Bill Ayers “Public Enemy”

December 24th, 2013

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This is how Sarah Palin, in the 2008 presidential campaign, characterized Barack Obama’s relationship with onetime ’60s radical Bill Ayers: “Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists.”

And not just terrorists: “Unrepentant domestic terrorists,” as she put it.

But how accurate has been the picture we’ve gotten of Bill Ayers, co-founder of the Weather Underground, participant in several bombings, and fugitive?

In his new book “Public Enemy,” Ayers, a now-retired University of Illinois professor, recalls the events that led up to his being labeled an “unrepentant domestic terrorist” and being used by Obama opponents to try and bring down the man who eventually won the White House.

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“Public Enemy” is the sequel to his book “Fugitive Days” —
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John Lanchester “Capital”

June 25th, 2012

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As the 2008 financial crisis looms, as-yet unseen on the horizon, the characters in John Lanchester‘s novel “Capital” are preoccupied with the lives of plenty they have built for themselves.

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On a street filled with homes worth millions live a banker and his shopping-addicted wife, a teenage soccer phenom, an old woman, a Pakistani famioy, among others. Like an elaborate pointillist (PWAN-till-ist) painting, Lanchester’s book uses the brilliant colors of characterization to render an epic story that is, in fact, very intimate.

But ultimately the question Lanchester raises is, what kind of capital is really the most valuable?

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Vern McKinley “Financing Failure”

February 29th, 2012

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They told us that the banks were “too big to fail.” That there would be all manner of doom and despair if they were not bailed out.

But, were they telling us the truth?

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Did they even know what would happen if a bank, or two, or several, actually did fail?

In his new book “Financing Failure” banking expert and Independent Institute research fellow Vern McKinley reveals how little the men and women in charge of regulating banks actually knew.

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Roger Lowenstein “The End of Wall Street”

April 22nd, 2010

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Bailout .. TARP .. “too big to fail” .. entered our lexicon in the fall of 2008 with the financial crisis that threatened to bring down the nation’s economy. Experts have been trying to make sense of it all. Now Bloomberg columnist Roger Lowenstein has come forward with an overview and analysis that puts the meltdown in perspective. His book is called “The End of Wall Street.”

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