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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.


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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 here....as 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.

Thanks.

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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To: Consort
LOL...and it will be out soon I expect.
21 posted on 06/10/2003 11:04:01 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: amom
Ann has a new one coming out as I hear it. Supposed to be out this summer. Do you remember the time I went to a local talk and met her in person? I tried and tried to get Towanda to go with us, but the site split was still too fresh I guess. Ah, those were the days...Clintons everywhere and the fresh feeling we got from Impeaching a vile cuss.
22 posted on 06/10/2003 11:24:41 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Xthe17th
I stole your list

Deriliction of Duty - Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson
Useful Idiots - Mona Charen
Hatred's Kingdom - Dore Gold
Treason - Ann Coulter
Slander - Ann Coulter
Bias - Bernard Goldberg
Shakedown - Kenneth Timmerman
Kindred Spirit - Notra Trulock
The Worm In The Apple - Peter Brimelow
Let Freedom Ring - Sean Hannity
Savage Nation - Michael Savage
The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
Breakdown - Bill Gertz
Invasion - Michelle Malkin
What's So Great About America - Dinesh D'Souza
The Final Days - Barbara Olson
Hell To Pay - Barbara Olson
The Bias Against Guns - John R. Lott, Jr.
More Guns, Less Crime - John R. Lott, Jr.
The Language Police - Diane Ravitch

But at least I give you credit, lol
23 posted on 06/10/2003 3:11:43 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
Oh, that's just the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" section of my Truthbrary. Here's the History section:

24 posted on 06/10/2003 8:42:00 PM PDT by Xthe17th (FREE THE STATES. Repudiate the 17th amendment!)
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To: KC Burke; amom
There's a whole chapter on Jeckyl Island in Jon Chrystian Ryter's book (see above post). In fact, most of the book follows that money trail. And, if you want still more, there are several Rockefellerish chapters in Mike Thompson's book (again, see above post). Happy reading. Don't get too depressed!

Oh yeah, while we're on the subject, here's another one for the truthbrary's essential stack:
The Law That Never Was - Bill Benson, Constitutional Research and Associates, ISBN#=secret

25 posted on 06/10/2003 9:05:14 PM PDT by Xthe17th (FREE THE STATES. Repudiate the 17th amendment!)
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To: KC Burke
Sorry for the lag in repling. Neice's college graduation tonight which I wouldn't miss for the world.

Yes you remember correctly. The book is by G Edward Griffen and is titled "The Creature from Jekyll Island".
From a review of the book"...To fully comprehend the situation in connection with the U.S. $3.5 trillion national debt, the effects of compound inflation since 1913 (the time around which the Federal Reserve and Income Tax were started), our entry into World War I through the sinking of the Lusitania as well as the current effects of fractional reserve banking, currency backed with T-bonds, the War System, the Mandrake Mechanism and seven reasons why the Federal Reserve Act must be recinded, this is a good place to start..."
Quite a good read for those so inclined. I have pushed a few copies off on friends and haven't done any severe damage yet.

My new favorite is "Grace Will Lead Me Home" A Vietnam Veteran's Testimony by Ronald E Allen and Pastory Jerry Ross. It's actually more of a phamplet and 65 pages short but what a read! They pack a lot into a little! It'll have you laughing in one paragraph and crying in the next only to bring you back up again. Ron has a purple heart and a bronze star with V and now is famous for his kite flying and cave rescues. Quite a guy.

26 posted on 06/11/2003 12:08:00 AM PDT by amom
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To: Xthe17th
Thanks so much for the additions. I figure that cruising through the site noting book comments, I can familiarize some posters with this threads existance. It will take a while, I'm sure.
27 posted on 06/11/2003 5:43:26 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Xthe17th
Thanks for the heads up on the additional reading material.

So many books so little time. :-)
28 posted on 06/11/2003 4:12:40 PM PDT by amom
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To: KC Burke
I did a whole reply to this post last night and see it didn't go thru. *sigh*

Yes I remember very well your jaunt to see Ann. Fun times for sure. I had a few email exchanges with Towanda recently in regards to our Rosie's most recent surgery. She sent along her well wishes. The wounds have not healed much evidently. Sad but choices is what life is all about I suppose.

While we're taking a stroll down memory lane...one of my most favorite times is when we were in the middle of presenting the evidence for the impeachment. That nonstop gathering and printing of the DSL and then handing them to each and every Senator and Rep. What a job. And on this end of the country I burned the DSL to CD and worked up FR jewel case artwork and rode on the tails of the attention the folks in DC were generating out here. Love all that action. The Chinagate project runs a close second. And then of course there are all the other misc research projects we've done over the years.
29 posted on 06/11/2003 4:20:22 PM PDT by amom
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To: All
For today I will add a book from 2001 that is still pretty new to most.

It really addresses the question of the force of Christianity at the time of the founding.

On Two Wings, Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding by Michael Novak. (ISBN 1-893554-34-1)
I enjoyed his presentation and his documentation...lol, and I'm not that big on footnotes.
30 posted on 06/13/2003 12:32:26 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: All
I'm currently reading a recent trade paperback edition of 2001s biography of Cicero. I always wanted a good medium length narrative bio on him to read and one is finally available.
Cicero by Anthony Everitt (ISBN 0-375-75895-X)
I'm about halfway through and find it very readable and also informative about the socio-political structure he lived in and furnishing some snap-shot views of his famous contemporaries: Cato, Ceaser, Pompey, etc.

For those not too versed in this period of history, such as this poster, this is very accessible.

31 posted on 06/14/2003 6:43:17 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
I always recommend Witness, the autobiography of Whitaker Chambers. He was a communist spy in the late 20's and early 30's before breaking with communism and becoming a Christian. He hid from the communists for a while before coming back into public life and eventually becoming an editor at Time/Life. He was a government witness against Alger Hiss at the Hiss perjury trial. I named my website Witness for the Right in honor of Mr. Chambers.

I mentioned a couple of nonfiction books on the other thread, but I'll mention some fiction here. I enjoy the writing of Dean Koontz a great deal. I don't know what his poitical views are, but I think he is generally very respectful towards the conservative view. I like the fact that when he talks about history's all-time killers, he mentions Stalin in the same sentence with Hitler. I think it's good to remind people of the evils of communism. I review one of the more political of his books at Book Review: Dark Rivers of the Heart.

I'll mention others as I think of them.

32 posted on 06/14/2003 8:46:17 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: WFTR
Yes, Witness is certainly in the list of top conservative biographies. For a similar read from a generation later, try David Horowitz's autobiography, Radical Son.
33 posted on 06/15/2003 6:29:25 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: TPartyType
I should have pinged you to this thread earlier. I hope to make it an on-going thread on the General Interest forum. I know you can give me a contribution every once in a while and I hope you bookmark it to do so.
34 posted on 06/15/2003 6:32:50 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke

35 posted on 06/17/2003 10:23:32 PM PDT by TPartyType
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To: TPartyType
We have neglected to add a book from the huge list of those written by Thomas Sowell, one of my favorites. He is one of the greatest living conservative writers.
36 posted on 06/18/2003 8:43:14 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
I guess I will start with one of his "Vision" series.
The Vision of the Anointed, Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, by Thomas Sowell (isbn 0-465-08995-x)
This and A Conflict of Visions are probably the best two books on conservative thought published in the last ten years, IMHO.
37 posted on 06/18/2003 8:54:19 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: betty boop
For today I will add:
The New Science of Politics by Eric Voegelin (ISBN 0-226-86114-7)
Now I don't think that Eric V is one to be taken up for light reading. It is like a strong sauce that has been cooked to a heavy reduction. But this was my first exposure to E. V. whom Russell Kirk liked to cite.

And, of course, I can't add Eric without pinging his biggest proponent, betty boop. Now, betty, I hope you have some time to add a list every once in a while. With you, I am going to have to add that you need to add an asterisk to those that we mere mortals can read without our unabridged dictionary, LOL.

38 posted on 06/19/2003 10:33:46 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
I'm reading, The Devil and the White City about the making of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and a serial killer who was operating near the fair. It is really interesting. I am about halfway through.

This wasn't just a huge undertaking for the city of Chicago, but for the entire United States. There was a worlds fair in Paris a few years before and the French thought that this was the end all be all of worlds fairs and that the US could never have one as brilliant. Stupid French.

The story of the serial killer is equally as interesting. He operated a house of horrors just down the street from the fair. It's a very bizarre story. People around him just kept disappearing and he would just weave these stories that were believable enough to keep people from calling the police.

39 posted on 06/19/2003 10:57:52 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: retrokitten
Thanks for the addition. Can you add the name of the author when you have time?

I need some posters that read fiction as I lean toward the non-fiction side too much for most thread visitors. You fiction readers go through a lot of books, I know because my wife is one.

40 posted on 06/19/2003 11:09:13 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke
I guess the author would be helpful! LOL! His name is Erik Larson. This is the full name of the book:

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

You are right about the fiction readers! They can crank them out. My mom reads fiction almost exclusively and it seems like she's always starting a new book.

41 posted on 06/19/2003 11:21:58 AM PDT by retrokitten
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To: KC Burke
KC!!!! Great choice of a Voegelin work!!!

I'd like to add some additions to this recommended reading list, from other authors -- just two for today.

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, Stephen M. Barr, 2003.

From Dawn to Decadence, Jacques Barzun, 2000.

Both these books are written for the general reader. Barr's is an excellent resource for understanding recent breakthroughs in physical theory. Here's a review from amazon.com:

"Often invoked as justification for unbelief, modern science here provides the basis for an unusual and provocative affirmation of religious faith. A physicist at the University of Delaware, Barr deploys his scientific expertise to challenge the dogmas of materialism and to assert his belief that nothing explains the order of the galaxies better than divine design. To be sure, Barr recognizes that Darwin's work has swept away the arguments of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theologians, who traced the handiwork of God in birds, flowers, and seashells. But the old argument-from-design reemerges with new sophistication after Barr presses evolutionary theory for a plausible account of the origin of what quantum physics demands--that is, a conscious observer--and comes away with nothing but skepticism about the skeptics. Barr indeed relishes the irony of a skeptical logic of random chance that forces unbelievers who balk at one unobservable God to accept, on doctrinal faith, a myriad of unobservable worlds on which the matter-motion lottery has not produced the winning ticket of conscious intelligence. The absurdity grows even more palpable among astrophysicists who avoid acknowledging the human-friendly pattern in subatomic and cosmic architecture found in the observable universe only by theorizing the existence of an infinite number of unobservable universes in which sovereign randomness has dictated other and more hostile architectures. Neither religiously sectarian nor technically daunting, this is a book that invites the widest range of readers to ponder the deepest kind of questions. -- Bryce Christensen"

Barzun's is a magnificent cultural survey. And never since Dante descended into Inferno has there been a better cultural "guide" than Jacques Barzun. Its subject is nothing less than the past 500 years of Western cultural development, from the Rennaissance to modern times. It covers everything: the arts, literature, music, philosophy, science, history. If you want to understand how we got to "where we are now," you've GOT to read this book.

Thanks for writing, KC -- and for the recommendation of The New Science of Politics. I'm delighted to hear you're reading it/have read it!!! (If you want to understand the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich, you've got to read this book.)

42 posted on 06/19/2003 12:08:21 PM PDT by betty boop (Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness. -- G. I. Gu)
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To: betty boop
While I have, of course, noticed the Barzun book in the stackes at the stores, I am now faced with the recommendation of both you and x to pick up this book. I guess I will have to go over the monthly book budget again......sixty-second time in six years, LOL, I was sick the other four months.
43 posted on 06/20/2003 8:10:45 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: cornelis
< Nasty-grammar-shool-teacher-voice > Your book report is extremely overdue, young man. < /Nasty-grammar-shool-teacher-voice >
44 posted on 06/20/2003 8:21:48 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke; Z
KC, Barzun's is a wonderful, amazing work, a real education. I couldn't recommend it more highly. What comes across so strikingly is the idea that certain key ideas are representative of the various ages, and become drivers of cultural and social change. It helps us understand our own age to see how these signature ideas have evolved over time. It is an absolutely masterful work, wise, penetrating, of impeccable scholarship and erudition developed over a long lifetime -- Barzun was 94 in the year it was published. I think you will like it!
45 posted on 06/20/2003 8:51:41 AM PDT by betty boop (Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness. --Gurdjieff)
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To: KC Burke; x; general_re
I'm sorry KC, not to have responded to this earlier. This is a promising thread.

I had a reply in mind, wanting to respond to a comment of x made some time ago about how Michael Oakeshott is a very different fellow from Strauss. I wanted to add and say that Oakeshott is to Aristotle, as Strauss is to Plato, but I was shy of making that claim. So I pulled out Rationalism in Politics and read the essay on his view of the science of history. It was a good read, and good for clarity of thought, as Oakeshott moves with such calculated prose (Strauss is cursory and flighty). But that was a week ago.

I'm here now because I happend to be reading Inge and ran into a citation of Emerson which Inge calls Oriental pantheism, the "classical form of mystical philosophy, which by obliterating all outlines makes all things equally divine, and leaves no room for distinctions between right and wrong. Emerson has drunk deeply of this intoxicating draught of self-deification:

There is no great and no small To the soul that maketh all: Where it cometh, all things are, And it cometh everywhere.

I am the owner of the sphere, Of the seven stars and the solar year, Of Caesar's hand, and Plato's brain, Of Lord Christ's heart, and Shakespear's strain."


46 posted on 06/22/2003 9:29:32 PM PDT by cornelis (A is A and that's the only song I have to play.)
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To: cornelis
What of Inge contained that gem? (When you have the time, of course.)

And I am glad you mentioned Oakeshott who hasn't been listed on this thread yet. I have just read bits and pieces, perhaps for the thread you can add an item of two of his you recommend for the freeper wanting to get a taste of his fine mind. (Again, as you have the time.)

Today, I will add to the list:

Property and Freedom by Richard Pipes (ISBN 0-375-70447-7) It was given good marks by everyone from National Review, the Washington Times and The American Spectator on one side to Literary Review and The New York Times Review of Books on the other.

Pipes is a real Russian history scholar and contrasts how Property rights and law have developed in the west to how they developed in Russia and elsewhere to make his points on how Freedom is so closely tied.


47 posted on 06/23/2003 10:02:19 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke; Dumb_Ox; William McKinley; eastsider
Inge in Studies of English Mystics 1907. The first chapter, first of St. Margeret's lectures at Westminster) is Inge at his best. It seems that Pipes has studied out the implications of law using Soviet events as example--a topic that arose on this thread: A World Split Apart . Looks like Pipe's writing frequents the New York Review of Books.

Last night I was very happy with my recent purchase from Barnes & Noble: Dover's edition of Heath's Euclid (paperback, 3 vol. $10 each) You have to like it because it gives the axioms (A point is that which has no part; A line is a breadthless length) in Greek! (link for Bodleian MS pic) Shmeion estin, ou meroV ouqen. And then commentary on the Greek replete with references to Plato and Aristotle. Somehow that cigar had come to life last night.

Today its Jaspers on Kant. Jaspers is very readable and this edition is only $9.

48 posted on 06/24/2003 10:45:15 AM PDT by cornelis (Gold is hard to find.)
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To: cornelis
Very cool.

My lastest bit of reading is a history tome: The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party- Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War by Michael F. Holt.

This book is making it extremely clear to me that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

However, it is both interesting and heartening to consider that Bush may be doing to the Democrats what Jackson did to the National Republicans.

49 posted on 06/24/2003 12:23:57 PM PDT by William McKinley
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To: KC Burke; cornelis
Funny that you mention Pipes - in that same vein, I was going to suggest Richard Epstein's Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good. I'm exceptionally short on reading time lately, but I was recently re-reading William Freehling's Road to Disunion - which is sure to be an unpopular choice with the vocal neo-confederate faction... ;)
50 posted on 06/24/2003 8:09:28 PM PDT by general_re ("Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." - Oscar Wilde)
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