Category Archives: History

The 9/11 Commission Report

Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

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In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism.

This volume is the authorized edition of the Commission’s final report.

Softcover, 567 pages

Published: 2004, W.W. Norton & Co.

Electronic version available also, click here to download (U.S. government site)

The Public Diplomacy Reader

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The first in the IWP course reader series, The Public Diplomacy Reader provides a look at slices of public diplomacy: the art of communicating with foreign publics to influence international perceptions, attitudes and policies. Like any art form, the real definition of public diplomacy is subjective, and can be the source of lively and often bitter debates.

Rather than attempt to create a specific definition of public diplomacy, this edited volume takes some of the most insightful and historically significant writings, statements and official documents, from a variety of professional disciplines and political perspectives, so the reader can develop his or her own sense of what the field is all about.


This book makes no pretensions about completeness. The editor found it challenging to keep it under 500 pages of actual text. Here is how The Public Diplomacy Reader is designed to serve the user: To provide in a single volume a useful primer on public diplomacy, straight from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners across time and culture.

Edited by J. Michael Waller

2007, Electronic version only – click link or image to download

A Crack in the Earth

The Jordan Rift Valley, stretching from the Red Sea to Lebanon, was ripped open millions of years ago by vast forces within the earth. This geological object has also been a part of human history ever since early humans used it as a path in their journey out of Africa. And for a quarter of a century it has been part of the biography of Haim Watzman, an Israeli journalist.
In the autumn of 2004, as his country was riven by a fierce debate over its borders, Watzman took a two-week journey up the valley. Along the way he met scientists who try to understand the rift through the evidence lying on its surface—an archaeologist who reconstructs the fallen altars of a long-forgotten people, a zoologist whose study of bird societies has produced a theory of why organisms cooperate, and a geologist who thinks that the valley will some day be an ocean. He encountered people whose life and work on the shores of the Dead Sea and Jordan River have led them to dream of paradise and to seek to build Gardens of Eden on earth—a booster for a chemical factory, the director of a tourist site, and an aging socialist farmer who curates a museum of idols. And he discovered that the geography’s instability is mirrored in the volatility of the tales that people tell about the Sea of Galilee.
As an observant Jew who has written extensively about science and scholarship, Watzman strives to understand the valley in all its complexity—its physical facts, its role in human history and in his own life, and the myths it has engendered. He realizes that human beings can never see the rift in isolation. “It is the stories that men and women have told to explain what they see and what they do as a result that create the rift as we see it . . . As hard as we try to comprehend the landscape itself, it is humanity that we find.”
Watzman’s poetic evocation of the scientific and the human is a unique chronicle of a quest for knowledge.


Author: Haim Watzman

Published: 2007  New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

186 Pages

Subjects: Geology –Great Rift Valley –History. Rifts (Geology) –Africa, East. Rifts (Geology) –Middle East.

The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government

How should a Christian contribute to public affairs? Investigate the examples of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mayhew, Roger Sherman, Charles Thomson and other Christians at the vanguard of the Revolution. The Church and its leaders played a vital role in achieving American independence and they established a precedent for today’s Christians to follow. Discover Biblical guidelines for political involvement nd ways to act upon your convictions.

By: David Barton

Published: 2008, Wallbuilder Press

Softcover, 56 pages

The Holocaust

This volume in the Problems in European Civilization Series offers students both the history and differing interpretations of the Holocaust. Combining primary sources, essays, and personal narratives, the text’s approach promotes critical thinking and reading on this infamous era.


Author: Donald L. Niewyk

Published: 1997  Boston, Ma., Houghton Mifflin

291 Pages

Subjects:  Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) World War, 1939-1945 –Jews –Rescue. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) –Historiography.

The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

A real-life thriller from acclaimed historian and author of The Pirate Hunter, Richard Zacks — the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees.

In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out in 1805 on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, but at the last moment he grew wary of “intermeddling” in a foreign government, and Eaton set off without proper national support.

Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton and his mission seemed doomed from the start. But against all odds, he improbably triumphed, recruiting a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, along with some Arab cavalry and Bedouin fighters, and leading them on a march across the Libyan Desert. Once in Tripoli, the ragtag army defeated the local troops and successfully captured Derne, laying the groundwork for the demise of the Barbary Pirates. The success of the event is immortalized in the Marines’ Hymn, but Jefferson never allowed Eaton the fame he craved. Now, Richard Zacks brings this important story from our nation’s history to life.

Richard Zacks, author of the heralded The Pirate Hunter, is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Life, Time, and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City.

Author: Richard Zacks

Published: 2006, Hyperion

Paperback, 432 pages

Subjects: United States–History–Tripolitan War, 1801-1805. Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. United States–History–1801-1805–Underground Movements. United States–History–Tripolitan War, 1801-1805–Naval operations. Pirates–Africa, North–History–19th Century.


The impact of Chief Justice William Rehnquist — who served as a Supreme Court justice for a third of a century and headed the federal judiciary under four presidents — cannot be overstated. His dissenting opinion in Roe v. Wade, and his strongly stated positions on issues as various as freedom of the press, school prayer, and civil rights, would guarantee his memory on their own. Chiefly, though, William Rehnquist will always be remembered for his highly visible role in two of the most important and contentious political events of recent American history: the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 and the Supreme Court’s decision that made George W. Bush the victor in the presidential election of 2000.

Despite his importance as a public figure, however, William Rehnquist scrupulously preserved his private life. And while his judicial opinions often inflamed passions and aroused both ire and praise, they were rarely personal. The underlying quirks, foibles, and eccentricities of the man were always under wraps.

Now, however, journalist Herman J. Obermayer has broken that silence in a memoir of their nineteen-year friendship that is both factually detailed and intensely moving, his own personal tribute to his dearest friend. In these pages, we meet for the first time William Rehnquist the man, in a portrait that can only serve to enhance the legacy of a Chief Justice who will be remembered in history as being among America’s most influential.

Author: Herman J. Obermayer

Published: 2009 New York. Threshold Editions

249 Pages

Subjects: Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005. United States. Supreme Court. Judges –United States –Biography. Political questions and judicial power –United States.

The Nazi Legacy: Klaus Barbie and the International Fascist Connection

This investigation reveals, neo-Fascist terrorists from Germany and Italy clustered round Barbie – young men inspired by the ideology of the Third Reich, ready to torture and kill to achieve their aims. Amongst their ranks: suspects of the 1980 bombing of the Bologna train station.

The Authors of this gripping, previously untold story are all experienced investigative journalists. They have spent a year of intensive research in ten countries piecing together the evidence of a secret right-wing world. The result is a massive indictment not just of Klaus Barbie himself, but of the regimes that needed him so badly for half a century.

Authors: Magnus Linklater, Isabel Hilton and Neal Ascherson

Published: 1985. Holt, Rinehart and Winston

332 Pages

Subjects: Barbie, Klaus, 1913- War criminals –Germany –Biography. Nazis –Biography. Fascism.

Hitler and the Holocaust

Hitler and the Holocaust is the product of a lifetime’s work by one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of anti-Semitism and modern Jewry. Robert S. Wistrich examines Europe’s long history of violence against its Jewish populations, looks at the forces that shaped Hitler’s belief in a “satanic Jewish power” that must be eradicated, and discusses the process by which Hitler gained power and finalized his plans for mass genocide. He concludes by addressing the abiding legacy of the Holocaust and the lessons that can be drawn from it. Combining a comprehensive picture of one of the most cataclysmic periods in recent history with contemporary scholarly developments and fresh historical inquiry, Hitler and the Holocaust is an indelible contribution to the literature of history.

Author: Robert S. Wistrich

Published:  2003.  Phoenix Press

245 Pages

Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy

Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.

But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.

Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.

Author: M. Stanton Evans

Published: 2007 New York Three Rivers Press

663 Pages

McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957. United States. Congress. Senate –Biography. Legislators –United States –Biography. Communism –United States-History –20th century. Anti-communist movements –United States –History –20th century.Internal security –United States –History –20th century. United States –Politics and government –1945-1953.