Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card - and Lose
Author: Larry Elder
Is life unfair for black Americans?
Is racial equality the answer to every question of public policy?
Are a huge group of citizens being kept down by “the man”?
Radio host and bestselling author Larry Elder has made a career out of being a thorn-in-the-side of the conventional wisdom crowd. He deflates the pompous and points out the completely logical truths hidden behind the nutty rhetoric and out-of-control pandering of many of the politicians and so-called leaders of a variety of special interest groups. In Stupid Black Men, he takes on the mind-set that always captures the most media attention—as well as masses of public money—in this country: those who rail against racism as the root of all problems, and who end up hurting precisely those they claim to be helping.
Whether they are demagogues like Al Sharpton, established politicians like Hillary Clinton, or entertainers like Danny Glover, no one escapes Elder’s cogent arguments and rapier wit. His sometimes hilarious and always infuriating examples of wrong-headedness skewer not just politicians for their smugness and hypocrisy, but also actors, educators, religious leaders and the “mainscream media” for keeping the story in the headlines.
But Elder has a positive message, too: though they are fewer—and generally not as loud-mouthed—there are leaders and role models today who want to sweep away race-based whining and urge everyone in America, to share in the hard work, smart thinking and optimism that make this country great.
Ann Burns - Library Journal
In this polemic, conservative radio talk-show host Elder rails against the mind-set that keeps men like Al Sharpton, actor Danny Glover, and sports figures who shout about racism and unfairness in the public eye. Instead, he points to Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, and Tiger Woods as role models.
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
Author: Paul M Kennedy
About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.
``Kennedy, a history professor at Yale, here assesses the interaction between economics and strategy over the past five centuries,'' reported PW , concluding that ``the book is a vigorous entry in the debate over the extent to which national wealth should be used for military purposes.'' (Jan.)
Yale historian Kennedy surveys the ebb and flow of power among the major states of Europe from the 16th centurywhen Europe's preeminence first took shapethrough and beyond the present erawhen great power status is devolving again upon the extra-European states. Stressing the interrelationships among economic wealth, technological innovation, and the ability of states efficiently to tap their resources for prolonged military preparedness and warmaking, he notes that those states with the relatively greater ability to maintain a balance of military and economic strength assumed the lead. Kennedy never reduces the analysis to crude materialism or empty tautology. Stimulating, erudite, carefully crafted, and readable; for public and academic libraries. James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.