The coup is the most frequently attempted method of changing government, and the most successful. Coup dâe(tm)Ã%tat outlines the mechanism of the coup and analyzes the conditionsâe"political, military, and social, that gives rise to it. In doing so, the book sheds much light on societies where power does indeed grow out of the barrel of a gun and the role of law is a concept little understood.
The term coup d'�tat--French for stroke of the state--brings to mind coups staged by power-hungry generals who overthrow the existing regime, not to democratize, but to concentrate power in their own hands as dictators. We assume all coups look the same, smell the same, and present the same threats to democracy. It's a powerful, concise, and self-reinforcing idea. It's also wrong. In The Democratic Coup d'�tat, Ozan Varol advances a simple, yet controversial, argument: Sometimes, a democracy is established through a military coup. Covering events from the Athenian Navy's stance in 411 B.C. against a tyrannical home government, to coups in the American colonies that ousted corrupt British governors, to twentieth-century coups that toppled dictators and established democracy in countries as diverse as Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, and Colombia, the book takes the reader on a gripping journey. Connecting the dots between these neglected events, Varol weaves a balanced narrative that challenges everything we thought we knew about military coups. In so doing, he tackles several baffling questions: How can an event as undemocratic as a military coup lead to democracy? Why would imposing generals-armed with tanks and guns and all-voluntarily surrender power to civilian politicians? What distinguishes militaries that help build democracies from those that destroy them? Varol's arguments made headlines across the globe in major media outlets and were cited critically in a public speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Written for a general audience, this book will entertain, challenge, and provoke, but more importantly, serve as a reminder of the imperative to question the standard narratives about our world and engage with all ideas, no matter how controversial.
Based on extensive field research in Turkey, Istanbul, City of the Fearless explores social movements and the broader practices of civil society in Istanbul in the critical years before and after the 1980 military coup, the defining event in the neoliberal reengineering of the city. Bringing together developments in anthropology, urban studies, cultural geography, and social theory, it offers new insights into the meaning and study of urban violence, military rule, activism and spatial tactics, relations between political factions and ideologies, and political memory and commemoration. Its theoretical and conceptual contributions have implications far beyond its particular focus on Istanbul. This book is both a social history and an anthropological study, investigating how activist practices and the coup not only contributed to the "globalization" of Istanbul beginning in the 1980s but also exerted their force and influence into the future.
In The Union Manifesto, an apparently deranged American Peace Corps pastoral volunteer gives new deviant interpretations to the Word; and establishes a new extremist church. Soon, the church is invaded by charlatans, criminals, fugitives and political opportunists, who turn it into a cult and the liturgy into black magic lore. When the cult and its criminal elements decide to move beyond economic control of the state, and now make a bid for the highest political offices in the land....the stage was set for a national disaster...and a clash between the forces of good and evil.
Using current historical political background of a dysfunctional government and a persistent increase in global terrorism, Coup D'Etat weaves a tale of powerful political and military figures conspiring to place a man of their choosing at the pinnacle of power in America. Newly assigned Secret Service Agent, Alex Coulter, joins forces with an American Embassy secretary in Madrid who turns up with evidence of a Coup D'Etat in progress after the assassination of the American Ambassador to Spain and the murder of an Admiral at Rota Naval Station in Spain. The couple, pursued by rogue Secret Service Agents, fight for their lives across Madrid and Segovia, Spain, Washington, D.C. and Virginia The plot surprises; not every thing is what it seems. The sense of reality, drama, intrigue and suspense will hold your attention and keep your pulse pounding until the last page.
Ex-Special Agent Dewey Andreas has retreated to rural Australia to escape the turbulent forces he once fought against. US National Security Advisor, Jessica Tanzer, has her own reasons for wanting him home. But there is someone else who has a much more sinister agenda. Someone who seeks revenge and who will not rest until he finds the man who has ruined his life. Meanwhile in the border region of Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan is escalating. As the situation quickly spins out of control, it becomes clear that world peace is in jeopardy. With just hours to head off disaster, the US President joins forces to help avert a worldwide crisis. There is only one man he can trust to carry out the near impossible task. Can he be found in time, and can he be persuaded to carry out the most difficult and dangerous mission of his career?
The Assassination of a President! What If He Lived?
Author: James J. Shanni
"The authority of moral law is universal and obligates all. Morality and law are the fundamental condition for social order. States and nations are built upon law, without which they perish." -John Paul IIWhile each presidential assassination was a tragedy, the last was most egregious involving conspiracy among politicians, military, corporate CEOs and organized crime. Sixty-six percent of Americans did not believe the official government report that one man acted alone in the assassination. Substantial credible evidence points to a cover up by both elected and appointed officials. Coup D'etat explores the premise of Mafia involvement and answers the question, what if he lived. What if he exposed them?In all of history there has never been a nation quite like the United States. America's founders had a specific purpose in mind when they crafted the words that would guide the government of the new republic. They created a form of government that has become the envy of the world. In the United States, the people elect their leaders, who govern within constitutional guidelines. If the people don't like the way a leader governs, they can remove him peacefully through recall or at the next election.In congressional districts all over the United States, a handful of people continue to elect politicians who probably would not make it to office if more Americans voted. In the election of 2000, the country was nearly torn apart when the election came down to a 561-vote difference. Having risked their lives and fortune standing up against repressive England, America's forefathers would probably not be pleased to see what their dream has become. "Morality and law are the fundamental conditions for social order." Have we become so polarized that murdering a leader we disagree with is acceptable?
In 1941, a treaty between England and Germany unravels—and so does a different World War II. In Harry Turtledove’s mesmerizing alternate history of World War II, the choices of men and fate have changed history. Now it is the winter of 1941. As the Germans, with England and France on their side, slam deep into Russia, Stalin’s terrible machine fights for its life. But the agreements of world leaders do not touch the hearts of soldiers. The war between Germany and Russia is rocked by men with the courage to aim their guns in a new direction. England is the first to be shaken. Following the suspicious death of Winston Churchill, with his staunch anti-Nazi views, a small cabal begins to imagine the unthinkable in a nation long famous for respecting the rule of law. With civil liberties hanging by a thread, a conspiracy forms against the powers that be. What will this daring plan mean for the European war as a whole? Meanwhile, in America, a woman who has met Hitler face-to-face urges her countrymen to wake up to his evil. For the time being, the United States is fighting only Japan—and the war is not going as well as Washington would like. Can Roosevelt keep his grip on the country’s imagination? Coup d’Etat captures how war makes for the strangest of bedfellows. A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany’s Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler’s fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world—and by an outspoken Catholic bishop. With his spectacular command of character, coincidence, and military and political strategies, Harry Turtledove continues a passionate, unmatched saga of a World War II composed of different enemies, different allies—and hurtling toward a horrific moment. For a diabolical new weapon is about to be unleashed, not by the United States, but by Japan, in a tactic that will shock the world. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Harry Turtledove's The War That Came Early: Two Fronts. Praise for Coup d’Etat “Turtledove’s masterful presentation of an alternate WWII reaches its fourth volume with its quality undiminished. . . . A tribute to [his] commanding skills.”—Booklist (starred review) “For lovers of alternative history, and particularly the very popular Turtledove with his appealing weaponry, battle tactics, and setting details, this story will satisfy. It sets out to entertain . . . and that it does.”—Historical Novels Review “The book’s grand scope and Turtledove’s impressive historical knowledge are admirable.”—Kirkus Reviews