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Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World

Anthony Olcott

Continuum International Publishing Group

80 Maiden Lane, Suite 704, NY, NY 10038

9781441166081, $29.95,

Intelligence in the world of governments and corporations means 'information'. The kind of information that lets you know what your opponents or competitors are up to. There are two general categories of intelligence: overt or open, and covert or clandestine. In "Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World" Anthony Olcott draws upon his many years of experience and expertise as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Intelligence, as an Officer in Residence at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, as the Director of National Intelligence's Open Source Center, as Senior Analyst in the Emerging Media Group, and as an Expert Analyst covering Russia and Central Asia, to provide an instructive study on how information or intelligence can be gleaned from the profusion of public and often freely available sources such as magazines, journals, internet web sites and databases, 'think tank' white papers, and all manner of published books. Enhanced with an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, "Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World" should be considered mandatory reading for anyone engaged in governmental or corporate intelligence gathering, as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in the politics and processes of intelligence gathering from public sources.


Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank

AK Press

3500 Parkdale Avenue, Building 1, #A28

Baltimore, MD 21211

9781849351102, $16.95,

Barack Obama inspired voters like few presidents before him. "Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion" discusses the failure of the Obama presidency from the perspective of the American Left as many writers such as Ralph Nader, Kevin Alexander Gray, Tariq Ali and many others pass judgment on the failures of Obama to deliver the reforms promised and instead continuing many of the things from the presidency of George W. Bush that were used as a call to arms for him. "Hopeless" is an original look at the presidency of Obama from those whose dissatisfaction with him is not usually heard.

All Politics is Religious

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross

Skylight Paths Publishing

Sunset Farms Offices, Route 4

PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091

9781594733741, $18.99,

The core of faith rings true no matter what one's faith is, or lack there of. "All Politics is Religious: Speak Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community" discusses the relationship of faith and politics. Author and Rabbi Dennis S. Ross presents an insightful and comprehensive breakdown of the complex relationship of faith and politics, and calls for a clearer understanding of many hot debate issues and in spite of his faith-driven ideals of God's wisdom, reminds of the place of separation of church and state. "All Politics is Religious" is a strong pick for any politics and religious studies collection, highly recommended.


David Corn

William Morrow

c/o HarperCollins

10 E. 53rd St., New York NY 10022

9780062107992, $26.99,

SHOWDOWN: THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW OBAMA FOUGHT BACK AGAINST BOEHNER, CANTOR, AND THE TEA PARTY offers a fine story of White House decisionmaking processes based on interviews with Obama insiders and details a turbulent period of the Obama presidency from the 2010 elections to the start of his 2012 campaign. This insider's story follows the key dramas of the early presidency, discussing controversial political decisions, events, and more. Any who would understand the Obama administration or the evolution of world politics and American political parties during this period must have this!

Political Worlds of Women

Mary Hawkesworth

Westview Press

2465 Central Avenue, Boulder CO 80301

9780813344959, $42.00,

POLITICAL WORLDS OF WOMEN: ACTIVISM, ADVOCACY AND GOVERNANCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY provides college-level readers with a fine critical introduction to women's political struggles in local, national and global contexts, and is a fine pick for any who would explore the boundaries of women's political activism. It considers women's political engagement on all levels, using case studies to document critical issues central to women's politics and involvement, and it provides a rich series of gender and political connections perfect for any women's history or political studies collection.
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Title Annotation:"Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World", "Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion", "All Politics is Religious: Speak Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community", "Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor and the Tea Party" and "Political Worlds of Women: Activism, Advocacy and Governance in the Twenty-First Century"
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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