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“Jim Shon’s book takes you inside the hopes, aspirations, triumphs, and failures of the legislative process. Having covered the legislature as a reporter, I was left thinking it was both better and worse than I remember it”.
Tom Coffman, author of Catch a Wave and Nation Within
Inside Hawaii’s Capitol tells the tale of Jim Shon’s twelve years as a member of the Hawaii State Legislature. Readers are encouraged to put themselves into the shoes of a legislator and to gain an appreciation for the strengths and weaknesses of today’s representative form of democracy in general, and Hawaii’s recent experience in particular.
Step back from the media hype and sound-bite rhetoric of today’s politics to reflect on both the promises and the frustrations of the Capitol world and to understand how the “system” attempts to deal with complex problems that often seem beyond the modern legislature’s grasp.
Most chapters include a number of lessons and personal conclusions about our democratic process. Readers are invited to ponder these, to agree or disagree, and to better understand how our community elects its representatives and gathers each year to make its laws.
This is not a “dirty laundry” book, nor the lofty memoirs of a powerful politician. It will not please those who take delight in trashing government or elected officials. Shon is a true believer in democracy, warts and all. Inside Hawaii’s Capitol is admittedly the view of only one participant, but it can serve as a citizen’s handbook for those who would appreciate insights into legislative life. It is also a rare insider case study, valuable for citizens and students of American politics.$3.00 Select options
This is a true untold story of American patriotic history. It is a story of how a group of ordinary American Citizens and a Prince became involved in US foreign policy and intelligence around the world.
At one point, the group was a household name in Washington, DC, and had direct contact with high-level officials, right up to
the president of the United States.
One senate investigator said, “It is like you entered into a world of science fiction and then you find that it checks out.”
The story tells how the group, with their sources for intelligence, were one of the key factors in ending the Cold War with the
former Soviet Union, along with freeing several countries that were ruled by brutal dictators.
Then there was a nationwide scandal, and the group was abruptly pushed aside.
Many major magazines, such as: New York Magazine (Christmas Issue) U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, and Boston Globe wrote about the group, but the author, due to his privacy and well-being, had decided not to be involved in the articles.
But now after thirty years, he has decided to write his true, untold story in American history.
Gary was born on June 11, 1958, in Astoria, New York, and moved to Freeport, New York, at the age of 3. He now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended Sullivan County Community College Culinary program and finished at the State University of New York in 1984, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business with a minor in computer science. Gary has also lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Manhattan Beach, CA and now resides in St. Petersburg, FL.$2.99–$8.95 Select options
The Case of the Good Deed follows two investigators reminiscent of Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto, but not the same. An old Hawaiian deed from the mid-19th century is found in the wall of an historic church. The deed is to a valuable parcel in rapidly developing downtown Kakaako. A young museum researcher and a young reporter believe it can complicate if not stop a major development. Then a suspicious and tragic death. Was it an accident? Follow Detective Charlie, Izakaya owner Moto, and reporter Zoe as they unravel the authenticity of the deed, and if the death was murder.$3.00 Select options
The book is divided in two. The first section addresses the theoretical shortcoming that result from the predominance of capitalism. We recognize that capitalism was initially accepted as progressive and incorporated elements of democracy however slavery (the first contradiction of capitalism) was the economic activity which produced the profits which were then invested in the industrial revolution. Successful industry ultimately destroyed slavery (captains of industry insisted that if they had to pay their workers, other “captains” would have to do the same). But, the ground work was laid for racism, which became the next contradiction of capitalism. As the democratic revolutions of Europe and the U.S. promised “liberty and justice for all, slavery lived on. Meanwhile, capitalism continued to reach out, and colonialism and imperialism became the form of domination it would coexist with. Domination included abuse of the environment and natural resources. The second part of the book is empirical. After reviewing the conditions of African American the authors review several essential building blocks for rebuilding communities that can provide stability and prosperity for all.
About the author:
Cynthia Hamilton and Robert Terrell have been friends and political allies for over thirty years. Cynthia has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. Robert received his B.A. and M.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine. They worked together first in Boston and began to work on ideas for political and economic alternatives. Both are community organizers, Robert in Boston, Cynthia in Los Angeles. Robert is now Director of Fair Housing in Boston, Cynthia, who has MS, is a retired university professor and former Director of African American Studies at the University of Rhode Island. They are founding members of the Twenty-First Century Institute and they promote and help others to implement the alternatives promoted in this book.$6.31–$23.87 Select options