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Clinton? Trump? Oh, we leave the fighting to them. But in the meantime, these books on governance, politics, and the biographies of some hardass politicians will keep you entertainment (if you're not already).
After years of hard work and saving, you finally own a home. But don't get too comfortable. If government officials decide they want your property, they can take it—for a wide variety of shady reasons that go far beyond the usual definition of “public purposes.” And there is nothing you can do about it—not yet.

America's real estate landscape is by no means perfect, but let's not forget that it caused a dent in the global economy during the 2009 economic crisis.

Real estate developer and property rights expert Don Corace offers the first in-depth look at eminent domain abuse and other government regulations that are strangling the rights of property owners across America. Government Pirates is filled with shocking stories of corrupt politicians, activist judges, entrenched bureaucrats, greedy developers, NIMBY (Not-in-My-Backyard) activists, and environmental extremists who conspire to seize property and extort money and land in return for permits.
The US saw an era of hippies, a generation of drug- and nature-loving adults. And it's a generation not very well liked by some, to say the least.

Punch Your Inner Hippie hilariously explains how to understand and defeat your inner hippie. Fleming looks back at history to describe all of the civilizations ruined by hippies and to warn of the destruction in store for the U.S. if they are not stopped. He reveals the symptoms of hippie-ism, from laziness and dependence to whining and protesting, so you can gauge the strength of your own inner hippie.
Make America great again? Give the power back to the middle class workers? That's Trump's rhetoric, but is this a sensible, sustainable one?

America is hurtling toward socialism. What should a free-market capitalist do with his money? Economist Jerry Bower, a frequent contributor to the National Review, Townhall, and Forbes online editions, presents a crucial investment guide for laissez faire thinkers as the nation enters its most disturbingly anti-wealth and anti-business era in history.
Is Big Brother watching you? Now far does the NSA go in terms of surveillance?

Sharyl Attkisson has been a journalist for more than thirty years. During that time she has exposed scandals and covered controversies under both Republican and Democratic administrations. She has also seen the opponents of transparency go to ever greater lengths to discourage and obstruct legitimate reporting.

In this biography, she tells of how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today’s media.

The media is the one that creates the narrative, and can also be the one that topples it.
Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded—principles shared by citizens across the political spectrum.

So the manifesto is this: Don't hurt people, don't take their stuff. And this is something that America has been struggling to keep in check for ages. Kibbe persuasively shows how the political and corporate establishment consolidates its power by infringing upon our independence—from taxes to regulations to spying—ultimately eroding the ideals, codified in law, that have made the United States unique in history.

A good read for those who want to understand more intimately the drastic yet subversive changes America has seen.
The title comes from the anecdote that Jan Brewer, America’s toughest governor and one of the most popular conservative political figures in the nation today, is so tough that she eats "scorpions for breakfast".

The US may be in the midst of picking a new president, but when Obama was in office, she proudly defended her embattled state of Arizona and challenged President Obama to do his job and keep our border safe. It's Republican vs Democrat, conservative vs liberal. But if anything, this is one heck of a biography.
The first elected black American President definitely set a precedence and a bar for American politics to come. This book explores the duality of Obama's racial identity and how that comes into play with his psyche and political beliefs.
The 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan was the first woman to become head of government of any Muslim nation - definitely no mean feat. But those aren't her only firsts. Bhutto, at just 29 in 1982, three years after her father's execution, became the chairperson of the PPP—a political party, making her the first woman in Pakistan to head a major political party. In 1988, she also became the first woman to be elected as the head of an Islamic state's government. It was an untimely departure, as she was assassinated in 2007, but she still remains a force with an extremely prolific history.
From First Lady to presidential candidate - has there ever been any woman in the US to attain such a political trajectory? Hillary Clinton is running strong since the Super Tuesday polls and her won't-back-down attitude just resonates strongly with each day.
The current Republican presidential candidate may seem like a joke, but with each day and each win in the polls, he seems like he may just have a shot at the Presidential elections. The racist, sexist ideologies sound terrifying, but what's even more terrifying is how the rest of America seems to go along with it. In any case, his business background definitely makes him one shrewd board member, capable of winning people over.
John Major has had a pretty fascinating backstory: leaving school with just three O-levels only to be prime minister by the age of 47. The odds were low, but John Major beat it. It's interesting to see how he went from being blamed for his party's landslide defeat in 1999, to emerge successful politician later.
Lee Kuan Yew was a man who was much revered, yet experienced his fair share of criticism. Yet it's hard to deny the power and influence that he yielded over Singapore and of South East Asia. Through his leadership and policies, Singapore grew from a small fishing port to a global business hub in just fifty years - it's definitely no mean feat. Oh, and let's just say, LKY has had no problems crushing his political opponents, much like Frank Underwood himself.
Winston Churchill was a huge force in history, but this personal biography gives us an insight into his early years, and how they might have shaped his political views, standing and influence to come. From wars to night marches, and even an escape from prison, it's clear that his zest for life and passion for politics started from an early age.
Here's one guy's personal, private and political life held super up close and personal for the entire world to see. From his prolific political career to his embarrassing private affair with Monica Lewinsky, it's safe to say that Clinton's life panned out somewhat like a telemovie.
Love her or hate her, there's no denying that Margaret Thatcher wielded some serious power and influence in Britain. In her best-selling autobiography, she talks about her path to power and how her early years have influenced her political career.
A minister at 21, chancellor at 23 and finally prime minister at 24 - a position firmly William Hague held for the next 19 years. And Hague had to deal with some serious troubles at that time too: the madness of King George, the fallout from the French revolution and the rise of Napoleon. This brilliantly written biography brings Hague to life, and we love it that it's written by a great and talented politician as well.
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