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Posted on 02/28/2008 11:36:32 AM PST by C210N

Looking for FR book recommendations.


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Is there some common area for book review postings? I'm always in search of good books to read. Certainly there are book recommendations sprinkled throughout many FR threads, but they kind of get lost in the shuffle.

Some books on my reading list over the last year or two that I'd recommend:

Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman

Slouching Towards Gomorrah, Robert Bork

If Democrats had any brains, They'd be Republicans, Coulter

Surrender is not an Option, Bolton

Blacklisted by History, Evans

The Shadow Party, Horowitz/Poe

My Grandfather's Son, Clarence Thomas

The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Deriliction of Duty, Patterson

1 posted on 02/28/2008 11:36:36 AM PST by C210N
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To: C210N
Most anything put out by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which has many short student's guides to whole fields of study.
2 posted on 02/28/2008 11:39:21 AM PST by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: C210N

The Fatal Conceit — Hayek
Orthodoxy — Chesterton


3 posted on 02/28/2008 11:40:13 AM PST by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: C210N
Just got done with:

Quiet Strength: the Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life - Tony Dungy

outstanding.

4 posted on 02/28/2008 11:40:48 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: C210N

John Adams by David McCullough good foundation to learn about the republic.


5 posted on 02/28/2008 11:41:16 AM PST by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: C210N
For the Bircher type Freepers, I always recommend Foucault's Pendulum.
6 posted on 02/28/2008 11:42:33 AM PST by mnehring ("Ronald Reagan has made Jimmy Carter look like a conservative..."- Ron Paul)
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To: C210N

The series narratives in 3 volumes about the Civil War by Shelby Foote.


7 posted on 02/28/2008 11:44:17 AM PST by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: C210N

There are more or less regular reading threads such as ‘What are you reading now?’


8 posted on 02/28/2008 11:49:40 AM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: C210N
Avoid:

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9 posted on 02/28/2008 11:49:57 AM PST by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"óRonald Reagan)
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To: C210N

just started reading ‘The Darkest Evening of the Year’ by Dean Koontz. Many FReepers recommended it.


10 posted on 02/28/2008 11:53:19 AM PST by RDTF (Go AEGIS!)
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To: C210N
My Grandfather's Son, Clarence Thomas

That is at the top of my next Amazon.com purchase list.

11 posted on 02/28/2008 11:57:23 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: C210N
Probability Broach- L. Neil Smith

No Treason- Lysander Spooner

Enemies: Foreign and Domestic and the sequel Domestic Enemies- Matt Braken

Molen Labe!- Boston T. Party

Unintended Consequences- John Ross

Let Us Talk of Many Things- William Buckley

12 posted on 02/28/2008 11:58:18 AM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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Is there some common area for book review postings?

In past times I've just posted them in General Chat with Topics such as Books/Literature, History, Reference, etc. such as in these older threads:

A Merry Claremont Christmas (Conservative scholars and academics recommend their favorite books)

A Very Claremont Christmas 2004 (Conservative scholars recommend their favorite books)

Book Review The Compleat Gentleman The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry, by Brad Miner

Book Review Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World,by Wesley J. Smith

Book Review Taking Sex Differences Seriously by Steven E. Rhoads

Book reviewThe Faiths of Our FathersWhat America's Founders Really Believed by Alf J. Mapp, Jr.

(The following one went under News-Activism / Philosophy)

Can Catholics Vote Democratic Anymore (Book Review)

Christians vs. Muslims in Modern Egypt The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality(Book Review)

Diplomat 'was real Shakespeare' (latest theory on true Shakespeare in new book)

Reagan and the Historians (Thoughtful and informative essay discusses several recent Reagan books)

The Dormant Second Amendment (Book review)

13 posted on 02/28/2008 12:00:21 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: C210N

For quality light reading try “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen or “The Bark of the Dogwood” by Jackson Tippett McCrae.


14 posted on 02/28/2008 12:00:57 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: C210N
Power to the People By Laura lngraham - Regnery Publishing

Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't By Robert Spencer - Regnery Publishing

15 posted on 02/28/2008 12:01:02 PM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: RightWhale
Thanks!

The links to which are:

What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Inquiry

What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey of Freeper Reading Habits

16 posted on 02/28/2008 12:01:18 PM PST by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: C210N; Tanniker Smith
You can asked to be added to the Free Republic Book Club ping list; I'm sure Tanniker Smith would be happy to add you.

Here's the latest Free Republic Book Club thread. I'm certain you'll find some great suggestions posted there.

17 posted on 02/28/2008 12:04:24 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: C210N

Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.


18 posted on 02/28/2008 12:17:17 PM PST by day10 (Rules cannot substitute for character.)
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To: mnehrling

Heh heh.


19 posted on 02/28/2008 12:28:04 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: C210N
The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind - Le Bon, Gustave.
20 posted on 02/28/2008 12:30:37 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: C210N

I highly recommend “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. It will change your life.


21 posted on 02/28/2008 12:31:20 PM PST by CSM (Kakistocracy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.)
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To: C210N
Try Liberal Facism by Jonah Goldberg.
Absolutely places him on the top shelf of conservative writers of substance.
22 posted on 02/28/2008 12:33:18 PM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: Dead Corpse; mnehrling
No Treason- Lysander Spooner

I assume this book - which is premised on the idea that the US Constitution is a worthless document that can be safely ignored - is intended as comic relief for FReepers, and not serious reading.

The lunatic author, BTW, spent the last years of his life striving against "the evils of capitalism."

A thorough headcase.

23 posted on 02/28/2008 12:33:38 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

Coming from you, this means almost nothing.


24 posted on 02/28/2008 12:35:08 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Coming from you, this means almost nothing.

In other words, you can't dispute what I wrote.

25 posted on 02/28/2008 12:41:54 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

Maybe if you actually wrote something worth responding to... Just a suggestion.


26 posted on 02/28/2008 12:47:52 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: Dead Corpse
Maybe if you actually wrote something worth responding to... Just a suggestion.

I can't force you to think.

Again, the fundamental premises of Spooner's works are his mentally unbalanced radical anarchism.

His No Treason is an out-and-out repudiation of the US Constitution and a declaration that no state or person should follow it.

Moreover, after this assault on the very foundations of our republic, he then turned to an assault on the foundations of our republic's economy: the right of property owners to accumulate and invest capital.

One might as well recommend the works of Kropotkin or Marx.

27 posted on 02/28/2008 12:56:41 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake
I can't force you to think.

If that is your perception, then you should consider your projection problem.

As for Spooner, as a philosopher he had many insights and observations that are playing out RIGHT NOW in American politics.

And yes, if you haven't read Kropotkin, Marx, Hitler, Tzu, ect... then how do you know what you are supposed to be fighting against? You have to understand them to beat them.

Right now, our Republic is in dire shape. Particularly because of some of the very things Spooner was warning about. Hence my inclusion of that particular treatise on the list.

If that is too big a concept for you to wrap your head around, it could lie at the heart of why no one takes you seriously here...

28 posted on 02/28/2008 1:01:50 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: C210N

Witness, by Whitaker Chambers


29 posted on 02/28/2008 1:14:19 PM PST by Mr. Brightside ( Ronald Reagan Would Back McCain - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1970504/posts)
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To: Dead Corpse
If that is your perception, then you should consider your projection problem.

A darkly ironic comment - if intentional.

As for Spooner, as a philosopher he had many insights and observations that are playing out RIGHT NOW in American politics.

Spooner was not a philosopher (although I understand how abused that term is these days, what with Buckminster Fuller, Gore Vidal and others being given that title) but the Lyndon LaRouche of his day and age.

His arguments are basically variations on the theme of "If the Constitution were a draughtsman's contract then it would have expired." Wow.

And yes, if you haven't read Kropotkin, Marx, Hitler, Tzu, ect... then how do you know what you are supposed to be fighting against? You have to understand them to beat them.

But you were obviously recommending Spooner as constructive source, not a negative source required for getting inside the heads of the left.

Your interest in Spooner is not in "beating him." After all, The Probability Broach is precisely the sort of fantasy narrative that Spooner's musings envision.

Right now, our Republic is in dire shape. Particularly because of some of the very things Spooner was warning about. Hence my inclusion of that particular treatise on the list.

Spooner seemed to do a lot less warning and a lot more remonstrating, as I recall, like writing letters to Congressmen telling them they were not allowed to legislate because the Constitution had no legal force, etc.

If that is too big a concept for you to wrap your head around, it could lie at the heart of why no one takes you seriously here...

And by "one", the casual reader should understand "Ron Paul cultist."

30 posted on 02/28/2008 1:21:28 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: C210N
There's no common area, but any time someone posts a review, if they ping me, I can ping the Book Club list.

(I haven't started too many threads recently as I've been busy with grad school as well as my day job. It's mostly been just a few times per year.)

31 posted on 02/28/2008 1:23:22 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Any Monday you can walk away from is a good one.)
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To: MotleyGirl70; C210N; 506trooper; aberaussie; Alberta's Child; AQGeiger; arbee4bush; Ax; Brasil; ...
Book Club ping.

Send FReepmail to get on or off the list.

Click on my name below to see who's on the list.

32 posted on 02/28/2008 1:25:49 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Any Monday you can walk away from is a good one.)
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To: wideawake
Aww... poor baby. Can't stand it that someone might want a society predicated on adult behavior, responsibilities, and concomitant freedom. About what we've come to expect from you.

As for that last dig, I was a Hunter supporter until he dropped out. Then Thompson. I only switched over to the Crazy Uncle when the choice came down to Willard or McInsane.

If that is all the more accuracy your expositions contain, no wonder you are confused about the current state of affairs.

33 posted on 02/28/2008 1:28:02 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: C210N
Eat the Rich by P.J. O'Rourke....
34 posted on 02/28/2008 1:33:59 PM PST by faux_hog
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Aww... poor baby. Can't stand it that someone might want a society predicated on adult behavior, responsibilities, and concomitant freedom. About what we've come to expect from you.

It's clear, DC, that you are laser-focused on avoiding any higher-level discussion of Spooner's "thought."

I'll stipulate, for argument's sake, that I am the worst person who has ever lived in the history of mankind. Boo, wideawake. Hiss.

Now that we've got that distraction behind us, let's get to the real question: what possible relevance do Spooner's ravings have?

As for that last dig, I was a Hunter supporter until he dropped out. Then Thompson. I only switched over to the Crazy Uncle when the choice came down to Willard or McInsane.

If that is all the more accuracy your expositions contain, no wonder you are confused about the current state of affairs.

Wow, that was convoluted.

I'll translate: you only joined the Ron Paul cult late in the game.

I don't dispute it.

35 posted on 02/28/2008 1:45:21 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: C210N; Interesting Times
To Set The Record Straight by Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler
36 posted on 02/28/2008 1:45:34 PM PST by BubbaBasher (It's time to change the changes we've been changing and hope for more hope!)
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To: wideawake; Dead Corpse
If you both read books like this:

I bet there would be less arguing.

37 posted on 02/28/2008 1:51:48 PM PST by TightyRighty
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To: C210N
I highly recommend this one, by me, coming out in April, available now for pre-order on Amazon...

The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues

38 posted on 02/28/2008 1:52:27 PM PST by LikeLight (Wish you had God's Legal Department on retainer? Click my profile...)
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To: wideawake; Dead Corpse

And at least my book will discourage you two from litigating!


39 posted on 02/28/2008 1:55:15 PM PST by LikeLight (Wish you had God's Legal Department on retainer? Click my profile...)
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To: C210N

I’ve also been enjoying Joel Rosenberg’s books of late...

“The Last Jihad” and those following... First class geopolitical thrillers with a fascinating biblical prophecy undercurrent...


40 posted on 02/28/2008 2:00:35 PM PST by LikeLight (Wish you had God's Legal Department on retainer? Click my profile...)
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To: mnehrling

I have to second that - it’s a fun book (especially after having taken a couple medieval history classes, I find other people’s theories about the templars to be lots of fun to read about).

More stuff: ‘Good Omens’ by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is a brilliant satire on the apocalypse.

‘The Children of Hurin’ is a must-read for any hardcore Tolkien fan (especially those who have read the Silmarillion, or anyone at all who’s ever read the Kalevala). Although Tolkien himself didn’t actually write it, it definitely has the same ‘feel’ as the rest of his books, and draws more heavily on mythology than almost any other fantasy I’ve read.

The ‘Ender’s Game’ series by Orson Scott Card is great, especially the ‘Ender’s Shadow’ half of it.

‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson is classic cyberpunk. Anyone who knows much about computers, the internet, or MMORPG’s would probably appreciate it. Oh, and did I mention that Scientologists are essentially some of the bad guys?

And I always like classic mythology or literature, ie, Beowulf, The Kalevala, Epic of Gilgamesh, Canterbury Tales, The Song of Roland, Dante, and pretty much anything else up to (and including) Shakespeare.

And one last piece of advice: No matter how good ‘No Country For Old Men’ might have been, do NOT read ‘The Road’ by Cormack McCarthy - it’s the most depressing book I have ever read (it makes stuff like 1984, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, The Giver, or any other ‘depressing’ or dystopian literature I’ve read look happy and uplifting by comparison).


42 posted on 02/28/2008 2:01:31 PM PST by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Sentiments like this are why Spooner is relevant, you microcephalic nincompoop.

So your argument is this: that Spooner's ability to regurgitate things he learned from Jefferson and Randolph makes him a philosopher, and a great thinker.

I've read The Declaration as well and, if I crib from it, it doesn't make me a visionary.

If this is all the better you can do, you need your Troll Card revoked.

That's the second time you've used that strange syntactic construction. Is it a regional thing?

43 posted on 02/28/2008 2:05:59 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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Sorry, you mentioned the Templars. Every other word from you is now suspect. ;->
44 posted on 02/28/2008 2:06:07 PM PST by mnehring ("Ronald Reagan has made Jimmy Carter look like a conservative..."- Ron Paul)
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To: wideawake

Whiner. Nice trigger finger on the Abuse button as well.


45 posted on 02/28/2008 2:09:32 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: C210N

Help! Mom! There are LIBERALS under my bed!

...a book for children by Katharine DeBrecht and Jim Hummel

46 posted on 02/28/2008 2:10:16 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dead Corpse
Nice trigger finger on the Abuse button as well.

Feel free to ask the mod. I did not touch the Abuse button.

I would prefer your posts to stand as written.

Hmm. What would one call a person who cried about the Abuse button to someone who didn't use it?

Whiner.

Thanks, DC. Exactly the word I was looking for.

47 posted on 02/28/2008 2:14:17 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: wideawake

This thread was doing just nicely until you started peeing in the Cheerios.


48 posted on 02/28/2008 2:15:16 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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Wideawake didn’t touch the abuse button. Surprise surprise, we mods like to read threads as well and if we see personal attacks, we will zot them.

Now, knock off the personal attacks.


49 posted on 02/28/2008 2:16:13 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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So the OP’s post going after someone else’s list will be pulled then? Or are some animals more equal than others?


50 posted on 02/28/2008 2:18:37 PM PST by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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