Alan Axelrod, PhD, is the author of some 144 books on history, military history, corporate history, leadership, management, career, general business, and other nonfiction. Dr. Axelrod has been a creative consultant for the CW, A&E Network, Discovery Channel, Military Channel, American Heroes Channel, and the PBS “American Experience” series and was keynote speaker at Al Gore’s Conference on Excellence in Government (Washington, D.C.), the Annual Conference of the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University (Atlanta), and the 2014 annual meeting of the Colombian state petroleum company, Ecopetrol (Bogota, Colombia). Among his books are Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies and Selling the Great War: The Making of American Propaganda.
The National Debt, Spending, Taxes, and the Bankrupting of America
By Alan Axelrod
What is the national debt? Who loses from it? Who profits from it? Why is it a greater threat to America than international terrorism? In direct, non-partisan language, this book follows the money and finds the answers.
Conservative, Liberal, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist... Each has a laundry list for America on which the slow-motion cataclysm of unsustainable national debt is but a lonely bullet point among dozens of others. Full Faith and Credit zooms in on that point, liberates it from partisan programs and political orientations, expands it, explores it, and explains it.
The book examines key dimensions of our national life—from a military-industrial complex more menacing than even Eisenhower could have imagined to a Tower of Babel tax code that covertly translates taxes into secret spending. With the aim of converting bystanders into informed advocates of change, Full Faith and Credit is rich with eye-opening data, surprising case studies, and you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up examples:
- For every official the United States public has elected, its government supports 5,000 unelected employees.
- $1 billion is the cost to destroy $16 billion in ammunition unneeded by the U.S. military.
- $20,973,890,000 is the total taxpayer cost to the Treasury of gambling losses deducted by millionaires.
More timely than ever, Full Faith and Credit locates the tipping point of the $18.8 trillion national debt crisis and offers new ideas on how to fix it.
Young readers learn and interact with the story of America’s war for independence through the epic paintings of America’s foremost historical artist, Mort Künstler
For the first title in this series, Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with vivid, high-action portrayals of the primary events that won Americans their freedom from Britain: the Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Yorktown, Paul Revere’s ride, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The epic artworks faithfully chronicle these moments from history and encourage children to look again and again for special details—from the number of stars on George Washington’s flag to the style of a soldier’s uniform. Together with text by award-winning historian Alan Axelrod, these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce them to American history through the visual arts.
Known for his vivid use of color, light, and shadow, Künstler is one of the most widely exhibited artists documenting American history today. His graphically detailed work and skillful portrayals have been lauded for its accuracy by historians and admired by curators in museums around the globe. From a frozen post-battle landscape to a weary Union soldier’s facial expression, he captures, in beautifully rendered detail, the geographical setting and the human spirit in each painting. Adults and children alike will see the story of the American Revolution unfold before their very eyes.