The Politics of Deceit : Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction AND Dilemmas of Dissidence in East-Central Europe

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Glenn W. Smith, «The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction»
John Wiley & Sons | ISBN 0471667633 | 2004-07-26 | PDF | 1 Mb | 256 pages

A compelling indictment of the Bush Administration's cynical, anti-democratic manipulation of the media
In this devastating analysis of American politics today, a former Democratic campaign advisor pulls back the curtain on the pervasive political manipulation of the media-and reveals just how fragile our democracy is. From political ads and talk shows to mainstream media reporting, Glenn Smith shows how American political discourse is now dominated by carefully scripted images and rhetoric-most of which benefit the Republicans and their corporate allies. The result is public apathy toward politics-and a real threat to American freedom.
To reclaim our nation, Smith argues, we must revitalize politics at the grassroots level-and liberals must realize that religion and spirituality are not antithetical to a progressive agenda. For anyone troubled by manipulative political advertising, self-aggrandizing celebrity pundits, and the undiminished role of money in politics, this necessary book lays out the full scope of the problem-and points the way toward solutions.
Glenn Smith (Austin, TX), a former journalist and political consultant, managed's Defending Democracy Campaign. He is currently managing, a spin-off of MoveOn, and a consultant to the Rockridge Institute, a progressive think tank.

Barbara J. Falk, «The Dilemmas of Dissidence in East-Central Europe: Citizen Intellectuals and Philosopher Kings»
Central European University Press | ISBN 9639241393 | 2003-08 | PDF | 2.1 Mb | 500 pages

The dilemmas of dissidence in East-central Europe discusses one of the major currents leading to the fall of communism. Falk examines the intellectual dissident movements in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary from the late 1960s through to 1989. In spite of its historic significance, no other comprehensive study appeared on the subject.
In addition to the huge list of written sources from samizdat works to recent essays, Falk`s sources include interviews with many actors of those events as well as videos and films (including winners of Oscar).
Although a work rightly classified as political theory, The dilemmas of dissidence provides exciting narrative account of the development of thoughts and actions of those brave intellectuals in dreary Warsaw, Prague and Budapest of yesteryears.

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