Skip to comments.A Very Claremont Christmas 2004 (Conservative scholars recommend their favorite books)
Posted on 12/16/2004 8:41:53 PM PST by Stoat
Here's a good book...The Holy Bible
Thanks :-) I think that they're assuming that the Bible is already in everyone's collection.
Thanks for this list...it will provide a nucleus for putting a list together for the library (where I teach) to purchase.
These books will nicely counterbalance the myriads of left wing extremist, gender bending, conservative bashing, pro homosexuality tomes that are proliferating all over the shelves in our colleges today.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
You're quite welcome, and I'm glad that you've found it to be helpful :-) You also may be interested in this list from National Review (Posted above in this thread as well)
Non Religious books...my favorites...
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
If you like Tolken you will love Jordan
Thanks very much Jay :-)
What makes this book particularly special for you?
Bookmarking this one!
Thanks very much Jay...I read the LOTR series five times as a child, and enjoyed the movies (until one of the actors started slamming the USA in interviews LOL)
I will look into Jordan's works, thank you :-)
Glad to hear it! You may also wish to consider coming back in a couple of days after Freepers have had a chance to add their favorites to it and print out the entire thread....a great thing to keep in the car and bring into bookstores when you're Christmas shopping :-)
Excellent post. Thanks.
What a fantastic thread. I am bookmarking it for my future reference. My contributions:
"The Feynman Lectures on Physics" - Richard Feynman
"Surely You're Joking Mr. Fenynman"
These books by Richard Feynman are wonderful. He is breezy and easy to understand. The Lectures are probably only readable by someone already educated as a physicicst. QED is incredible, he explains Quantum ElectroDynamics for the layman!!! His biography is great. Bill Clinton names his biography "My Life" or something. BFD. Richard Feynman names his biography: "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman." Guess which one is readable and funny.
"Starship Troopers" Robert Heinlein
"Ender's Game" Orson Scott Card
Two great, easy to read SciFi novels. Also great military books. Both are assigned at the Military academies.
"The Whole Shebang, A State of the Universe Report" - Timothy Ferris
"A Brief History of Time" - Stephen Hawking
Two of the best books on modern cosmology written. Both for laymen. They will absolutely blow your mind.
"How to Talk to a Liberal" -- Ann Coulter
Meticulously researched, fastidiously argued, and gut-breaking funny.
"Free to Choose" - Milton and Rose Friedman
A book about freedom written by one of my heroes. Simple, well-written, explanation of the basis of free-market economics and freedom in general.
"The Chronicles of Narnia" - C. S. Lewis.
They say this is a childrens series. I read it to my kids. It is way more.
"East of Eden" - John Steinbeck
The most accurate portrayal of evil I have ever read. Reminds me of liberals. Read this and see if you don't agree.
And my all time favorite:
"The Right Stuff" - Tom Wolfe
Read the book, ignore the movie. The movie was about what the astronauts were doing. The book is about what they were thinking. This is the best description of what it is to be the male of the species I have ever found.
You're quite welcome, and I'm delighted to learn that you've found it to be worthwhile!
Please feel free to contribute your own favorites as well :-)
Thanks for this.
I'm into musicals, and am a member of a Light Opera Society.
I just bought Steyn's book on amazon on this reccomendation! Cheers! :-)
It's my Christmas gift to ME!
WOW! Great list and comments, thank you!
WOW! I'm delighted that you have found it to be so helpful! Perhaps your associates at the L.O.S. might appreciate it if you were to email them the URL to this thread?
Perhaps some of them might want to join Free Republic as a result :-)
Following is a ten year reading plan provided in the Great Books of the Western World first edition library of 1952. The works are organized by the year that they appear in the reading plan. Works shown with hypertext links are available online. Another such list is maintained by Ken Roberts.
The great books index is a personal interest project and is not sponsored by the Encyclopedia Britannica corporation. I urge you to purchase this excellent set of books and patronize this company.
Hey Stoat, you reader you! LOL Love Steyn! Thank you for the listings :) BUMP!
You're quite welcome; I'm delighted that you find it helpful :-)
Stoat, I do believe your little guy has donned his festive, white winter coat! :)
From my rusty, dusty, but ever-so-trusty Encarta Reference Library:
"Ermine, name given to various species of weasel, particularly during the winter season, when the fur of individuals inhabiting colder latitudes is white. The name is applied especially to the stoat, which inhabits temperate and subarctic regions of Europe, North America, and Asia."
Careful, my mom has a couple of stone martins around a coat collar... ;)
From Thomas Sowell:
Another great summary of that epic conflict is,
It's billed as "The first one-volume history" of the Second World War, and is definitely worth checking out, if you have the opportunity.
Thanks for the NR list!
Make that "visiting" professor - she was not the staff - and she apparently has a "new assignment" in the "state" system!
This book may well well force historians to revise the history of the Cold War.
Wilhelm Reich wrote a brilliant book called "The Mass Psychology Of Fascism".
Note to self: remember to wear 'ferret disguise' when in the presence of Libertina's mom
Thanks so much for your many great-looking contributions to the ongoing list here :-)
You're quite welcome! I'm delighted to know that you've found it helpful.
This book may well well force historians to revise the history of the Cold War.
It looks like a great one, thanks very much for adding to the list. It's always a sure bet that it's a great book when the Leftists at Publisher's Weekly try to rip it apart, as they do in the review at the book's Amazon page (linked here).
This looks wonderful also, thanks very much! :-)
Thanks for the thread/posts...Love the ten year reading plan...
You're quite welcome, and I'm delighted that you liked the reading plan so much! I regret that I must make a confession....I'm still on the first year, but I also haven't applied myself to it as I really should....so many books, so little time!
I am so very thankful to the editors of the Great Books series for providing this reading plan...in the 1950's, it probably provided a framework of sorts for many college curricula, but these days one can go through many years of English and Literature courses with few of these classics even being mentioned, much less taught. I believe that only a very few extremely expensive private colleges are even offering literature courses stressing the Classics anymore, and I regret that I haven't attended such a school. Fortunately, the Great Books Reading Plan allows those of us who value the ancient knowledge to pursue a structured learning approach that has proven itself over time. Although it lacks some helpful perspective (when studying Kant, as an example, I often wish that I had an instructor to help me along in my understanding) but it's certainly better to have the Reading Plan than to depend upon the majority of universities for a true classical education these days.
Since you liked the Ten Year reading plan so much, there are a few additional resources that may also be of interest.
I've found this book particularly helpful, as the section on Ulysses (p. 251-253) may illustrate:
"With Ulysses we at last meet a novel that seems impenetrable. It is best to admit that this mountain cannot be scaled with a single leap. Still, it is scalable; and from the top you are granted a view of incomparable richness.
Here are five simple statements. They will not help you to enjoy or understand Ulysses. I list them merely to remove from your mind any notion that this book is a huge joke, or a huge obscenity, or the work of a demented genius, or the altar of a cult. Here is what a large majority of intelligent critics and readers have come to believe about Ulysses since its publication in 1922.
1. It is probably the most completely organized, thought-out work of literature since The Divine Comedy.
2. It is the most influential novel (call it that for lack of a better term) published in our century. The influence is indirect - through other writers.
3. It is one of the most original works of imagination in the language. It broke not one trail, but hundreds.
4. There is some disagreement here, but the prevailing view is that it is not "decadent" or "immoral" or "pessimistic." Like the work of most of the supreme artists listed in the Plan, it proposes a vision of life as seen by a powerful mind that has risen above the partial, the sentimental, and the self-defensive.
5. Unlike its original, the Odyssey, it is not an open book. It yields its secrets only to those willing to work, just as Beethoven's last quartets reveal new riches the longer they are studied.
These statements made, I have three suggestions for the reader:
1. Read Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. This is fairly straightforward, as compared with its greater sequel. It will introduce you to Stephen Dedalus, who is Joyce, and to Joyce's Dublin, the scene of both novels.
2. In this one case, read a good commentary first. The best short one, I think, is Edmund Wilson, the best long ones by Stuart Gilbert and Anthony Burgess.
3. Even then Ulysses will be tough going. Don't try to understand every reference, broken phrase, shade of meaning, allusion to something still to come, or buried in pages you've already read. Get what you can. Then put the book aside and try it a year later.
As you read it, try to keep in mind some of Joyce's purposes:
1. To trace, as completely as possible, the thoughts and doings of a number of Dubliners during the day and night of June 16, 1904.
2. To trace, virtually completely, the thoughts and doings of two of them: Stephen Dedalus, the now classic type of the modern intellectual, and his spiritual father the more or less average man, Leopold Bloom.
3. To give his book a form paralleling (not always obviously) the events and characters of the Odyssey of Homer. Thus Stephen is Telemachus, Bloom Odysseus (Ulysses), Molly an unfaithful Penelope, Bella Cohen Circe.
4. To invent or develop whatever new techniques were needed for his monumental task. These included, among dozens, interior monologue, stream of consciousness, parody, dream and nightmare sequences, puns, word coinages, unconventional punctuation or none at all, and so forth. Ordinary novelists try to satisfy us with a selection from or summary of their characters' thoughts. Joyce gives you the thoughts themselves, in all their streamy, dreamy, formless flow.
Even the attempt to read Ulysses can be a great adventure. Good fortune to you.
At this writing probably the best edition to use is the 1986 Vintage Books (Random House) paperback, described as "The corrected text edited by Hans Walter Gabler with Wolfhard Steppe and Claus Melchior." Perhaps even better is the edition by John Kidd (Norton, 1994)"
Additionally, I would recommend:
Amazon.com Books Great Books (David Denby - Great Books: My adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and other indestructible writers of the Western World)
Good luck to you in your pursuit of the Reading Plan, and thank you for your kind words :-)
Here are my top 5 that I have read many times:
1. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
3. Common Sense, Thomas Paine
4. Think a Second Time, Dennis Prager
5. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
It's hard to imagine that there are actually topflight Ivy League universities that don't require non-English majors to take courses in Shakespeare.
Unfortunately, academe-ever since the radicals seized power in the late 60s-has been subsumed by postmodern, faddish, socialist doctrine.
Therefore, there's little room left to teach the standard literary cannon of Western civilization.
An "I just wanted to bookmark this thread" BUMP!
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