The Real Iron Lady: Working with Margaret Thatcher
16 August 2013, 13:09
2013 | EPUB | 2.15MB
In this remarkable collection, Gillian Shephard—who herself served as a minister under Margaret Thatcher—has brought together a group of contributors with experience of working with Mrs. Thatcher during her time at 10 Downing Street. The result is a revealing record of the way that Britain's only female Prime Minister approached her job—her thoroughness, her extraordinary capacity for hard work, and her rare ability to combine attention to detail with a grasp of strategic issues. This is a unique insight into the working life of the real Iron Lady.
Oka: A Political Crisis And Its Legacy
16 August 2013, 13:07
2010 | EPUB | 2.88MB
On July 11, 1990, tension between white and Mohawk people at Oka, just west of Montreal, took a violent turn. At issue was the town's plan to turn a piece of disputed land in the community of Kanesatake into a golf course. Media footage of rock-throwing white residents and armed, masked Mohawk Warriors facing police across barricades shocked the world and galvanized Aboriginal people across the continent. In August, Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa called for the Canadian army to step in.
Harry Swain was deputy minister of Indian Affairs throughout the 78 -day standoff, and his recreation of events is dramatic and opinionated. Swain writes frankly about his own role and offers fascinating profiles of the high-level players on the government's side. Swain offers rare insight into the workings of government in a time of crisis, but he also traces what he calls the 200-year tail of history and shows how the Mohawk experience reflects the collision between European and Aboriginal cultures.
Twenty years on, health, social and economic indicators for Aboriginals are still shameful. Identifying current flashpoints for Aboriginal land rights across the country, Swain argues that true reconciliation will not be possible until government commits to meaningful reform.
The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia
16 August 2013, 00:11
2011 | EPUB | 1.94MB
In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E. Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia’s most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men— Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky—Hoffman shows how a rapacious, unruly capitalism was born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.