Extortion, How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets (video)

Book Discussion on [Extortion] - C-SPAN Video Library: "Peter Schweizer talked about his book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, in which he argues that, contrary to popular belief, big money interests do not control politicians. He said that it’s the politicians who extort money from corporations and other wealthy groups, noting that members of Congress often introduce legislation for no other reason than to get donations from groups that will be impacted by it. Mr. Schweizer spoke at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California."

more book news below

Self-Publishing Book Expo Special

Self-Publishing Book Expo Special - C-SPAN Video Library: "An overview of the current status of the self-publishing industry in the U.S., featuring input from the organizer and presenters at the fifth annual Self-Publishing Book Expo, held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City." (go to link above for video)

more book news below

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates (video)

Book Discussion on Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War - C-SPAN Video Library: "Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke about his forthcoming memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. In the book, Mr. Gates, who served as secretary of defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, talks about his management of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and shares stories about his relationship with the White House and Congress. Mr. Gates was interviewed by Chris Mondics of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He spoke at the National Constitution Center." (video at link above)

more book news below

McDonald's, Ebook Distribution

McDonald's: Pioneering Ebook Distribution Models - Forbes: "When it comes to new distribution models for ebooks, companies like start-up Oyster and document sharing giant Scribd have been dominating headlines with new ebook subscription services — think Netflix or Spotify for ebooks. But maybe the publishing industry should look at McDonald's for ebook distribution innovation. The fast-food chain is launching a program in November to distribute ebooks from UK publisher DK. Each month until the end of 2014, McDonald’s will offer access to a new ebook title from DK’s Amazing World Series, starting with The World’s Greatest Cities. The ebooks are meant to be educational for children and families and the partnership seems tied to a Happy Meal book giveaway, wherein a free book will be given away with every purchase for the first two weeks of November. . . ."

more book news below

A New Theory about Mark Twain

A New Theory on "Mark Twain" |: "In the new issue of the Mark Twain Journal, a rare book dealer presents his discovery of an 1861 magazine sketch that offers the first fact-based theory on “Mark Twain”; it suggests Clemens found his pseudonym in a popular humor journal, then invented the riverboat story to promote his Missouri roots. A slightly unromantic, yet nonetheless redolent theory, it summons a lesser-known part of Twain’s personal character: his proven cunning in respect to his brand."

more book news below

Writing On The Wall, Social Media, the First 2,000 Years, Tom Standage

The Communicators with Tom Standage - C-SPAN Video Library: "Tom Standage talked about his latest book, Writing On The Wall: Social Media, the First 2,000 Years. In the book he argues that social media is not a new phenomenon. He traced the evolution of social networks in ancient times to modern social media and envisioned communication in the future. He was interviewed by remote video from New York City."

more book news below

White-Collar Government, The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, Nicholas Carnes

After Words with Nicholas Carnes - C-SPAN Video Library: "Nicholas Carnes talked about his book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, in which he argues that the socio-economic disparity between most elected officials and the citizens they represent reflects an inability of many legislators to relate to the lives of their constituents. He spoke with Politico Tax Policy Editor Kim Dixon."

more book news below

Book says Foreign Aid does more harm than good

A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid - NYTimes.com: "In his new book, Angus Deaton, an expert’s expert on global poverty and foreign aid, puts his considerable reputation on the line and declares that foreign aid does more harm than good. It corrupts governments and rarely reaches the poor, he argues, and it is high time for the paternalistic West to step away and allow the developing world to solve its own problems. . . ." (read more at link above)

more book news below

book OR author - Google News

NYTimes Books

ArtsBeat» Books