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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
7/07/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve

Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one.

it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days.

It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave" by Ernest Furgurson. It's OK. Nothing to rave about though.

Well, what are you reading now? Let's hear about it!


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To: MplsSteve

I am half way through Donald Rumsfeld’s book “Known and Unknown”.

Here is an interesting paragraph about the 1992 Bush vs Clinton campaign from pages 414-415:

“By 1992, a U.S. presidential election year, Bill Clinton, the politically astute young governor of Arkansas, accused President George H.W. Bush and his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, of being soft on Iraq. I was interested in this debate, as I had played a role in the drama when I met with Saddam Hussein as President Ronald Reagan’s Middle East envoy. Clinton may have been looking to burnish his national security credentials by trying to appear tougher in foreign policy than the Bush administration. Clinton’s running mate, Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Jr, went even further than Clinton, accusing President George H.W. Bush of deliberately concealing the extent of Saddam’s ties to terrorism, his attacks on U.S. interests, and his efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Clinton and Gore pledged that their administration would be under no illusions when it came to dealing with Saddam. Supporters of the 1992 Democratic presidential ticket exploited the poor economic news of the day by distributing a bumper sticker that read: SADDAM HUSSEIN STILL HAS HIS JOB. DO YOU?”


51 posted on 07/07/2011 1:21:41 PM PDT by DFG (Can We Bankrupt The Country? YES WE CAN)
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To: MplsSteve

Julian Young’s biography of Nietzsche;
Roger Scruton’s little book Beauty;
Darwin, Marx, Wagner, Critique of a Tradition by Jacques Barzun.

Now that I look at that list, I realize I need to lighten up and get some fiction going....


52 posted on 07/07/2011 1:22:27 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan. Re-reading the Wheel of Time getting ready for the last book.


53 posted on 07/07/2011 1:23:26 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Huskrrrr
The Great Divorce-C.S. Lewis

Awesome book!

54 posted on 07/07/2011 1:23:51 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: MplsSteve

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

55 posted on 07/07/2011 1:24:10 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. Tocqueville)
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To: fightinJAG

I love the Fourth Turning.....


56 posted on 07/07/2011 1:24:36 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: King_Corey
audiobooks

This link has Animal Farm, the search feature should give you 1984. I downloaded the zip files to my portable harddrive because they are large and then unzipped them.

57 posted on 07/07/2011 1:25:22 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Financial Repression.......it answers a lot of questions.....read about it on FinancialSense.com.)
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To: MplsSteve

Down here in Roanoke attending to my daughter
and first grandchild. Books I’m reading this week are:

Hell’s Corner - Baldacci - a Camel Club story-
disappointing - way too many pages and too strange
and unexplained plot twists

Lace Makers of Glenmara - Barbieri - 3 steps up from a
romance novel, but well told and entertaining

Rhett Butler’s People - McCaig - SO much better than
anticipated. Lots of CW facts I never knew, and GWTW
as told through Rhett’s life by another author -
well, it fits perfectly and I will send a fan letter
once I finish.

Mounting Fears - Woods - Not yet started. May be
slightly flat.


58 posted on 07/07/2011 1:25:27 PM PDT by CaptainPhilFan
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To: MplsSteve

A pretty typical for me mix of fiction and non. I’m a simul-reader, always several books going for different moods:

“Spilsburys Coast” - bio of BC Canada entrepreneur and raconteur Jim Spilsbury

The last book of Stephen Kings Dark Tower series (#7 and 20 years after the original book was written)

“Foundation and Empire” - Isaac Asimov (finally getting around to this series)

“The Great Plains During World War II” - prett self-explanatory but quite well done.

Thomas Perry “Nightlife” - pure escapism


59 posted on 07/07/2011 1:26:09 PM PDT by bigbob
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I’m reading the good book again. I wish I wasn’t such a plodder when it comes to reading because I have five books I just got from the Christian bookstore waiting in the wings. They all look good but I’m particularly interested in “The Battle for the Last Days’ Temple”. I bet I don’t buy another book until ‘12. :)


60 posted on 07/07/2011 1:26:19 PM PDT by Hayride
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To: MplsSteve

I was reading “Stormlord Rising”, until my Kindle died for the second time this year.


61 posted on 07/07/2011 1:26:19 PM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: ConservativeDude

There were some predictions in there, made prior to the 2008 financial crash, that were stunning!


62 posted on 07/07/2011 1:26:54 PM PDT by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My condolences about your mom.


63 posted on 07/07/2011 1:28:00 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: ConservativeDude; fightinJAG
I love the Fourth Turning.....

I concur. Excellent Book.

64 posted on 07/07/2011 1:29:58 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Financial Repression.......it answers a lot of questions.....read about it on FinancialSense.com.)
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To: MplsSteve

“in the Garden of Beasts” story of the newly appointed ambassador to germany in 1933 couple months after Hitler is made chancelor and the guys awakening to the horror of the Nazi’s.

Incredibly he writes it all up and sends it to DC, correctly predicting war and the holocaust, but naturally no one really listens.

great read and well written


65 posted on 07/07/2011 1:30:32 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Thane_Banquo
The book was made into a documentary--Restrepo--which I have not seen.

Worth going out of your way to find.

66 posted on 07/07/2011 1:31:19 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. Tocqueville)
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To: ctdonath2; A_perfect_lady
“H2G2” originated as a British radio play. You must listen to it.

I have every episode of the original 12 of HHGTTG as well as the complete BBC Radiophonic Workshop broadcasts of Tertiary Phase, Quandary Phase and Quintessential Phase.
They are such a treasure. We listen to them on long drives and the miles just melt away.

67 posted on 07/07/2011 1:32:00 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m writing a book, called “Surviving Civil War II”, and the research for it has driven me to read more articles than books. However, the documents that will really knock your socks off are Representative Louis McFadden’s speeches regarding the Federal Reserve in the Great Depression. McFadden was a banker himself, so when he outlines the way the Fed has destroyed the currency in favor of bankers (and it mirrors what is happening today), you go ‘just wow’.
Just google Louis McFadden speech and it will pop up.

Also read again Sun Tzu’s Art of War, von Clausewitz’s On War, and HG Welles War of the World’s. I’m on a war kick I guess.

Re-Reading my own books is quite a trip, I forget what I wrote. Harry: Money Mob and Influence - the guy is absolute dirt.


68 posted on 07/07/2011 1:33:24 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: MplsSteve
I absolutely love this list!!! It provides wonderful ideas of books I need or want to read! So....anyway....here goes:
1. "Brothers, Rivals, Victors"
2. "Packing for Mars" (Mary Roach)
3. "Patton" (Lasislas Farago),
4. "A Terrible Glory: Custer" (James Donovan),
5. "Bloody Mary" (J.A. Konrath),
6. "Life of Martin Luther" (Julius Kostlin),
7. "Iron Coffins" (Herbert Werner),
8. "Anthem" (Ayn Rand)

Reading most of them on my new Kindle.

69 posted on 07/07/2011 1:33:32 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: prairiebreeze

“...C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” is my current...”

I’m reading BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY, by Eric Metaxas and its great. The Libs are trying to make Bonhoeffer theirs and try to depict him as a liberal or a pacifist taking a stand against those “conservative” Nazis.

But Bonhoeffer was not a pacifist and he held Biblical liberals in contempt. One of his students noted that “he taught us that we had to read the Bible as it was directed at us, as the word of God directly to us. Not something general, not something generally applicable, but rather with a personal relationship to us...” p. 129

Bonhoeffer also put it, “Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic...Do not defend God’s Word, but testyfy to it...Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of its capacity!” p. 272

Bonhoeffer was a conservative strict constructionist and held firm while his liberal (Biblical criticism—Schleiermacher school) countrymen went along with taking oaths to Hitler and bending the church to make it compatible with Nazi philosophy.


70 posted on 07/07/2011 1:36:04 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
So I'm saving it for Saturday, when I have to fly cross-country.

Flying cross country is uncomfortably like being drunk.

As for the book, I finally started reading Dracula which came free with my Nook (the one I bought about very soon before B&N came out with the new touch screen version - grrr!)

71 posted on 07/07/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Flying cross country is uncomfortably like being drunk.

Usually not a problem until you ask a glass of water what it's like.

72 posted on 07/07/2011 1:41:24 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: MplsSteve

“A Helmet for My Pillow” by Robert Leckie
This is one of the books that the HBO miniseries “The Pacific” was based on.

I also have recently read all of Dennis Lehane’s detective series of books:
“A Drink Before the War”
“Darkness Take My Hand”
“Sacred”
“Gone Baby Gone”
“Prayers for Rain”


73 posted on 07/07/2011 1:41:58 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “Transfer of Power” and now reading “The Third Option” by Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp is THE man!!


74 posted on 07/07/2011 1:42:10 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m on page 90 of Stephen Coonts,

LIBERTY


75 posted on 07/07/2011 1:42:47 PM PDT by airdalechief
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To: Pan_Yan

Restrepo is on Netflix


76 posted on 07/07/2011 1:44:24 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: MplsSteve

ping for a later answer


77 posted on 07/07/2011 1:45:43 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: MplsSteve

I only get the time to read when I’m on business travel...it helps pass the time in airports. The best one I finished is “Unbroken”..a must read. Truman was absolutely right to use the bomb. anyone who comes wawy with any other conclusion after reading Louis Zamperini’s story is brain dead. What a book. I came away from that a changed person. I have no problems, nothing whatsoever to complain about, certainly not after reading Mr. Zamperini’s story.

I cannot wait for another Laura Hillenbrand book, easily my favorite author.

I’m now reading “The Land of the Painted Caves”, the last installment of the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series by Jean Auel,and the first in about six years. She is a very good researcher/writer and I’ve enjoyed these books immensely.


78 posted on 07/07/2011 1:46:33 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: MplsSteve

Bristol Palin’s book “Not afraid of life” right now, my daughter bought it and left it laying around so I picked it up and started it. My problem is once I start a book no matter what I always feel bad if I don’t keep plugging through and finish it.


79 posted on 07/07/2011 1:48:30 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: MplsSteve
This Side of Paradise.
80 posted on 07/07/2011 1:51:38 PM PDT by firebrand (It's a scandal that we have not yet impeached Obama.)
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To: MplsSteve

here are the top items of my current list:

1) Halfway through James Calvell’s Asian Saga novels, in time setting sequence (in Gai-Jin right now);
2) Starting “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne (a gift from my wife);
3) “Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant” by U.S. Grant;
4) “From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America” by James Longstreet;
5) “The Delight Makers” by Adolph Bandelier;
6) “Dog Sense: How the New Science of Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet” by John Bradshaw;
7) and getting ready to start my annual trek through Tolkien’s War of the Rings Trilogy...

Love my Kindle!!


81 posted on 07/07/2011 1:51:46 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: MplsSteve

“The Big Sky” by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.


82 posted on 07/07/2011 1:53:37 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: MplsSteve

Bruce Catton’s Civil War histories, “Stillness at Appomattox” and such. My favorite so far is “This Hallowed Ground”, a single-volume overview of the Northern victory. Catton seems to, as I do, respect Grant both for his straightforward generalship, and for the way he treated the vanquished Lee.


83 posted on 07/07/2011 1:54:32 PM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy: It frustrates me when people talk about government jobs as if somehow those are worth less.)
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To: MplsSteve

Rereading Thomas Carlyle’s “The French Revolution.”


84 posted on 07/07/2011 1:55:04 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: MplsSteve
My Antonia, by Willa Cather. I don't know why I haven't read her before; it is a charming story, and well-written.
85 posted on 07/07/2011 1:59:05 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (It should be illegal for illegals to play with matches... just sayin'...)
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To: TheMom

For later.


86 posted on 07/07/2011 1:59:13 PM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: MplsSteve

Just finished “Nelson’s Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World” by Roy Adkins. Excellent, The best account of the battle I have yet read.

Haven’t decided on the next book. Will decide tonight. Lots to choose from.


87 posted on 07/07/2011 2:00:08 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: MplsSteve

Inside of a Dog
What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Alexadra Horowitz

Modern China
Rana Mitter

What’s so Great About Christianity
Dinesh D’Souza


88 posted on 07/07/2011 2:01:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: florida red

“The Spy” ostensibly by Clive Cussler (”with” his collaborator on the Isaac Bell series, whose name escapes me)


89 posted on 07/07/2011 2:04:03 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: MplsSteve
Just finished "Now God Be Thanked" by John Masters.

First in a trilogy, set around WW1.

90 posted on 07/07/2011 2:04:18 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: MplsSteve
finished these three books the past month:



in the middle of this:



with this on deck:


91 posted on 07/07/2011 2:04:33 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: MplsSteve

I finished re-reading the core Ender series by Orson Scott Card, and am moving on to all the sequels and related books and short stories that were written since the original. I figured I’d take in the whole Ender universe at once.


92 posted on 07/07/2011 2:11:00 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: MplsSteve

‘Criminological Theory”, “Criminology Today”, “Handbook of Criminology”, “The General Theory of Crime”, and Woodward’s “Obama’s War”

Teaching a new class in, you’ll never guess, criminology, and I have to pick the textbook. I also have to start getting ready for my comps next Spring.

I do hope to fit in “Moonwalking with Einstein” and “The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture” by David Mamet before the summer ends as well as several technical books on malware.


93 posted on 07/07/2011 2:15:40 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: MplsSteve

I’m reading “The deliberate Dumbing Down Of America” by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt.

It’s free to read online in PDF at: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=the+deliberate+dumbing+down+of+america+pdf&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

It documents the actions, papers, methods, books and names, over many decades, of those who used “Progressive Education” to teach Americans to stop thinking.


94 posted on 07/07/2011 2:19:03 PM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: MplsSteve
Screwtape Proposes a Toast, by C.S. Lewis. A critique of anti-intellectualism, anti-elitism, and egalitarianism in American public education, prophetically written long before cultural Marxism turned education into nothing but Leftist indoctrination.
95 posted on 07/07/2011 2:24:52 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: SueRae
I’m now reading “The Land of the Painted Caves”, the last installment of the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series by Jean Auel,and the first in about six years.

I did NOT know she'd come out with another installment! I'd say it's been more than six years.....unless there was one that I missed in the meantime.

Oh lordy, so many great suggestions on this thread and so little time.

96 posted on 07/07/2011 2:27:31 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: MplsSteve

Reading Game of Thrones, by George R.R.Martin, again, after watching the HBO series. Actually, it’s being read to me by Roy Dotrice, a masterful narrator. Helps greatly in making Atlanta traffic disappear!


97 posted on 07/07/2011 2:27:31 PM PDT by ForMyChildren (Irrigation help appreciated)
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To: OB1kNOb

I think I actually may have heard it about it for the first time on the last “What are you reading?” thread. :)

Anyway. I have to confess I have yet to check out the Freeper Book Club. But if there’s a way there to discuss books some of us are reading, I sure would like to get people’s thoughts on TFT.


98 posted on 07/07/2011 2:37:37 PM PDT by fightinJAG (TAXPAYERS OF THE WORLD UNITE.)
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To: MplsSteve
"The Black Dove" - Steve Hockensmith. One of a series; hilarious mysteries set in the 1890's West.

"Bad Science" - Ben Goldacre. Brilliant debunking of quackery and pseudoscience.

"The Armada" - Garrett Mattingly. This one comes around in my re-read queue every few years. One of the best histories ever written.

In the on deck circle is "Quartered Safe Out Here" by George MacDonald Fraser. I have been loath to crack the cover on this one because it is the only book by GMF I have never read, and when I reach the last page there will be no more. Ave atque vale...

99 posted on 07/07/2011 2:39:48 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I have not heard a single Michele or Cain backer threaten to stay home if Palin is nominated.)
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To: MplsSteve
I'm almost done with Jonah Goldberg's “Liberal Fascism”. An excellent history of liberalism/progressivism/marxism/fascism. Much of it confirms what I already knew but I've learned quite a bit as well.

For insance, there is an instructive quote from President Woodrow Wilson responding to criticism that there was no national interest in our entry into WWI -- he said, (paraphrase) "There is also no selfishness in it." To me, this explains a lot. To a liberal, national interest in war is "selfish"; while no national interest is "noble". See how it works?

100 posted on 07/07/2011 2:41:41 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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