Skip to comments.Saving Old Books to Save the Truth.
Posted on 04/26/2010 6:44:59 PM PDT by cradle of freedom
As the truth and history are being rewritten by the forces of politcal correctness, it would be a good idea for us to look for old books printed before the advent of political correctness. As time goes on it will be harder to find out the truth about anything that the left does not want us to know. I think it would be a good idea for us to purchase good old books - amazon has many old books at very low prices. Sometimes libraries sell old books, this would also be a good opportunity to save the truth from being lost to future generations. I hope that conservative publishers start reprinting some of these valuable books that tell us the truth rather than the leftist propaganda that is all too common today.
Funny I read this...for the last year (hmmm...coincidence?) my wife has been buying every old non-fiction book she can find. It is amazing, when looking at my granddaughter’s history book, that there is just 3 paragraphs on the entire American revolution, and it fills over 50 pages of a school history book from the 1950s.
I'm a reference librarian, and I don't think your question is nuts. However, I need more information, if you have it. For one thing, are you sure that the title is The Way Things Were? Searching Worldcat, a database of most of the nation's libraries, using the advanced search feature to limit the search to non-fiction books, I came up with 99 hits.
Adding "United States History" and then "United States--Social Conditions" brought only one hit: The Way Things Never Were by Norman Finkelstein (New York: Athenaeum, 1999), which is probably not what you're looking for.
I also searched on the website at the American Book Exchange, a clearinghouse for online booksellers and came up with a number of hits. This site also has an advanced search feature. You could also try searching Amazon's site.
The Chicago Public Library has a good online reference service--I go there to have my own reference questions answered, and they almost always come through.
Anyway, feel free to Freepmail me if you need additional help.
I am having a blast giving them news magazines from the time of the topic as the source. 90% of the time they get a low grade and I send in the source with a request for reviewing their grade. The grade has been adjusted each time
That was a leftist you heard screeching in the background: "Stop killing trees!"
This is a very good idea. LOL, maybe I like it because I already have a lot of these.
But there were some scary bits I read the other day, for example a new edition of “The Night Before Christmas” that had cut the line about santa’s pipe smoke surrounding his head “like a wreath”. (see - I remember the last bit!).
I do have some old sheet music that has some lyrics you’ll probably not find today, such as the lyrics to “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. As well as the Brit version of “Yankee Doddle”.
I also have a couple of old (late 1800s) “Harpers Magazine” covers that were framed by my brother and which show their disgusting anti-Catholic bias.
So, you are quite right, good or bad it is important to keep these things so the historical record is accurate.
Remember 1984: He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future.
Happy archiving all!
“Now when our local library sells the really old dictionaries I buy those.”
I rescued a fantastic old dictionary when we got rid of a lot of old law books at my job. It is truly almost as fat as two NYC telephone books.
It is MINE now, if you know what I mean.
By “Canticle” do you mean “A Canticle for Leibowitz?”
I may have the title somewhat off. It has been easily about 8 years or more since I had this experience. It was something like How we were, or How things were or something like that. It’s funny, because there is a book I have found with a similar title and similar look, but is not that book. This book had a plain brown or tan front. No pictures. I have searched google and amazon. I would love to own that book. It is like the book just disappeared. The other crazy thing I will tell you, when I took that book out of the library, I was the only one to have ever taken the thing out. There were no other dates stamped in the back of the book. But I did read that book twice. It was a great book. I learned so much from it and would love to have it.
The library was the James V Brown library.
My website (in my tagline) is all about preserving old books, from the Christian perspective.
Suffice to say it sucked. I am now a proponent of burning SOME books, namely that one.
The good news is that my library carried "Camp of the Saints"!
Because space in public and academic libraries is limited, collections are often "weeded"--older books are removed so there will be space for newer acquisitions. The books removed are usually those that rarely or never get checked out, have outdated information, such as tax preparation guides from the 1990's, or are in poor condition.
However, books that are old yet still useful often get swept away in weeding campaigns. The Whittier Public Library in California once had a copy of Henry Hazlitt's dystopian novel The Great Idea (New York: Appleton, 1951), but except for handful of academic libraries, this volume is only available at one public library in my area. Similarly, Bella Dodd's memoir School of Darkness (New York: Kenedy, 1954), once available in the Los Angeles County library, is also hard to find, although it's available online at http://yamaguchy.netfirms.com/7897401/dodd/dodd.html.
In Southern California, public libraries which are not aggressively weeded and where older books are often available include the Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale and Pomona public libraries.
I’ll try to find you that book.
I have already been doing that. Great idea.
I surfed over to your website and was impressed. It’s an excellent resource for anyone interested in Christian literature.
I see local leftis librarians getting rid of or not replacing items of cultural significance such as important poetry books, important works of fiction and of course biographies of prominent historical folks. Part of what libraries are for, are to brouse... to find things out of one’s zone.
I just read the book about the retreat of General Stillwell in the Burma campaign. The politics that allowed the Japs to move so fast into Thailand and Burmes states is very similar to the idiotic thinking of the libs today. Kids should be reading this stuff.
I've saved a number of books from being weeded, including Jacques Barzun's God's Country and Mine (Boston: Little, Brown, 1954), which has survived several weeding campaigns.
Thank you for your kind recommendation.
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