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              The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump
                

              The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Perry, William J.; Collina, Tom Z.; Read by Pruden, John

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              Since the Truman administration, America has been one push of a button away from nuclear war--a decision that rests solely in the hands of the president. Without waiting for approval from Congress or even the secretary of defense, the president can unleash America's entire nuclea...r arsenal. From authors William J. Perry, secretary of defense in the Clinton administration, and Tom Z. Collina, the director of policy at Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation in Washington, DC, The Button recounts the terrifying history of nuclear launch authority, from the faulty forty-six-cent microchip that nearly caused World War III to president Trump's tweet about his much bigger & more powerful button. Perry and Collina share their firsthand experience on the front lines of the nation's nuclear history and provide illuminating interviews with former president Bill Clinton, former secretary of defense Jim Mattis, congressman Adam Smith, Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn, senior Obama administration officials, and many others. Written in an accessible and authoritative voice, The Button reveals the shocking tales and sobering facts of nuclear executive authority throughout the atomic age, delivering a powerful condemnation against ever leaving explosive power this devastating under any one person's thumb.
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              ISBN 9781665175593
              Publisher Kalorama
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              The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business
                

              The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Leonard, Christopher; Read by Pruden, John

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              How much do you know about the meat on your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent more than a decade covering the country's biggest meat companies, including four years as the national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. Now he delivers the first comprehe...nsive look inside the industrial meat system, exposing how a handful of companies executed an audacious corporate takeover of the nation's meat supply. Leonard's revealing account shines a light on the inner workings of Tyson Foods, a pioneer of the industrial system that dominates the market. You'll learn how the food industry got to where it is today and how companies like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You'll discover how these companies are able to raise meat prices for consumers while pushing down the price they pay to farmers. And you'll even see how big business and politics have derailed efforts to change the system, from a years-long legal fight in Iowa to the Obama administration's recent failed attempt to pass reforms. Important, timely, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the food industry that now dominates America's heartland.
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              ISBN 9798200044740
              Publisher Tantor Audio
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              Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind
                

              Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Linden, David J.; Read by Pruden, John

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              David J. Linden, a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and the bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure, presents an engaging and fascinating examination of how the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses affects our social interactions as well as our gener...al health and development. Accessible in its wit and clarity, Touch explores scientific advances in the understanding of touch that help explain our sense of self and our experience of the world. From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body's touch circuits powerfully influences our lives--affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word.
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              ISBN 9798200034130
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              Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism
                

              Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Kilcullen, David; Read by Pruden, John

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              2014 has the potential to go down as a crucial year in modern world history. A resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Post-Saddam Iraq, in many respects a creature of the United States because of the war that began in 2003, lost... a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists. The peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. Finally, after coalescing in Syria as a territorial entity, the Islamic State swept into northern Iraq and through northeastern Syria, attracting legions of recruits from Europe and the Middle East. David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the West ended up in such dire circumstances. This is an essential book for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region that the U.S. invaded a dozen years ago has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what it can do to alleviate the grim situation.
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              ISBN 9781665283175
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              Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days: Discovering What Makes America Great and Why We Must Fight to Save It
                

              Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days: Discovering What Makes America Great and Why We Must Fight to Save It (Audio CD / Audio)

              Read by Pruden, John; By Taunton, Larry Alex

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              A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of American Exceptionalism is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it. Worse, America, they say, is bad for the wor...ld. Her freedom and prosperity are merely historical accidents. Of course, this narrative presupposes there are better places in the world to live. Are there? Were Alec Baldwin to leave the country permanently as he once promised, where would he go?
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              ISBN 9781665174435
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              Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days: Discovering What Makes America Great and Why We Must Fight to Save It
                

              Around the World in (More Than) 80 Days: Discovering What Makes America Great and Why We Must Fight to Save It (Audio CD / Audio)

              Read by Pruden, John; By Taunton, Larry Alex

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              A battle rages for the heart and soul of America. For one group, the idea of American Exceptionalism is dead. Some never tire of lecturing us about how out-of-step America is with the rest of the world and how she needs to get with it. Worse, America, they say, is bad for the wor...ld. Her freedom and prosperity are merely historical accidents. Of course, this narrative presupposes there are better places in the world to live. Are there? Were Alec Baldwin to leave the country permanently as he once promised, where would he go?
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              ISBN 9781665174428
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              Dawn of War
                

              Dawn of War (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Marquitz, Tim; Read by Pruden, John

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              For hundreds of years, the bestial Grol have clawed at the walls of Lathah without success. Now armed with O'hra, mystical weapons of great power, they have returned, to conquer. Witness to the Grol advance, Arrin can abide his exile no longer. He returns to Lathah, in defiance o...f death, with hopes to save his beloved princess and the child born of their illicit affair. He finds her unwilling to abandon her people. At her behest, Arrin searches for a sanctuary for them only to be confronted by the Sha'ree, a powerful race long thought gone from the world. Through them, he learns it is not just the Grol that threaten the land. Empowered by a magic never before seen, the savage nations spread chaos and ruin across the realm. With Lathah under siege, and the world on the brink of cataclysmic war, Arrin must strike a deal with the Sha'ree to take the fight to the Grol, or forever lose his one true love: his family.
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              ISBN 9781713548294
              Publisher Audible Studios on Brilliance
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              Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic
                

              Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Frankel, Glenn; Read by Pruden, John

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              A history of the controversial Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture The director John Schlesinger's Darling was nominated for five Academy Awards and introduced the world to the transcendently talented Julie Christie. Suddenly the toast of... Hollywood, Schlesinger used his newfound clout to film an expensive Eastmancolor adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. Expectations were huge, making the movie's complete critical and commercial failure even more devastating, and Schlesinger suddenly found himself persona non grata in the Hollywood circles he had hoped to join. Given his recent travails, Schlesinger's next project seemed doubly daring, bordering on foolish. James Leo Herlihy's novel Midnight Cowboy, about a Texas hustler trying to survive on the mean streets of 1960s New York, was dark and transgressive. Perhaps something about the book's unsparing portrait of cultural alienation resonated with him. His decision to film it began one of the unlikelier convergences in cinematic history, centered around a city that seemed, at first glance, as unwelcoming as Herlihy's novel itself. Glenn Frankel's Shooting Midnight Cowboy tells the story of a modern classic that, by all accounts, should never have become one in the first place. The film's boundary-pushing subject matter--homosexuality, prostitution, sexual assault--earned it an X rating when it first appeared in cinemas in 1969. For Midnight Cowboy, Schlesinger--who had never made a film in the United States--enlisted Jerome Hellman, a producer smarting from a failed marriage, and Waldo Salt, a formerly blacklisted screenwriter with a tortured past. The decision to shoot on location in New York, at a time when the city was approaching its gritty nadir, backfired when a sanitation strike filled Manhattan with garbage fires and fears of dysentery. Much more than a history of Schlesinger's film, Shooting Midnight Cowboy is an arresting glimpse into the world from which it emer
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              ISBN 9781799970477
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              Trump Aftershock: The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America
                

              Trump Aftershock: The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America (Audio CD / Audio, Library Edition)

              By Strang, Stephen E.; Read by Pruden, John

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              The earthquake the nation never saw coming.? The election of Donald J. Trump sent shockwaves around the world. Shock troops were deployed along with the predictable rent-a-mob who stormed the streets of our nation's cities. Within hours a movement was born. The Trump agenda, prom...oted daily to millions of voters and adoring fans, was to Make America Great Again. It was an agenda focused on strengthening the economy, restoring the federal courts, addressing the overwhelming surge of illegal immigration, rebuilding the military, and uplifting America's standing in the world. For the opposition, the objective was to impeach Donald Trump. Stephen E. Strang will explore the nature of this dramatic confrontation, covering various topics, including: -The reactions of conservative and Christian voters to the Trump agenda -International reactions to the election -The economy, a look at the unprecedented market movements -Fake News, the death of journalism, and the media's war on the president -Organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter -George Soros: villain number oneIn Trump Aftershock Strang explores and analyzes Trump's effect on American culture from a Christian perspective, drawing upon interviews with many of the key players and offering insightful commentary on what the long-term prospects of the ongoing war of worldviews may portend.
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              ISBN 9798200472413
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              Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq
                

              Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Bahmanyar, Mir; Moore, Nicholas; Read by Pruden, John

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              Sweeping from frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets, and everything in between, this is the gripping and deeply personal account of an elite Ranger who nearly lost his life leading the way in America's secretive global wars. As part of an elite special operations unit at the ...fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism, Nicholas Moore spent over a decade with the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. In this compelling biography, a detailed narrative of grueling life on the ground combines with accounts of some of the most dramatic search and rescue operations of the period to tell the true story of life on the line in the War on Terror. Charting his rise from private to senior non-commissioned officer, this title follows Moore as he embarks on a series of dangerous deployments, engaging in brutal street combat and traversing inhospitable terrain in pursuit of Taliban fighters and Iraq's Most Wanted. Including first-hand accounts of high-profile special operations missions such as the tense rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch and the search and rescue mission for U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Moore recounts, in vivid detail, the realities of life on the front line.
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              ISBN 9798200360994
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