Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars. He is a professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California, and is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and for his groundbreaking studies of the birds of Papua New Guinea. He has authored eight books and numerous academic monographs, and his best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won two science prizes in 1992. It was his1997 publication of Guns, Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation. The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25 languages and sold millions of copies around the world.
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Patrick Buchanan is truly one of the grand champions of the conservative movement. He has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. From 1966 through 1974, he was an assistant to Richard Nixon, and from 1985 to 1987, White House Director of Communications for Ronald Reagan. He has written ten books, including six straight New York Times best sellers A Republic, Not an Empire; The Death of the West; Where the Right Went Wrong; State of Emergency; Day of Reckoning and Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War. His newest book is already making waves, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? He is currently a columnist, political analyst for MSNBC, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative.
Richard Marcinko is best known as the founder and first commanding officer of two of the military's premier counter-terrorist units: SEAL Team 6 and RED CELL. He has over 30 years experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. Enlisting in U.S. Navy in 1958, Marcinko worked his way up to the rank of commander. While serving two tours in Vietnam, Marcinko won the Silver Star, four bronze stars with combat V, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. His SEAL platoon became such an enemy killing force, that the Viet Cong posted a reward for his death. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and an autobiography, a critically acclaimed book on management and leadership techniques, and he gives professional lectures to law enforcement and business executives, and dynamic hands-on training to U.S. and foreign hostage rescue teams. He also acts as a corporate adviser to multi-national businesses including AT&T, Motorola and General Motors on such issues as corporate security, team-building, operational management and strategic planning.
Christopher Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies. Chris Hedges is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005). In 2002, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received in 2002 the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He writes a weekly column on Mondays for Truthdig and authored the front-page article "This Rebellion Will Not Stop" for Issue 2 of the The Occupied Wall Street Journal (October 8, 2011), the newspaper giving voice to The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City.
Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, an organization devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. His latest book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” And his first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic in the leadership field.
Terry O'Neill is the President of the National Organization for Women. She is also President of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. She oversees NOW's multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women. She has fought for equal rights as President of Louisiana NOW and New Orleans NOW, and as a member of the National Racial Diversity Committee. She is also a former law professor that has taught at Tulane University and at the University of California at Davis, where her courses included feminist legal theory and international women's rights law, in addition to corporate law and legal ethics.
Susan N. Herman is the President of the American Civil Liberties Union, a position she was elected to in October 2008, after having served on the ACLU National Board of Directors for twenty years, as a member of the Executive Committee for sixteen years, and as General Counsel for ten years. She is the author of several books, including her new release Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of Democracies. She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties.
Guy Kawasaki is truly one of the great tech and venture capital minds in the world. He is the co-founder of AllTop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple, where he was also part of the team that marketed the very first Macintosh computer in 1984. He is the author of ten books including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way.
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