Category Archive: Books

Book Review: Middle East Mischief — Israel and Iran

Treacherous Alliances: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi Yale University Press, 2007 HB; 361 pages; $28.00 Any book which receives plaudits ranging from the Arab Washingtonian 1 (“one of its kind in providing in-depth understanding and information”) to the Jewish Chronicle 2 (“a valuable and perhaps long overdue …

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“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book”

“No Eunuch Ever Wrote a Book.” That was the late novelist Taylor Caldwell’s take on her phenomenally successful career, but she is no longer a well-known name among avid fiction readers. Then again, who hears much about Irving Wallace or even John Dos Passos these days? Among fiction writers who hold the all time record of …

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Book Review: We Who Dared to Say No to War

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We Who Dared to Say No to War:  American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now  Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Basic Books, 2007, PB; 352 pages; $16.95 What do Abraham Lincoln, Pat Buchanan, Helen Keller, John Quincy Adams, George McGovern, and Daniel Webster have in common? All were anti-war advocates (at least Lincoln was …

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Lesson Learned for the New School Year: “Train Up a Child in the Way he Should Go”

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At the end of the 2015 school year, a day after his 89th birthday, author and homeschool movement icon Samuel Blumenfeld passed away. In its obituary, the Boston Globe noted, “His mother was illiterate, and when Mr. Blumenfeld was a child he struggled to help her learn the rudiments of reading and writing.” His first …

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Book Review: “Nero’s Killing Machine”

The ancient historian Flavius Josephus wrote admiringly of the Roman legionnaires’ fighting excellence: “Their perfect discipline welds the whole into a single body; so compact are their ranks, so alert their movements in wheeling, so quick their ears for orders, their eyes for signals, their hands for tasks.” His observations were more than academic — as …

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Book Review: Lou Dobbs, Populist

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War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back by Lou Dobbs New York: Viking Press, 2006; 276 pages; $24.95 Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit by Lou Dobbs New York: Viking Press, 2007; 288 pages; $24.95 Lou Dobbs is an …

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Interview: Expert on Political Extremism Discusses the $PLC

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INTRO: Laird Wilcox, founder of the Wilcox Collection on Contemporary Political Movements at University of Kansas’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library, received the Kansas City Area Archivists’ Award of Excellence for his role in founding and maintaining the collection. He also received a commendation from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human …

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Book Review: “The Bias Against Guns—Why Almost Everything You’ve Heard about Gun Control Is Wrong”

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The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You’ve Heard about Gun Control Is Wrong by John Lott, Ph.D. Regnery Publishing, 2003; HB, 349 pages, $27.95 Dr. John R. Lott has done it again. The best selling author of the aptly-titled “More Guns, Less Crime” has penned an appropriately titled sequel: “The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost …

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Influencial Conservative Books Go Beyond Politics

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There are several books that have defined and shaped the conservative movement including “The Revolt of the Masses” by José Ortega y Gasset (1929), “The Conservative Mind” by Russell Kirk (1953), “Conscience of a Conservative” by Senator Barry Goldwater (1960), and “Revolution” by Congressman Ron Paul (2008). There are few books, if any, that review …

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Paleo-Conservatives vs. Neo-Conservatives

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Paul Edward Gottfried should be a familiar name among the Sunday morning talking heads and most certainly in every college political science class. But he’s not — for a reason: there is no better authority — or critic — of neo-conservatism in America. The powerful neo-con lobby really doesn’t like him. National Review’s David Frum once went …

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