The United States’ approach to China since the communist regime in Beijing began a period of reform and opening in the 1980s was based on a promise that trade and engagement would lead to a peaceful, democratic Chinese state. Forty years later, it is obvious that this approach has utterly failed. Instead of a benign People’s Republic of China, the result is a new evil empire more dangerous than the old Soviet Union.
Drawn Swords in a Distant Land showcases the fascinating, untold story of the rise and fall of the Republic of Vietnam. Putting aside outdated ideological debates, it offers the first in-depth review of the South Vietnamese successes and failures in building and defending their state.
In San Diego, not far from the gates of the fantasy world at Disneyland, tent cities lining the freeways remind us of an ugly reality. Homeless individuals are slowing rail traffic between Sacramento and the Bay Area and swarming subway trains in Los Angeles in search of a place to sleep when they’re not languishing on Skid Row.
Former director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey and former Romanian acting spy chief Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, who was granted political asylum in the U.S. in 1978, describe why Russia remains an extremely dangerous force in the world, and they finally and definitively put to rest the question of who killed President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
“What’s the point of being Irish anyway if you don’t think the world will break your heart?” asks Jack Kennedy. He is spellbound by a song about Ireland’s neverland of dreams: “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”
No one better knew the real JFK’s dreams and passions than Lem Billings, a prep-school roommate who made himself “sidekick everlasting.” The late Peter Collier had the great fortune to obtain oral histories from Billings himself, and they became the basis for a vivid biographical novel in Lem’s voice.
For the better part of a century, the Left has been waging a slow, methodical battle for control of the institutions of Western Civilization. During most of that time, “business” – and American Big Business, in particular – remained the last redoubt for those who believed in free people, free markets, and the criticality of private property. Over the past two decades, however, that has changed, and the Left has taken its long march to the last remaining non-leftist institution.
American politics grows embittered because it is increasingly torn between two rival constitutions, two opposed cultures, two contrary ways of life.
We are now entering the third and greatest phase of space exploration and development. In the first stage, visionaries imagined the future and tinkered with small rockets. In the second, big government programs proved that the visionaries’ visions were possible, though expensive.