Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fire at Edens Gate or Showdown

Fire at Eden's Gate: Tom McCall and the Oregon Story

Author: Brent Walth

More than any other American leader of his time, he personified the fight to protect the environment. When so many other politicians talked about being environmentalists, McCall showed how one state could succeed in protecting its beaches, cleaning its rivers and conserving its land. When he told the world in 1971 that Oregon welcomed everyone to visit, "But for heaven's sake, don't come here to live", he sighted a belief that livability stood tall in his state.

Thoroughly researched and gracefully written, this biography addresses the many myths and controversies that surrounded McCall. The product of two once-powerful families, McCall had a hunger for adulation that dwarfed even his tall frame. An impetuous, flamboyant, imposing and outrageous showman, he fascinated America as a refreshingly candid and forthright politician. Republican by birthright, McCall became the conscience of his party, standing up to the hypocrisies of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Fire at Eden's Gate unflinchingly reveals the saga of one of America's most courageous politicians.


A biography of the former Oregon governor. Covers McCall's early career, focusing on his plans for protecting Oregon's natural resources, and discusses McCall's 1954 campaign for Congress, his on- going quarrels with Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield, GOP backroom deals aimed at ruining McCall's hopes of becoming governor, and McCall's deals with Oregon power broker Glenn Jackson. Contains b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America

Author: Larry Elder

The Ten Things You Can't Say in America struck a chord with eager readers acroos the country, exposing thruths others have been too afraid to address. In his new book, Elder is out to slay entrenched and enmeshed special interest groups, government agencies with the capacity to meddle in Americans' lives and businesses, lawmakers who continue a pattern of outrageous overtaxation, and those who would hamstring this country with good intentions.

Showdown demonstrates how the nation would be better, stronger and safer with less gvernment intervention and how individuals would not only cope but thrive without the so-called safety net. Showdown is a call to arms for a truly free society. Elder discusses:

- What a Republican-led government means for progress
- Where a responsible government would put its citizens' tax dollars
- Why racial and sex discrimination are non-issues in the 21st century.

Larry Elders straight talk and common-sense solutions spare no one and will inspire his passionate and growing audience.

Publishers Weekly

Elder's new book is not for the timid and weak of mind. In his second book, the popular California radio host and author of the bestselling The Ten Things You Can't Say in America, accuses the U.S. government of "liberal fascism," denying its people the freedom to work hard, make their own choices and reap the benefits of their labor. He takes us back to a vision of America as he says the Founding Fathers intended it to be: less government, more personal responsibility; less red tape, more freedom; less dependency, greater wealth. With an arsenal of facts and real-life evidence, Elder assails many of what he terms societal myths. Racism in America? Almost nonexistent, he declares. Public education? Get rid of it. The mainstream media? Obstreperous in its liberal bias, shameful in its denial. No special group or interest escapes the author's indictment. The essential purpose of government, Elder asserts, is to protect its citizens. As evidenced by the September 11 tragedy, he argues, the government cannot adequately defend its citizens when its elected officials are pouring time and money into a vast array of pet projects. It is time, Elder declares, for a reshuffling of priorities. Although somewhat slapdash, this remains a provocative charge. Elder's voice is refreshing even when you disagree with him. (Sept.) Forecast: This book's success will no doubt be similar to that of Elder's previous book: expect to see it on bestseller lists alongside Ann Coulter's Slander. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Library Journal

The host of a popular drive-time radio show in Los Angeles, Elder is author of The Ten Things You Can't Say in America, which gives you a sense of how his new book reads. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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