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We The Nation

We, the Nation
by A. J. Davies

This work analyzes one of the most successful political organizations the world has ever seen. Since the election of 1945, the Conserative Party has been decisively defeated once (1966) but has recorded eight clear victories. This independent survey provides an assessment of the party, its development and the people who have made it what it is. It asks: what is the secret of the Tories’ success?; party funding – where does it come from?; electioneering – how much is the party’s success down to Labour’s failure? This book seeks to answer these questions, so providing an insight into the changing face of British political and social life.

Pantsuit Nation
by Libby Chamberlain

An inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, love, and resist in America—from the Facebook group with millions of engaged and impassioned members.

In October 2016, Maine resident Libby Chamberlain created a “secret” Facebook group encouraging a handful of friends to wear pantsuits to the polls. Overnight, the group of thirty exploded to 24,000 members. By November 8, the group was three million strong. Since Pantsuit Nation’s inception, its members have shared personal stories that illustrate the complexities of living in a vibrant, oftentimes contentious democracy. Members turn to Pantsuit Nation as a place of refuge and inspiration, where marginalized voices are amplified, faces are put to political decisions, resources are shared, and activism is ignited. It is a dynamic, diverse community united by an unwavering commitment to building a more just, inclusive world.

Now, hundreds of Pantsuit Nation members have contributed their stories and photographs to form this extraordinary book. An indelible testament to the idea that change comes first from the heart, and that the surest way to move a heart is to tell a story, Pantsuit Nation is a portrait of a moment in history and a rallying cry for our time.

Are We a Nation?
by Charles Sumner

Speech delivered before the New York Young Men’s Republican Union, 19 Nov. 1867; concerns the conditions of the U. S. federal government that led to the Civil War and the role of the federal (vs. state) government in the aftermath of the war.

Bad Religion
by Ross Douthat

The book that has sparked a vigorous national debate about the state of American religion, praised by Timothy Keller as “provocative” and “compelling,” while The New York Times says “Douthat attacks nonsense on both the cultural right and left…responsible and fair,” and the Washington Times raves “a superb documentation of America’s crisis of faith,” now in paperback.

AS THE YOUNGEST-EVER OP-ED COLUMNIST FOR The New York Times, Ross Douthat has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. In Bad Religion he offers a masterful and forceful account of how American Christianity has lost its way—and why it threatens to take American society with it.

In a world populated by “pray and grow rich” gospels and Christian cults of self-esteem, Ross Douthat argues that America’s problem isn’t too much religion; nor is it intolerant secularism. Rather, it’s bad religion. Conservative and liberal, political and pop cultural, traditionally religious and fashionably “spiritual”—Christianity’s place in American life has increasingly been taken over, not by atheism, but by heresy: debased versions of Christian faith that stroke our egos, indulge our follies, and encourage our worst impulses.

In a brilliant and provocative story that moves from the 1950s to the age of Obama, Douthat explores how bad religion has crippled the country’s ability to confront our most pressing challenges and accelerated American decline.

Performing the Nation
by Kelly Askew

Since its founding in 1964, the United Republic of Tanzania has used music, dance, and other cultural productions as ways of imagining and legitimizing the new nation. Focusing on the politics surrounding Swahili musical performance, Kelly Askew demonstrates the crucial role of popular culture in Tanzania’s colonial and postcolonial history.

As Askew shows, the genres of ngoma (traditional dance), dansi (urban jazz), and taarab (sung Swahili poetry) have played prominent parts in official articulations of “Tanzanian National Culture” over the years. Drawing on over a decade of research, including extensive experience as a taarab and dansi performer, Askew explores the intimate relations among musical practice, political ideology, and economic change. She reveals the processes and agents involved in the creation of Tanzania’s national culture, from government elites to local musicians, poets, wedding participants, and traffic police. Throughout, Askew focuses on performance itself—musical and otherwise—as key to understanding both nation-building and interpersonal power dynamics.

An Artist For President
by Susanna Bixby Dakin

More than a quarter century ago, Susanna Dakin emerged from the sea having been “tested by the waters” for her candidacy as An Artist for President. A durational performance art piece, it took Dakin from the art studio to the bully pulpit as she set out to prove that “the nation is an artwork and we the people are the artists”. Dakin traveled the nation meeting people from small towns to the nation’s capitol. She was interviewed for television, radio, national and regional newspapers. Along the way, she discovered that there is a hunger in America for trustworthy candidates and new perspectives within our political institutions. This book is a personal reflection of Dakin’s and campaign manager Lowell Darling’s journey across the blurry boundaries between art and politics. It is a meditation on the possibility that citizens really want (whether we know it or not) to be allowed and encouraged to participate in the ongoing creation of our nation.

We the People
by Terry L. Cannon

Finally, America elects a president who fulfills his promise and rids the world of war and crime. Read on to find out how he becomes the most popular president in history and propels Earth into an era of galactic travel.

We the People
by Carol Sewell

One of God’s original instructions to the people of God is to teach His word to our children and grandchildren. We are to pass our faith and knowledge of the Word of God to each generation. He also expects us to teach our children and grandchildren the truth about America’s founding and His involvement in it. It is clearly obvious by the culture around us that we have not been faithful to do that and therefore we have lost our influence on our culture. How can we teach what we ourselves do not know and model; and can the damage be repaired? We the People: Know the Past, Understand the Present, Secure the Future was written for the purpose of educating Christians and giving them the information they need to teach their children and grandchildren about biblical worldview, America’s true history, and our biblical system of government. We the People pulls all the elements together in one easy to understand read. Armed with this information you will be able to fully engage in the battle for the heart and soul of our nation and ultimately the Church. Once the body of Christ is educated and thinking in agreement with God’s word (thinking like Jesus) we can and will influence the culture of the nation and secure liberty for all. The body of Christ must be in unity – pray in unity, speak in unity and act in unity. We the People: Know the Past, Understand the Present, Secure the Future is the book every Christian home should have. We must be equipped to train the next generation if the future of America is to be secured for them and their children. It will take three consecutive generations being in agreement to bring about the change needed. Just think what it would be like in your own family if your grandparents, you and your children were all in agreement with the Word of God and moving as one. God never intended there to be a generation gap! Had we been faithful to intentionally teach these things to each generation we would not be a nation in decline. We the People makes it simple for us to repent and begin to do what past generations have failed to do! Now as never before it is time to commit to make the sacrifice to engage in this battle with prayer, fasting and above all getting educated on our Constitutional system knowing that with rights come responsibilities (action).

America, We Need to Talk
by Joel Berg

The newest book by Joel Berg–an internationally recognized leader and media spokesman in the fields of hunger, poverty, food systems, and U.S. politics, and the director of Hunger Free America–America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation is both a parody of relationship and self-help books and a serious analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction. Explaining that the most serious–and most broken–relationship is the one between us, as Americans, and our nation, the book explains how, no matter who becomes our next president, average Joes can channel their anger at our hobbled system into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, rebuild our middle class, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom and hope. 

Starting with the belief that it’s irresponsible for Americans to blame the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system,” Joel makes a case for how it’s the personal responsibility of every resident of this country to fix it. The American people are in a relationship with their government and their society, and, as in all relationships, it’s the responsibility of both sides to recognize and repair their problems.