Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System

By Daniel Callahan

Technological innovation is deeply woven into the material of yankee tradition, and isn't any much less a simple function of yankee well-being care. scientific know-how saves lives and relieves agony, and is significantly well liked by the general public, ecocnomic for medical professionals, and a resource of serious wealth for undefined. but its bills are emerging at a dangerously unsustainable cost. The keep an eye on of know-how expenses poses a negative moral and coverage drawback. How do we deny humans what they might have to reside and flourish? but is it now not additionally damaging to enable emerging expenses strangle our healthiness care process, ultimately harming everyone?

In Taming the liked Beast, esteemed clinical ethicist Daniel Callahan confronts this predicament head-on. He argues that we will not break out it by way of organizational alterations by myself. not anything under a primary transformation of our puzzling over future health care is required to accomplish lasting and economically sustainable reform. The expertise bubble, he contends, is commencing to burst.

Callahan weighs the moral arguments for and opposed to proscribing using scientific applied sciences, and he argues that reining in overall healthiness care charges calls for us to alter entrenched values approximately development and technological innovation. Taming the loved Beast exhibits that the fee drawback is as nice as that of the uninsured. just a government-regulated common well-being care approach can provide the desire of handling expertise and making it reasonable for all.

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

By Andrew Preston

Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Finalist for the Cundhill Prize in History

A richly certain, profoundly engrossing tale of the way faith has stimulated American overseas family members, instructed in the course of the tales of the boys and women—from presidents to preachers—who have plotted the country’s path within the world.
 
Ever on account that John Winthrop argued that the Puritans’ new domestic will be “a urban upon a hill,” american citizens’ position on the planet has been formed through their trust that God has whatever unique in brain for them. yet this can be a tale that historians have usually overlooked. Now, within the first authoritative paintings at the topic, Andrew Preston explores the key lines of spiritual fervor—liberal and conservative, pacifist and militant, internationalist and isolationist—that framed American pondering on overseas concerns from the earliest colonial wars to the twenty-first century. He arrives at a few startling conclusions, between them: Abraham Lincoln’s use of faith within the Civil struggle grew to become the version for next wars of humanitarian intervention; nineteenth-century Protestant missionaries made up the 1st NGO to increase an international human rights time table; spiritual liberty was once the center-piece of Franklin Roosevelt’s technique to deliver the us into global conflict II.
 
From George Washington to George W. Bush, from the Puritans to the current, from the colonial wars to the chilly struggle, faith has been considered one of America’s strongest resources of principles concerning the wider international. while, simply days after September 11, George W. Bush defined the USA as “a prayerful kingdom, a country that prays to an almighty God for defense and for peace,” or whilst Barack Obama stated balancing the “just warfare and the imperatives of a simply peace” in his Nobel Peace Prize popularity speech, they have been echoing 400 years of non secular rhetoric. Preston lines this echo again to its source.
 
Sword of the Spirit, defend of Faith is an unparalleled fulfillment: nobody has but tried this kind of daring synthesis of yank background. it's also a awesome paintings of stability and fair-mindedness approximately some of the most fraught matters in the USA.

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Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

By Peter Andreas

The United States is a smuggler country. Our lengthy heritage of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder within the 18th century, to British commercial applied sciences and African slaves within the nineteenth century, to French condoms and Canadian booze within the early twentieth century, to Mexican employees and Colombian cocaine within the glossy period. Contraband capitalism, it seems, has been a vital part of yankee capitalism.

Providing a sweeping narrative background from colonial occasions to the current, Smuggler kingdom is now on hand in paperback to retell the tale of the US -- and of its engagement with its associates and the remainder of the realm -- as a chain of hugely contentious battles over clandestine trade. As Peter Andreas demonstrates during this provocative and interesting paintings, smuggling has performed a pivotal and too usually ignored position in America's start, westward enlargement, and financial improvement, whereas anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically improved the federal government's policing powers. the good irony, Andreas tells us, is state that was once born and grew up via smuggling is this present day the world's top anti-smuggling crusader.

In tracing America's lengthy and sometimes tortuous courting with the murky underworld of smuggling, Andreas presents a much-needed antidote to ultra-modern hyperbolic depictions of out-of-control borders and becoming worldwide crime threats. pressing calls by way of politicians and pundits to regain keep watch over of the nation's borders be afflicted by a serious case of ancient amnesia, nostalgically implying that they have been ever really lower than regulate. this is often natural mythology, says Andreas. For higher and for worse, America's borders have continuously been hugely porous.

Far from being a brand new and extraordinary chance to the United States, the illicit underside of globalization is basically an outdated American culture. As Andreas exhibits, it is going again not only many years yet centuries. And its impression has been decidedly double-edged, not just subverting U.S. legislation but additionally aiding to gas America's evolution from a distant British colony to the world's pre-eminent superpower.

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Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons

By Adrian Levy

The stunning, three-decade tale of A. Q. Khan and Pakistan's nuclear software, and the complicity of the USA within the unfold of nuclear weaponry.

On December 15, 1975, A. Q. Khan―a younger Pakistani scientist operating in Holland―stole top-secret blueprints for a progressive new procedure to arm a nuclear bomb. His unique purpose, and that of his govt, was once basically patriotic―to supply Pakistan a counter to India's lately unveiled nuclear gadget. although, as Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark chillingly relate of their masterful research of Khan's occupation during the last thirty years, through the years that constrained ambition mushroomed into the world's biggest clandestine community engaged in promoting nuclear secrets―a mercenary and illicit software controlled via the Pakistani army and made attainable, largely, via relief funds from the us, Saudi Arabia, and Libya, and via indiscriminate the help of China.

Most unnerving, the authors exhibit that the revenues of nuclear guns know-how to Iran, North Korea, and Libya, quite a bit within the information this day, have been made with the transparent wisdom of the yankee govt, for whom Pakistan has been a very important buffer nation and ally―first opposed to the Soviet Union, now within the "war opposed to terror." each successive American presidency, from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, has became a blind eye to Pakistan's nuclear activity―rewriting and destroying proof supplied by means of its intelligence enterprises, mendacity to Congress and the yankee humans approximately Pakistan's intentions and potential, and facilitating, via shortsightedness and reason, the unfold of the very guns we vilify the "axis of evil" powers for having and worry terrorists will receive. Deception places our present standoffs with Iran and North Korea in a startling new standpoint, and makes transparent issues: that Pakistan, faraway from being an best friend, is a rogue kingdom on the epicenter of global destabilization; and that the complicity of the U.S. has ushered in a brand new nuclear winter.

Based on 1000s of interviews within the usa, Pakistan, India, Israel, Europe, and Southeast Asia, Deception is a masterwork of reportage and dramatic storytelling by means of of the world's so much creative investigative reporters. Urgently vital, it's going to stimulate debate and command a reexamination of our nationwide priorities.

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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

By Edward E. Baptist

As the historian Edward E. Baptist finds in The part hasn't ever Been Told, the growth of slavery within the first 8 a long time after American independence was once the first motive force of the evolution and modernization of the us. Drawing on intimate slave narratives, plantation files, newspapers, and the phrases of politicians, marketers, and escaped slaves, Baptist bargains an intensive new interpretation of yankee history.

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The New American Way of War: Military Culture and the Political Utility of Force (LSE International Studies Series)

This booklet explores the cultural heritage and future clients of the so-called ‘new American approach of war’. In fresh a long time, American army tradition has turn into more and more ruled through a imaginative and prescient of ‘immaculate destruction’, which reached its apogee with the autumn of Baghdad in 2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom was once hailed because the positive validation of this new American approach of conflict. For its such a lot enthusiastic supporters, it additionally encapsulated a broader political imaginative and prescient. via reaching whole technical mastery of the battlefield, the U.S. may render war surgical, humane, and predictable, and develop into a accurately calibrated software of nationwide coverage.

American procedure has frequently been characterized as missing in trouble for the non-military results of activities. in spite of the fact that, the chaotic aftermath of the Iraq conflict printed the undying fact that army good fortune and political victory usually are not an analogous. in fact, the yankee approach of warfare has usually emerged because the contradictory expression of competing visions of warfare suffering for dominance because the early chilly struggle interval. by means of tracing the origins and evolution of those competing perspectives at the political software of strength, this publication will set the presently well known photograph of a brand new American approach of battle in its broader old, cultural and political context, and supply an review of its destiny prospects.

This booklet can be of great curiosity to scholars of strategic stories, army idea, US overseas coverage and foreign politics. it is going to be hugely suitable for army practitioners drawn to the basic thoughts which proceed to force American strategic pondering within the modern battlegrounds of the conflict on Terror.

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Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus

By Rick Perlstein

Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the increase of the conservative circulate within the liberal Sixties. on the center of the tale is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal govt, despised liberals, and mocked “peaceful coexistence” with the USSR. Perlstein’s narrative shines a mild on an entire global of conservatives and their antagonists, together with William F. Buckley, Nelson Rockefeller, and invoice Moyers. Vividly written, Before the Storm is an important e-book concerning the 1960s.

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Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History

It was once the twang heard 'round the area: Rockabilly was once born out of kingdom, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues within the Nineteen Fifties, changing into rock ’n’ roll and ruling the area. Here’s the tale of Elvis Presley’s first sunlight files that encouraged all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny funds, Roy Orbison, and plenty of extra rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959, in a publication chock packed with photographs, collectible memorabilia, motion picture posters, infrequent documents, style, and insurgent way of life. comprises contributions from famous song newshounds Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.

The tale maintains at the present time, with a rockabilly revival that started with stars, such because the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading worldwide from Europe to Japan. at the present time, rockabilly is healthier than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton warmth and others enjoying the tune and dwelling the lifestyles from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s nonetheless sturdy rockin’ tonight!

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The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

By James Howard Kunstler

The Geography of Nowhere strains America's evolution from a state of major Streets and coherent groups to a land the place each position is like no position particularly, the place the towns are useless zones and the geographical region is a desolate tract of caricature structure and parking plenty.
In based and sometimes hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the fashionable car suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the massive monetary, social, and non secular charges that the US is procuring its car-crazed way of life. it's also a take-heed call for voters to reinvent the areas the place we are living and paintings, to construct groups which are once more useful of our affection. Kunstler proposes that via reviving civic artwork and civic lifestyles, we are going to rediscover public advantage and a brand new imaginative and prescient of the typical solid. "The destiny would require us to construct larger places," Kunstler says, "or the longer term will belong to people in different societies."

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How the Irish Became White (Routledge Classics)

By Noel Ignatiev

'…from time to time a research comes alongside that really may be referred to as ‘path breaking,’ ‘seminal,’ ‘essential,’ a ‘must read.’ How the Irish turned White is this kind of study.' John Bracey, W.E.B. Du Bois division of Afro-American stories, collage of Massachussetts, Amherst

The Irish got here to the US within the eighteenth century, fleeing a place of origin less than international career and a caste method that looked them because the lowest kind of humanity. within the new nation – a land of chance – they discovered a really diverse kind of social hierarchy, one who used to be according to the colour of a person’s epidermis. Noel Ignatiev’s 1995 booklet – the 1st released paintings of 1 of America’s top and such a lot arguable historians – tells the tale of the way the oppressed turned the oppressors; how the hot Irish immigrants accomplished recognition between an in the beginning adversarial inhabitants simply via proving that they can be extra brutal of their oppression of African americans than the nativists. this is often the tale of How the Irish turned White.

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