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Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

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Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama by Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb
English | 2011-05-26 | ISBN: 0815721315 | PDF | 355 pages | 3,6 MB

Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama
The United States had never lost a war-that is, until 1975, when it was forced to flee Saigon in humiliation after losing to what Lyndon Johnson called a "raggedy-ass little fourth-rate country." The legacy of this first defeat has haunted every president since, especially on the decision of whether to put "boots on the ground" and commit troops to war.
In Haunting Legacy, the father-daughter journalist team of Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb presents a compelling, accessible, and hugely important history of presidential decisionmaking on one crucial issue: in light of the Vietnam debacle, under what circumstances should the United States go to war?

The sobering lesson of Vietnam is that the United States is not invincible-it can lose a war-and thus it must be more discriminating about the use of American power. Every president has faced the ghosts of Vietnam in his own way, though each has been wary of being sucked into another unpopular war. Ford (during the Mayaguez crisis) and both Bushes (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan) deployed massive force, as if to say, "Vietnam, be damned." On the other hand, Carter, Clinton, and Reagan (to the surprise of many) acted with extreme caution, mindful of the Vietnam experience. Obama has also wrestled with the Vietnam legacy, using doses of American firepower in Libya while still engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The authors spent five years interviewing hundreds of officials from every postwar administration and conducting extensive research in presidential libraries and archives, and they've produced insight and information never before published. Equal parts taut history, revealing biography, and cautionary tale, Haunting Legacy is must reading for anyone trying to understand the power of the past to influence war-and-peace decisions of the present, and of the future.
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Geology of North Africa

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Geology of North Africa by Edward Tawadros
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0415874203 | 930 pages | PDF | 17,8 MB
A reference volume on the geology of North Africa, this volume deals with Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. In great detail the geology, tectonic elements, the geology of the Pan-African Shield, the Phanerozoic geological evolution and most of the lithostratigrahpic units of the five countries are described.

Geology of North Africa
Moreover, the petroleum geology and petroleum systems are discussed, as well as the history of geological exploration.

With the incentive to provide a reference to the geology of North Africa that can be used both by professionals and students, this review work provides a large amount of data, based on more than 2500 references. Written in a clear, straight-forward and structured style, and with many schematic maps, it allows the reader to easily search a topic and find further information with help of the extensive bibliography.

This volume is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students, professional geologists and geophysicists, who are working in North Africa and the Middle East. It is ideally suited for any professional who is looking for a quick, round-up reference on the geology of North Africa. It is an expanded and revised version of The Geology of Egypt and Libya' by the same author (Balkema, 2001).
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A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present, 2nd edition

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Richard J. Reid, "A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present, 2nd edition"
English | 2012 | ISBN-10: 0470658983 | PDF | 408 pages | 6 MB

A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present, 2nd edition
Updated and revised to reflect recent historic events and scholarly debates, this second edition of A History of Modern Africa recounts the full breadth of Africa's political, economic, and social history over the past two centuries. Author Richard Reid presents a thought-provoking and illuminating journey through the key moments and issues that have shaped Africa's recent past. Arguing that the continent's story cannot be understood without full consideration of its deeper historical experience – both the violent dynamism within Africa, and the external challenges confronting it – Reid focuses on the continuity between the pre-colonial and the postcolonial eras, in addition to highlighting the multifaceted impact of colonial rule.
The new edition places stronger emphasis on the legacies of the 19th century and the colonial period in the context of the twenty-first century. Reid also explores the contemporary tensions facing Africa, including those most apparent in recent developments in Darfur, Sudan, Somalia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Libya. A History of Modern Africa is an essential recounting of the turning points of Africa's past and the rich and diverse strands of African culture that will help shape its future.
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Ritratti del desiderio di Massimo Recalcati

Ritratti del desiderio di Massimo Recalcati
Cortina | 2012 | ISBN: 886030444X | 190 pages | EPUB | 3 MB
L'Occidente capitalista ha prodotto una nuova forma di schiavit: l'uomo senza desideri, condannato a conseguire un godimento schiacciato sul consumo compulsivo e perennemente insoddisfatto. Era la tesi di "L'uomo senza inconscio": nel nostro tempo il desiderio rischia l'estinzione. Ma quando diciamo "desiderio" che genere di esperienza evochiamo? Qual il significato di questa "parola" cos fondamentale per la realt umana? Massimo Recalcati indaga qui un tema chiave della dottrina di Lacan: il desiderio e i suoi enigmi. Come in una galleria di ritratti vengono raffigurati i diversi volti del desiderio umano: il desiderio invidioso, il desiderio di riconoscimento, il desiderio di "niente", il desiderio angosciante, il desiderio sessuale, il desiderio d'amore, il desiderio di morte, il desiderio dell'analista… Ne scaturisce una sintesi semplice e avvincente, che pu essere considerata l'introduzione pi efficace e pi leggibile al pensiero di Lacan.

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War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

Mariah Zeisberg, "War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority"
English | ISBN: 0691157227 | 2013 | EPUB | 288 pages | 2 MB
Armed interventions in Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea challenged the US president and Congress with a core question of constitutional interpretation: does the president, or Congress, have constitutional authority to take the country to war? War Powers argues that the Constitution doesn't offer a single legal answer to that question. But its structure and values indicate a vision of a well-functioning constitutional politics, one that enables the branches of government themselves to generate good answers to this question for the circumstances of their own times.

Mariah Zeisberg shows that what matters is not that the branches enact the same constitutional settlement for all conditions, but instead how well they bring their distinctive governing capacities to bear on their interpretive work in context. Because the branches legitimately approach constitutional questions in different ways, interpretive conflicts between them can sometimes indicate a successful rather than deficient interpretive politics. Zeisberg argues for a set of distinctive constitutional standards for evaluating the branches and their relationship to one another, and she demonstrates how observers and officials can use those standards to evaluate the branches' constitutional politics. With cases ranging from the Mexican War and World War II to the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Iran-Contra scandal, War Powers reinterprets central controversies of war powers scholarship and advances a new way of evaluating the constitutional behavior of officials outside of the judiciary.

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