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Posted on 06/17/2005 10:47:19 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith
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A good Libertarian view of the CW---one that I don't agree with, but nevertheless very well researched---is Jeffrey Hummell, "Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men." But you HAVE to read Newt Gingrich's 3-volume "alternate" history of the war, beginning with "Gettysburg." It is very believable and well researched.
1776 by McCullough. I just finished reading it.
Good book, wasn't it?
I have Charlotte Simmons on my book pile too along with A Man in Full which has been there for over two years! Bonfire of the Vanities is one of my all time favorites.
Really? Hmm, I might check those out. This is the first Book I have ever read of his.
His premise is that the reason crime has gone down is because of legalized abortion. Fewer unwanted babies = fewer criminals. The problem with that is that it is flat wrong. In the 70s and 80s, it wasnt the girls in the ghetto or trailer park who were getting abortions, it was the white middle class womyn who didnt want a baby to inconvenience their glorious careers. Also, much of the crime reduction of the past 25 years is a result of tougher laws for criminals (in spite of the dems). This is just my analysis. There is a whole thread here on FR somewhere where there is much more data to dispute this stupid, thrown-together book.
I read them all as did my 21 year old daughter. I just gave a couple paperbacks to her friend for her birthday as well. I am looking forward to the new one more than the new Harry Potter book. We both read Metro Girl as well. Not quite as good as the others, but in the ball park. The grandmother is indeed a hoot, as are all the many assorted characters. I was standing in the ER one day with my back against the wall reading one and trying hard not to laugh out loud......of, course I was spotted there by someone I knew. I didn't care, I laughed anyway.......
Just read the new Phil Lesh book about the Grateful Dead "Searching For The Sound". Still working on Building the Contagious Church, The longest war : the Iran-Iraq military conflict by Dilip Hiro and Guadalcanal remembered by Herbert Christian Merillat.
I know of Dr. Lee but haven't read any of his work. He's Connecticut or NY State Police Forensic's director right? The first two books I mentioned are required study material at the moment and I've been pleasantly surprised by Barry Fischer's crime scene investigation book.
2. Next up: Henry Kissinger's "Diplomacy." Read it when I was a senior in high school. Flame away, but I think current US foreign policy needs to shift back to the realism advocated by Kissinger as opposed to the idealism put forth by the likes of Pearle.
3. Prescott's Conquest of Mexico and Conquest of Peru will likely conclude my summer reading.
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So far, much better than the mess Morris made of Reagan's biography, Dutch although I disliked that book much less than I thought I might, given some of the critical scorn heaped on it.
I'm really looking forward to David Horowitz's new book, The End of Time. David is one of the most interesting characters on the Right today and I found his book, Radical Son to be a very moving and telling account of his political transformation.
Oh, and for lighter reading that comes in nice, manageable chapters, I highly recommend William F. Buckley's "literary autobiography" Miles Gone By.
Down & Out In Paris & London is a good one by Orwell.
Well Trained Mind and Well Educated Mind, George Schuyler's autobiography,etc.etc. I'll have to look at my desk :-)
I see it.
It's BJ Clinton's book.
I'm reading Harry Turtledove's alternate history books.
I just ordered One for the Money from Amazon. Did you read it?
It's the first in the Plum series.
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