Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army [EPUB]

Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army [EPUB]
Following Farage: On the Trail of the People's Army by Owen Bennett
2015 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Hunting with Godfrey Bloom; lunching on expenses with Janice Atkinson; talking ‘shock and awful’ campaign tactics with Douglas Carswell – nothing is off the table when you’re on the trail of UKlP’s People’s Army.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 meets Louis Theroux, Following Farage recounts one hack’s journey as he follows, drinks with, laughs at and even occasionally defends the phenomenon that is the United Kingdom lndependence Party as it prepares to march upon Westminster.

With exclusive interviews and unfettered access to all the disgraced generals, trusty foot soldiers, deserters and dissenters who make up its ranks, Bennett delivers the inside scoop on what makes the People’s Army tick – all the while making the transition from elbowed-out hanger-on to the journalist Farage calls for an honest, post-election run-down of events.

From the initial skirmishes and battle plans (the successful and the scuppered) to the explosive events of the battle for No. 10 itself – and the all-out civil war that broke out in its aftermath – Following Farage leaves no stone unturned, avenue untrod or pint undrunk in its quest for the truth about Britain’s newest and most controversial political force.

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality [EPUB]

Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality [EPUB]
Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by Thomas J Gradel, Dick Simpson
2014 | EPUB | 3.92MB

Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois' culture of "Where's mine?" and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace.

In Corrupt Illinois , veteran political observers Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.

Corrupt Illinois lays out a blueprint to transform our politics from a pay-to-play–driven marketplace into what it should be: an instrument of public good.

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity [EPUB]

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity [EPUB]
Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester R Brown
2012 | EPUB | 0.4MB

With food supplies tightening, countries are competing for the land and water resources needed to feed their people.

With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. “In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage. Food is the new oil,” Lester R. Brown writes.

What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? Brown outlines the political implications of land acquisitions by grain-importing countries in Africa and elsewhere as well as the world’s shrinking buffers against poor harvests. With wisdom accumulated over decades of tracking agricultural issues, Brown exposes the increasingly volatile food situation the world is facing.

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