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BOOK REVIEW – ‘RED NOTICE’: HOW I BECAME PUTIN’S NO 1 ENEMY

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

 

This book is all the rage now that so much is in  the news about  Russia and Putin.   The author, Bill Browder, was interviewed on Fox Business today.  Sounds like a fascinating read for the summer  !  Nancy

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No 1 Enemy by Bill Browder – review

A gripping account of murder, high finance and the Russian president’s Achilles heel

 

 ‘There is no doubt that Browder has succeeded in annoying President Putin (pictured) in a way that few have.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

IIn 2008 a young Russian lawyer called Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a massive tax fraud. He found evidence that a group of well-connected Russian officials had stolen a whopping $230m. The same officials had Magnitsky arrested; he was tossed into a freezing cell and refused medical treatment. Magnitsky – who suffered from pancreatitis and gall stones – spent months in pain. This state-sanctioned torture was meant to make him withdraw his testimony. He didn’t. One day his condition grew critical. Guards put him in an isolation cell. There, they beat him to death.

Magnitsky’s case was to become the most notorious and best-documented example of human rights abuse in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. That this happened was down to one man: Bill Browder, a US-born financier and the CEO of a successful asset management company. Once a Putin fan, Browder found himself in trouble in 2005 when he was deported from Russia. He hired a team, including Magnitsky. When the Kremlin got nasty, most of the lawyers fled. Magnitsky – a family man with two small boys, who liked Beethoven – refused to leave. He believed the law would protect him, that Russia had said farewell to its Soviet ghosts. It was a tragic misjudgment.

Red Notice is a dramatic, moving and thriller-like account of how Magnitsky’s death transformed Browder from hedge-fund manager to global human rights crusader. Its title refers to the extradition request served by Russia on Interpol, demanding Browder’s arrest. (A Russian court later jailed him in absentia for nine years.) In truth, there are quite a few pretenders to the exalted post of “Putin’s No 1 Enemy”, as he describes himself. They include Michael Khodorkovsky, the former oligarch whom Putin (pictured) jailed and sent to Siberia. There is the lateBoris Berezovsky, another tycoon who fell out with Russia’s grudge-bearer-in-chief and decamped to London, playing Trotsky to Putin’s Stalin. Or Alexei Navalny, the Moscow opposition leader, currently under house arrest. Or the murdered Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned in a Mayfair hotel with radioactive green tea.

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NEW BOOK – “RISING STAR: THE MAKING OF BARACK OBAMA”

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

 

Obama Wrote America Is A ‘Racist Society’ In An Unreleased Manuscript

By  Alex Pfeiffer   April 6, 2017 

In an unpublished manuscript, former President Barack Obama and a friend wrote that America is a “racist society” that pushes an ideology that infects the minds of whites and blacks.

Pulitzer Prize winning author David Garrow is set to reveal information about this unpublished book in his upcoming biography “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.”

In an interview on the Jamie Weinstein Show released Wednesday, Garrow opened up about his upcoming book and told Weinstein, “I think that people irrespective of their political views or partisan identification will be astonished. I cannot say that too strongly. Will be profoundly astonished by how much important substance of Barack Obama’s life has not previously been known and that’s not in a negative context necessarily at all.”

Garrow, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Martin Luther King Jr., went on to say: “Barack and his closest friend [Robert Fischer] in the early 1990s, when they were in law school, wrote several hundred pages of a proposed book manuscript that was never published, particularly the 140 pages or so of that manuscript that is about race gives significant insight into Barack’s thinking when he was leaving law school, about to enter into public life in Illinois.”

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JASON RILEY: HOW LIBERALS MAKE IT HARDER FOR BLACKS TO SUCCEED

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

 

Jason Riley: How Liberals Make It Harder For Blacks To Succeed

“A black man in the home is much more important than a black man in the White House.”

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Posted: Jun 25, 2014

Dr. Jason Riley discussed his new book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder For Blacks To Succeed, on Monday at the Heritage Foundation. Riley is an editorial board member of theWall Street Journal.

In his book, Riley discusses where the Civil Rights Movement has gone wrong. He emphasizes that liberals only encourage blacks to blame their problems on whites and to make themselves out to be victims.

Even after the Civil Rights Movement, black unemployment rates were twice that of whites for the last five decades. In 1966, the poverty rate in America was lower among all groups than it was in 2012.

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CULTURAL MARXISM AND THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

 

Dr. Paul Kengor at the Heritage Foundation

Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage by the author, Dr. Paul Kengor
VIDEO – Presentation at the Heritage Foundation, October 16, 2015, recorded and broadcast by C-SPAN’s Book TV, airing originally the weekend of October 30-November 1, 2015. www.heritage.org/events/2015/10/takedown

 

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VIDEO-INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN COUGHLIN, AUTHOR OF “CATASTROPHIC FAILURE”

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

 

VIDEO – INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN COUGHLIN, AUTHOR OF “CATASTROPHIC FAILURE:  Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad”
BOOK REVIEW FROM AMAZON
After the events of September 11, 2001, Stephen Coughlin was mobilized from his private sector career to the Intelligence Directorate at the Joint Chiefs of Staff to work in Targeting. Thus began his education in terrorism. In the years that followed, Coughlin earned recognition as the Pentagon’s leading expert on the Islamic-based doctrines motivating jihadi groups that confront America. He came into demand as a trainer and lecturer at leading commands and senior service staff institutions, including the National Defense University, the Army and Navy War Colleges, the Marine Corps-Quantico, the State Department, and the FBI. So effective were his presentations that some in the special operations community dubbed them “Red Pill” briefings, a reference to an iconic scene in The Matrix. It’s an apt metaphor: Once the facts and doctrines are properly explained and understood, there is no going back. This was more than our enemies – and, it seems, our leaders – could tolerate. Beginning in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood convinced the White House to ban Coughlin and put an end to his briefings.

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THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL – DISMANTLING OUR AMERICN CULTURE WITH “CULTURAL MARXISM”

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

 

I have been hearing about “The Frankfurt School” for 4 – 5  years and this is the best article  that I have found so far on how their Marxist ideology is trying to reshape our country.  Please click on the link for the complete article.  This article explains how the Far Left has succeeded in dismantling our traditional core values.  
A chapter in Andrew Breitbart’s last book, “Righteous Indignation” concerns The Frankfurt School (a group of Marxist scholars who fled Germany in the 1930’s and came to America and started to infiltrate our universities to spread their Marxist  ideology.  .
EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE:  In a nutshell, the theory posits that a tiny group of Jewish philosophers who fled Germany in the 1930s and set up shop at Columbia University in New York City devised an unorthodox form of “Marxism” that took aim at American society’s culture, rather than its economic system.
The theory holds that these self-interested Jews — the so-called “Frankfurt School” of philosophers — planned to try to convince mainstream Americans that white ethnic pride is bad, that sexual liberation is good, and that supposedly traditional American values — Christianity, “family values,” and so on — are reactionary and bigoted. With their core values thus subverted, the theory goes, Americans would be quick to sign on to the ideas of the far left.

Marcuse was the philosophical hero of the New Left in the 1960s; at marches in Paris, they carried banners that read “Marx, Mao and Marcuse.” As Andrew Breitbart described Herbert Marcuse in Righteous Indignation:

Marcuse’s mission was to dismantle American society by using diversity and “multiculturalism” as crowbars with which to pry the structure apart, piece by piece. He wanted to set blacks in opposition to whites, set all “victim groups” in opposition to the society at large. Marcuse’s theory of victim groups as the new proletariat, combined with Horkheimer’s critical theory, found an outlet in academia, where it became the basis for the post-structural movement–Gender Studies, LGBT/”Queer” Studies, African-American Studies, Chicano Studies, etc. All of these “Blank Studies” brazenly describe their mission as tearing down traditional Judeo-Christian values and the accepted traditions of Western culture, and placing in their stead a moral relativism that equates all cultures and all philosophies–except for Western civilization, culture, and philosophy, which are “exploitative” and “bad.”

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MICHAEL SAVAGE INTERVIEWS STEPHEN COUGHLIN, AUTHOR OF ‘CATASTROPHIC FAILURE’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

 

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BOOK REVIEW: TRUST BETRAYED

Friday, June 12th, 2015

 

www.regnery.com/books/trust-betrayed-2/

Trust Betrayed

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Hardcover  •  2015  •  $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-62157-327-2

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Every American knows the old World War II saying—but ex-Navy SEAL sniper Scott Taylor believes today’s leaders have forgotten it. After serving his country for eight years and watching brave comrades die, Taylor came home to a White House that leaks sensitive intelligence information whenever politically expedient. Now, on behalf of all the men and women in uniform whose lives are in jeopardy, Taylor is speaking out.

Ex-Navy SEAL sniper Scott Taylor served his country for eight years. Taylor finally came home after he was injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Years later, he became outraged when he discovered that the Obama administration was leaking sensitive intelligence information for political gain. Now Scott Taylor is speaking out. Having served as a sniper in the same region of Iraq as American Sniper author Chris Kyle, Taylor knows first-hand how high the stakes are. From the bungling of Benghazi to the rise of ISIS, the White House has betrayed the trust of American forces. It’s time President Obama and his administration were finally held accountable

 

 

 

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

 

ICON Lecture Series will be presenting  guest speaker  Garland Tucker III, author of the  new book, Conservative Heroes, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015,  200 South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.     Please scroll down for a book review of this exciting new book which is just being released on June 1st.  There will be a Q & A
session after the talk plus a book signing.  Please join us.  
Tickets are now available at www.iconlectureseries.com  
 Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan
BOOK REVIEW – CONSERVATIVE HEROES BY GARLAND TUCKER III

Profiles in Conservative Courage

Conservatism in America, as one early-twentieth-century politician said, is “as old as the Republic itself.” But what are its foundational principles, and how did they form the modern conservative movement?

Author Garland S. Tucker III tells the story in this lively look at fourteen champions of conservative thought—some well known, others hardly remembered at all. Taking readers on an exciting tour from the American Founding to the modern era, Tucker traces the development of conservatism’s basic tenets and shows how leaders put principle into action (some more successfully than others).

Conservative Heroes offers brief but penetrating profiles of:

  • The Founders who agreed on the two primary purposes of government—but differed on how best to achieve the balance between them
  • The pair of nineteenth-century congressional leaders who fought to preserve the founding vision of a limited national government
  • The towering statesman whose defense of slavery has obscured his considerable contributions to American constitutional history
  • The last Democratic president to advance conservative principles
  • The president and treasury secretary who together reduced taxes and the size of the federal government—and sparked an economic boom
  • The forgotten leaders, both Democrats, who spearheaded the conservative challenge to FDR’s New Deal (more…)
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VIDEO – RICHARD MINITER , AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF” LEADING FROM BEHIND”

Friday, February 13th, 2015

BOOK REVIEW

“LEADING FROM BEHIND:  The Reluctant President: the Advisors Who Decide For Him”
The following C-Span video is a fascinating  in-depth conversation with Richard Miniter, award winning investigative journalist and  New York Times best selling author of  the book, “Leading From Behind:  The Reluctant President & the Advisors Who Decide For Him”. 
Mr. Miniter argues that President Obama has been indecisive and conflicted throughout much of his presidency, and that many of his victories can be credited to behind the scenes advisers. Mr. Miniter discussed the qualities of leadership and the research behind these conclusions with Karlyn Bowman. Cases they focused on included the death of Osama bin Laden, relations with Israel, the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking strategy, health care reform, and raising the federal debt ceiling.
VIDEO – RICHARD MINITER 
For those of you who live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, Richard Miniter will be the guest speaker at the next ICON Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Extraordinary Ventures at 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.  There will also be a book signing and a Q&A after he speaks on How the Media Covers Politics.   (see flyer below)
FOR  TICKETS AND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO WWW.ICONLECTURESERIES.COM
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