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Book Store and Library | June 8, 2003 | Various

Posted on 06/09/2003 7:47:33 AM PDT by KC Burke

Okay, fellow bibliophiles and freerepublic readers wanting to get some ideas on books and periodicals, get ready.

This is the Thread.

I've placed it in General Interest because it isn't a thread about a single book or even about a class of books, but instead, a thread to review once in a while to see what others have found interesting to read and why.

It doesn't need to be renewed daily, the software will keep it down to load-easy size on this wonderful forum. It does need to have a few guidelines for proper functioning however.

First, this is not a competition, we don't need lists longer than 25.

Second, make a point and give an opinion about a book, don't just list it. We know you aren't eloquent; you're here aren't you?

Third, trust us, we know the standard criticisms of the various wings of conservatism toward certain icons. We need no food fights on this thread about paeleocons, neocons, objectivists, libertarians, monarchists, stateists, and anarchists. You are welcome to say you didn't care for a book when it is posted, but make one, and only one, negative post in reference to the posting of a book and trust that readers will get your point. The book can be debated elsewhere in depth; in fact, if you are passionate about the issue, create a thread and rant to your hearts' content.

Fourth, remember that the purpose of the thread is to provide readers of the forum a place to find mention of books that they might want to add to their reading list or library. If a book has been added to the thread, discuss it, but let's not post the same books innumerable times. I will try to do a recapitulation every once in a while to make that point.

TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; History; Hobbies; Reference
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To start off, I would like to suggest freepers consider:
The Future of Freedom, Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad By Fareed Zakaria (ISBN0-393-04764-4) and

The Mystery of Capital, Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando De Soto (ISBN-0-46501614-6)

I have slected these two relatively new books to begin with to show that the classics of conservatism aren't the only things worth reading. These two are great bookends to looking at conservative principles and how they apply to the rest of the world. The reflection on our own culture and government are thereby subtle reflections that any reader can profit from, not just those of us who think on that subject every day. Has anyone else come across them?
1 posted on 06/09/2003 7:47:33 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: cornelis; x; amom; William McKinley; logos; fod
occasional contributions would be appreciated
2 posted on 06/09/2003 7:50:20 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
I will stick in a couple of recommendations of old books which should be re-read, given our current knowledge of recent history.

Standing Firm by Dan Quayle.

I recommend this to go back and read, even if you have not done so. Quayle mis-read some people, and unfortunately the record is there in black and white. I supported Quayle before he withdrew from the presidential race, and I have no axe to grind. This is an instructive book on how one's opinion of leaders is shaped by events.

Barbara Bush: A Memoir by Barbara Bush.

This is an easy read, but it has some interesting detail, and should be read in preparation for Reflections, by Barbara Bush, which is coming out in October. Reflections will cover the time since they left the White House until their son was elected. Coincidentally, those years are the Clinton years, and advance word is that Mrs. Bush is pulling no punches. Heheheh.

3 posted on 06/09/2003 8:30:04 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: KC Burke
GReat Thread!

Just got done reading The TAlisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. I recently "discovered" King novels, especially all that are connected to The Dark Tower series. Talisman was a bit slow and had little to do with The Dark Tower, however I am told the sequel, Black House has more DT info...

Currently I reading Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins...

Waiting not so patiently for the Next Harry Potter....

4 posted on 06/09/2003 8:42:36 AM PDT by Portnoy (No complaints long as I'm fly fishing.)
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To: Miss Marple
I can't imagine the private opinion that well spoken lady would have had about Bill and Hillary...wouldn't a week by week diary have been fun. Viewing the Cesspool the White House Has Become, by Barbara Bush...a real first lady.
5 posted on 06/09/2003 8:43:40 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Portnoy
Russell Kirk, a fellow who some see as contributing to the re-birth of conservatism some five decades ago, wrote some hooror/gothic type tales....even won a few awards for them. They are hard to find but they out there.
6 posted on 06/09/2003 8:49:53 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
Pier Gynt.
7 posted on 06/09/2003 11:43:29 AM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: KC Burke
Jacques Barzun's "From Dawn to Decadence," a cultural history of the last 500 years of Western civilization is definitely worth reading. Barzun has put his own 90+ years of life, reading and thinking into a fine study of our cultural heritage that is useful and interesting however much one knows about history or culture.

I'm not really a big fan of today's fiction, but for those who are, I can recommend "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry, a story of Parsees and untouchables in Bombay that's a worthy successor to the great novels of the 19th century. Also, just about anything by Robertson Davies, a great Canadian novelist of recent years. Davies had a real talent for creating characters and drawing readers into a world not so different from our own, but more interesting. His work is uneven, but once I picked up one of his books I always wanted to finish, and when I had, I couldn't wait to read the next one.

8 posted on 06/09/2003 3:47:03 PM PDT by x
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To: x
Glad to have three new ones on my "must have" list.


9 posted on 06/09/2003 5:39:50 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Bonaparte; Huck
Bonaparte, perhaps you originally steered me to McDonald, I can't recall. You and Huck should drop in here every so often if you can.
As an amateur reader of history, I was lucky to have Forrest McDonald’s writing recommended to me by a poster.

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, my peers and I were force-fed the liberal Charles Beard’s Economic Interpretation of the Constitution, a book that leftist professors are still calling “a classic” today and forcing on students. Well, starting with his doctoral work, McDonald formed a “test” of those theories in 1958 and subsequently demolished them in We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution. We have that destruction to thank him for if for nothing else in his long career.

While considered by many to be a historian with a conservative bent, he has some surprising opinions based upon his research. Before you doubt him, remember that his professorship at Alabama was the “Distinguished Research Professor of History”. Many of his books are published by the University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, KS.

Two books of McDonald that I enjoy referring to are:

Novus Ordo Seclorum, The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution by Forrest McDonald (ISBN 0-7006-0311-5)

States’ Rights and the Union; Imperium in Imperio by Forrest McDonald (ISBN 0-7006-1040-5)

10 posted on 06/09/2003 5:47:09 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
That may well have been me. I've recommended McDonald from time to time on the forum. A younger poster once asked what a good survey of US history would be. I suggested The Last Best Hope: A History of the United States (2 vol, paper) by McDonald, Decker and Govan, 1972. Copies of this pop up at bookfinder from time to time.
11 posted on 06/09/2003 8:57:42 PM PDT by Bonaparte
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To: KC Burke
I just got off vacation, found a great author. Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Prayer for Rain; Shutter Island.) I also read a Mary Higgins Clark novel (pure fluff, but great for a vacation), and The Pianist. The Da Vinci Code was a good read also. I'm now just finishing Babbitt, The First Circle is next up. I'm looking forward to reading Ann Coulter's new book, and I just read Peggy Noonan is coming out with a new book, and I'm thrilled that Barbara Bush is writing a new book. So many books, so little time.
12 posted on 06/09/2003 9:41:41 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: KC Burke
My current reading is
Dereliction of Duty by Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson (carrier of the nuclear football) If you liked Gary Aldrich's book you'll enjoy Dereliction of Duty.

Slander by Ann Coluter. Love her wit! She can pack more into a sentence than most can put into an entire chapter. Quite enjoyable reading.

One of my all time favorites is the 12 volume set "Brann and the Iconoclast". The Iconoclast was a newspaper out of Waco Texas in the late 1800s. Brann was the writer/editor. The writing is wonderful and gives a peek into politics and business of America and worldwide. Brann's subscription base was over 10,000 internationally. As a side line but woven thoughout the articles of the newspaper was Brann's ongoing disagreement with some of the powers at Baylor University. He stood up for the honor of a young girl, 14 years old(from Brazil I believe it was). She was brought from her home by missionaries with the promise to her mother of her being educated and taught to become a missionary. Instead she was put to work in the kitchen where she caught the eye of a young man who shall we say did not hesitate to make his advances. When she became pregnant their treatment of her was beyond disgraceful. Brann wanted justice for the girl whose reputation and life had been terribly ruined and never hesitated in calling out the guilty party in his writing. Needless to say there were those at Baylor who insisted he was wrong and their desire for his silence on this issue clouded their ability to think. This dispute grew so heated at one point Brann was kidnapped by some of the students. Another time an attempt to tar and feather him failed when one of the young men left the bucket of tar under a bridge. Needless to say Brann spared no words describing these adventures.
After loosing his life in a gunfight in the streets of Waco regarding this same Baylor situation his wife had the newspaper printed and bound in book form which makes up the 12 volumes.
For a real view and a taste of the flavor of the West this is a great read.

13 posted on 06/09/2003 9:57:16 PM PDT by amom (sheeze I do go on and on sometimes. Hey Burke. Hugs all around.)
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To: KC Burke
Statecraft by Margaret Thatcher

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger

The Prize by Daniel Yergin

14 posted on 06/10/2003 1:31:38 AM PDT by Skywalk
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To: amom
Refresh us, if you would, on that Jeckyl Island book you told me about three years ago.

Or am I hallucinating?

15 posted on 06/10/2003 6:25:37 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Utah Girl
What are the Lehane books like?
16 posted on 06/10/2003 6:29:58 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

I love nonfiction books which make me slap my head and go, "Jeez, this guy can write!" The Tipping Point is about social trends, and how introduced small factors can work profound processional effects on outcomes. There are analogs in mathematics, which also apply to human events of all sorts and at all levels, in which even miniscule changes result in immense differences in outcome. An essentially optimistic and entertaining read.

17 posted on 06/10/2003 7:20:37 AM PDT by warchild9
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To: KC Burke

18 posted on 06/10/2003 7:21:05 AM PDT by Consort
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To: KC Burke
I've been reading Dennis Lehane since he started,and I like him.

His first few books were a detective series with Patrick Kenzie as the main character,"Mystic River" is a great read but not part of the series(and now being made into a movie) I just finished "Shutter Island" and it is totally different from all the others,a very strange and surprising ending.
19 posted on 06/10/2003 10:35:19 AM PDT by Mears (.)
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To: warchild9
Thanks...I'll watch for that one.
20 posted on 06/10/2003 11:01:50 AM PDT by KC Burke
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