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Break 'Em Up

By Zephyr Teachout
  • ISBN Code: : 1250200903
  • Publisher : All Points Books
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Political Science
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"[We need] a grassroots, bottom-up movement that understands the challenge in front of us, and then organizes against monopoly power in communities across this country. This book is a blueprint for that organizing. In these pages, you will learn how monopolies and oligopolies have taken over almost every aspect of American life, and you will also learn about what can be done to stop that trend before it is too late." —From the foreword by Bernie Sanders. A passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy. Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greater concentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the Gilded Age. They are evolving into political entities that often have more influence than the actual government, bending state and federal legislatures to their will and even creating arbitration courts that circumvent the US justice system. How can we recover our freedom from these giants? Anti-corruption scholar and activist Zephyr Teachout has the answer: Break 'Em Up. This book is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking to find a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case that monopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today's progressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm the planet, limit the political power of average citizens, and historically-disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of their shameful and irresponsible business practices. In order to build a better future, we must eradicate monopolies from the private sector and create new safeguards that prevent new ones from seizing power. Through her expert analysis of monopolies in several sectors and their impact on courts, journalism, inequality, and politics, Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies of working Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it’s too late.

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In October 2007, writers Mike Small and Kevin Williamson launched Bella Caledonia at the Radical Book Fair in Edinburgh. Since then, Bella has consistently explored ideas of self-determination and offered Scotland’s most robust and insightful political commentary. In the run up to Scottish independence referendum, international interest grew and Bella Caledonia had more than 500,000 unique users a month, with a peak of one million in August ― and since then has been given multiple awards recognising it as one of the top 10 political blogs in the UK. This anthology, curated by Mike Small, is a flavour of Bella’s output over these 14 years ― the editor’s pick. Bella is aligned to no political party and sees herself as the bastard child of parent publications too good for this world; from Calgacus to Red Herring, from Harpies & Quines to the Black Dwarf. Under Mike’s editorship, Bella has developed a ‘Fifth Estate’ as a way of disrupting the passive relationship of old media, creating something more active and appropriate for the 21st century ― it’s about concentration of ownership, and bringing together radical coverage with cultural analysis. Hence the plethora of wide-ranging voices in this anthology, each representing outlier viewpoints in contemporary society ― novelists, poets, bloggers and journalists publishing in non-mainstream media outlets, and the social media. * ”Bella Caledonia has been a flagship for progressive thought in Scotland, providing a platform for informed and creative writing, advocating a progressive and independent nation fit for the future." Stuart Cosgrove ”Bella has been to be a constant thorn in the side of the powerful voices who would prefer that conventional wisdom went unchallenged, that awkward questions went unasked, and bold solutions went unheard." Peter Geoehgan * The Contributors: Andy Wightman • Alan Bissett • Brian Quail • George Rosie • Kathleen Jamie • Peter Arnott • Scott Hames • Laura Easton Lewis • Meaghan Delahunt • AL Kennedy • Alistair Davidson • Alastair McIntosh • Katie Gallogly-Swan • Max Macleod • Caitlin Logan • Irvine Welsh • Paul Tritschler • Chloé Farand • Abi Lightbody • Pat Kane • Adam Ramsay • Rory Scothorne • Alison Phipps • Jamie Maxwell • Amna Saleem • Neil Cooper • Dougie Strang • Mairi McFadyen • Christopher Silver • George Gunn • Stuart Christie • George Kerevan • Iain MacKinnon • Dougald Hine • Cait O’Neil McCullagh • Raman Mundair • Gerry Hassan About The Editor: Mike Small is a writer, journalist, author and publisher. He has written for the Guardian, Sunday Herald, Sunday National, Open Democracy, Variant, Lobster and Z Magazine. He is currently working on a biography of Patrick Geddes and a history of Scottish Anarchism. He has edited Bella Caledonia since 2007.

The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution

By Joseph Fishkin,William E. Forbath
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  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Book Code : 067424740X
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 917
  • Pdf File: the-anti-oligarchy-constitution.pdf

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A bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the Constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the Constitution as if it has almost nothing to say about this threat. But as Joseph Fishkin and William Forbath show in this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Fishkin and Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy of opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of slave power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” But today, as we enter a new Gilded Age, this tradition in progressive American economic and political thought lies dormant. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution begins the work of recovering it and exploring its profound implications for our deeply unequal society and badly damaged democracy.

The Dealership

By Michael Bronte
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  • Publisher : Createspace
  • Book Code : 1511780436
  • Total of Pages : 346
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 180
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Carmen Madrid finally got his opportunity when he moved up to become a hotshot salesman selling Jaguars, Lincolns, and Chevys. Life in Jamaica Queens was good—for a while—but the commission checks weren’t as big as he’d anticipated, and it wasn’t long before he was looking for other ways to pay the bills. That’s when he discovered that the dealership did more than sell cars. Money laundering, drug peddling and pornography were all part of the gig, and it wasn’t long before he had to make a choice: be an honest salesman, or take the big money from the “side jobs” the dealership offered. Travel with Carmen through the gritty world of fast cars and faster women, organized crime and racketeering, all of it shrouded by the crack epidemic and tough times that blanketed New York City in the mid-‘80s. Does Carmen do the right thing, or does he become just another punk trying to get over on others before they get over on him? Find out how he walks the line between decency and depravity, and see if he comes out on top.


By Sean Schubert
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  • Publisher : Permuted Press+ORM
  • Book Code : 1682618749
  • Total of Pages : 440
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 328
  • Pdf File: unwilling.pdf

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Having learned to survive the zombie apocalypse in the wilderness of Alaska, a battle-weary cohort is called upon for help in this horror series finale. A year into the undead apocalypse which has spread across North America and beyond, a group of survivors led by Neil Jordan are still alive against all the odds. Having escaped the horrors of Anchorage, they are still persisting on the Last Frontier, carving out a life for themselves far away from the legions of the dead. Now they’re asked to plunge back into the tempest following a distress call from Anchorage. Having finally established a refuge for themselves, Neil and the others must decide what sacrifice they are willing to make for complete strangers. Will they now return to the very place where they once waited for help in vain?

Across the Sea of Suns

By Gregory Benford
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  • Publisher : Aspect
  • Book Code : 0446506346
  • Total of Pages : 528
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 781
  • Pdf File: across-the-sea-of-suns.pdf

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From the Nebula Award-winning author comes a newly revised edition of this story in his classic Galactic Center series.

James Fenimore Cooper: Collected Novels

By James Fenimore Cooper
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  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 12175
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 919
  • Pdf File: james-fenimore-cooper.pdf

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This unique and meticulously edited collection of the greatest works by James Fenimore Cooper includes: Leatherstocking Tales:_x000D_ The Deerslayer_x000D_ The Last of the Mohicans_x000D_ The Pathfinder_x000D_ The Pioneers_x000D_ The Prairie_x000D_ The Littlepage Manuscripts:_x000D_ Satanstoe_x000D_ The Chainbearer_x000D_ The Redskins_x000D_ The Adventures of Miles Wallingford:_x000D_ Afloat and Ashore_x000D_ Miles Wallingford_x000D_ Other Novels:_x000D_ Precaution_x000D_ The Spy_x000D_ The Pilot_x000D_ The Red Rover_x000D_ The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish_x000D_ The Water-Witch_x000D_ The Bravo_x000D_ The Headsman_x000D_ The Monikins_x000D_ Homeward Bound_x000D_ Home as Found_x000D_ Mercedes of Castile_x000D_ The Two Admirals_x000D_ The Wing-and-Wing_x000D_ Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief_x000D_ Wyandotté_x000D_ The Crater_x000D_ Jack Tier_x000D_ The Oak Openings_x000D_ The Sea Lions_x000D_ James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Before embarking on his career as a writer, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about counterespionage set during the Revolutionary War. He also wrote numerous sea stories, and his best-known works are five historical novels of the frontier period known as the Leatherstocking Tales. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece._x000D_

Wyandotté; Or, The Hutted Knoll: A Tale

By James Fenimore Cooper
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 447
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 477
  • Pdf File: wyandotté-or-the-hutted-knoll.pdf

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"Wyandotté; Or, The Hutted Knoll: A Tale" by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Before They Are Hanged

By Joe Abercrombie
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  • Publisher : Gollancz
  • Book Code : 0575091517
  • Total of Pages : 592
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 877
  • Pdf File: before-they-are-hanged.pdf

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Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is utterly unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone the cream of his forces. In the heat-ravaged south the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta. The city is braced for the inevitable defeat and massacre to come, preparations are made to make the Gurkish pay for every inch of land ... but a plot is festering to hand the city to its beseigers without a fight, and the previous Inquisitor of Dagoska vanished without trace. Threatened from within and without the city, Glokta needs answers, and he needs them soon. And to the east a small band of malefactors travel to the edge of the world to reclaim a device from history - a Seed, hidden for generations - with tremendous destructive potential. A device which could put a end to war, to the army of Eaters in the South, to the invasion of Shanka from the North - but only if it can be found, and only if its power can be controlled ...


By Cooper, James
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  • Publisher : Aegitas
  • Book Code : 1773135813
  • Total of Pages : 404
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 374
  • Pdf File: wyandotte.pdf

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The history of the borders is filled with legends of the sufferings of isolated families, during the troubled scenes of colonial warfare. Those which we now offer to the reader, are distinctive in many of their leading facts, if not rigidly true in the details. The first alone is necessary to the legitimate objects of fiction.

The Digital Republic

By Jamie Susskind
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1643139029
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 642
  • Pdf File: the-digital-republic.pdf

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From one of the leading intellectuals of the digital age, The Digital Republic is the definitive guide to the great political question of our time: how can freedom and democracy survive in a world of powerful digital technologies? A Financial Times “Book to Read” in 2022 Not long ago, the tech industry was widely admired, and the internet was regarded as a tonic for freedom and democracy. Not anymore. Every day, the headlines blaze with reports of racist algorithms, data leaks, and social media platforms festering with falsehood and hate. In The Digital Republic, acclaimed author Jamie Susskind argues that these problems are not the fault of a few bad apples at the top of the industry. They are the result of our failure to govern technology properly. The Digital Republic charts a new course. It offers a plan for the digital age: new legal standards, new public bodies and institutions, new duties on platforms, new rights and regulators, new codes of conduct for people in the tech industry. Inspired by the great political essays of the past, and steeped in the traditions of republican thought, it offers a vision of a different type of society: a digital republic in which human and technological flourishing go hand in hand.

Rehabilitation Issues, Problems, and Prospects in Boot Camp

By Brent Benda
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1136436472
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 655
  • Pdf File: rehabilitation-issues-problems-and-prospects-in-boot-camp.pdf

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Boot camps—what are their effects on criminal behavior? Public and political support for boot camps as alternative correctional facilities has rarely faltered since their inception decades ago, though their efficacy remains uncertain. Rehabilitation Issues, Problems, and Prospects in Boot Camp explores all facets of the controversial issue, from the attitudes and perceptions of the public, to the political motivations in maintaining them, on to the latest research on the camps and their graduates. Respected authorities discuss boot camps’ effectiveness on diverse groups according to age, gender, race, and correctional facility. Cost factors between boot camps and other correctional institutions are compared, along with the latest criminal recidivism data. Boot camps provide inmates with an uncomfortable, paramilitary-style environment with an eye toward shorter incarceration time, lower costs, and more positive effects on criminal behavior. Does this correctional model work as anticipated? Rehabilitation Issues, Problems, and Prospects in Boot Camp gives you the facts, revealing the public and political arguments for and against boot camps as well as the research on the theoretical predictors of criminal recidivism and the differing attitudes of attendees toward the facilities according to gender and race. Critical policy issues are identified and discussed in-depth, with particular emphasis given to the positive and negative aspects of rehabilitation possibilities of boot camps. Helpful tables clearly illustrate statistics while extensive references provide opportunities for further insight. Rehabilitation Issues, Problems, and Prospects in Boot Camp explores questions such as: criminal recidivism—what are the theoretical predictors? what effect does gender have on criminal recidivism? what is the effect of this hypermasculine paramilitary prison environment have on males— and females? what are the differences between Native American and non-Native American perceptions of boot camp? is the perceived severity of boot camp different for gender? what is the process for policymaking in creating and maintaining boot camps? what role does politics play in the continuation of boot camps? what corrections to boot camp facilities should be made based upon evidence and research? Rehabilitation Issues, Problems, and Prospects in Boot Camp is a thorough examination of the social and political issues about boot camps that makes essential reading for educators, students, sociologists, criminologists, psychologists, counselors, and criminal justice professionals.

Stone Circle

By Gary Braver
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  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Book Code : 1909270237
  • Total of Pages : 151
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 811
  • Pdf File: stone-circle.pdf

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"e;There's something evil emanating form Boston Harbor in this supernatural thriller, and we aren't talking about the smell at low tide. The plot features enough greed, ambition, and self-deception to stock a thriller of the more mundane variety. But on top of that, the author builds a ghost story to manipulate the protagonists beyond where they are prepared to manipulate one another. A Yankee tycoon has begun to build a gambling casino on a private island in Boston Harbor. When workers unearth puzzling stone structures, progress is halted until an archaeologist can render a verdict. The tycoon calls Peter Van Zandt, a scholar who has suffered both professional and personal disaster of late. Mourning the loss of his wife and struggling to raise their small son alone, Peter has seen his judgment falter and his reputation skid. Working feverishly on the island, he becomes convinced that he has discovered a Celtic ritual circle of world-shaking significance. As he falls under the stones' power, he is haunted by spooky visions mingling the sanguinary history of the site with ghostly images of his wife. Both Peter's sanity and the life of his son hang on his obsession. . . This is a story stripped for action, and action is what it delivers."e; --The Boston GlobeMore praise for The Stone Circle:"e;A masterpiece of suspense. . . If you like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, then you'll love The Stone Circle."e; Robert B. Parker"e;Goshgarian [Braver] grabs his readers by the lapels and doesn't let go until the last page is turned...a terrifying collision of minds and bodies that is spellbinding."e; The Middlesex News"e;A galvanizing new novel. . . a frightening tour de force."e; The Providence Journal"e;A scary and entertaining take off on some favourite themes of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King."e; The Boston Herald"e;A richly conceived work."e; Kirkus Reviews"e;Goshgarian [Braver] builds suspense credibly with complications. . . and layers his narrative with rich strata."e; Publishers Weekly

The Great Drummers R&B Funk & Soul

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  • Publisher : Mel Bay Publications
  • Book Code : 1609745825
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : Music
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  • Pdf File: the-great-drummers-r-b-funk-soul.pdf

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This 248 page book is an exciting documentation of the innovative period of the '60s and '70s when the rhythm of popular music was changed forever. Featured here are biographies, interviews, discographies and rare archival photos of more than 20 great drummers of R&B, funk and soul, including the drummers of James Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire, Otis Redding and Sly and the Family Stone. the true originators of the modern hip-hop beats tell their stories, and the history of the funk comes to life. Appropriate for music fans of all kinds, and all drummers: beginners thru advanced.

Wyandotté by James Fenimore Cooper - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)

By James Fenimore Cooper
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  • Publisher : Delphi Classics
  • Book Code : 1788774191
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 748
  • Pdf File: wyandotté.pdf

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This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘Wyandotté by James Fenimore Cooper - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of James Fenimore Cooper’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Cooper includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘Wyandotté by James Fenimore Cooper - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Cooper’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the textPlease visit to learn more about our wide range of titles

WYNADOTTÉ (Unabridged)

By James Fenimore Cooper
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  • Publisher : Musaicum Books
  • Book Code : 8075832485
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 395
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Wyandotté is a historical novel set during the American Revolution and tells the story of a derelict Indian "Saucy Nick", also called Wyandotté ("Great Chief"), in the remote woods of upstate New York, who stands between a small group of settlers and an Indian tribe that want to slaughter them. Wyandotté's depictions violate stereotypes of Native Americans and novel rejects the more established history of the New York border war during the Revolution. James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Before embarking on his career as a writer, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about counterespionage set during the Revolutionary War. He also wrote numerous sea stories, and his best-known works are five historical novels of the frontier period known as the Leatherstocking Tales. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece.