The must-read summary of George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller's book: Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and why it Matters for Global Capitalism.This complete summary of Animal Spirits by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, two renowned economists, presents their view that conventional economics has ignored elements such as confidence, trust, fairness and corruption. They argue that these elements must be taken into account to take better economic decisions, and that human psychology should not be underestimated when global financial markets are being considered.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand how human psychology relates to economics- Expand your knowledge of economic issuesTo learn more, read Animal Spirits and discover Akerlof and Shiller's original and effective approach to economics in terms of psychology.
The must-read summary of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book: The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam.This complete summary of The Caged Virgin byAyaan Hirsi Ali, a renowned politician and activist, reveals the author's resentment towards her religion's oppression of women. She uses her own experience to question the image of women, individual rights, fanaticism and Western policies with regards to Islam. The book is a revealing insight into Islam's hostility towards women and what measures could be taken to protect them.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand the role of women in Islam- Expand your knowledge of religion and politicsTo learn more, read The Caged Virgin and find out what needs to be done today to protect women who are endangered by their religion.
The must-read summary of Allen Raymond's book: How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative.This complete summary of How to Rig an Election by Allen Raymond, a former Republican political consultant, outlines the author's insight into how the political game is really played, and how the Republican party campaigns by distorting the truth almost beyond recognition. It is an original tale of the disillusioning of a man who entered politics with no illusions.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand the inner workings of the political system- Expand your knowledge of American politicsTo learn more, read How to Rig an Election and discover insider information on the world of politics and its brutality.
The must-read summary of John F. Harris's book: The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.This complete summary of The Survivor by John F. Harris, an American political journalist, presents the author's insight into President Clinton's background and aspirations. He follows Clinton from the beginning to his relatively triumphant exit from the office. He argues that despite the personal failings in the office Clinton had remarkable statistics and managed to achieve a budget surplus.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand Clinton's presidency in this comprehensive account- Expand your knowledge of American politics and historyTo learn more, read The Survivor and discover the full story of one of America's most accomplished, controversial and polarizing figures.
The must-read summary of Anne-Marie Slaughter's book: The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World.This complete summary of The Idea that Is America by Anne-Marie Slaughter, an international lawyer, analyst and political commentator, outlines her examination of how America can stand again for its values - liberty, democracy, equality, justice, tolerance, humility, and faith - in today's world without hypocrisy.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand American values in the context of the modern world- Expand your knowledge of American culture and politicsTo learn more, read The Idea that Is America and discover how America should set about preserving its values in a modern context without engaging in hypocrisy.
The must-read summary of David Cay Johnston's book: Perfectly Legal: The Secret Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else.This complete summary of Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnston, an American investigative journalist and economics specialist, outlines his argument thatunder-taxing the wealthy is only making them wealthier to the detriment of everybody else in the country. He maintains that progressive taxes, based upon the ability to pay would help to level the playing field between the rich and the poor and allow the creation of a middle class.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand the American federal income tax and its implications- Expand your knowledge of American politics, economics and societyTo learn more, read Perfectly Legal and discover how current taxation in America benefits the super-rich and nobody else, and how Johnston proposes to remedy this.
The must-read summary of Brian Doherty's book: Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.This complete summary of Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty, a prominent American journalist, presents the author's account of the evolution of Libertarianism in the United States, a philosophy that emphasises autonomy and personal and political freedom. By recounting the unconventional stories of some of America's most influential leaders, he sheds a new light on American history.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand Libertarianism and its impact on American society- Expand your knowledge of American politics and cultureTo learn more, read Radicals for Capitalism and discover the origins and implications of Libertarianism in the United States.
The must-read summary of Steven M. Gillon's book: The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President.This complete summary of The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After by Steven M. Gillon, a prominent American historian, outlines his examination of the transfer of powers to Lyndon B. Johnson 24 hours after the John F. Kennedy's assassination. He sheds new light on the events and explores how Johnson's actions immediately following Kennedy's assassinations had already determined the tragic outcome of his presidency.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand Johnson's consolidation of power following Kennedy's assassination- Expand your knowledge of American politics and historyTo learn more, read The Kennedy Assassination - 24 Hours After and discover how Lyndon B. Johnson went about consolidating his presidential power in the hours following Kennedy's assassination and how this determined the unfortunate outcome of his presidency.
The must-read summary of Nonie Darwish's book: Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror.This complete summary of Now They Call Me Infidel by Nonie Darwish, a renowned Egyptian-American human rights activist and critic of Islam, presents her exposure of many politically incorrect truths about Muslim culture. She risks a great deal to detail her skepticism about her own Muslim culture and upbringing: the love of violence, hatred of Jews and Christians and the glaring social injustices.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand religious fundamentalism and its effects on those within its 'circle'- Expand your knowledge of American politics and international relations.To learn more, read Now They Call Me Infidel and discover how Nonie Darwish developed a skeptical eye about her own culture, and why she decided to move to America and become a Christian.
The must-read summary of Ed Rampell's book: Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States.This complete summary of Progressive Hollywood by Ed Rampell presents his assessment of the relationship between politics and Hollywood, the major movements in the film industry and the rise of the progressive left in entertainment and how it is countering the industry's right wing. He also describes the impacts of Hollywood on society, the limits imposed by politics and the consequences of their infringement.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand how Hollywood and politics often overlap- Expand your knowledge of American politics and cultureTo learn more, read Progressive Hollywood and discover how the rise of the progressive left wing is shaking up the entertainment industry.
The must-read summary of Jeffrey D. Sachs's book: The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time.This complete summary of The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs, a renowned economist, presents his examination of what needs to be done to finally put an end to extreme poverty and to guarantee a basic level of sanitation, housing, health and nutrition to even the poorest communities.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand what must be done to end extreme poverty throughout the world- Expand your knowledge of international politics and economicsTo learn more, read The End of Poverty and discover the necessity of guaranteeing a basic level of sanitation, housing, health and nutrition to the world's poorest.
The must-read summary of Stephen Flynn's book: The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation.This complete summary of The Edge of Disaster by Stephen Flynn outlines the author's argument that America has learned very little from the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, and has become a vulnerable nation. He advocates for better infrastructure, more resilience and immediate preparation to ensure a safer future.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand resilience and vulnerability in the US- Expand your knowledge of American politics and societyTo learn more, read The Edge of Disaster and discover how America is potentially days from disaster, but can avoid this fate through better infrastructure and preparation.
The must-read summary of John Berlau's book: Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism is Hazardous to Your Health.This complete summary of Eco-Freaks by John Berlau, a renowned American economist, outlines his examination of environmentalism and how it endangers America. He debunks myths about global warming and climate change, pollution, pesticides and the car industry.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand global warming and environmentalism- Expand your knowledge of American politics and environmental issuesTo learn more, read Eco-Freaks and discover how environmentalism can sometimes do more harm than good.
The must-read summary of Kenneth R. Timmerman's book: Countdown to Crisis: The Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran.This complete summary of Countdown to Crisis by Kenneth R. Timmerman, a renowned political writer and activist, examines the author's argument that America's greatest threat is the Iranian nuclear program and its alliance with international terrorist. He also reveals the truth of the failures of the U.S. in dealing with this threat.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand American-Iranian relations and the threat of terrorism- Expand your knowledge of American politics and international relationsTo learn more, read Countdown to Crisis and discover how Iran's nuclear programme could pose a significant threat to America.
The must-read summary of Charles C. Kenney's book: The Best Practice: How the New Quality Movement is Transforming Medicine.This complete summary of The Best Practice by Charles C. Kenney presents the author's analysis of the quiet revolution of health care quality in America at the hands of dedicated physicians such as Paul Betalden and Don Berwick. He explains how they used quality control inspired by other industries to bring the focus back to the patient.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand the American health care revolution- Expand your knowledge of American politics and societyTo learn more, read The Best Practice and discover how a small group of physicians engineered a health care movement aiming to bring the focus back to the patient.
The must-read summary of Philip Alcabes's book: Dread: How fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu.This complete summary of Dread by Philip Alcabes presents his examination of epidemics and how they reflect the social and cultural anxieties of the time. He explores a variety of cases, from bird flu and the Black Death to widespread conditions such as autism and obesity.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand epidemics and how our culture influences how they are perceived- Expand your knowledge of sociology and cultural impactTo learn more, read Dread and discover a way of looking at disease and epidemics that is free of the baggage we usually bring to public discourse.
The must-read summary of Charles R. Morris's book: The Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets.This complete summary of The Sages by Charles R. Morris, a prominent writer on law, economics and finance, presents his analysis of the track record of the three Sages and how they successfully predicted the financial crisis. The author argues for the importance of consistent values when navigating today's globalized, dangerous world, and distills wisdom from these three key advisers to President Obama.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand the wisdom that guides three of America's most successful businessmen- Expand your knowledge of American politics and economicsTo learn more, read The Sages and discover how three men predicted the financial crisis and went on to become trusted White House advisers, and the lessons we can learn from them.
The must-read summary of James K. Galbraith's book: The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.This complete summary of The Predator State by James K. Galbraith, a renowned American economist, presents his argument that Reagan's economic policies were replaced by capitalism under the Bush administration, and that tax cuts, deregulation and privatization will eventually lead to lower prosperity and economic disaster.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand how the free market economy damages long-term prosperity- Expand your knowledge of American politics and economicsTo learn more, read The Predator State and discover how further deregulation and less government involvement could lead to disaster.
The must-read summary of Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed's book: The Plan: Big Ideas for America.This complete summary of The Plan by Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed, two renowned Democratic politicians, presents their argument that the way for America to make progress is through the innovation of a new social contract. Thus the state would do more for Americans by asking Americans to do more in return, reminding us that citizenship is a responsibility and not an entitlement program.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand citizenship and social contracts in American society- Expand your knowledge of American politicsTo learn more, read The Plan and discover how a new social contract could bring success and prosperity through better politics and citizenship.
The must-read summary of Teresa Ghilarducci's book: When I'm Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them.This complete summary of When I'm Sixty-Four by Teresa Ghilarducci, a prominent labor economist and commentator on retirement and pension issues, presents the author's examination of the problems that arise from the insecurity of retirement income. She addresses various ways of rescuing the pension system.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand pensions and retirement in the US- Expand your knowledge of American politics and societyTo learn more, read When I'm Sixty-Four and discover the author's proposed reforms to the pension system to the benefit of many people.
The must-read summary of Senator John Danforth's book: Faith and Politics: How the Moral Values Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together.This complete summary of Faith and Politics by John Danforth, a former three-term Republican US senator, presents the author's examination of the drift of the Republican Party towards the Christian far-right and his argument that it was a wrong choice. He states that Christian moderates are the ones that will bring the country together, towards a more secular approach to ethical issues.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand far-right Christianity in America and its influence on politics- Expand your knowledge of American politics and religionTo learn more, read Faith and Politics and discover Danforth's view that the Republican Party should stop moving towards far-right Christianity and take a more secular and moderate approach.
The must-read summary of Martin Meredith's book: The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair.This complete summary of The Fate of Africa by Martin Meredith, a prominent historian and writer, outlines his assessment of the evolution of Africa after gaining independence from colonialism. He illustrates how the hope of independence has been eroded to despair as greed and ethnic resentment plunged the countries into civil war, disease, devastation, extreme poverty, totalitarian dictatorships and dependence on the West.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand how the world's most promising continent gradually descended into poverty and despair- Expand your knowledge of international politics and economicsTo learn more, read The Fate of Africa and discover what led to Africa's decline, and what can be done about it.
The must-read summary of Scott McClellan's book: What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception.This complete summary of What Happened by Scott McClellan, a former trusted adviser to the Bush White House, outlines the author's unique perspective on the controversial elements of Bush's presidency, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War, and what motivated his decisions. He also takes a look at who George W. Bush is and what he believes in.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand Bush's presidency and the motivations behind his more controversial decisions- Expand your knowledge of American politics and policyTo learn more, read What Happened and discover the untold truths from a trusted adviser within the Bush White House.
The must-read summary of Max Blumenthal's book: Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party.This complete summary of Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal, an award-winning American journalist, presents his humorous look at the hypocrisy and scandal of the radical right wing. He examines how personal crisis has brought fringe parties into mainstream politics and transformed the Republican Party for years to come.Added-value of this summary:- Save time- Understand how radicalism has shaped the face of mainstream American politics- Expand your knowledge of American politics and Republican fringe movementsTo learn more, read Republican Gomorrah and discover how dysfunction and scandal have managed to take a hold of American mainstream politics.