The Russian Deception

Author: Alex Lukeman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781517586492
Format: PDF
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A coup in the Kremlin brings hardliners to power who are determined to take back territories lost with the fall of the Soviet Union. Billions of euros pour into Moscow from an unknown source, fueling a secret military buildup. Director Elizabeth Harker sends the Project team to the Balkans, where the Russian-backed president of Macedonia is suppressing a popular movement threatening to become a revolution. It looks like Moscow is meddling once again in Central Europe. But the reality is not what it appears to be. Nick, Selena and the team are caught up in a devious plot that takes the world to the brink of nuclear war. Who is funding Moscow's militaristic adventures and why? Can the team find a way to stop a confrontation between Russia and the United States before it starts? The stakes for Nick, Selena, Elizabeth Harker and the world have never been higher. If they fail, civilization will be destroyed. Failure is not an option...

The Solomon Scroll

Author: Alex Lukeman
Publisher: Alex Lukeman
ISBN: 1512284513
Format: PDF
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The contents of an ancient scroll set in motion a deadly quest for the tomb of Solomon and the long lost treasure of the Second Jewish Temple. The Project team is up against a madman who believes he is the last high priest of an ancient and cruel god. He seeks the Seal of Solomon and the mystical powers he's sure it will bring him. He'll stop at nothing to get what he wants, including murder and and treachery. From the streets of Beirut to the barren south of Saudi Arabia and the wild canyons of Ethiopia, the Project team follows a strange trail of confusing clues in search of Solomon's bones and the sacred heritage of a nation.

The Corrections

Author: Jonathan Franzen
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429928618
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award An American Library Association Notable Book Jonathan Franzen's third novel, The Corrections, is a great work of art and a grandly entertaining overture to our new century: a bold, comic, tragic, deeply moving family drama that stretches from the Midwest at mid-century to Wall Street and Eastern Europe in the age of greed and globalism. Franzen brings an old-time America of freight trains and civic duty, of Cub Scouts and Christmas cookies and sexual inhibitions, into brilliant collision with the modern absurdities of brain science, home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental healthcare, and the anti-gravity New Economy. With The Corrections, Franzen emerges as one of our premier interpreters of American society and the American soul. Enid Lambert is terribly, terribly anxious. Although she would never admit it to her neighbors or her three grown children, her husband, Alfred, is losing his grip on reality. Maybe it's the medication that Alfred takes for his Parkinson's disease, or maybe it's his negative attitude, but he spends his days brooding in the basement and committing shadowy, unspeakable acts. More and more often, he doesn't seem to understand a word Enid says. Trouble is also brewing in the lives of Enid's children. Her older son, Gary, a banker in Philadelphia, has turned cruel and materialistic and is trying to force his parents out of their old house and into a tiny apartment. The middle child, Chip, has suddenly and for no good reason quit his exciting job as a professor at D------ College and moved to New York City, where he seems to be pursuing a "transgressive" lifestyle and writing some sort of screenplay. Meanwhile the baby of the family, Denise, has escaped her disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man--or so Gary hints. Enid, who loves to have fun, can still look forward to a final family Christmas and to the ten-day Nordic Pleasurelines Luxury Fall Color Cruise that she and Alfred are about to embark on. But even these few remaining joys are threatened by her husband's growing confusion and unsteadiness. As Alfred enters his final decline, the Lamberts must face the failures, secrets, and long-buried hurts that haunt them as a family if they are to make the corrections that each desperately needs.

American Betrayal

Author: Diana West
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0312630786
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Argues that today's government has abandoned basic beliefs in favor of socialist practices, citing the roles Truman, Eisenhower, McCarthy, and others in allowing Russian influences, promoting liberalism, and enabling Islamic tolerance.

The Seventh Pillar

Author: Alex Lukeman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781470027070
Format: PDF, ePub
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Book Three in the PROJECT thriller series. A fanatical terrorist has visions of the Islamic Mahdi commanding him to begin the Apocalypse and bring about the End of Days... An ancient brotherhood of assassins hidden for centuries reappears to murder and ignite the fires of war... A truck carrying a terrible weapon leaves Sudan for the lawless mountains of Algeria and an unknown destination... The PROJECT sends Nick Carter and Selena Connor to the burning wastelands of Western Africa, the back streets of San Diego and the bitter mountains of the Hindu Kush, before a final confrontation that will decide the future of Western civilization.

The Road to Unfreedom

Author: Timothy Snyder
Publisher: Tim Duggan Books
ISBN: 0525574484
Format: PDF, ePub
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With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values. But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us—between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood—Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.

The Atlantis Stone

Author: Alex Lukeman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530704309
Format: PDF, ePub
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A photograph forgotten for a hundred years holds the key to finding the legendary lost civilization of Atlantis and an ancient artifact of mysterious power. When a letter with the photograph and a faded map of Egypt shows up in the mail, the Project is launched into a search that takes them from the depths of the Atlantic to the sands of Egypt and places unseen for thousands of years. Elizabeth Harker's Project team is caught up in a power struggle between two of Russia's vast intelligence services. As the trail to Atlantis emerges from the mists of the past, the team is stalked by agents of a man who will stop at nothing to gain another rung on the ladder of his ambition. Whoever succeeds will gain knowledge to benefit the world or destroy it. The stakes don't get any higher... Can the Project keep the secrets of Atlantis out of the wrong hands?

Lessons from Russia s Operations in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

Author: Michael Kofman
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833096060
Format: PDF, ePub
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This report assesses the annexation of Crimea by Russia (February–March 2014) and the early phases of political mobilization and combat operations in Eastern Ukraine (late February–late May 2014). It examines Russia’s approach, draws inferences from Moscow’s intentions, and evaluates the likelihood of such methods being used again elsewhere.

Gorbachev His Life and Times

Author: William Taubman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393245683
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The definitive biography of the transformational world leader by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Khrushchev. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1989, his liberal policies of perestroika and glasnost had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. By 1990 he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, after barely escaping from a coup attempt, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system’s gravedigger, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Throughout, Taubman portrays the many sides of Gorbachev’s unique character that, by Gorbachev’s own admission, make him “difficult to understand.” Was he in fact a truly great leader, or was he brought low in the end by his own shortcomings, as well as by the unyielding forces he faced? Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, as well as foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved, and to the family that they raised together. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel.

The Lazarus Project

Author: Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440637490
Format: PDF, Docs
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The only novel from MacArthur Genius Award winner, Aleksandar Hemon -- the National Book Critics Circle Award winning The Lazarus Project. On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin. A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story. Brik enlists his friend Rora-a war photographer from Sarajevo-to join him in retracing Averbuch's path. Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time. From the author of The Book of My Lives.