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.
I use to have a pre-WW2 history book and it had some amazin stuff in it. It described how they bought slaves from Africans instead of catching them themselves.
Something that might get mentioned in passing once in 12 years of educations and never repeated.
OMG! I recently re-read an old book from my library, "Always Coming Home" by Ursula K. LeGuin; a very skilled and award-winning if quite-liberal author. In the future world (written in the mid-70s) she projects there is the issue of what to do with all the written works people produce, and her answer is that even with computer storage (again rather limited in the 70s) the answer was to destroy some works to make room for others.
That there could be a political element to the preservation / destruction question was not addressed there... but here it is.
I didn’t know Amazon sold old books! There’s a site called alibris where I get a lot of old books.
I have collected a few that I bet we won’t be able to get in a few years. Like Animal Farm and 1984. Dick and Jane books, maybe we could start a list?
“The Order of St. Liebowitz” (save old books!)
(readers of ‘A Canticle for Liebowitz’ will catch the reference...)
I think you have hit upon something that is very important, and it is something postive that each of us can do. We can all become librarians and preserve knowledge and culture against the onslaught.
Our Evanescent Culture And the Awesome Duty of Librarians
I was reading one from Cambridge written in the early 1900 that said the main role of an educator was to 'weed-out' those unsuitable for higher education.
Imagine that....not thinking everyone was a candidate for college.
Canticle is one of the books I would definitely save. We have two copies.
I have long been a “book saver”. Library sales, old book stores, auctions, I have a house that is packed with books. So amny books sometimes I forget what I have and buy another copy. LOL We have 2 copies of Canticle because 2 members of the family were reading it at the same time.
I have about 10,000 volumes and I realize that I will never be able to afford the space to put them on shelves, these are real books, not Stephen King and science fiction stuff.
I would read and pack them away for some distant future but now I just can’t see ever being able to really use them again, I don’t know what I’m going to do with them. I could sell them on E-Bay but I don’t like the world of selling used stuff, and all the mechanics and effort of it.
Mostly I want History and geography books, BIO's, government history, anything on these lines I will collect. Anything on Geo. WAshington, Jefferson, Adams, etc.
My library copy of that should be coming up within a couple of weeks, people are still checking it out enough that there was a little waiting list for it.
thats my specialty ,in a small way,to home school my daughter,for my own enlightenment,and to sell on ebay,,,I love old books,never read a book unless its ten yrs old or older,there’s so much history lost and truth twisted in today’s world.
I’d like to get Canticle for Leibowitz
You can find some real gems @ thrift stores, and the price is usually under a buck. I found a an Aug 1938 Luftpost brochure in a 1951 German Nav Book.
You just never know what will be between the pages, literally and figuratively.
google BANCROFTS HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
It is online, too,a google book
For the past 15 years, I have been collecting old American History books along with some world history. I’ve been fortunate to find some from the 1800’s, including a two volume set from 1882 - Pictorial History of the World’s Great Nations and an 1859 two volume set The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution (American Revolution). They are fascinating to read.