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The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Australian History)

The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Australian History) Lowest new price: $10.25
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Author: Billy Griffiths
Brand: Brand: Monash University Publishing

In June 1971, Australian Opposition Leader Gough Whitlam left Sydney for a tour of Asia. At the time, the People's Republic of China was a forbidding unknown in Australia - the subject of heated debate, charged imagination, and Cold War paranoia. When Whitlam returned from his tour, the debate had irrevocably changed. On the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations, The China Breakthrough reflects on the political adventure story that propelled this relationship into existence. The book follows Gough Whitlam's daring visit to China in 1971 and explores the dramatic international events and acts of secret diplomacy that underlie this key episode of diplomatic history. The China Breakthrough unpacks the theater of the Whitlam visit, its political intrigue, and its long-lasting cultural, political, and diplomatic implications. The book argues that this was a pivotal moment in Australia's relations with Asia, a revealing test of the Australia-US alliance, and a remarkable case of foreign policy engineered from Opposition. *** "One of the best researched and readable Australian books this year." The Australian 'Summer reading speaks volumes', December 29, 2012. *** "It is exceptionally well written, and has a concision and elegance that are rare in writing about diplomatic history." - Tom Switzer, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 16, 2013. *** "The most winning of his [Griffiths] anecdotes may be the note that prime minister William McMahon, after bagging Whitlam as having been played like a trout, later inquired whether he could accompany Richard Nixon to China." - Mark Thomas, The Canberra Times, February 16, 2013.

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Britain and Atomic Energy 1939–1945

Britain and Atomic Energy 1939–1945 Lowest new price: $165.22
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Author: Margaret Gowing


Conscience of a Conservative

Conscience of a Conservative Lowest new price: $4.44
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Author: Barry Goldwater
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The Conscience of a Conservative reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States, and helped lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. It covers topics such as education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. This significant book lays out the conservative position both politically and economically that would come to dominate the Conservative Movement in American.

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Decisive Force: The New American Way of War

Decisive Force: The New American Way of War Lowest new price: $64.00
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Author: Bruce I. Gudmundsson
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The existence of a national style of warfare, an American Way of War, has been used to characterize fundamental elements of American military strategy. During his tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell became the proponent for a strategic framework to guide the consideration of how military forces should be used to support national policy objectives. His framework was reflected in the Chairman's National Military Strategy published in early 1992 after Desert Storm under a concept titled Decisive Force. This book traces the development and evaluates the merits of a New American Way of War embodied in the Decisive Force concept. Military attitudes and lessons about the utility of force are drawn from four recent conflicts.

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Alex Jones Adult Coloring Book: InfoWars Star and America's Leading Conspiracy Theorist, Anti-Establishment Rebel and Conservative Inspired Adult Coloring Book

Alex Jones Adult Coloring Book: InfoWars Star and America's Leading Conspiracy Theorist, Anti-Establishment Rebel and Conservative Inspired Adult Coloring Book Lowest new price: $10.00
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Author: Helen Austin

This is work of creative art and satire (17 U.S. Code § 107) Alex Jones is an American radio show host and conspiracy theorist. He hosts The Alex Jones Show from Austin, Texas, which airs on the Genesis Communications Network across the United States and online. His website, Infowars.com, is a conspiracy theories and fake news website.

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Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of COIN

Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of COIN Lowest new price: $80.16
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Warfare in the 21st century is far different than warfare throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Conventional warfare was about kinetic force and bending an adversary by might and strength. Skills valued were those related to mastery of weapons and placing ordnance on target. Courage and valor were defined by conflict, militaries were distinct from the population, and occupation was an enduring stage of war. Contemporary warfare, besides continuing to be an exercise in military strength, is composed of missions that depend on skills to forge interpersonal relationships and build sustainable partnerships with a host of actors that once had no voice or role in conflict’s duration or conclusion. Today, final victory does not conclude directly from conflict, in fact victory may be subsumed into the larger and more consuming equation of international stability. Twenty-first century warfare is about counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism through an array of strategies that foster collusion and collaboration not acquiescence.Cross-cultural competence (3C) is a suite of competencies and enablers that have been identified as critical to instill in expeditionary military and civilian personnel in the Department of Defense (DoD). Defined as a set of knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes (KSAAs), 3C promotes effective interaction across cultural divides through exchanging ideas and meaning across cultures, facilitating effective cross-cultural interactions to develop and sustain relationships and providing a means to discern meaning from foreign and culturally different behavior. 3C permeates DoD policy, doctrine, strategy and operations and is now being institutionalized in DoD military and civilian education and training.
Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military: Culture, the Flipside of COIN is a volume edited by two acknowledged experts on 3C in military learning, policy and research and explores the value and necessity of 3C to developing 21st Century warfighters. This volume features chapters by the editors and a host of multidisciplinary experts that probes all aspects of 3C, from concept to application. The message carried throughout Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military is that contemporary and future security endeavors will be successful because winning wars ultimately rest on developing and sustaining cross-cultural relationships as much as it does on weapons and force.


Preserve the Second Amendment, Control Civilian Firearms, and Enact Universal Healthcare

Preserve the Second Amendment, Control Civilian Firearms, and Enact Universal Healthcare Lowest new price: $7.16
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Author: Mike R. Horwitz

In this commonsense tract, Mike R. Horwitz takes on two of the most divisive issues in America - gun control and healthcare - and makes a sensible, nonpartisan case for each. Arguing that basic control measures will actually save the Second Amendment, he notes, "We must accept firearm regulations just as we have accepted motor vehicle regulations."

On the topic of healthcare, Horwitz points to overwhelming data that show Americans overpay for insurance that still leaves the most vulnerable of us sick or bankrupt. Citing credible sources - and no less a super-patriot than former Secretary of State Colin Powell - the author urges the new President and all of America to join the rest of the civilized world and enact Universal Healthcare.


About the Author


Mike R. Horwitz lives in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife, Jan, of thirty-eight years. He enjoys being with family and friends when not working as an attorney.


The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order Lowest new price: $14.34
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Author: Sean McFate
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It was 2004, and Sean McFate had a mission in Burundi: to keep the president alive and prevent the country from spiraling into genocide, without anyone knowing that the United States was involved. The United States was, of course, involved, but only through McFate's employer, the military contractor DynCorp International. Throughout the world, similar scenarios are playing out daily. The United States can no longer go to war without contractors. Yet we don't know much about the industry's structure, its operations, or where it's heading. Typically led by ex-military men, contractor firms are by their very nature secretive. Even the U.S. government-the entity that actually pays them-knows relatively little.

In The Modern Mercenary, Sean McFate lays bare this opaque world, explaining the economic structure of the industry and showing in detail how firms operate on the ground. A former U.S. Army paratrooper and private military contractor, McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war. While at present, the U.S. government and U.S. firms dominate the market, private military companies are emerging from other countries, and warlords and militias have restyled themselves as private security companies in places like Afghanistan and Somalia. To understand how the proliferation of private forces may influence international relations, McFate looks back to the European Middle Ages, when mercenaries were common and contract warfare the norm. He concludes that international relations in the twenty-first century may have more in common with the twelfth century than the twentieth. This "back to the future" situation, which he calls "neomedievalism," is not necessarily a negative condition, but it will produce a global system that contains rather than solves problems.

The Modern Mercenary is the first work that combines a broad-ranging theory of the phenomenon with an insider's understanding of what the world of the private military industry is actually like.

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Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy Lowest new price: $8.99
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Author: Trita Parsi
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The definitive book on Obama’s historic nuclear deal with Iran from the author of the Foreign Affairs Best Book on the Middle East in 2012

This timely book focuses on President Obama’s deeply considered strategy toward Iran’s nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts.

The deal accomplished two major feats in one stroke: it averted the threat of war with Iran and prevented the possibility of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Trita Parsi, a Middle East foreign policy expert who advised the Obama White House throughout the talks and had access to decision-makers and diplomats on the U.S. and Iranian sides alike, examines every facet of a triumph that could become as important and consequential as Nixon’s rapprochement with China. Drawing from more than seventy-five in-depth interviews with key decision-makers, including Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, this is the first authoritative account of President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement.

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The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate (Third Edition)

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: An Enduring Debate (Third Edition) Lowest new price: $27.43
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Author: Scott Douglas Sagan
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A long-time staple of International Relations courses, this new edition continues the important discussion of nuclear proliferation, while looking at the regions and issues now at the forefront of the nuclear question.

Over the past fifteen years, The Spread of Nuclear Weapons has been a staple in International Relations courses because of its brevity and crystal-clear explanations. The new edition, An Enduring Debate, continues the important discussion of nuclear proliferation and the dangers of a nuclear-armed world. With new chapters on the questions surrounding a nuclear North Korea, Iran, and Iraq and the potential for a world free of nuclear weapons, this Third Edition will continue to generate a lively classroom experience.

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