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The Fall of A Dynasty’ by Joe Khamisi
Joe Khamisi’s The Fall of a Dynasty is a book that sheds light on the political scene in the fictional Kingdom of Zenga, on the continent of Buloya.
The book tells the story of a generation of rulers of Zenga Kingdom, an absolute monarchy. Since its founding monarch, King Odia 1 was left in power by imperialists, the Kingdom’s leadership has been marred with heavy corruption and ruthless dictatorship. As the apex position is handed down to sons over time, the have-nots in the Kingdom only continue to suffer and pay hefty taxes to the rulers.
The book discusses diverse topics alongside reprints of mass injustices, corruption, dictatorship, contempt of the rule of law and overall struggle for liberation for the people of Zenga. A unique friendship between General Alifonso and Field Marshall Otush is budded by a common interest to end the oppressing leadership of the King. This collaboration leads to the formation of Ukombozi troop, a secret rebellion group to remove the King from power.
Ukombozi’s fights against the King might seem like violent episodes, but viewed in the context of their times, the deadly battles are revealed to be a necessity in the war to democracy and freedom.
I particularly enjoyed the book because of its wise and irrevocable facts that are very relatable in the current political environment in modern day Kenya. The Author cleverly expands and encompasses the complex dynamics of politics and power play. In some chapters, the book argues on the role of the public and that of the leaders. It includes strips that, even today, are applicable and resemble some of the character traits highlighted in the book.
The Politics of Betrayal: Diary of a Kenyan Legislator
The hopes of ordinary Kenyans have been betrayed by their political leaders, according to Joe Khamisi in this book. Although many of the events since independence are discussed, the book concentrates on the period between 2001 and 2008, and particularly on president Kibaki’s first term of government when the author was a member of parliament and an active political campaigner.
Certain names have been omitted from the book for legal reasons, but there are plenty of powerful people who are named and described in a less-than-flattering light. President Moi’s rule (1978-2002) is described as one during which extra-judicial arrests, disappearances and killings took place throughout the country, with critics being tortured in torture chambers in the basement of Nyayo House. More than $2 billion of Kenyan funds is alleged to have been stolen by Moi and his associates.
The Bribery Syndrome by Joe Khamisi
The Bribery Syndrome: How Multinational Corporations Collude with Dictators to Raid Africa’s Natural Resources.
A shocking narration of how global multinationals make billions of dollars in profits by bribing corrupt African dictators and public officials to secure lucrative contracts in some of the most critical economic sectors in Africa. Dozens of foreign company executives have been jailed and/or fined heavily for violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
The book focuses on 28 corrupt leaders in sub-Saharan Africa who cozy up with company executives of some of the largest corporations in the world. Both the officials and the global conglomerates make huge amounts of money using kickbacks, bribery, and corruption while millions of Africans languish in poverty. The Bribery Syndrome is a compelling read.
The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
These wide-ranging interviews, from 1992 and 1993, cover everything from Bosnia and Somalia to biotechnology and nonviolence, with particular attention to the “Third Worldization” of the United States.
House of the Mother
This is a gathering of poetry and antique photographs in search of the healing power of the mother. It takes a hard look at the enormous world consequence of diminishing her life force, which is the healing and nurturing part of humanity. There are poems from Bright’s work as an educator and poems that strip bare institutionalized child abuse. There are poems about the Heartland, America, in the ’50s and ’60s and poems about how the Mothers hold our lives together with love, creating relationship–the thread of life.
“Susan digs down to the dirt to make you see the dark realities of womankind’s struggles from pre-civilization to present day, which I call The Destructive Era. Images she fills us with: raising our children in a violent world; the storms of the raging Earth Mother; keeping track of our planetary brothers and the newest forms of their ideology; women’s rights or shall I say lack of them; how what was happening 100 years ago was woven with misery, (for misery is always our shadow), the timelessness of racism . . This book is not to be missed and I sincerely mean it.”
No Sweat: Fashion, Free Trade and the Rights of Garment Workers
Are you aware that the T-shirt or running shoes you’re wearing may have been produced by a 13-year-old children working 14-hour days for 30 cents an hour? The clothing sweatshop, as a recent string of media exposés has revealed, is back in business. Don’t be fooled by a label which says the item was made in the USA or Europe. It could have been sewed on in Haiti or Indonesia—or in a domestic workshop, where conditions rival those in the third world. The label might tell you how to treat the garment but it says nothing about how the worker who made it was treated. To find out about that you need to read this book. No Sweat will show you:
How Michael Jordan earned more for endorsing Nike running shoes than the company’s 30,000 Indonesian workers get between them in a year.
How Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s annual pay and stock options, worth $200 million, are paid for out of profits from the sale of Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame T-shirts made by Haitian teenagers working for less than $10 per week and force-fed contraceptive pills.
How companies like the Gap and Wal-Mart (producer of the Kathie Lee Gifford line) have been forced into embarrassing concessions after successful campaigning by the New York-based National Labor Committee, the American garment workers union UNITE and the European-based Clean Clothes Campaign.
How you can join the growing global campaign of consumer groups, human rights activists, and international labor organizations to close down sweatshops and guarantee basic rights for those who cut and sew our clothes.
In hard-hitting words and pictures, No Sweat surveys the chasm between the glamor of the catwalk and the squalor of the sweatshop.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation
Here are the 110 rules which George Washington copied into his early notebooks and lived by all his life–from such rules as Spit not in the fire to Sleep not when others speak. Author: George Washington Format: 30 pages, Hardcover Publisher: Applewood Books (August 1, 1989) ISBN: 978-1557091031
Fear: Trump in the White House
With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.
Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office
Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
Gore Vidal has been described as the last ‘noble defender” of the American republic. In Imperial America, Vidal steals the thunder of a right wing America—those who have camouflaged their extremist rhetoric in the Old Glory and the Red, White, and Blue—by demonstrating that those whose protest arbitrary and secret government, those who defend the bill of rights, those who seek to restrain America’s international power, are the true patriots. “Those Americans who refuse to plunge blindly into the maelstrom of European and Asiatic politics are not defeatist or neurotic,” he writes. “They are giving evidence of sanity, not cowardice, of adult thinking as distinguished from infantilism. They intend to preserve and defend the Republic. America is not to be Rome or Britain. It is to be America.”
The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain
In What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Thomas Frank pointed out that a great number of Americans actually vote against their own interests. In The Political Mind, George Lakoff explains why. As it turns out, human beings are not the rational creatures we’ve so long imagined ourselves to be. Ideas, morals, and values do not exist somewhere outside the body, ready to be examined and put to use. Instead, they exist quite literally inside the brain and they take physical shape there. For example, we form particular kinds of narratives in our minds just like we form specific muscle memories such as typing or dancing, and then we fit new information into those narratives. Getting that information out of one narrative type and into another or building a whole new narrative altogether can be as hard as learning to play the banjo. Changing your mind isn’t like changing your body it’s the same thing. But as long as progressive politicians and activists persist in believing that people use an objective system of reasoning to decide on their politics, the Democrats will continue to lose elections. They must wrest control of the terms of the debate from their opponents rather than accepting their frame and trying to argue within it. This passionate, erudite, and groundbreaking book will appeal to readers of Steven Pinker and Thomas Frank. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in how the mind works, how society works, and how they work together.
The Middle East
In a sweeping and vivid survey, renowned historian Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East over the last 2,000 years, from the birth of Christianity through the modern era, focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it.
Drawing on material from a multitude of sources, including the work of archaeologists and scholars, Lewis chronologically traces the political, economical, social, and cultural development of the Middle East, from Hellenization in antiquity to the impact of westernization on Islamic culture. Meticulously researched, this enlightening narrative explores the patterns of history that have repeated themselves in the Middle East.
From the ancient conflicts to the current geographical and religious disputes between the Arabs and the Israelis, Lewis examines the ability of this region to unite and solve its problems and asks if, in the future, these unresolved conflicts will ultimately lead to the ethnic and cultural factionalism that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.
Elegantly written, scholarly yet accessible, The Middle East is the most comprehensive single volume history of the region ever written from the world’s foremost authority on the Middle East
Terrorism and War
Truth—as Zinn shows us in the interviews that make up Terrorism and War—has indeed been the first casualty of war, starting from the beginnings of American empire in the Spanish-American War. But war has many other casualties, he argues, including civil liberties on the home front and human rights abroad. In Terrorism and War, Zinn explores the growth of the American empire, as well as the long tradition of resistance in this country to U.S. militarism, from Eugene Debs and the Socialist Party during World War One to the opponents of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan today
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
The host of the award-winning humorous news program offers tongue-in-cheek insight into American democracy with coverage of such topics as the republican qualities of ancient Rome, the antics of our nation’s founders, and the ludicrous nature of today’s media.
Time To Get Tough
For the first time in his own words, President-elect Donald J. Trump explains his plan to make America great again! He wants to put America’s interests firstand that means doing what’s right for our economy, our national security, and our public safety.”
Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump conjured images of American strength and culture when small towns boomed with industry, mom and pop shops bustled, and people said, Merry Christmas!”
The media scoffed at Trump’s vision and the people who supported him; they were blinded by the Clinton machine. But their eyes were opened after Trump won 62 million votes and the Oval Office. Even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said, Donald Trump heard a voice in this country that no one else heard.” As Trump says in Time to Get Tough, I’ve built businesses across the globe. I’ve dealt with foreign leaders. I’ve created tens of thousands of American jobs. My whole life has been about executing deals and making real moneymassive money. That’s what I do for a living: make big things happen ”
Trump is about to make the biggest deals of his life, and he’s going to make them for America! From reversing lax immigration policies to eliminating regulations that restrict small businesses, Donald Trump understands that America doesn’t need cowardice, it needs courage.”
President Elect Trump is about to Make America Great Again” and Time to Get Tough is his blueprint
The new realities
Even in the flattest landscape there are passes where the road first climbs to a peak and then descends into a new valley. Most of these passes are simply topography with little or no difference in climate, language, or culture between the valleys on either side. But some passes are different: they are true divides. History too knows such divides. Once these divides have been crossed, the social and political landscape changes; the social and political climate is different, and so is the social and political language. Some time between 1965 and 1973 we passed over such a divide and entered “the next century.”
Challenging, insightful, and provocative, Peter Drucker’s The New Realities anticipates the central issues of a rapidly changing world. When it was initially published, in 1989, some reviewers mistakenly thought The New Realities was a book about the future, or in other words, a series of predictions. But, as indicated in the title, the book discusses realities. Drucker argues that events of the next thirty to forty years, or even further on, had already largely been defined by events of the previous half-century. Thus, Drucker discusses episodes in world history that had not yet happened at the time of the book’s initial publication, such as: the archaism of the hope for “salvation by society” in “The End of FDR’s America”; the democratization of the Soviet Union in “When the Russian Empire is Gone”; the technology boom of the 1990s in “The Information-Based Organization”; and the evolution of management in “Management as Social Function and Liberal Art.”
Graced with a new preface by the author that discusses both reactions to the original publication of the book and how important it is for decision-makers to consider the past and present when planning for the future, The New Realities is mandatory reading for understanding politics, government, the economy, information technology, and business in an ever-changing world.