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  • ‘Wuhan Diary’ Documents Anger, Despair, And Hope From A City In Lockdown

    06/29/2020 9:44:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/29/2020 | Helen Raleigh
    A writer friend of mine once told me “writing is therapeutic.” As one of the more than 11 million residents locked down in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese writer Fang Fang probably felt the same way when she decided to record her experiences online daily during the lockdown.She started posting entries on Jan. 25, two days after the Chinese government quarantined Wuhan and several nearby cities with a total population of 60 million. She entered her last entry on April 8, when the lockdown was formally lifted. These entries have now become a new book, titled...
  • John Bolton Is The Perfect Washington Man

    06/22/2020 6:28:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 22, 2020 | Ben Domenech
    Bolton is a thin-skinned and snarky figure who succeeded in convincing a surprising number of smart people in Washington that he is somehow serious and statesmanlike. In the good old days of the internet blogosphere, there was a running bit at Jeff Goldstein’s blog Protein Wisdom which provided a name for John Bolton’s prominent mustache – “Regis”, a globe-trotting nuke-loving Hamas-bashing sexually aggressive bon-vivant with lush whiskey-tinged follicles. The image is ridiculous of course, but it is not far from the image the real John Bolton paints of himself in the absurdly entertaining pages of his book, the inaptly named...
  • Woke Protesters Come For Oprah’s Book Club

    06/05/2020 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 5, 2020 | Tony Daniel
    Jeanine Cummins’ bestselling novel 'American Dirt' has elicited protests over the author's lack of Latinx credentials, but the bigger problem is that the book is plodding moralistic melodrama. In Jeanine Cummins’ novel American Dirt, main character Lydia Pérez is a middle class, college-educated bookstore owner in Acapulco. She has a nine-year-old son with her husband Sebastián who is an investigative reporter at the local newspaper. She is bored by her clientele, who mostly consist of tourists and buyers of knickknacks, until one day a man with huge soul and an exquisite taste that nearly matches her own enters her shop...
  • A War Against ‘Normal’

    05/29/2020 6:31:59 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | May 28, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    A question of power is at the heart of the new and interesting book by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay. The Anglo-American liberal duo did a tremendous service to the academy in 2018 by hoaxing several “grievance studies” journals that publish shoddy activist scholarship. Their book, “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—And Why This Harms Everybody,” explains the theoretical foundations of activist disciplines in the academy and warns policymakers about the threats they pose. The central thesis is thus: Our institutions of higher education are under attack from the virus of post-modernism, along with...
  • Book Review: The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon

    05/24/2020 7:59:19 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Tea at Trianon Blog ^ | May 11, 2020 | Elena Maria Vidal.
    I remember as a twenty-two-year-old being excited when I saw a new book called the The Mists of Avalon by an author called Marion Zimmer Bradley. Mists was presented as the retelling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of the women of Camelot, which I thought was a thrilling idea. However, I found the book heavy on paganism and morbid, explicit sex scenes, but light on romance, heroism, chivalry, mystery, faith and all the qualities I had come to love in the Camelot stories. I never read any of the author's other books and did not care...
  • A Radical Pseudo-historian (Howard Zinn) Meets His Match

    04/15/2020 8:47:46 AM PDT · by karpov · 18 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | April 15, 2020 | Wilfred McClay
    ... In Debunking Howard Zinn, Mary Grabar has performed the absolutely necessary task that her title promises, and has done so with admirable energy, persistence, and relentless attention to detail, leaving Zinn’s already shaky credibility in utter ruins. She brings the intensive scrutiny of a jeweler’s eye to Zinn’s work, topic by topic, and shows in no uncertain terms how flawed and unreliable it is. But that is not all. She also shows us Zinn the man: An utter charlatan and naked partisan, an admirer of Stalin and Mao, a relentless self-promoter and self-mythologizer, and a media-savvy celebrity of the...
  • How College Sports Turned into a Corrupt Mega-Business

    03/11/2020 6:58:21 AM PDT · by karpov · 17 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 11, 2020 | George Leef
    College sports are a gigantic entertainment business that have nothing to do with the missions of the schools. Frequently, the highest-paid employee of a school is the football or basketball coach, and the athletics budget is hugely subsidized by fees paid by financially strapped students. Players who read and write at a middle-school level (if even that) are recruited to help teams win, but the academic work they do is laughable. Schools rack up big debts trying to win glory on the gridiron or court, even if it means scrimping on faculty salaries and building maintenance. How did this lamentable...
  • Debunking Left-Wing Historian Howard Zinn Is Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel

    02/08/2020 7:18:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 8, 2020 | Krystina Skurk
    Mary Grabar's book, 'Debunking Howard Zinn,' takes aim at the celebrated historian who is as influential as he is ideological and dishonest. Howard Zinn’s book, The People’s History of the United States, is one of the most famous American history textbooks ever written. His goal was to change the way Americans saw their own history by writing from the perspective of those he called “underdogs.” In doing so, he thoroughly distorts the true historical record and paints America as an inherently unjust nation.Mary Grabar believes that at the root of his agenda is a desire to see America turned into...
  • America Unraveled: Christopher Caldwell’s new book argues that, for the past half-century, the U.S. has been effectively living under two competing constitutional regimes

    01/24/2020 3:45:29 PM PST · by karpov · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | January 24, 2020 | Seth Barron
    Christopher Caldwell’s new book, The Age of Entitlement, offers a striking revision of recent American history that has the advantage of being readily summarized. The polarization of political opinion and the dissolution of the American fabric, he argues, has its roots in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which represented a sharp break with the past. “The changes of the 1960s, with civil rights at their core,” he explains, “were not just a major new element in the Constitution. They were a rival constitution, with which the original one was frequently incompatible.” The common narrative surrounding civil rights,...
  • In Retrospect: Amity Shlaes’s brilliant history of 1960s welfare programs and the flawed vision that underpinned them

    01/18/2020 2:00:00 PM PST · by karpov · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | January 17, 2020 | Edward Short
    In Great Society: A New History, Amity Shlaes revisits the welfare programs of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations to show not only how misguided they were but also what a warning they present to those who wish to resurrect and extend such programs. “The contest between capitalism and socialism is on again,” the author writes in her introduction. Despite the Trump administration’s thriving economy, or perhaps because of it, Democratic Party progressives are calling for new welfare programs even more radical than those advocated in the 1960s by the socialist architect of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, Michael Harrington....
  • Campusland: novel of sex and inclusion

    01/07/2020 1:42:43 PM PST · by karpov · 3 replies
    Philip Greenspun's Weblog ^ | January 6, 2020 | Philip Greenspun
    Our ground school at MIT starts today (videos from last year linked from course web site). I’m hoping that there are no similarities with a recently finished novel: Campusland. Epigraph: Colleges don’t make fools, they only develop them. —GEORGE HORACE LORIMERHow to be a popular university president: The protesters spotted Milton and instantly became animated. “Hey, Milton! Divest from Israel now! Stop the murder!” cried one. “Divest now! Divest now!” Their homemade signs thrust up and down like pistons. Milton smiled and walked over. “It’s great to see everyone. Really great.” He began shaking hands, much to the bewilderment of...
  • Inside the female-run communist terror group hell-bent on destruction

    01/04/2020 6:59:30 PM PST · by karpov · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 4, 2020 | Mary Kay Linge
    The handcuffed woman glowered as federal investigators swarmed the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, storage unit where her “combat materials” were stashed. But not even a hardened homegrown terrorist like 29-year-old Susan Rosenberg was ready to die this November night in 1984. “Put out the f–king cigarette,” she growled at an officer who had unwisely lit up. Rosenberg knew that the unit was stuffed with 740 pounds of leaking explosives. The nitroglycerine oozing from her poorly maintained cache of dynamite — stolen from a Texas construction firm four years earlier — was dangerous and highly unstable. Rosenberg and an accomplice, Tim...
  • *Capital and Ideology*, by Thomas Piketty

    12/30/2019 2:36:22 PM PST · by karpov · 4 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | December 30, 2019 | Tyler Cowen
    This book is more than 1000 pp., here are my impressions: 1. About 600 pp. of this book is a carefully done history of the accumulation and sometimes dissipation of wealth and property. You can evaluate that material without reference to any particular set of political views. 2. At some point the book veers into partisan issues such as the wealth tax. Many of those parts remain interesting, but it also becomes clear that Piketty is “out to lunch,” to wit (p.591): To return to the Soviet attitude toward poverty, it is important to try to understand why the government...
  • The Overhyped College Dropout ‘Scandal’

    12/06/2019 6:23:54 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | December 6, 2019 | George Leef
    About 40 percent of Americans who enroll in college drop out before earning a certificate or degree. A high percentage of those who drop out are from poor families; they attended K-12 schools where academic standards were low and students who really tried to learn faced peer rejection for “acting white.” Still, some graduate and get into college. Then what? In The College Dropout Scandal, author David Kirp, an emeritus professor of public policy in the University of California-Berkeley’s Goldman School, argues that what happens to those students should be regarded as a national scandal because the colleges that enrolled...
  • ‘Great Society’ Review: A ‘Mystical Belief’ in the State

    11/30/2019 5:37:41 AM PST · by karpov · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29,. 2019 | Michael Barone
    How can government get rid of poverty? It’s a question that gets asked not in a society where almost everyone is poor but in one giddy with surging growth and concerned about those who seem left behind—a society whose leaders have “an almost mystical belief in the infinite potentials of American society.” Those are the words of Paul Jacobs, a prominent left-wing journalist and activist a half-century ago, quoted by Amity Shlaes in “Great Society: A New History.” Just as she presented a skeptical alternative to New Deal historians’ accounts of the 1930s in “The Forgotten Man” (2007), Ms. Shlaes...
  • A Racist Book’s Malign and Lingering Influence (Camp of the Saints)

    11/24/2019 2:19:15 PM PST · by karpov · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 22, 2019 | Elian Peltier and Nicholas Kulish
    One morning in 1972, the French author Jean Raspail was at his home on the Mediterranean coast when he had a vision of a million refugees clamoring to enter Europe. “Armed only with their weakness and their numbers, overwhelmed by misery, encumbered with starving brown and black children, ready to disembark on our soil,” he wrote. “To let them in would destroy us. To reject them would destroy them.” At the time Raspail was a respected writer best known for his travelogues. But the racist novel that resulted from that episode, “The Camp of the Saints,” would become his most...
  • Clinton snubs Thatcher in 'Gutsy Women' book, says she didn’t make 'positive difference'

    11/13/2019 7:52:04 AM PST · by knighthawk · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 13 2019 | Adam Shaw
    Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a greengrocer who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, won three national elections, oversaw an economic revolution at home, and faced down the U.S.S.R. -- earning her the moniker “The Iron Lady” from the Soviets. She didn’t, however, meet the mark for Hillary Clinton’s book on gutsy women. The former secretary of state, who failed in her 2016 bid to become America's first female president, is out with a new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.”
  • Mark Halperin's 'How to Beat Trump' book sells 502 copies in first week

    11/07/2019 8:40:56 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 07 2019 | Joe Concha
    Political analyst Mark Halperin’s new book, "How to Beat Trump: America's Top Political Strategists On What It Will Take," sold 502 copies during its first week, according to an industry analysis. Halperin served as an NBC senior political analyst and frequent MSNBC "Morning Joe" panelist until Oct. 2017, when five women accused him of sexual harassment while at ABC News in the early 2000s. NBC dismissed the "Game Change" author shortly thereafter. "During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me," Halperin said following his firing. "I now understand from these...
  • Exclusive: Book Claims Senior Officials Believed Pence Would Support Use Of 25th Amendment

    11/07/2019 7:58:44 AM PST · by 4Runner · 18 replies
    HuffPost ^ | November 6, 2019 | Yashar Ali
    The much-anticipated book “A Warning,” reportedly written by an unnamed senior White House official, claims that high-level White House aides were certain that Vice President Mike Pence would support the use of the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump removed from office because of mental incapacity. According to the exposé, which is written by someone that The New York Times and the publisher of the book say is a current or former senior White House official, using the pen name “Anonymous,” highly placed White House officials did a back-of-the-envelope tally of which Cabinet members would be prepared to sign...
  • Anonymous claim that Pence would support 25th Amendment dubbed ‘fake news’

    11/07/2019 7:02:30 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 07 2019 | Brian Flood
    The anonymous author of an upcoming anti-Trump book reportedly cites anonymous sources to declare that Vice President Mike Pence would support the 25th Amendment to have President Trump removed from office – but Pence’s office quickly shot down the thinly sourced claim. HuffPost reporter Yashar Ali obtained an excerpt of "A Warning,” which is written by the unnamed senior Trump administration official who penned a scathing attack on the president in an anonymous New York Times op-ed last year. Ali reported that the anonymous author “did a back-of-the-envelope tally of which Cabinet members would be prepared to sign a letter...