New York, NY: Basic Books, 2007. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. Glued binding. Paper over boards. [vi], 234 p. Map. Illustrations. Index. Inscribed by author on fep. Inscription reads For James McPhillies--with best wishes, Zbig Brzezinski. Zbigniew Kazimierz "Zbig" Brzezinski (March 28, 1928 – May 26, 2017) was a Polish-American diplomat and political scientist. He served as a counselor to President Johnson from 1966 to 1968 and was President Carter's National Security Advisor from 1977 to 1981. Major foreign policy events during his time in office included the normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China; the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty; the brokering of the Camp David Accords; the transition of Iran to an anti-Western Islamic Republic led by Khomeini; the United States' encouragement of dissidents in Eastern Europe; the arming of the mujahideen in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan; and the relinquishing U.S. control of the Panama Canal after 1999.
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Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 1994. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. xvii, , 83,  pages. Footnotes. Tables. Figure. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Glenn Buchan was the Associate Program Director for C3I/Space systems in Project AIR FORCE. He joined RAND as a research staff member in the Defense Planning and Analysis Department in 1984. His research has spanned a wide range of defense topics. In the area of strategic and nuclear planning, he has constructed war plans and evaluated force interactions, studied arms control verification issues and implications of various weapon systems on arms control, and analyzed Soviet strategy. His research has also focused on nuclear and conventional uses of heavy bombers. He led a major RAND study on the future structure of the U.S. heavy bomber force, focusing heavily on a range of potential applications for the B-2 bomber.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1885. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. xxiii, , 454 pages. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Pencil erasure residue on fep. William Frank Buckley Jr. (born William Francis Buckley; November 24, 1925 – February 27, 2008) was an American conservative author and commentator. He founded National Review magazine in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the conservative movement; hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show Firing Line (1966–1999), where he became known for his transatlantic accent and wide vocabulary; and wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column. George H. Nash, a historian of the modern American conservative movement, said Buckley was "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States in the past half century… For an entire generation, he was the preeminent voice of American conservatism and its first great ecumenical figure." Buckley's primary contribution to politics was a fusion of traditional American political conservatism with laissez-faire economic theory and anti-communism, laying groundwork for the new American conservatism of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan, both Republicans. Former Senate Republican leader Bob Dole said "Buckley lighted the fire". Buckley wrote God and Man at Yale (1951) and more than fifty other books on writing, speaking, history, politics, and sailing, including a series of novels featuring CIA agent Blackford Oakes. Buckley referred to himself as either a libertarian or conservative.
New York: Random House, 2007. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxviii, 400,  pages. Illustrations. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page. Elisabeth Bumiller (born May 15, 1956) is an American author and journalist who is the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. Bumiller was also a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Bumiller's book, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, was based on ten interviews with Rice as well as interviews from 150 others, and portrays Rice supporting Bush's desire to invade Iraq, and it describes her being surprised when Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections. Jacob Heilbrunn, in The New York Times, wrote that Bumiller "brings a keen eye to Rice, probing not only her tenure as a policy maker and her close ties to George W. Bush, but also her personal and professional past.
New York: Random House, 2007. First Edition [Stated]. Hardcover. xxviii, 400,  pages. Illustrations. Bibliography. Notes. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling, and edge tears. Elisabeth Bumiller (born May 15, 1956) is an American author and journalist who is the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. Bumiller was also a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Bumiller's book, Condoleezza Rice: An American Life, was based on ten interviews with Rice as well as interviews from 150 others, and portrays Rice supporting Bush's desire to invade Iraq, and it describes her being surprised when Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections. Jacob Heilbrunn, in The New York Times, wrote that Bumiller "brings a keen eye to Rice, probing not only her tenure as a policy maker and her close ties to George W. Bush, but also her personal and professional past.
New York: Free Press, 2009. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. , 276,  pages. Contains notes, acknowledgments, and index. Publisher's ephemera laid in. Will Bunch, currently a senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and the author of a popular political blog called "Attytood," which has a progressive bent and a national readership, has been covering presidential races since Reagan’s re-election in 1984. He has won numerous journalism awards, sharing the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting with the New York Newsday staff. He is author of one previous book, and his writings have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, American Prospect, Mother Jones and elsewhere.
Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2006. Presumed first paperback edition. First printing [stated]. Trade paperback. xi, , 340,  pages. Index. Foreword by William J. Perry. George Bunn (May 26, 1925 – April 21, 2013) was an American diplomat, lawyer, and nonproliferation expert. He drafted the legislation that created the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), was one of the lead U.S. negotiators of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), served as Dean of the law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and spent the last two decades of his career at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Christopher Chyba is professor of astrophysical sciences and international affairs at Princeton University. His security-related research emphasizes nuclear weapons policy, arms control, and nonproliferation. Prior to coming to Princeton, Chyba co-directed Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Chyba served on the White House staff from 1993-1995, serving on the National Security Council staff, and then in the National Security Division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In August 2009, President Obama appointed him a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
New York: Rodale, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xv, , 239,  pages. Illustrations. Author signed WETA bookplate on fep. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Very slightly cocked. In this candid, intimate account, an award-winning 20-year veteran NPR correspondent takes readers behind the scenes of the major events of our time, letting us see what it's really like gathering the news on the front lines. As a radio journalist whose work appears regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, John F. Burnett has reported from the Branch Davidian standoff and the Kosovo conflict. He has covered the drug wars in Central America; been embedded in a Marine Division in Iraq; and weathered Hurricane Katrina, breaking news hourly on the conditions in New Orleans. And he was one of NPR's lead reporters on 9/11 and its aftermath. But no matter how much time Burnett has on the air to report his stories—and how expertly he has done so—there are always valuable details that aren't mentioned. Now he fills in those rich tidbits, letting us witness the parts of the stories that remained off the air. In Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions, Burnett exposes the hilarious moments, bizarre encounters, dangerous highways, insufferable colleagues, and unsung heroes he's known through his adventures as an NPR reporter. The result is a revealing and personal account that will fascinate not only NPR listeners but also anyone interested in the state of our world today and how the media covers it.
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2003. First edition. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. xvii, 307,  pages. Illustrations (color). Name of previous owner present. DJ has some wear and soiling, and sticker residue at back. Gracia Burnham was born in Cairo, Illinois, on January 17, 1959. Her father, Norvin, is a World War II veteran and former pastor and Bible teacher. Gracia graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1981, with a bachelor of science degree in Christian education. Gracia was married to Martin Burnham on May 28, 1983, and they graduated together from the New Tribes Mission Training Institute in Durant, Mississippi, in 1984. In March 1986, Martin and Gracia left the states for a mission aviation assignment with New Tribes Mission in Northern Luzon, Philippines. They worked as New Tribes missionaries in the Philippines from 1986 to May 2001. Gracia is author of the book "In the Presence of My Enemies", the story of the year she and Martin spent as hostages of the Abu Sayyaf in the jungles of the Philippines. The rescue attempt by the Philippine military resulted in Martin's death and Gracia's release. Gracia has authored a second book "To Fly Again",
New York: Palgrave macmillan, 2011. First Edition [Stated], First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. vi, 258 pages. Illustrations. Timeline. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Inscribed and dated by Burton on the Title page. Fred Burton is geopolitical intelligence platform Stratfor's chief security officer and a New York Times bestselling author. His publishers describe him as "one of the world's foremost experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organizations." He was appointed to the Texas Border Security Council on September 11, 2007 by Governor Rick Perry. Burton regularly briefs corporate executive teams on security related issues and speaks at a variety of both public and private events, including the Southern Law Network's 18th Annual General Counsel Event. John Bruning is the author or coauthor of fifteen nonfiction books, including the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Sword (with Jeremiah Workman) and House to House (with David Bellavia). To prepare for this book, he embedded with coalition forces in Afghanistan in 2010.
New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 2010. Ninth Printing [stated]. Hardcover. 497 pages. Glued binding. Cloth over boards. xii, Halftones, color, Frontispiece. Index. Inscribed by the author on a bookplate on the half title page. Inscription reads: To Jay Best, George W. Bush. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election.
New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 2010. Ninth Printing [stated]. Hardcover. xii, 497,  pages. Cloth over boards. xii, Illustrations (most in color). Index. Signed by the author on a Decision Points bookplate on the fep. Laid in are two candid color photographs, approximately 6 inches by 4 inches, of former President Bush at an event--presumably the event where this signed copy of his memoir was obtained. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977. He defeated Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Upon taking office as President, Bush pushed through a $1.3 trillion tax cut program and the No Child Left Behind Act, a major education bill. In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, Bush created the Department of Homeland Security and launched a "War on Terror" that began with the war in Afghanistan in 2001. He signed into law the Patriot Act in order to authorize surveillance of suspected terrorists. In 2003, Bush ordered an invasion of Iraq, with the administration arguing that the Saddam Hussein regime possessed an active weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, and that the Iraqi government posed a threat to the U.S. During his second term, Bush reached multiple free trade agreements. In 2007 he launched a surge of troops in Iraq.