedom fighter in the British era and after the tumultuous events that rocked the Indian subcontinent in the wake of the partition in August 1947 crossed over from Pakistan to India where he had to begin life from scratch Despite facing tremendous odds on the basis of his perseverance resilience and never-say-die attitude Gujral s achievements allowed him to witness and shape India s contemporary history Gujral joined Congress Party and was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1964 He was the Information and Broadcasting Minister when emergency was imposed which entailed arbitrary press censorship Since he refused to bow down to the de facto powers he was unceremoniously replaced and later sent by Indira Gandhi as India s ambassador to the USSR a post he handled with commendable tact and finesse After his stint in Moscow he returned to India and re-entered the political whirlpool by joining the Janata Dal He became minister for external affairs under V P Singh 1989 and Deve Gowda 1996 Gujral reached the pinnacle of his career when he became the prime minister on 1997 During his priministership despite the exigencies and pressures of running a coalition government he endeavoured to achieve progress in many spheres The Gujral Doctrine a set of five principles to guide the conduct of foreign relations with India s immediate neighbours was widely acclaimed in both India and the West This volume a valuable addition to the literature on contemporary history provides a deep insight into the political scene as it unfolded after independence and delineates the roles played by a wide spectrum of politicians bureaucrats and many others
By Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei Kolesnikov. 2000
Who is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly--overnight and without warning--was handed the reigns of power to… one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don't know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.
By Robert Maranto, Michael Q. Mcshane, Evan Rhinesmith. 2016
This book offers a sophisticated overview of President Obama's education agenda, exploring how and why education policy became national and… ultimately presidential over the past seven decades. The authors argue that the Obama education agenda, though more ambitious, is broadly in line with those of recent presidencies, reflecting elite views that since substantial increases in spending have failed to improve equity and achievement, public schools require reforms promoting transparency such as the Common Core national standards, as well as market based reforms such as charter schools. While sympathetic to President Obama's goals, the authors argue that the processes used to implement those goals, particularly national standards, have been hurried and lacked public input. The Obama administration's overreach on school reform has sparked a bipartisan backlash. Even so, Maranto, McShane, and Rhinesmith suspect that the next president will be an education reformer, reflecting an enduring elite consensus behind school reform.
By Lekkie Hopkins. 2010
Throughout the 1930s May Holman was a household name and aninspiration to the women of her generation. She made history… in 1925when, at age thirty-one, she became Australia’s first female Laborparliamentarian, holding the seat of Forrest until her untimely death onthe eve of the 1939 elections.A woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of those in her electorate, heraccidental death received national coverage with thousands of WesternAustralian mourners lining the streets to pay tribute.May Holman charted new territory for women, but the barriers sheencountered and her methods of overcoming them still resonate today.