In this lively, up-to-the-minute book, Bill Emmott explains how Italy sank to this low point, how Italians feel about it, and what can be done to return the country to more prosperous and more democratic times. With the aid of numerous personal interviews, Emmott analyzes "Bad Italy"—the land of disgraced Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, an inadequate justice system, an economy dominated by special interests and continuing corruption—against its contrasting foil "Good Italy," the home of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, truth-seeking journalists, and countless citizens determined to end mafia domination for good.
BILL EMMOTT is a writer, speaker and consultant on global affairs, with an expertise in Asia. Until 2006 he was editor in chief of The Economist, where his thirteen-year tenure was marked by many awards. He is the author of six previous books and writes regularly for several international publications. He lives in London and Somerset.
We must unite the world, leaving people free to decide their own future, which does not happen in Italy. I did not want to go that far, but there is no other way to get to the freedom of the peoples of the north.
From an early age I have never endured injustice, and I always said what I thought, and I with my Venetian character, to say what I thought when I was a student, I paid a high price. I was naive then, as unfortunately there still are many young people of the north. Again, I did not want to go that far, but freedom is priceless, and remember one thing, the freedom of each one of us ends when you take away the freedom to others. From OECD statistics, the graduates of the north, are much more prepared than graduates of the South, then, from the Internet, I come to know that in the south there are more graduates, 100 cum laude. But now everyone knows that the dunces of the north, to get his degree, he moved to the south. This is the cause of all these people who come to places like government offi cials, etcc.
In addition to being unfair to the people of the north, such behavior foster corruption, and the peoples of the south are professors about it, although there are many honest people. Nonetheless, the social and economic damage that the South, with malicious behavior, has facilitated the crime, corruption, debt and social injustice.
I marvel not a little, when signed, sets out the facts of evil, which occur in southern Italy, many people show me as racist. Do not forget that if the criminal organizations in the south have the roost for 40 years, it is due to politicians, and especially the tens of thousands of people who in one way or another, were affi liated with organized crime. So, party politician, from the 60s onwards, enabled these organizations to proliferate, in exchange for a vote. The past speaks for itself.With regard to my person, I do not love me at all know. Im a loner, and I only wrote this book because I love the freedom, not only for me but also for others. On the other hand, what is a person without freedom? Nothing. The human being, being superintelligent, compared to animals in need of freedom as the air we breathe. When it is the remains, he is nothing.
The attacks on September 11th, 2001, shook the rich West out of its complacency; suddenly, peace looked to be in peril. Even before that time prosperity was endangered, as campaigns mounted against the purported evils of capitalist globalization, such as inequality, pollution, and financial instability, and as America's high-tech stockmarket boom turned to bust. Yet, in the decade following the end of the Cold War, prospects had looked so rosy, with peace prevailing among the world's great powers, with billions of people joining the world market economy, and with great waves of technological change driving economies forwards.
What to make of such confusion and disappointment? What will the 21st century be like now? Bill Emmott, editor of the world's leading current affairs weekly, The Economist, argues that the best way to think about the future is to look back at the past, at the forces that have shaped our world and at what they tell us about the things that really matter in determining whether we are at peace or at war, in a state of liberty or repression, in a period of prosperity or of depression. From the twentieth century we can learn that two questions matter above all others: Will America continue to lead the world and to protect its peace? And will we continue to accept capitalism, with all its strengths and weaknesses, or will it be challenged once again? Bill Emmott's 20:21 Vision provides the answers that matter for all our lives in the twenty-first century.
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.
As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.
Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.