Set at the heart of political power in Washington DC, Absolute Power was the book which launched David Baldacci's career as a worldwide bestseller of thrilling fiction. The movie, starring Clint Eastwood, was a major box office success across the world. In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginian countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist, Luther Whitney, is trapped behind a one-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith not only in justice, but all he holds dear. What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and a criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world – the President of the United States.
The Helen Clark we see today is a carefully manufactured, airbrushed political brand. She's also New Zealand's most powerful politician, ever. ABSOLUTE POWER strips away the facade to find what makes the real Helen Clark tick, and explores the track record of a government that boasted it would bring a new age of "frugality and integrity", and an end to "cronyism, sleaze and dishonesty". ABSOLUTE POWER is not just about what happened publicly and what played out on the news each night. It is much more about what was going on behind the scenes - the power plays, the dirty tricks, the Machiavellian maneuvers. The bits the daily media missed. Lord Acton once wrote that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that the great "are almost always bad". Is Helen Clark the exception to that rule?
This is the true story of an innocent man's suffering at the hands of a ruthless regime. The title records events before and after the killing of Dr Ouko, a distinguished Kenyan politician. It is an account of the author's dramatic experiences during his arrest and imprisonment.
Legislative drafting is dealt with from the standpoint of the practitioner and Parliamentary Counsel as well as from the angle of the problems which face judges in the construction of statutes. The conventions and presumptions of legislative drafting is covered including the importance of the legislative sentence. Constitutional problems affecting the legality of legislation are also dealt with. Subsidiary legislation is tackled and help is given in respect of offences and penalties, consolidation, codification, statute law revision, law reform, parliamentary procedure and rules of interpretati.
Three super-beings change the course of time by killing the Kents and raising Superman, and killing the man who killed Bruce Wayne's parents, creating a world in which Superman and Batman rule with an iron fist.