The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency [EPUB]
06 February 2018, 08:33
2018 | EPUB | 1.31MB
A longtime Washington insider argues that former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress, sent just before the presidential election in 2016 was a key determining factor in Trump’s win: “Compelling criticism…lapsed Trump supporters might well open their minds to this attorney’s scholarly, entirely convincing proof of the damage done” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
During the week of October 24, 2016, Hillary Clinton was decisively ahead of Donald Trump in many polls and, more importantly, in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Then FBI Director James Comey sent his infamous letter to Congress on October 28, saying the bureau was investigating additional emails that may have been relevant to the Hillary Clinton email case. In The Unmaking of the President 2016, attorney Lanny J. Davis shows how Comey’s misguided announcement—just eleven days before the election—swung a significant number of voters away from Clinton, winning Trump an Electoral College victory—and the presidency.
Davis traces Clinton’s email controversy and Comey’s July 2016 appearance before Congress, in which he said the Clinton email matter was effectively closed. From that moment until Comey’s late October letter to Congress, Davis says, Clinton was destined to be elected president by substantial popular and electoral vote margins. But the decision to send his October 28 letter, so near to the election, not only violated long-standing justice department policies but also contained no new facts of improper emails at all—just pure speculation. Davis shows state by state, using polling data before October 28, and on election day, how voter support for Hillary Clinton eroded quickly. He proves that had the election been held on October 27, Hillary Clinton would have won the presidency by a substantial margin.
Despite so many other issues in the closing days of the campaign—Trump’s behavior, the Russian hacking, reports of Clinton momentum in marginal states such as Georgia, Arizona, even Texas—after the October 28 Comey letter, everything changed. References to “Clinton emails” and “new criminal investigation” dominated media coverage virtually round-the-clock through election day November 8. Now Davis proves with raw, indisputable data how Comey’s October surprise cost Hillary Clinton the presidency and changed American history in the blink of an eye.
Black Banners of ISIS: The Roots of the New Caliphate [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 23:46
2017 | EPUB | 1.27MB
A medieval Islam historian’s incisive portrait of ISIS, revealing the group’s deep ideological and intellectual roots in the earliest days of Islam
With tremendous speed, the Islamic State has moved from the margins to the center of life in the Middle East. Despite recent setbacks, its ability to conquer and retain huge swaths of territory has demonstrated its skillful tactical maneuvering, ambition, and staying power. Yet we still know too little about ISIS, particularly about its deeper ideology.
In this eye-opening book, David J. Wasserstein offers a penetrating analysis of the movement, looking closely at the thousand-year-old form of Islamic apocalyptic messianism the group draws upon today. He shows how ISIS is not only a military and political movement but also, and primarily, a religious one with a coherent worldview, a patent strategy, and a clear goal: the re-creation of a medieval caliphate. Connecting the group’s day-to-day activities and the writings and sayings of its leaders with the medieval Islamic past, Wasserstein provides an insightful and unprecedented perspective on the origins and aspirations of the Islamic State.
Hacking Trump or, How POTUS Sucker Punched America, Torpedoed Democracy & Left Us a Choice: Impeachment or Autocracy [EPUB]
05 February 2018, 20:39
2018 | EPUB | 1.51MB
Was there really ever a time before Trump? A time before Steve, Kellyanne, Jared and Ivanka? It feels impossible to imagine now. He’s been president for a year, but to those who never normalized the daily insults against common sense and democracy from the White House, it seems like it’s been a decade of nonstop outrage, buffoonery and that kind of straight-up Trumptini—shaken and stirred—that only The Donald can deliver. As we push against our own victimization, we need to push against collective amnesia, and hack the Trump story rather than be blinded by its cat video distractions.
Hacking Trump is a portrait of the forces and personalities that shaped the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. It is also an act of memory against forgetting, and a personal remembrance, with a novelist’s perspective. Cutting through the hazy, unstable ether of recent history and searching for the roots of the GOP’s tax cut-or-die dysfunction and its obsession with a reality star president, Hacking Trump does what only good literature can do—decipher the past to uncover a deeper truth about our future.