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Books/Literature (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • BOOK RELEASE. Payton Finds His Purpose: A journey of spititual awakening and Christian rebirth (VANITY EXTREME)

    09/20/2020 6:56:01 AM PDT · by 07Jack · 2 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9/20/20 | Chip Conyers
    An adventure for folks of all ages! (Free E-book copies available)
  • Book Review: 'Still the Best Hope' by Dennis Prager

    09/13/2020 8:31:14 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 27, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Dennis Prager is probably known for his 1998 book “Happiness is a Serious Problem” and similar titles, if not for his talk show. However, Dennis Prager's book “Still the Best Hope” can be described as an exploration of the world views literally fighting for dominance in the world.
  • Book Review: ‘The Next Millionaire Next Door’

    09/11/2020 6:58:58 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 31 replies
    Owlcation ^ | Jan 30, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    “The Next Millionaire Next Door” is a repeat of the landmark study from the classic book “The Millionaire Next Door”. Written by Thomas J. Stanley and his daughter Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw, it provides insight into the original work, addresses criticisms of it and a whole new data set. Yet the “next” millionaire next door book is not just an analysis of the original. It contains new information, and it builds on related works by others that borrow from the original millionaire next door book.
  • Woke Me When It’s Over

    09/11/2020 4:30:19 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 11, 2020 | David Clemens
    Many, perhaps most, Americans are just now waking up to the meaning of “woke.” What does “woke” have to do with looting, bricks, fires, and blood in Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis? One asks oneself, “Am I woke (good)? Or not woke (evil)? How woke is woke, how much wokeness is enough, and who decides?” In short, woke implies a new state of elevated, more highly evolved moral consciousness. As such, wokeness requires a new vocabulary to express its new concepts. Woke language is full of terms such as “toxic” (even “catastrophic”) masculinity, “whiteness,” “white privilege,” “white fragility,” countless new pronouns...
  • Book Review: 'Economic Facts and Fallacies' by Sowell

    09/02/2020 7:24:51 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Hubpages ^ | Nov 5, 2019 | Tamara Wilhite
    “Economic Facts and Fallacies” by Thomas Sowell came out in 2008, but like many of Thomas Sowell’s other books on economics, it remains a classic. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this book? How does it compare to his other major works?
  • Book Review: 'Government Zero' by Michael Savage

    08/31/2020 12:26:23 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 25, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has used the catchphrase “borders, language, culture” to define how a nation is defined. Savage says that borders, language and culture are what must be protected for a nation to survive. Michael Savage’s book title “Government Zero” refers to the government that has given up its most basic obligation to protect the borders, language and culture of the people. His premise is that it has in fact betrayed that obligation.
  • Win Bigly: A Book Review

    08/28/2020 9:13:37 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 6, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Scott Adams was one of the first people to predict President Trump’s victory in 2016. He was shunned by liberals and had events dropped for merely appreciating the “master persuader” skill-set though he disagreed with Trump’s politics. That Scott Adams was attacked online, his livelihood threatened, his girlfriend de-verified on Twitter twice as liberal Big Tech companies sought to punish him and those associated with him drove him to endorse Trump after endorsing Clinton for his literal safety. He later called these liberal bullies "Hillbullies." After Trump’s win and the confused liberal elites trying to figure out how it happened,...
  • 1628: Milady de Winter, Three Musketeers villainess

    08/27/2020 6:04:50 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 15 replies ^ | August 27, 2012 | Headsman
    Late this night* in 1628 was the fictional execution of The Three Musketeers antagonist Milady de Winter. This conniving minx bears the fleur-de-lis brand of a teenage crime upon her shoulder — a very naughty beauty-mark indeed — but becomes a secret agent of Cardinal Richelieu. (Richelieu is a point of friction for the Musketeers right from the start.) This novel — which has long been in the public domain (Text at or | Free audio book at — features Milady continually bedeviling the protagonist d’Artagnan. He loves her; she keeps trying to kill him. Pretty typical...
  • How to Be an Anti-Intellectual: A lauded book about antiracism is wrong on its facts and in its assumptions.

    08/24/2020 5:41:55 AM PDT · by karpov · 12 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 27, 2019 | Coleman Hughes
    How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, 320 pp., $27.00) In 2016, Ibram X. Kendi became the youngest person ever to win the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His surprise bestseller, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas, cast him in his role as an activist-historian, ambitiously attempting to make 600 years of racial history digestible in 500 pages. In his follow-up, How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi––now 37, a Guggenheim fellow, and a contributing writer at The Atlantic––reveals his personal side, weaving together memoir, polemic, and instruction as he invites the reader...
  • Book Review: 'What's So Great About Christianity' by Dinesh D'Souza

    08/21/2020 9:58:52 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 10 replies
    Hubpages ^ | July 21, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    "What's So Great About Christianity" by Dinesh D'Souza is a look at the reasons why Christianity is responsible for the success of the Judeo-Christian West and the positives Christianity has wrought around the world. What are the strengths of Dinesh D'Souza's book? And what are the weaknesses of D'Souza's Christian apologetic work?
  • The Gospel of Jean-Jacques (Rousseau). Carlyle's epic account of the French Revolution resonates today

    08/20/2020 2:50:39 PM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | August 20, 2020 | John D. Hagen
    The most famous fiasco in literary history occurred when Thomas Carlyle gave John Stuart Mill the first part of his great work The French Revolution to critique. Mill’s maid thought the manuscript was wastepaper and threw it into the fire. The loss was total. Carlyle had no copy. Carlyle and his formidable wife, Jane, were newly arrived in London from Scotland, with scant savings in their purse. The loss of the book, and its anticipated revenue, threatened them with ruin. Carlyle (who had just been introduced to high society, and was keeping company with grandees such as Mill and Wordsworth)...
  • Ainigma: History of Government from The Beginning to The End

    08/11/2020 12:43:18 PM PDT · by inpajamas · 7 replies ^ | 8-11-2020 | RA Skarbutt
    ...Now Nimro was a mighty hunter, and among carnivores, a beast among all beasts. And having gained over time notoriety above all others, he was exalted in Babolongna and became very great. And when he was great, he became exceedingly proud and lifted up within his heart. And the spirit of Belzub rested upon him.
  • CNBC's August Poll Not Reflective of Likely Voters? Here is the Data--You Decide

    The media continues to publish polls that assume a turnout completely different from 2020. The latest CNBC poll, which has Biden up by 6 points, is no different. Highlights - significant oversampling of younger voters, undersampling of older voters. The CNBC poll oversampled 18-49 year olds by 20%, compared to 2016 turnout.The CNBC poll undersampled 50+ year olds by 15%, compared to 2016 turnout.The CNBC poll undersampled Republicans by 8%, compared to 2016 turnout. SEE THE DATA...
  • 1856: Elizabeth Martha Brown, Tess of the D’Urbervilles inspiration

    08/08/2020 7:30:04 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies ^ | August 9, 2020 | Headsman
    On a drizzly morning this date in 1856, Elizabeth Martha Brown (or Browne) was hanged for murder as a young and fascinated Thomas Hardy looked on.Brown was born Clark(e), but she took the name of a husband 20 years younger than she, which is how she got into this mess. Said John Brown was rumored to have made the match for money, though his older wife sure seems to have held her own in the looks department. (More on that in a bit.) In due time, John afflicted their already-tempestuous wedded life with an affair — courtesy of one Mary...
  • Is this the most important American presidential election for freedom since 1964? How highly does POTUS 45 rank among the icons of American freedom?

    08/07/2020 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 25 replies ^ | 8th August, 2020, Australian time | Ozguy1945
    Freedom is amazing because, unless you are God, it is impossible to know exactly what it is and where it will take you. (See the micro-movie in the link for how this has happened to me today: from street art to Whitman to Virgil to God knows what next.) Is this the most important American presidential election for freedom since 1964? Nobody knew then that the presidential careers of two two-term presidents (Nixon - debatable as a two-termer? - and Reagan) would have a re-beginning in Nixon's case and a beginning in Reagan's case. As I see it, this happened...
  • A San Diego conservative's Prose Sonnet poeticised in Australia: AMERICA (marking Satchmo's birthday)

    08/03/2020 7:20:31 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 1 replies ^ | 4th August 2020 Australian time. | Ozguy1945
    I am locked down very, very badly in a police state. On the weekend, China-loving Premier Daniel Andrews declared his own state a disaster because of Coronavirus figures that, while bad by Australian standards, would be the envy of most of the rest of the world. This is the Aussie equivalent of the type of treacherous stupidity that Pat Buchanan condemned in Houston in 1992 when he spoke of “politicians who only know how to build themselves up by tearing America down” Dictator Dan’s stage four lockdown fining people found more than 5 km from home $AUD 1652 ($US1,170) and...
  • The Nonconformist: Over a lifetime of scholarship and public engagement, economist Thomas Sowell has illuminated controversial topics such as race, poverty, and culture.

    08/03/2020 8:46:20 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2020 | Coleman Hughes
    Measured by his contributions to economics, political theory, and intellectual history, Thomas Sowell ranks among the towering intellects of our time. Yet, rare among such thinkers, Sowell manages never to provoke, in the reader, the feeling of being towered over. As Kevin Williamson observed, Sowell is “that rarest of things among serious academics: plainspoken.” From 1991 until 2016, his nationally syndicated column set the bar for clear writing, though the topics he covered were often complex. “Too many academics write as if plain English is beneath their dignity,” Sowell once said, “and some seem to regard logic as an unconstitutional...
  • Don't be a laggard. Buy and read this from a great FReeper.

    07/25/2020 8:20:34 AM PDT · by old-ager · 15 replies
    Matt Bracken ^ | 2011-07-04 | Matt Bracken
    If you work this right, you will get an inscribed copy from the author. Required reading or get the funk out. Ranya Lives!
  • Absolved

    07/25/2020 8:14:31 AM PDT · by old-ager · 3 replies
    Mike Vanderboegh via Bill St Clair ^ | 2008-07-23 | Mike Vanderboegh
    [ Mr. St Clair has posted a useful muzzuzzle vel. chart as well ] Absolved Chapter Links [Note, 10/23/2016: My reformatted copy of the entire available Absolved book is at] The following is the list of intended chapters for Mike Vanderboegh's novel Absolved. The title numbering and names were listed at Mike' site here. Links are mostly from David Codrea's Examiner site, now only available at The asterisk ("*") links at the end of each line are to my local copy of each chapter. Chater 32 (in three parts) was not in Codrea's index. Thank you to
  • Higher Ed Is Stoking the Flames of the War on History

    07/24/2020 8:50:34 AM PDT · by karpov · 7 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 24, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    On July 4 at Mt. Rushmore, President Trump praised Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Louis Armstrong; it was a significant political and cultural speech, comparable to Trump’s speech extolling Western civilization at Warsaw in 2017. Trump also ordered a federal project called the Garden of National Heroes, mandating the artwork to be classical and “not abstract or modernist.” On the same day, The Washington Post published an article by a professor urging Americans to consider the global legacy of 1776 as furthering “white supremacy.” The Post wasn’t the only one. While major news outlets focused on the evils of America,...