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The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It
Amy Gutmann, Dennis Thompson

Princeton University Press, 2012

If politics is the art of the possible, then compromise is the artistry of democracy. Unless one partisan ideology holds sway over all branches of government, compromise is necessary to govern for the benefit of all citizens. A rejection of compromise biases politics in favor of the status quo, even when the rejection risks crisis. Why then is compromise so difficult in American politics today? In The Spirit of Compromise , eminent ...


Appetite for Profit: How the food industry undermines our health and how to fight back
Michele Simon

Nation Books, 2006

The United States is currently embroiled in a national debate over the growing public health crisis caused by poor diet. People are starting to ask who is to blame and how can we fix the problem, especially among children. Major food companies are responding with a massive public relations campaign. These companies, including McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Kraft, and General Mills, are increasingly on the defensive. In response, they pretend to sell ...


The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community
Stephen A. Marglin

Harvard University Press, 2010

See "Stephen Marglin on the Future of Capitalism" at Economists celebrate the market as a device for regulating human interaction without acknowledging that their enthusiasm depends on a set of half-truths: that individuals are autonomous, self-interested, and rational calculators with unlimited wants and that the only community that matters is the nation-state. However, as Stephen Marglin argues, market relationships erode ...


The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy (Chicago Studies in ...
Suzanne Mettler

University Of Chicago Press, 2011

“Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” Such comments spotlight a central question animating Suzanne Mettler’s provocative and timely book: why are many Americans unaware of government social benefits and so hostile to them in principle, even though they receive them? The Obama administration has been roundly criticized for its inability to convey how much it has accomplished for ordinary citizens. Mettler argues that ...


Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy
Sophal Ear

Columbia University Press, 2012

International intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and laid the foundations for more peaceful, representative rule. Yet the country's social indicators and the integrity of its political institutions declined rapidly within a few short years, while inequality grew dramatically. Conducting an unflinching investigation into these developments, Sophal Ear reveals the pernicious effects of aid dependence and ...


Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential (Civil Society: Historical and ...
Dan Pallotta

Tufts, 2010

Uncharitable goes where no other book on the nonprofit sector has dared to tread. Where other texts suggest ways to optimize performance inside the existing paradigm, Uncharitable suggests that the paradigm itself is the problem and calls into question our fundamental canons about charity. Author Dan Pallotta argues that society’s nonprofit ethic acts as a strict regulatory mechanism on the natural economic law. It creates an economic ...


Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy
James Fallows

Vintage, 1997

Why do Americans mistrust the news media? It may be because show like "The McLaughlin Group" reduce participating journalists to so many shouting heads. Or because, increasingly, the profession treats issues as complex as health-care reform and foreign policy as exercises in political gamesmanship. These are just a few of the arguments that have made Breaking the News so controversial and so widely acclaimed. Drawing on his own experience as a ...


The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness
Douglas J. Lisle, Alan Goldhamer

Book Publishing Co., 2006

The authors offer unique insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and present ways to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality.


The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development
Richard Weissbourd

Mariner Books, 2010

A wake-up call for a national crisis in parenting--and a deeply helpful book for those who want to see their own behaviors as parents with the greatest possible clarity. Harvard psychologist RichardWeissbourd argues incisively that parents—not peers, not television—are the primary shapers of their children’s moral lives. And yet, it is parents’ lack of self-awareness and confused priorities that are dangerously undermining children’s ...


Water Can Undermine Your Health
Dr. Norman W. Walker

Norwalk Press, 1995

Our bodies need from two to four quarts of water each day to maintain good health. This book will show you how to protect yourself and your family from deadly bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and other pollutants that are present in a large percentage of public water supplies. Dr. Walker's treatment of water pollution is revealing, comprehensive, and scientific. His findings and his recommendations for corrective action offer new hope.


The Collapse of the Common Good: How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom
Philip K. Howard

Ballantine Books, 2002

In pursuit of fairness at any cost, we have created a society paralyzed by legal fear: Doctors are paranoid and principals powerless. Little league coaches, scared of liability, stop volunteering. Schools and hospitals start to crumble. The common good fades, replaced by a cacophony of people claiming their “individual rights.” By turns funny and infuriating, this startling book dissects the dogmas of fairness that allow self-interested ...


Addicted to Unhappiness: Free Yourself from Moods and Behaviors That Undermine Relationships, Work, and the ...
Martha Heineman Pieper, William J. Pieper

McGraw-Hill, 2004

Drawing upon their years of counseling experience, the bestselling author team of Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. and William J. Pieper, M.D. explain how parenting styles based on discipline and excessive expectations condition children to equate unhappiness with love. This often persists into adulthood, leading to behaviors including eating disorders, compulsive gambling, disastrous romantic choices, substance abuse, and more. This book supplies ...


The Coors Connection: How Coors Family Philanthopy Undermines Democratic Pluralism
Russ Bellant

South End Press, 1999

Through their philanthropic donations, Joseph Coors and other family mebers have bamkroled a right-wing agenda of union-busting, homophobia, sexism, racism, and covert operations. The Coors family has served as the cornerstone of the right-wing movement known as the New Right. The Coors Connection details the individuals, organizations, and causes supported by Coors philanthopy. A picture emerges of a family's frighteningly narrow vision of ...


Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market
Janine R. Wedel

Basic Books, 2009

It can feel like we’re swimming in a sea of corruption. It’s unclear who exactly is in charge and what role they play. The same influential people seem to reappear time after time in different professional guises, pressing their own agendas in one venue after another. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful “shadow elite,” the main players in a vexing new system of power ...


Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew
Steve Stewart-Williams

Cambridge University Press, 2010

If you accept evolutionary theory, can you also believe in God? Are human beings superior to other animals, or is this just a human prejudice? Does Darwin have implications for heated issues like euthanasia and animal rights? Does evolution tell us the purpose of life, or does it imply that life has no ultimate purpose? Does evolution tell us what is morally right and wrong, or does it imply that ultimately nothing is right or wrong? In this ...


Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
David Ray Griffin

Olive Branch Press, 2010

Griffin's meritorious effort to raise public awareness and understanding Former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office, had in 2008 co-authored an article containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government "conspiracy theories." Arguing that such theories are believed only by groups suffering from ...


The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East
Mitchell Bard

Harper, 2010

While critics claim that a nefarious Israel Lobby dictates U.S. policy in the Middle East, the Arab Lobby in this country is older, richer, and more powerful than the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The Arab Lobby   is the first book in more than 25 years to investigate the scope and activities of this diffuse yet powerful network. Author Mitchell Bard courageously explores the invisible alliance that threatens Israel and ...


The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women
Elisabeth Badinter

Metropolitan Books, 2012

In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Time Bind , The Conflict , a #1 European bestseller, identifies a surprising setback to women's freedom: progressive modern motherhood Elisabeth Badinter has for decades been in the vanguard of the European fight for women's equality. Now, in an explosive new book, she points her finger at a most unlikely force undermining the status of women: liberal motherhood, in thrall to all that is ...


Disinformation : 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror
Richard Miniter

Regnery Publishing, 2005

Bin Laden was trained and funded by the CIA. The Bush Administration killed 100,000 civilians in Iraq. The Jews who worked at the World Trade Center were warned not to work on Sept. 11. These are just some of the myths that have appeared in mainstream media outlets. Collectively, these myths undermine wartime U.S. morale and confuse the discussion of vital issues. Here Miniter debunks the myths of the left (and the right) with hard evidence, ...


One-Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our ...
David Horowitz, Jacob Laksin

Crown Forum, 2009

“David Horowitz has single-handedly exposed the intellectual corruption that exists within the classrooms of American colleges. Like all forms of corruption, indoctrination flourishes when kept in the dark. Here, Horowitz turns on the bright lights to expose what has become profoundly wrong with our colleges and universities. We are all in his debt.” –Ward Connerly, former regent, University of California David Horowitz and coauthor Jacob ...



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