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« Reply #1375 on: December 07, 2015, 12:02:35 pm »

Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative who Changed America by Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke. This has been pretty good so far. It goes into a lot of Congressional inside baseball and does a pretty competent job teaching what supply side economics is and is not. A great read for the political historians and Republicans on the forum.
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« Reply #1376 on: December 11, 2015, 04:50:24 pm »

the origin of the family, private property, and the state by f. engels
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« Reply #1377 on: December 18, 2015, 08:45:45 pm »

Picked up "Lineages of the Absolutist State" by some dude named Perry Anderson, as well as "The Third Wave" by Samuel Huntington.
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« Reply #1378 on: December 25, 2015, 11:04:05 am »

The Jefferson Lies by David Barton
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« Reply #1379 on: December 25, 2015, 01:21:11 pm »


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« Reply #1380 on: December 25, 2015, 06:40:48 pm »

Just finished Genesis:  Memory of fire, volume I, by Eduardo Galeano.  Good stuff.

That's probably why I'm so keen on the concept of "forced conversion to monotheism" 

I still have volumes II and III to go, sitting on the dresser, so I'll probably get even more obnoxious before I get more mellow.
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« Reply #1381 on: December 26, 2015, 05:06:26 pm »

Books for Christmas!

The very recently published and released Richard III: A Ruler and His Reputation. I've leafed through it, and so far very good. I'm always interested in a writer's take on Bosworth, and he does provide some interesting thoughts. Looking forward to the whole thing. Of course these books now are after some of the recent archaeological finds at Bosworth (confirming gunfire, for one thing) and the analysis of Richard's skeleton, so I'm keenly interested in any new insights.

Also Keith Dockray's recent book about Edward IV where he offers up snippets of letters and chronicles that he finds important from the time and sort of comments on them. He starts out by comparing Edward to Henry VIII for some odd reason (it would be a good upper level undergraduate book, so maybe to get people thinking comparatively), whereas I see nothing similar between the two except that they both got fat. So did Queen Anne, for that matter. Anyway, the meat of it looks interesting. Looking forward to it.
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« Reply #1382 on: December 28, 2015, 01:53:44 pm »

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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« Reply #1383 on: December 28, 2015, 03:24:19 pm »

I have a stack of books next to my bed, I read one main book while occasionally reading a chapter or two of another book.

My main book right now is Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy.
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« Reply #1384 on: December 28, 2015, 06:12:06 pm »

The Fall of the Roman Empire - Peter Heather
Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs - Lauren A. Rivera
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses - Richard Arum
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« Reply #1385 on: January 12, 2016, 02:35:39 am »

I read Lost Horizon. Realizing that Mallinson had a point will set you free. Wikipedia suggests we see also 'middlebrow' for this novel's author.

Now rereading We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
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« Reply #1386 on: January 27, 2016, 02:34:53 pm »

Current books I'm reading (or planning):

1. America Ascendant (Stanley Greenberg) Currently reading

2. The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander) Partially read

3. The Emerging Democratic Majority (John B. Judis / Ruy Teixeira)

4. Republic, Lost (Lawrence Lessig) Partially read - I love this guy!
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« Reply #1387 on: January 31, 2016, 08:36:35 pm »

I am halfway through Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge. Really a great book, but I always stay up too late reading (cause I can't put it down!).
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« Reply #1388 on: January 31, 2016, 08:49:31 pm »
« Edited: January 31, 2016, 08:51:20 pm by Virginia »

I am halfway through Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge. Really a great book, but I always stay up too late reading (cause I can't put it down!).

Would you say the book is non-biased/neutral? If so, I may get get this myself.
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« Reply #1389 on: January 31, 2016, 08:51:06 pm »

I am halfway through Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge. Really a great book, but I always stay up too late reading (cause I can't put it down!).

Would you say the book is non-biased and at least mostly politically neutral? If so, I may get get this myself.

Dude doesn't like Reagan much, but I doubt you'll have qualms with that Wink. As political books go, it's palatable.
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« Reply #1390 on: January 31, 2016, 08:55:17 pm »

Dude doesn't like Reagan much, but I doubt you'll have qualms with that Wink. As political books go, it's palatable.

goooddeee! I just wanted to make sure I won't be subjected to very subtle conservative reprogramming.

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« Reply #1391 on: January 31, 2016, 09:02:25 pm »

Big fan of Perlstein. Even though you get the idea that he's liberal (which he is), he does very well at illustrating the competing social movements that resulted in things going as they did (in my opinion). It's also fun to read how the liberal consensus was torn asunder. Only read "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland", but I greatly enjoyed both.
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« Reply #1392 on: January 31, 2016, 09:14:41 pm »

Big fan of Perlstein. Even though you get the idea that he's liberal (which he is), he does very well at illustrating the competing social movements that resulted in things going as they did (in my opinion). It's also fun to read how the liberal consensus was torn asunder. Only read "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland", but I greatly enjoyed both.

He is? I went over his wiki, I assumed he was more conservative than liberal as all his work seems to be about conservative-related stuff.
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« Reply #1393 on: January 31, 2016, 09:23:21 pm »

Dude doesn't like Reagan much, but I doubt you'll have qualms with that Wink. As political books go, it's palatable.

goooddeee! I just wanted to make sure I won't be subjected to very subtle conservative reprogramming.

Thanks mr Bessell! Kiss

No prob, glad you're interested!

Big fan of Perlstein. Even though you get the idea that he's liberal (which he is), he does very well at illustrating the competing social movements that resulted in things going as they did (in my opinion). It's also fun to read how the liberal consensus was torn asunder. Only read "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland", but I greatly enjoyed both.

100% agree, from what I've read so far.
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« Reply #1394 on: January 31, 2016, 09:30:48 pm »

Big fan of Perlstein. Even though you get the idea that he's liberal (which he is), he does very well at illustrating the competing social movements that resulted in things going as they did (in my opinion). It's also fun to read how the liberal consensus was torn asunder. Only read "Before the Storm" and "Nixonland", but I greatly enjoyed both.

He is? I went over his wiki, I assumed he was more conservative than liberal as all his work seems to be about conservative-related stuff.

One of the quotes on the back of the paperback "Before the Storm" from Irving Kristol or one of his compatriots refers to Perlstein, a man from the left, being great at telling the story of the right. He's definitely interested in it, but I could be interested in socialism and still be a conservatism, especially if my goal is to serve as a critique to it.
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« Reply #1395 on: February 12, 2016, 06:40:23 pm »

Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs - Lauren A. Rivera
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses - Richard Arum

When you've finished these, you should check out Paying for the Party, if you haven't yet.
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« Reply #1396 on: February 13, 2016, 12:04:25 pm »

I just started Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes. I thought the guy was an FF before, but I really do now. Not the best-written book, but engaging for a conservative like yours truly.
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« Reply #1397 on: February 21, 2016, 07:11:19 pm »

Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr by Nancy Isenberg
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« Reply #1398 on: February 21, 2016, 08:16:42 pm »

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and It is about Islam by Glenn Beck
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« Reply #1399 on: February 21, 2016, 11:35:17 pm »

The Almost Nearly Perfect People:  The Myth Behind the Scandinavian Utopia

http://www.amazon.com/The-Almost-Nearly-Perfect-People/dp/0224089625

I mean... Minnesota is not Scandinavia... but many of hte cultural tendrils are still guiding the culture in MN so I kinda know a lot of what is already being said... but it's a good read.
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