In this thought-provoking reflection on contemporary society, author Sally Foster takes a journalistic approach to record the turbulent historic times of 2020. The onset of the Covid 19 pandemic had an unimaginable impact on each and every part of the world. The global economy crashed overnight, and the underprepared healthcare sector found itself in an absolute state of misery. Despite the desperate attempts of doctors and healthcare workers, the death toll could not be stopped. At a certain point in 2020, the US faced the biggest blow, when the number of deaths hit the highest in the world.
Foster captures events and her thoughts in this enlightening book that reads more like a diary, but still conveys a series of facts in a way that is easy to take in. This book shows how the different industries tackled the tense situations. As businesses hit the lowest points, unemployment became a major issue. On one hand, there was the threat of the virus, the lockdown, and on another hand, people did not have the means to take care of themselves or their loved ones. Racial injustices took a violent turn and culminated in a historic movement that the world will remember for years to come. Sally Foster is able to capture these momentous events in concise summaries that lead readers quickly through these events.
This book captures the time that the Presidential election took place. The parties changed their campaign strategies due to the pandemic, and ultimately, the world witnessed the departure of Donald Trump and the triumph of the new President Joseph R. Biden. With the arrival of the vaccines, people saw the much-needed ray of hope. I appreciated the candid nature with which Sally Foster captured these moments. It reminded me of reading an almanac of times past, if one were created for social events.
Foster’s diary states factual data, takes the reader through the unprecedented and tumultuous events that 2020 witnessed. From global politics, trade, healthcare to the ongoing election– the author took into account every detail, delineating how traumatic the year has been. The book ends on an inspirational note with the inaugural speech of the newly elected President which allows the reader to look forward to a future full of hopes and possibilities. If you missed the events of the past several years, did not catch them all (there was a lot), or want to look back on those times, then Journey to the White House is a factual yellow brick road that will lead you from there to here.
Pages: 261 | ASIN: B09968L8G6
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The Broken Promise of a Promised Land delivers scathing commentary on contemporary society. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I am 81 years of age: and I don’t want to depart from this woebegone world without at least expressing my extreme disappointment, if not utter disgust, with the hypocritical double standards of western nations — including the US and its ethnic cleansing Apartheid “overlord” Israel — who over the past five centuries have dominated world politics with realpolitik foreign policies — politics based on practical situations and needs, rather than on moral principles or ideas — so that they can exploit everything and violate basic principles of law to achieve their political and economic objectives. Western nations have repeatedly committed war crimes and crimes against humanity on every continent in order to achieve their mercenary and often xenophobic objectives.
What kind of research did you undertake to complete this book?
Apart from the personal experience of growing up in various African and Middle Eastern countries — due to my parents living and working overseas — and witnessing how the indigenous populations were regarded and treated by so-called civilised European settlers — I first began serious research at the Toronto Reference Library in 1970 while living in that city and wanting to learn about the role played by religion in the historic persecution of human beings in “God’s Name.”
What were some key ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?
All such ideas were based on the fact that that the concept of “human rights” cannot be either “conditional” or “selective” and will never become a universal reality unless applied to everyone, and by everyone, including those claiming to have been chosen by “God Himself.”
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
That the ideals and rights they demand for ourselves, will never materialise so long as they stand by and do nothing while others are being denied those same ideals and rights.
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Tayyib A Tayyib’s The Evil Within Us: Evolution of Social Systems & The Ideal State is a great book because it enlightens the reader on how nations operate and why it is important for countries to work in unity. Tayyib A Tayyib uses proven data to expound on his narrative of the world. When reading the book, you realize that the world is much more complex than you may have imagined. The Evil Within Us is about social, political, and economic structures across the globe. Reading this book makes one realize that despite various governments using different modes of operation while governing their states, the impact felt by citizens across the world is almost the same.
Lovers of history will also enjoy this book because of the historical events and facts that the author included in his book. Want to know why the United States got to be so powerful? Why are South American nations not thriving as they should? Will Africa remain in the same state year in year out despite its people working hard to elevate their position? Tayyib A Tayyib answers these and similar questions by going to the root of the problem and discussing how global political history has influenced the state of some of the nations that are not doing well. The author will teach you about inequality and the unfair distribution of resources. Reading this book gives one the impression of being in a political science class.
The content in this book is for individuals that are conscious about the political climate and socio-economic affairs in the area that they reside in. Reading this book will help you challenge systems and political structures as the author has written in-depth what ails many communities, societies, and countries, and how solutions can be met. His work experience and background have contributed to the information he has, which is a great thing as it will encourage readers to explore more and get exposed to things outside of the areas or countries they reside in.
The topics in this book are serious but Tayyib A Tayyib explains them in a thorough manner. The Evil Within Us will help readers understand that the gap between rich nations and poor nations can be reduced if those in charge do the right thing.
Pages: 468 | ASIN: B08XN2RZ7B
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Spies of the Deep is riveting and timely because it has so much to do with today’s political climate and current tensions with Russia. When Valdimir Putin came to power a torpedo sends a Russian submarine to the bottom of the Barents sea. All of this occurs a decade after the cold war. Twenty three people survived but were not rescued and ended up dying after the incident. The Russians refused to get aid from the west. Evidence of collusion with a spy submarine from the United States revealed by Russian naval officers eventually lead to them being fired. This all leads to rising tensions between adversarial governments.
W. Craig Reed reveals a little known naval incident and unveils it with an impressive understanding of the events. There are different facts and opinions that the author bring into light, but the manner with which the information unfolds made me feel like I was listening to a true crime story podcast. The story is told with a sense of intrigue that permeates the entire book. I had to double check to ensure this was indeed a nonfiction book. The story itself is absolutely captivating, but the way in which author W. Craig Reed presents the information makes it feel like we are reading an international espionage novel by Tom Clancy. While international relations between superpowers that don’t trust each other can be complicated, W. Craig Reed ensures that everything is easy to understand and fairly straight forward.
I found the Russians deeply interesting in this book and I appreciated the depth of the authors knowledge on the subject and found myself feeling better educated, not only on this subject, but about Russian and international politics as well. I also found myself terrified by the superiority of Russian and Chinese torpedo technology. While I heartily enjoyed reading this book, and felt that it was well researched overall, I felt that sometimes the book dipped into conspiracy theory territory that, while fascinating, pulled me out of the deep trench of reality the author places readers in.
Spies of the Deep is an enthralling military history book detailing a grim event in naval military history that changed the world. The skill with which the story is told will appeal to any fan of political thrillers or anyone seeking to expand their knowledge on history and politics.
Pages: 273 | ASIN: B088VQJ9DP
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Madam Vice President by Julian Mann is an exciting story about Victoria Pierce, a very ambitious girl who flees her home in Oklahoma, escaping her strict parents, and moves to San Francisco where she enlists in the United States Marine Corps. She is very patient and determined, persevering and works her way up the ranks till she becomes the Brigadier General.
She gets into a dreaded love affair with the United States Senator Sam Eagan throughout her career development phase and they manage to keep it a rendezvous from everyone except one anonymous stalker. She goes ahead and joins politics where she befriends Grace Brandon who gets suspicious of Victoria’s past and poses a threat that could change Victoria’s future in politics when she is elected president.
Author Julian Mann bases this riveting story on real-life situations that are based on a real 25th amendment law that raised his concern. He uses his writing to connect with a larger audience and the vivid way the story is written makes it more relatable to readers. The flow of events creates suspense at the end of each chapter; this made it very hard for me to pick a place to set the book down. The story is filled with rich, believable, dialogue that feels engaging throughout this novel; which is important because this is a character focused drama.
The fact that the author has managed to write the book in an agrarian setting and still bring out women empowerment throughout the growth of Victoria’s career increases the book’s appeal (at least to me it does) and is a role model for strong female protagonists.
The friendship between Victoria and Grace would have been a good one if not for Grace’s envy which sparks curiosity, raising eyebrows that make her poke into Victoria’s past. Despite the bad decisions she made, the young Vera Ochman still fights against all odds to become successful.
Madam Vice President by Julian Mann has a seemingly endless flow of intriguing events that ratchets up the suspense in this dramatic political fiction novel. I think this novel will appeal to anyone looking for an engrossing political thriller that knows how to build compelling characters.
Pages: 297 | ASIN: B08TK9GM3H
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White Lies Matter explores the deceptions and cynicism of America while exploring the “alt- facts” that permeate contemporary society. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Years ago, noted art critic Robert Hughes lamented the fact that America had never had a Goya. That notion apparently remained in my subconscious because by 2013, I realized that my art was focused more and more on revealing the lies and misconceptions that were abundant in American history.
In addition to that motivation, my education includes minors in mathematics, foreign language and art history. And, my professional background goes well beyond teaching classes in art and art history. I have also taught in the University of Florida College of Engineering, created and taught in the Master of Business Administration degree program in UF’s College of Business Administration, and taught Art Law at UF for fifteen years along with Distinguished Service Professor of Law, E. L. Roy Hunt. And, for more than ten years, I worked with Professor of Medicine, Dr. James Cerda studying and writing about the health hazards affecting actors, artists, dancers, and musicians. I was also made quite aware of all of the issues beyond the arts that face our society through my founding of the nation’s first arts policy center, the multidisciplinary UF Center for the Arts and Public Policy and its many subsequent diverse programs.
There was a lot of history you covered in the book and examined in different ways. How much research did you undertake for this book?
It took eight years to complete the book, and every part of it was researched in depth over and over again. As an artist, I was convinced that it was imperative for me to take greater pains than a historian to ensure the accuracy of the text.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about the modern American political system?
As I researched material for the art images, I re-learned a great deal about American history. It also became apparent to me that far too many Americans did not know, did not understand, or did not believe our history. I first noticed this in the 1990s with the polarization of students in several of the art law classes. A significant number of the third year law students were politically to the far right, espoused Evangelical Christianity, and even admitted that they were studying art law in order to learn how to better censor art. In the early 2000s, I created an art class titled Drawing, Politics and Graphic Propaganda focusing on the editorial cartoon. For the several years that I taught this class, students literally split into two separate, polarized, opposing groups. This situation was most apparent during the class critiques when students presented their completed editorial cartoons. Half of them––literally––lined up on the right side of the room, the other half on the left. And that division was completely reflected by the views they espoused during the critique session.
You convey facts with metaphors and various storytelling devices. Was this intentional or incidental to your writing style?
I attempted to inform the viewer-reader both visually and through my written analysis. I recognized that the small slate was the chalkboard of education in the nineteenth century, but it also reminded me of today’s iPad. This double interpretation was important as I began to utilize the image of a small slate as the vehicle to “educate” viewers about this dilemma. The written accompaniment to this digital art series was inspired by a former student of mine, Patrick Grigsby, who observed––during one of my New Year’s Day celebrations with many friends––that when I talked about my digital art accompanied by the images of the slates on my computer monitor, people could begin to understand it.
As far as either the written and art style is concerned, it is quite eloquently summed up in art critic Peter Frank’s 2003 essay on my work entitled “How you see it, how you don’t.” Frank wrote, “Like an opera singer who has carefully cultivated a dramatic stage presence as well as a golden voice, and who has done so in part to be able to pass on such crucial ambidexterity as part of his or her legacy, O’Connor trains us by showing us by example–example that has not been dumbed down, but cleaned up. He entices us into his intellections not by making them less elusive (or for that matter allusive), but by making their elusions (and certainly their allusions) more inviting. If Americans can learn to eat spicy food, they can learn to ‘read’ art.”
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Artist/art professor John A. O’Connor characterizes his series White Lies Matter: Decoding American Deceptionalism as “a history of American hypocrisy.” Using the image of the slate as a consistent base, White Lies Matter ranges across historical and contemporary America, touching down at flashpoints of inequality, misunderstanding, and conflict. From the gradual decay of national institutions to more immediate political crises, O’Connor’s project traverses a list of illegalities and cover-ups, oppressions and suppressions, tracing links between individuals and institutions in positions of influence. It begins with Christopher Columbus and the First Thanksgiving—mythologies that crumble very easily by now—and moves on through the contradictory and belated embedding of religion in the nation’s founding documents, to the calamitous installation of Donald Trump as its 45th president. White Lies Matter: Decoding American Deceptionalism reveals the deceptions, lies, and cynicism of America and the “fake news” and “alt- facts” that permeate contemporary society. Note: Michael Wilson is a New York-based writer and editor and the author of How to Read Contemporary Art: Experiencing the Art of the 21st Century (New York: Abrams, 2013).
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