While America Sleeps

While America Sleeps

Book - 2012
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Russ Feingold looks at the challenges posed by the post September 11th era, focusing on losing our focus on Al Qaeda, manipulating the trauma of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks, and the awakening of America.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307952547
9780307952523
0307952525
Branch Call Number: 327.73 FEI 2012
Characteristics: viii, 304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

An engaging and pithy read for anyone who cares about the recent and ongoing political climate in the Western World.
Sen. Feingold is best known as the man who cast the lone "no" vote when the US Senate passed the infamous "USA Patriot Act" which demonstrably violates the Constitution, allowing unprecedented degrees of government snooping into the private lives of Americans -- even to the extent of recording what books people borrow from libraries and enabling the FBI to engage in wiretaps without warrant. Not surprisingly, both right-leaning civil libertarians and left-leaning Democrats have since begun to decry the loss of liberty and privacy; yet there has been no serious move to repeal the Act and the security establishment that was brought into existence with the Act is now well entrenched. Since Feingold's departure, no legislator has had the courage to face the Tea Party accusations of being terrorist-friendly that would ensue if he or she challenged the Act. Bin Ladin must be laughing wherever his soul resides.
Of course, there's a lot more to Feingold's book than that. Although he indulges in a bit more Capitol Hill minutiae than is really needed, he does make a number of other cogent points, e.g. the desperate need on the part of Americans to be a lot more knowledgeable than they have been about how the rest of the world thinks and works. The Republicans of today (who bear no resemblance to the GOP of Eisenhower) conveniently forget that the fiscal mess left from bailing out the big banks was instituted not by Obama but by the Bush administration; they will also forget that Feingold voted against that too. And they will of course dismiss this book out of hand amid what passes for political discourse in America. Feingold seems to be preaching to an empty church.

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StarGladiator
Jul 26, 2014

I've always thought Feingold to be a nice guy, but a submediocre legislator who never gets it, or has never gotten it! You will learn nothing fromt this book, with the possible exceptions of Feingold's intellectual shortcomings, I'm afraid to say. The relationship between Wall Street and the congress and the presidency is much, much better examined in Nomi Prins' latest book, All The Presidents' Bankers.

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