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  1. 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon told the assembled crowd that “government will listen … Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in.” But that same day, he obliterated those pledges of greater citizen control of government by signing National Security Decision Memorandum 2, a document that made sweeping changes to the national security power structure. Nixon’s signature erased the influence that the Departments of State and Defense, as well as the CIA, had over Vietnam and the course of the Cold War. The new structure put Nixon at the center, surrounded by loyal aides and a new national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, who coordinated policy through the National Security Council under Nixon’s command. Using years of research and revelations from newly released documents, USA Today reporter Ray Locker upends much of the conventional wisdom about the Nixon administration and its impact and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extraconstitutional government undermined US policy and values. In doing so, Nixon sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today.

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    Nixon’s Gamble

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  2. 8.7 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Michael Savage reveals why we have an infected political system, and what we can now do to nurse the country back to health. Michael Savages says that for the past eight years there has been a retrovirus in the White House, and that the last Presidential term has infected the body politic with hateful, anti-American views, and nation destructive ideas. According to Savage, the entire Democratic Party, plus many Republicans, have been invaded and infected by these ideas. They just repeat them over and over to the detriment of the United States. The bad news? It is very difficult to detect that we have been infected until it is too late. This virus that has been injected into the body politic may force us to learn to live with our currently infected political system—indefinitely. But, Savage knows what needs to be done—and he reveals what to do in order to bring the government and country back to health.

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    Scorched Earth

    8.7 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 12.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Maureen Dowd’s incendiary takes and takedowns from 2016—the most bizarre, disruptive, and fascinating Presidential race in modern history. Trapped between two candidates with record-high unfavorables, Americans are plunged into The Year of Voting Dangerously. In this perilous and shocking campaign season, the New York Times columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever. Dowd has covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the 90s. She was with the real estate mogul when he shyly approached his first Presidential rope line in 1999, and she won a Pulitzer prize that same year for her penetrating columns on the Clinton impeachment follies. Like her bestsellers, Bushworld and Are Men Necessary?, The Year of Voting Dangerously features Dowd’s trademark cocktail of wry humor and acerbic analysis in dispatches from the political madhouse. If America is on the escalator to hell, then The Year of Voting Dangerously is the perfect guide for this surreal, insane ride.

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    The Year of Voting Dangerously

    12.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.3 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Millions of books about Obama were sold after his election and at the time of inauguration. His departure as president will be as emotion-filled as his taking office, and LEGACY will document his transformative accomplishments. As his final year in office approaches, the evidence indicates he has been tremendously successful and effective by objective measures. On economic indicators alone, he is credited with the longest streak of job growth in U.S. history, a two-thirds reduction in the federal budget deficit, and the rebounding of the stock market to record highs following the record lows of the recession under his predecessor. His victories have come against a backdrop of criticism and sometimes open defiance from conservatives, lack of cooperation in Congress and racially tinged commentary in traditional and social media. Through it all, the president who campaigned on a slogan of “Yes, We Can!” has persevered in his determination to make a difference and left an indelible mark on American politics and the world, emerging with dignity and poise.LEGACY will feature short entries listing President Obama’s accomplishments followed by capsule analysis, quotes from the President’s speeches, and color photos throughout.

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  5. 4.9 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    From Phyllis Schlafly, the woman whose celebrated classic A Choice, Not an Echo upended the 1964 Republican Convention, comes a persuasive new argument for a surprising conservative choice: Donald Trump. For the first time since 1980, a significant number of Republicans are considering abandoning their party’s nominee. This is a grave mistake, Schlafly says, because a Donald Trump “radical redirection” could actually set America back on the path of Reagan’s conservative revolution. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly and coauthors Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker set aside the circus of the campaign and zero in on eight defining points of the Trump agenda to convince Republican voters that Donald Trump—improbable as it may seem—is the true conservative they’ve been waiting for.

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    The Conservative Case for Trump by Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Martin, Brett M. Decker

    The Conservative Case for Trump

    4.9 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.9 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Americans have come to expect that the nation’s presidential campaigns will be characterized by a carnival atmosphere emphasizing style over substance. But this fascinating account of the pivotal 1840 election reveals how the now-unavoidable traditions of big money, big rallies, shameless self-promotion, and carefully manufactured candidate images first took root in presidential politics. Pulitzer Prize–nominated former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells the colorful story of the election battle between sitting president Martin Van Buren, a professional Democratic politician from New York, and Whig Party upstart William Henry Harrison, a military hero who was nicknamed “Old Tippecanoe” after a battlefield where he fought and won in 1811. Shafer shows how the pivotal campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” marked a series of firsts that changed presidential politicking forever: the first presidential campaign as mass entertainment, directed at middle-income and lower-income voters; the first “image campaign,” in which strategists painted Harrison as an everyman living in a log cabin sipping hard cider (in fact, he was born into wealth, lived in a twenty-two-room mansion, and drank only sweet cider); the first campaign in which a candidate, Harrison, traveled and delivered speeches directly to voters; the first one influenced by major campaign donations; the first in which women openly participated; and the first involving massive grassroots rallies, attended by tens of thousands and marked by elaborate fanfare, including bands, floats, a log cabin on wheels, and the world’s tallest man. Some of history’s most fascinating figures—including Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Thaddeus Stevens, and Walt Whitman—pass through this colorful story, which is essential reading for anyone interested in learning when image first came to trump ideas in presidential politics.

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    The Carnival Campaign by Ronald G. Shafer

    The Carnival Campaign

    7.9 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.7 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    One day after a prominent U.S. Muslim leader reacted to the November 2015 Paris attacks with a declaration that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has nothing to do with Islam, President Obama made the same assertion. Who exactly is the enemy we face, not only in the Middle East but also within our borders? Is it “murderers without a coherent creed”; or “nihilistic killers who want to tear things down,” as some described ISIS after 130 people were brutally slain and another 368 injured in a coordinated attack on Western soil that authorities say was organized with help from inside France’s Muslim communities. After the Paris attacks, Obama, himself, described ISIS as “simply a network of killers who are brutalizing local populations.” When the Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2003, its stated purpose was “preventing terrorist attacks within the United States and reducing America’s vulnerability to terrorism.” The Bush administration’s definition of the enemy as a tactic, terrorism, rather than a specific movement, proved consequential amid a culture of political correctness. By the time President Obama took office, Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders in the United States were forcing changes to national security policy and even being invited into the highest chambers of influence. A policy known as Countering Violent Extremism emerged, downplaying the threat of supremacist Islam as unrelated to the religion and just one among many violent ideological movements. When recently retired DHS frontline officer and intelligence expert Philip Haney bravely tried to say something about the people and organizations that threatened the nation, his intelligence information was eliminated, and he was investigated by the very agency assigned to protect the country. The national campaign by the DHS to raise public awareness of terrorism and terrorism-related crime known as If You See Something, Say Something effectively has become If You See Something, Say Nothing. In See Something, Say Nothing, Haney a charter member of DHS with previous experience in the Middle East and co-author Art Moore expose just how deeply the submission, denial and deception run. Haney’s insider, eyewitness account, supported by internal memos and documents, exposes a federal government capitulating to an enemy within and punishing those who reject its narrative.

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    See Something Say Something

    8.7 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.6 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Hyperpartisanship has gridlocked the American government. Congress’ approval ratings are at record lows, and both Democrats and Republicans are disgusted by the government’s inability to get anything done. In It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, Congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein present a grim picture of how party polarization and tribal politics have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional failure. In this revised edition, the authors bring their seminal book up to date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. The underlying dynamics of the situation—extremist Republicans holding government hostage to their own ideological, antigovernment beliefs—have only gotten worse, further bolstering their argument that Republicans are not merely ideologically different from Democrats, but engaged in a unique form of politics that undermines the system itself. Without a fundamental change in the character and course of the Republican Party, we may have a long way to go before we hit rock bottom.

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    It’s Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
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  9. 9.2 hrs • 7/25/2016 • Unabridged

    Liberals take great pride in their supposed openmindedness. Yet when it comes to hot-button issues like radical Islam, global warming, and abortion, “openminded” liberals go to great lengths to discredit and suppress the ideas of their opponents. Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak exposes the nineteen key ideas that today’s liberals are desperate to suppress, revealing the blatant hypocrisy of left-wing leaders and pundits who preach tolerance but practice intolerance.

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    See No Evil by Joel B. Pollak

    See No Evil

    9.2 hrs • 7/25/16 • Unabridged
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    10.4 hrs • 7/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Dinesh D’Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton’s flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America’s progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation’s wealth. D’Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

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    Hillary’s America

    10.4 hrs • 7/18/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 4.5 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    In this book we’re going to look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time. The politicians and special interests in Washington, DC are directly responsible for the mess we are in. So why should we continue listening to them? It’s time to bring America back to its rightful owners—the American people. I’m not going to play the same game politicians have been playing for decades—all talk, no action, while special interests and lobbyists dictate our laws. I am shaking up the establishment on both sides of the political aisle because I can’t be bought. I want to bring America back, to make it great and prosperous again, and to be sure we are respected by our allies and feared by our adversaries. It’s time for action. Americans are fed up with politics as usual. And they should be! In this book, I outline my vision to make America great again, including: how to fix our failing economy; how to reform health care so it is more efficient, cost-effective, and doesn’t alienate both doctors and patients; how to rebuild our military and start winning wars—instead of watching our enemies take over—while keeping our promises to our great veterans; how to ensure that our education system offers the resources that allow our students to compete internationally, so tomorrow’s jobseekers have the tools they need to succeed; and how to immediately bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home. This book is my blueprint for how to Make America great again. It’s not hard. We just need someone with the courage to say what needs to be said. We won’t find that in Washington, DC.

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    Great Again

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    4.5 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 7.3 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    What was it really like investigating the scandals of the Obama Administration and wall of secrecy at Hillary Clinton’s State Department? As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa forced open the corridors of power and exposed the wrongdoing of some of Washington’s most prominent officials. He led the fight for historic House votes to hold in contempt both Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS manager Lois Lerner for their corrupt conduct. Now, he reveals for the first time how Americans were intentionally mislead and repeatedly lied to by their government about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the IRS’ targeting of conservatives—and what it took to make sure no one got away with it. In his fight for truth and transparency, Issa explains in Watchdog why our leaders have to be willing to fight for what’s right. They have to be accountable to the most important special interest of all: the American people.

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    Watchdog

    7.3 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 15.7 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    In Mission Failure, Michael Mandelbaum, one of America’s leading foreign policy thinkers, provides an original, provocative, and definitive account of the ambitious but deeply flawed post–Cold War efforts to promote American values and American institutions throughout the world. In the decades before the Cold War ended, the United States used its military power to defend against threats to important American international interests or to the American homeland itself. When the Cold War concluded, however, it embarked on military interventions in places where American interests were not at stake. Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo had no strategic or economic importance for the United States, yet the US intervened in all of them for purely humanitarian reasons. Each such intervention led to efforts to transform the local political and economic systems. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq turned into similar missions of transformation—none of them achieved its aims. Mission Failure describes and explains how such missions came to be central to America’s post–Cold War foreign policy, even in relations with China and Russia in the early 1990s and in American diplomacy in the Middle East, and how they all failed. Mandelbaum shows how American efforts to bring peace, national unity, democracy, and free-market economies to poor, disorderly countries ran afoul of ethnic and sectarian loyalties and hatreds as well as foundered on the absence of the historical experiences and political habits, skills, and values that Western institutions require. The history of American foreign policy in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall is, he writes, “the story of good, sometimes noble, and thoroughly American intentions coming up against the deeply embedded, often harsh, and profoundly un-American realities of places far from the United States. In this encounter the realities prevailed.”

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    Mission Failure by Michael Mandelbaum

    Mission Failure

    15.7 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.0 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    National polling indicates that for the first time in American history, people believe their children will not be as well off as they are. The primary reason for this? The lack of performance by government. The public sector receives trillions of American taxpayer dollars every year and yet because of its seeming inability to run effectively, government is not delivering the level of service the people are paying for. In Saving America, Mark Aesch tells us where government—at the local, state, and federal level—is falling short and offers a coherent, non-partisan, seven-step plan for rebuilding our nation’s public agencies. The audiobook is not a political broadside or a theoretical academic tract; it’s an accessible guidebook that helps local citizens, elected officials, and administrators make American government great again. The seven steps process will lead to measurable gains for organizations large and small, including school systems, municipal governments, entire states, and even the federal government itself.

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    Saving America

    8.0 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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    9.2 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne exposes the truth behind Hillary, Bill, and their public façade. Posted directly outside President Clinton’s Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton’s character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Now that a second Clinton administration threatens—their scheme from the very beginning—Byrne exposes what he saw of the real Hillary Clinton. While serving as a Secret Service Officer, Gary Byrne protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House and outside the Oval Office. There, he saw the political and personal machinations of Bill and Hillary Clinton and those who were fiercely loyal to them. In Crisis of Character Byrne provides a firsthand account of the scandals—known and unknown—and daily trials ranging from the minor to national in scale. Having witnessed the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House—so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined—Byrne came to understand that, to the Clintons, governing was an afterthought. He now tells this story—before voters go to the polls—in the hopes that Clinton supporters will understand the real Hillary Clinton.

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    Crisis of Character

    9.2 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.4 hrs • 6/28/2016 • Unabridged

    From David Brat, the college professor who made political headlines when he unseated majority leader Eric Cantor, comes his plan for restoring fiscal liberty for America.Congressman David Brat’s odds-defying win against Eric Cantor—a triumph of a modest $200,000 campaign fund against a $5 million war chest—immediately brought David Brat, heretofore a liberal arts college economics professor, into the political limelight. Now, in his first book, American Underdog, Brat examines how we brought down the status quo by tapping into moral and economic lessons as old as our civilization and discusses how Washington can learn from history instead of ignoring it. A fighter for children, he illuminates how our current fiscal policies are selling their future, and outlines new ways to move forward with a conservative agenda that provides fairer treatment for all.

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    American Underdog

    7.4 hrs • 6/28/16 • Unabridged
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