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A stunning revision of our founding document's evolving history that forces us to confront anew the question that animated the founders so long ago: What is our Constitution? Americans widely believe that the United States Constitution was created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. But in a shrewd rereading of the founding era, Jonathan Gienapp upends this long-held assumption, recovering the unknown story of American constitutional creation in the decade after its adoption-a story with explosive implications for current debates over constitutional originalism and interpretation. When the Constitution first appeared, it was shrouded in uncertainty. Not only was its meaning unclear, but so too was its essential nature. Was the American Constitution a written text, or something else? Was it a legal text? Was it finished or unfinished? What rules would guide its interpretation? Who would adjudicate competing readings? As political leaders put the Constitution to work, none of these questions had answers. Through vigorous debates they confronted the document's uncertainty, and-over time-how these leaders imagined the Constitution radically changed. They had begun trying to fix, or resolve, an imperfect document, but they ended up fixing, or cementing, a very particular notion of the Constitution as a distinctively textual and historical artifact circumscribed in space and time. This means that some of the Constitution's most definitive characteristics, ones which are often treated as innate, were only added later and were thus contingent and optional.Show more
A look at the top 300 most powerful players in world capitalism, who are at the controls of our economic future. Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world's wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms-each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management-now represent the financial core of the world's transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management-the facilitators-of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies-and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission-and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change.Show more
Fifty years after the Sharon Tate/LaBianca murders, a new and terrifying investigation into the modern rebirth of Charles Manson’s killer family Perhaps the most notorious American murderer of the twentieth century, Charles Manson’s legacy extends far beyond his horrific crimes. As the wild-eyed, swastika-tattooed, nightmarishly charismatic leader of the Manson Family, he was convicted of the brutal killings of nine people in 1971—including the Tate–LaBianca murders of seven in Los Angeles over two hot August nights in 1969. He spent the rest of his life in prison, and for the next fifty years preached his twisted philosophies from jail, attracting a whole new batch of freaks to his way of thinking. In The Last Charles Manson Tapes, authors Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett examine the Manson legacy. With brand new interviews with those closest to him, including Manson’s heirs, friends and followers, experts and historians, and hours of exclusive transcripts of Manson’s own manic preachings from his prison cell, you’ll get to view a side of this serial killer few have ever seen. Manson’s passing in 2017 has sparked into action a new generation of killer disciples, obsessed with the evil slaying spree he ordered and determined to carry on his “Helter Skelter” vision of an apocalyptic war. With the author’s on-the-ground investigation, learn how the man once described as “the most dangerous man in America” may yet live up to that name.Show more
In the remote hills of old England, Vaughn discovers a mysterious arrangement of stones on his doorstep in The Shining Pyramid. With the help of his old friend and investigator Dyson, they work to unravel the mysterious truth about the changing symbols and discover underground dwellers best left untouched. In this compilation from Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media, The Shining Pyramid is paired with The Three Impostors, a masterpiece of gothic horror and suspense that inspired such writers as H. P. Lovecraft. The Three Impostors is Machen’s famous collection of “weird tales”—a string of shocking short stories woven together with a fine narrative thread. The three impostors of the title are members of a secret society devoted to debauched pagan rites who weave a web of deception in the streets of London as they search for a missing Roman coin commemorating an infamous orgy by the Emperor Tiberius and close in on their prey: “the young man with spectacles.” Rich with terror, adventure, satire, deception, and dreamlike fantasy, it is a classic of occult literature written by a stylistic master.Show more
Thirty stories from thirty authors, including Jane Yolen, Mike Resnick & J. J. Steinfeld. How will the world end? With aliens or angels? Or a ground hog? Bleak despair? Martial fervor? Or a belly laugh? Whatever the Apocalypse, It will be borne by people and their families and their dogs and most of all, it will challenge their notions of themselves. This anthology includes international award winning writers, poets, and thinkers that give you their version of the Apocalypse. Just remember, we’re all in this together. But there is more: the first short fiction by the wildly popular blogger, Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station; a new story by Mike Resnick; and poetry by Jane Yolen, This is an international piece of work with writers from all over the globe, seven countries: Nigeria, Greece, the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia have all put there best foot forward. You will not be disappointed.Show more
The enemy of her enemy is...still her enemy. All Cyn wants is justice. Kolya Kurev murdered her family in cold blood and got away with it. Single-minded in her determination, Cyn becomes the killer she needs to be. Until she meets Lee, a man also deeply wronged by Kurev. Cyn's new problem? Lee. Lee is stealing her revenge and screwing with the carefully carved life she’s made for herself. As if his mere presence and counter-productive ambitions weren’t enough, he’s going to get her caught. The FBI has been on her tail for several years now, but they haven’t even come close to finding her. Cyn has been leaving fake evidence at her crime scenes and counting on the one thing the FBI hasn’t figured out yet: Their most-wanted criminal is just a girl. Vengeance is the first book in the Vendetta Trifecta. While it can be listened to as a stand-alone, be prepared to reach for book two as you finish this oneShow more
Lightspeed: Year One compiles fiction published by the online science fiction magazine Lightspeed in its first year. Produced by Skyboat Media, and under the direction of Grammy and Audie Award-winning narrator and producer Stefan Rudnicki, the Lightspeed podcast features audiobook-style recordings of the stories published each month in Lightspeed. 'The Cassandra Project' by Jack McDevitt, read by Stefan Rudnicki'Amaryllis' by Carrie Vaughn, read by Gabrielle de Cuir'The Zeppelin Conductors' Society Annual Gentlemen's Ball' by Genevieve Valentine, read by Rosalyn Landor'No Time like the Present' by Carol Emshwiller, read by Judy Young'More Than the Sum of His Parts' by Joe Haldeman, read by Stefan Rudnicki'How to Become a Mars Overlord' by Catherynne Valente, read by Robin Sachs'Amid the Words of War' by Cat Rambo, read by Don Leslie'Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain' by Yoon Ha Lee, read by Stefan Rudnicki'The Taste of Starlight' by John Fulz, read by Kristoffer Tabori'Tight Little Stitches on a Dead Man's Back' by Joe R. Lansdale, read by Stefan Rudnicki'Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters' by Alice Sola Kim, read by Cassandra Campbell'Standard Loneliness Package' by Charles Yu, read by Christian Rummel'The Silence of the Asonu' by Ursula K. Le Guin, read by Gabrielle de Cuir'Jenny's Sick' by David Tallerman, read by Mirron Willis'Black Fire' by Tanith Lee, read by Rosalyn Landor'Elephants of Posnan' written and read by Orson Scott CardShow more
Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest-Cynthia-came up fighting. Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared. Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the 'Grudge Ninja'-only all the evidence is false and the profilers can't get their heads around anything except the obvious fact that the Ninja is extracting a deadly revenge for an old wrong. As the Ninja gets bolder and far more dangerous, Owen is forced to recognize that he hasn't always made the best decisions. Even as he questions whether bringing in the Ninja is the right thing to do, the voice in the back of his head is telling him it will make his career. A 2011 Audie Award Finalist. Winner of a 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award.Show more
From Orson Scott Card, award-winning and bestselling author of Ender's Game, his first solo Enderverse novel in years. Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card's bestselling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender's Shadow series. Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies. Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview. Other Series by Orson Scott Card Ender #1 Ender's Game / #2 Ender in Exile / #3 Speaker for the Dead / #4 Xenocide / #5 Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow #1 Ender's Shadow / #2 Shadow of the Hegemon / #3 Shadow Puppets / #4 Shadow of the Giant / #5 Shadows in Flight The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) #1 Earth Unaware / #2 Earth Afire / #3 Earth AwakensShow more
In 1968, the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new ... and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture.But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse ... Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero, to present a collection of all-new tales set during the forty-eight hours of that legendary outbreak.Nights of the Living Dead includes stories by some of today's most important writers: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig E. Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Isaac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, John A. Russo, John Skipp, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Ryan Brown. Plus original stories by Romero and Maberry!For anyone who loves scary stories, take a bite out of this!Show more
A brilliant collection by SF master Terry Bisson Bears Discover Fire is the first short story collection by the most acclaimed science fiction writer of the decade, the author of such brilliant novels as Talking Man and Voyage to the Red Planet. It brings together nineteen of Terry Bisson’s finest works for the first time in one volume, among them the darkly comic title story, which garnered some of the field’s highest honors, including the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards. “Brilliantly original…Every story showcases Bisson’s keen intelligence and distinctive gift for deliciously wry prose…Highly recommendable.”—BooklistShow more
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. Although writing nearly a century ago, William Butler Yeats could easily be describing the United States today. The central feature of today's geopolitical landscape is the imminent decline and fall of America's global empire, and our response to it will determine much of our future, with implications reaching far beyond the limits of the United States' borders. Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America challenges the conventional wisdom of empire. John Michael Greer uses a wealth of historical examples combined with groundbreaking original analysis to show how, in the pursuit of political and economic power, the United States has backed itself into a corner, explores the inevitable consequences of imperial collapse, and argues that the only constructive way forward is a renewal of democratic institutions. Rather than asking whether today's American empire should survive, Greer shifts the conversation to whether it can survive, and argues persuasively that the answer to the latter question is "no." An invaluable contribution to the body of speculative post-industrial literature, this book is a must-read for anyone worried about the state of the Union, or who thinks that it is time to reinvent the American Dream. John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history, an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist, and the author of more than thirty books including The Long Descent.Show more
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