A deeply humane novel that explores the fate of candor, good will, and the utopian spirit in a world where technology and surveillance are weaponizing human relationships One autumn night, as a grad student named Matthew is walking home from the subway, a handsome skateboarder catches his eye. Leif, mesmerizing and enigmatic, invites Matthew to meet his friends, who are experimenting with tarot cards. It´s easier to know what´s in other people´s minds than most people realize, the friends claim. Do they believe in telepathy? Can they actually do it? Though Matthew should be writing his dissertation on the poetry of kingship, he soon finds himself falling in love with Leif--a poet of the internet age--and entangled with Leif´s group as they visit the Occupy movement´s encampment across the river, where they hope their ideas about radical empathy will help heal a divided world and destabilize the 1%. When the group falls afoul of a security contractor freelancing for the government, the news coverage, internet outrage, and legal repercussions damage the romances and alliances that hold the friends together, and complicate the faith the members of the group have--or, in some cases, don´t have--in the powers they´ve been nurturing. Elspeth and Raleigh, two of Leif´s oldest friends, will see if their relationship can weather the strains of criminal charges; Chris and Julia, who drifted into the group more recently, will have their loyalties tested; and Matthew, entranced by the man at the center of it all, will have to decide what he owes Leif and how much he´s willing to give him. All six will be forced to reckon with the ambiguous nature of transparency and with the insidious natures of power and privilege. Overthrow is a story about the aftermath of the search for a new moral idealism, in a world where new controls on us--through technology, surveillance, the law--seem to be changing the nature and shape of the boundaries that we imagine around our selves. Caleb Crain, with astonishing sensitivity, acuity, and grace, has captured the deep unease and ambiguity that threaten our contemporary lives, and has written a beautiful novel about the redemptive possibilities of love and friendship.
With his harrowing debut, Luke Mogelson provides an unsentimental, unflinching glimpse into the lives of those forever changed by war. Subtle links between these 10 powerful stories magnify the consequences of combat for both soldiers and civilians as the violence experienced abroad echoes through their lives in America. Troubled veterans first introduced as criminals in ´´To the Lake´´ and ´´Visitors´´ are shown later in ´´New Guidance´´ and ´´Kids´´, during the deployments that shaped their futures. A seemingly minor soldier in ´´New Guidance´´ becomes the protagonist of ´´A Human Cry´´, where his alienation from society leads to a shocking confrontation. The fate of a hapless Gulf War veteran who reenlists in ´´Sea Bass´´ is revealed in ´´Peacetime´´, the story of a New York City medic´s struggle with his inurement to calamity. A shady contractor job gone wrong in ´´A Beautiful Country´´ is a news item for a reporter in ´´Total Solar´´ as he navigates the surreal world of occupied Kabul. Shifting in time and narrative perspective - from the home front to active combat, between experienced leaders, flawed infantrymen, a mother, a child, an Afghan American translator, and a foreign correspondent - these stories offer a multifaceted examination of the unexpected costs of war. Here is an evocative, deep work that charts the legacy of an unprecedented conflict and the burdens of those it touched. Written with remarkable empathy and elegance, These Heroic, Happy Dead heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new talent. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004455/bk_rand_004455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A tabloid star is killed in a helicopter crash and three years later a young journalist is warned off the story. A private security contractor loses it in the Congo, with deadly consequences.In Ireland an ex-prime minister struggles to contain a dark secret from his time in office. A dramatic news story breaks in Paris just as a US senator begins his campaign to run for office. A ferocious, paranoid thriller that explores the legacy of corruption in big business, the West’s fear of China, the role of back room political players, and the question of who controls what we know. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Cormack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oakh/000400/bk_oakh_000400_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures. Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity 10-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself. Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens - and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019998/bk_adbl_019998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the first book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a spoiled socialite discovers the best things in life are worth working for. For socialite Robin Lear, being handcuffed in the back of a police car for a bogus crime is the cherry on top of the worst week ever. First, her father announces devastating news. Then, in a fit of tough love, he demotes Robin from her cushy job in the family business and reassigns her to work for an insufferable manager. Now, for the first time in her life, Robin will have to earn her place in the world - and the sexy new contractor renovating her house may be just the man to show her how. One look at beautiful Robin Lear is all Jake Manning needs to know that she’s just another trust-fund baby who’s never done an honest day’s work. Getting involved with a woman like her would be a disaster - yet staying away is proving to be damn near impossible. But who knows better than Jake that the best things in life are worth the effort…. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005004/bk_brll_005004_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man´s trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series. After conning everyone from the cable news shows to the local cops, it looks like the grifter´s latest double cross may be his last. Connie Kelly thought she´d found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the CIA. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost 300,000 dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment. But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. Her therapist, Dr. Susan Silverman, hands her Spenser´s card. A self-proclaimed military hotshot, Welles had been a frequent guest on national news shows speaking with authority about politics and world events. But when he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge. Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. His name, his résumé, and his client list are nothing but an elaborate fraud. But uncovering the truth won´t be easy, as he´ll have to keep the mystery man alive long enough to get back his client´s money. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles´s next con is his last. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Mantegna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005098/bk_rand_005098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is rolling news showing footage of US Marines holding off an armed assault on the White House? Where have the Secret Service taken the President and why has the Vice President invoked the 25th Amendment? Why has US Space Command mobilized its strategic reserve and put it into orbit? Crisis Point is a stand-alone novella set in the same near-future world as Perfects (published late 2016). It tells the story of a military conspiracy reaching to the top of the US Military to subvert the democratically elected US President. This is a future where some Americans have realized that spending their blood and treasure as the world’s policemen hasn’t been effective and have decided that someone else should take a turn. In the middle of the 21st century Mike Duff is a career officer of US Space Force. The military are getting cut, and the defense contractors aren´t happy about it. Mike is a patriotic American, loyal to the Constitution and proud of his country, but he doesn´t like what he sees the politicians doing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Westphalen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/125180/bk_acx0_125180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Internet is the most effective weapon the government has ever built. In this fascinating book, investigative reporter Yasha Levine uncovers the secret origins of the Internet, tracing it back to a Pentagon counterinsurgency surveillance project. A visionary intelligence officer, William Godel, realized that the key to winning the war in Vietnam was not outgunning the enemy but using new information technology to understand their motives and anticipate their movements. This idea - using computers to spy on people and groups perceived as a threat, both at home and abroad - drove ARPA to develop the Internet in the 1960s and continues to be at the heart of the modern Internet we all know and use today. As Levine shows, surveillance wasn´t something that suddenly appeared on the Internet; it was woven into the fabric of the technology. But this isn´t just a story about the NSA or other domestic programs run by the government. As the book spins forward in time, Levine examines the private surveillance business that powers tech-industry giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, revealing how these companies spy on their users for profit, all while doing double duty as military and intelligence contractors. Levine shows that the military and Silicon Valley are effectively inseparable: a military-digital complex that permeates everything connected to the Internet, even coopting and weaponizing the antigovernment privacy movement that sprang up in the wake of Edward Snowden. With deep research, skilled storytelling, and provocative arguments, Surveillance Valley will change the way you think about the news - and the device on which you read it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: LJ Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029826/bk_adbl_029826_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The crash of a U.S. reconnaissance plane into the Colombian jungle on February 13, 2003, set off a series of events that, five years later, would bring three South American countries on a collision course toward war, pit a giant government contractor against its employer - the U.S. government - and catapult a 40-year-old guerrilla army to the international stage as one of the most active and successful terrorist organizations in the world. Hostage Nation follows the players in this international drama in which lives interweave across a chaotic and deadly chessboard. While at first the case appeared to be a one-dimensional kidnapping of three American contractors that would play out in backdoor negotiations, as many had before, the paradigm shift that took over Washington after 9/11 made impossible any such path to win the freedom of the hostages. This is the story of Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and Marc Gonsalves, three Americans who went to work for the U.S. government´s ill-fought ´´War on Drugs´´ and crash-landed into their worst nightmare, five years in captivity of the FARC rebel Army. It is the story of Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, poster child for all the prisoners in Colombia. It is the story of corporate malfeasance by Northrop Grumman, one of the largest defense contractors in America. It is the story of a paradigm shift that turned poor Colombian guerrillas into the biggest drug mafia in the world and earned them a prominent position on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. This is also a fascinating expose about the way that civilian soldiers have become the main players in covert wars that fly under the radar of the American people. It is the story of the U.S. government´s ambivalence concerning victims who don´t have to be tallied on the nightly news. It is the story of fragmented government factions that refuse to work together, and of foreign-policy blunders that put government contracts 1. Language: English. Narrator: Yetta Gottesman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000614/bk_acx0_000614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.