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  • Ann Coulter: In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! (book)

    08/23/2016 1:07:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Amazon ^ | August 23, 2016 | Ann Coulter
  • 2016 Hugo Awards

    08/21/2016 2:34:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 20, 2016
    The 2016 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Administration of the 2016 Hugo Awards is exclusively the responsibility of MidAmeriCon II. The Hugo Awards are not administered by the Hugo Awards Web Site. 3,130 valid final ballots were cast by the members of MidAmeriCon II. Per the WSFS Constitution, each category must have at least 25% (1,488 ballots) participation; otherwise “No Award” must be presented in this category. This did not happen in any category. In the list below, we show the...
  • The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success

    07/25/2016 10:51:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Many books have been written about the success of the West, analyzing why Europe was able to pull ahead of the rest of the world by the end of the Middle Ages. The most common explanations cite the West's superior geography, commerce, and technology. Completely overlooked is the fact that faith in reason, rooted in Christianity's commitment to rational theology, made all these developments possible. Simply put, the conventional wisdom that Western success depended upon overcoming religious barriers to progress is utter nonsense. In The Victory of Reason, Rodney Stark advances a revolutionary, controversial, and long overdue idea: that Christianity...
  • The Libertarian Book of Trump

    07/25/2016 12:22:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Ilana Mercer
    In a new book, “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed,” I argue that Donald J. Trump is the quintessential post-constitutional candidate. In the “Opening Statement,” titled “Welcome To The Post-Constitutional Jungle,” oldies will recognize a nod to the Guns N' Roses classic, “Welcome to the Jungle,” as well as to broadcaster Mark Levin's coinage. We inhabit what Levin has termed a post-constitutional America. The libertarian (and classical conservative) ideal—where the chains that tether us to an increasingly tyrannical national government are loosened and power is devolved once again to the smaller units of society—is a long way away....
  • FReeper Book Club: Atlas Shrugged, Afterword and Suggested Reading

    08/15/2009 7:44:28 AM PDT · by Publius · 94 replies · 2,487+ views
    A Billthedrill Essay | 15 August 2009 | Billthedrill
    Afterword Where does Rand leave us at the conclusion of this monumental work? Atlas has shrugged. The leadership of the revolution has filtered down from its progenitor, John Galt, through his closest circle of friends, through a class of achievers that encompasses the fields of science, engineering, construction, transportation, art and philosophy, to settle at last on the shoulders of the common citizen, who must bear the ultimate responsibility for choosing a life of mind or a life of “fake reality.” That choice is still very much up in the air as the novel ends. The country is in chaos...
  • Revisiting A Crazy Conspiracy Novel: Behold A Pale Horse

    07/11/2016 6:43:49 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 22 replies
    Poletical ^ | July 2nd, 2016 | T. Carter
    A neighbor of mine, who once considered himself a Bernie supporter, handed me a copy of the book after I expressed some curiosity and told him that I read some of it online. The book talks about everything from government engineered diseases to extraterrestrial conspiracies, most of which is complete nonsense, but some that also rings eerily accurate in 2016. I'm not willing to do more than brush Cooper's book off as coincidental rubbish – which I really think it is – but I find myself compelled to share the passages and moments from the book that struck me the...
  • Heather McDonald "War on Cops" on C-Span2 Right Now

    07/09/2016 7:04:48 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 18 replies
    C-SPAN2 | 9 July, 2016 | Intolerant in NJ
    McDonald's book was highlighted on the Limbaugh show yesterday as containing up to the minute stats and analysis on what has become the war on police in the US, confirmed by the Dallas attack on Thursday - the interview with McDonald started at 10:00 PM EDT and continues for an hour....
  • Children's character Curious George observes Ramadan

    07/07/2016 9:42:48 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 54 replies
    Agence France Press ^ | 7/7/2016 | Staff
    The beloved American children's book character Curious George is breaking fast for Ramadan this year -- with chocolate-covered bananas, of course.The just-released children's book "It's Ramadan, Curious George" celebrates the Muslim holiday, teaching kids about the sacred month.It comes amid rising tensions fueled by worries about Islamist extremism and a heated presidential campaign during which Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.US author Hena Khan "wanted to focus on the celebratory aspects" of Ramadan, so George attends family gatherings and accompanies his friend Kareem to a mosque to put together...
  • "Liberty's Last Stand"

    06/21/2016 9:59:02 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 19 replies
    Regnery Publishing ^ | 2016 | Stepen Coonts
    Islamic terrorists lit the fuse… …but a treacherous president planted the bomb. And that’s only the beginning, in the most daring and exciting thriller ever from the pen of sixteen-time New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts. With the nation in shock over the latest Islamist outrage, the president imposes martial law, cancels the imminent presidential election, and suspends the Constitution. In response, Texas secedes—and what follows is the bloodiest, most harrowing internal insurrection since the Civil War. In the center of the action are former CIA director Jake Grafton and former CIA operative Tommy Carmellini with a mission unlike...
  • Free Book Today: Surviving The Threat: Terrorist Attacks, Mass Shootings, and Dangerous Situations

    06/16/2016 8:23:43 AM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 12 replies
    Kindle Books ^ | Antaeus
    Surviving The Threat is a 21st-century reality guide that teaches you how to stay alive in life-threatening situations. The book's unique advantage is that it is based on an easy to learn three-step process called AIR, which has helped the author survive numerous lethal threats.
  • Book Review: Who Needs The Fed? by John Tamny

    06/12/2016 12:25:49 PM PDT · by BUSHdude2000 · 9 replies
    Big Jolly Politics ^ | 5/31/2016 | Steve Parkhurst
    Review by Steve Parkhurst: Who Needs The Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America’s Central Bank, is not a dense economics book like the macro or micro economics of our youth. This book is written much more clearly than those old textbooks, and is actually interesting. The many rather short chapters make their case and then move along to the next. Tamny’s utter disdain for the Fed is both evident, and humorous along the way. But his book is not an angry diatribe, instead it is a fact-filled, example-laden...
  • Crisis of Character

    06/05/2016 2:01:45 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | 6-4-2014 | Gary Y. Byrne
    SECRET SERVICE AGENT BOOK ROCKS CLINTON CAMPAIGN Sat Jun 04 2016 18:03:18 ET **Exclusive** Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Coming in 3 weeks his tell-all book: 'CRISIS OF CHARACTER!' MORE The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton's campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Specific details of the agent's confessional are being held under tight embargo. "What I saw in the 1990s sickend me," Byrne explains. "I want you to...
  • When Books Fall Open, You Fall In….Unless the Character doesn’t “look like you”

    06/01/2016 10:59:05 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-01-16 | Wordsmith
    I remember reading about Marley Dias previously. She's back in the news: Rescue people in another galaxy? Escape from a tower with a dragon's help? Visit England, China, and India, and still be back for dinnertime? That's all in a day's read for 11-year-old Marley Dias, who was featured in TODAY's "Can-Do Kids" series on Tuesday. "When I get lost in a book, it's just, like, magical!" Dias told TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager. The New Jersey sixth grader's love for reading was profound but not blind. After spending years of her life stepping into new worlds with every turn...
  • What are you reading? (Vanity)

    05/28/2016 6:09:42 AM PDT · by vis a vis · 140 replies
    28 May 2016 | Vis a vis
    Good bad or ugly----what are FReepers reading? I always get a lot of good ideas from these threads.
  • Clinton Scandals: Is The Family’s Charitable Foundation A Fraud?

    05/20/2016 6:02:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Getting rich isn’t a crime. But it might be if you did it in the guise of being a tax-free humanitarian charity, interested only in the betterment of humankind. Peter Schweizer, in his 2015 book “Clinton Cash,” documented how “during Hillary’s years of public service, the Clintons have conducted or facilitated hundreds of large transactions (either as private citizens or government officials) with foreign governments, corporations and private financiers.” These deals put millions in the Clintons’ pockets through lucrative speaking arrangements or by donations to the Clinton Foundation. And the sums, says Schweizer, were “staggering.” More troubling, Schweizer noted, is...
  • A Movie for Clintonites

    05/19/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Emmett Tyrrell
    A couple of weeks ago I heard the National Symphony Orchestra perform Dmitri Shostakovich's symphony commemorating war and revolution, his Symphony No. 11. There was not much lyricism to it, not even a dulcet tune one could whistle while leaving the symphony hall. It was ominous rumbling and groaning, the tympani madly thundering away. Nonetheless, it was very affecting. After all, the 1957 work commemorated Russia's events on the road to the Bolshevik Revolution. Rumble on. Rumble on. Last week, I saw a documentary of recent events and became overwhelmed with similar rumbling and groaning from the movie's soundtrack. It...
  • First look at explosive Hillary documentary, ‘Clinton Cash’

    05/18/2016 1:19:05 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 17, May, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    Hillary Clinton says that when she and her husband moved out of the White House 15 years ago, they were “dead broke.” Today, they’re worth more than $150 million. In the new documentary “Clinton Cash,” it becomes all too clear how the former first couple went from rags to filthy rich — with the emphasis on filthy. As the movie shows, the Clintons are political Teflon dons compared with another Beltway power couple, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The McDonnells were convicted of accepting more than $150,000 in gifts from a businessman while the governor was...
  • 5 Nonfiction Books That’ll Reassure You This Isn’t the Craziest Election on Record

    05/18/2016 10:51:28 AM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    Barnes & Noble ^ | May 18, 2016 | B&N reads
    No one said politics was painless, but no one said it had to be quite this painful, either. We’re still about six months out from the 2016 presidential election, but it already feels like we’ve been doing this for two years—because we have. The election season to date has been contentious, uncomfortable, and, more than occasionally, certifiably nuts. No matter where you line up on the political spectrum, we can all agree on that. But not all is lost. Democracy is messy, and we have a host of zany elections under our belt as a nation. Luckily, most of them...
  • Brad Torgersen on H. P. Lovecraft's cultural Marxist critics

    05/11/2016 10:33:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 11, 2016 | Brad Torgersen
    I am not a Lovecraft devotee, since horror is not really my niche. I've been tangentially aware of the surge in Lovecraft-bashing, ever since World Fantasy Convention caved in on their trophy squabble. Now that the man's literary works are falling into the public domain, it seems there are a heap of people who want to re-do, un-do, re-work, or otherwise "colonize" the man's fiction legacy. Ah, cultural Marxism: same as it ever was. Here's the rub, though. Seeing people who are literally babies in the field, already planting their flags as "historic" persons, come to overturn the smelly...
  • The Book That Will Save Banking From Itself

    05/06/2016 6:45:08 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Bloomberg, content cannot be posted | 06 May 2016 | Michael Lewis
    Source material cannot be posted. See link below. Review of book The End of Alchemy by Mervyn King Article author is also the author of The Big Short and other financial books.
  • 100 books to change your life

    04/29/2016 9:05:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Apr, 2016 | Martin Chilton
    e all have memories of books that have ignited our imaginations but is there one special book that has changed your life? That's the premise behind a fascinating new collection of essays featuring contributions from writers, politicians and actors, who discuss the book that holds a special place in their hearts. Among the contributors are Sofia Coppola, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers and Jodi Picoult. The entry I particularly liked was from the country music singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash, who seemed to capture what Marcel Proust said about there being no days of our childhood we live so fully as...
  • Five Best [books]: Robert W. Merry on presidential campaigns

    04/16/2016 5:32:29 PM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2016 | Robert W, Merry
    The Making of the President, 1960 By Theodore H. White (1961) 1. Reporter Teddy White kicked up a sensation with his narrative of the tumult, gamesmanship and drama of the 1960 campaign. He rendered in vivid detail the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of the spectacle. On Election Day at Hyannisport, John Kennedy didn’t just light up a cigar while awaiting election results—it was a “Havana Royal panatela.” After lunch the candidate emerged from his house wearing a pair of shoes, one of which was “glossily polished, as usual—the other scuffed and dirty.” Thus did White transport his readers to...
  • Letter to Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle about The Mote in God's Eye {from Robert A. Heinlein}

    04/14/2016 11:57:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    (This is an archived PDF file. Please click the link to read it.)
  • Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”?

    04/11/2016 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 8, 2016 | Colin O'Brien
    It’s a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says it’s a good read. And not just the current pope, the previous one too.Pope Francis raised eyebrows in 2013 and again in 2015 when he recommended Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World to the faithful as a book that depicts a “globalization of hegemonic uniformity.” Similarly, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, referred to the Universalism depicted in Lord of the...
  • Italy Bookshops Refuse to Stock Mafia Family Book

    04/09/2016 11:23:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 April 2016
    Bookshops across Italy are refusing to stock a new book written by the son of one of the country's most notorious Mafia bosses. Signs have appeared in store windows from Sicily to Milan advising customers that the book - called Riina Family Life - won't be found on the shelves and can't be ordered either. It's written by Giuseppe Salvatore Riina, whose father, Toto, is serving multiple life sentences for murder. On Wednesday, state broadcaster Rai provoked outrage by airing an interview with the younger Riina, himself a convicted mobster. The first sign was posted in the Sicilian city of...
  • Anyone Familiar Books of Dr. Anthony Napoleon?

    03/28/2016 6:45:58 AM PDT · by stayathomemom · 12 replies
    none | None
    I have been following Dr. Anthony Napoleon @Napoleonlegal on Twitter. He is a forensic psychologist and author of a few books, one of which I am currently reading called Shadow Men. It's a very interesting read about those who really have been pulling the strings throughout history. I was just curious if any other Freepers out there have stumbled upon him. His tweets are interesting and thought provoking. Maybe worth a "follow".
  • Book: Torn Asunder-The Second American Civil War

    03/27/2016 1:14:37 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 21 replies
    Vanity | 03/27/2016 | Roger D. Strahan
    There has been a reoccurring thought- that POTUS would declare martial law if he saw his legacy about to go down the drain. So, I wrote a book along this line. Essentially, I believe that there would be a schism, with much of the south and midwest declaring their allegiance to the Constitution and resisting the Washington dictates. Some states would sit it out, others, like California, would support martial law. If interested, the book is out there on Amazon Unlimited. Those that have read it think it is a good read.
  • Free Political fiction book for Kindle at Amazon!

    03/26/2016 7:04:22 AM PDT · by 1pitech · 11 replies
    No Compromise Media ^ | 03-26-16 | Paul Ibbetson
    I wanted to share my father's full length political fiction book, "Run to the Phantom." It's free for the next few days for kindle so please enjoy it and share it with your friends. I know he would appreciate some reviews. He is a conservative as am I. So, no cost. Just enjoy the story for FREE and thanks for the review.
  • FR Book Club: April - "Run to the Phantom"

    03/26/2016 12:51:40 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    1pitech's father ^ | March 26, 2014 | R. Ibbetson
    During a national emergency, a liberal Marxist-leaning political leadership takes absolute control of the United States. Martial law is declared and elections are suspended. This leadership morphs into a complete Communist-style government. All dissent is brutally repulsed. Two young university students, Peter Blake and Natalie Biriukova, become active leaders in the resistance movement. They soon fall in love. In time they are targeted by the government and forced to go on the run. A feared and notorious Compliance Officer, Nicholas Snoopczech, is hot on their trail. He is hated and feared by Americans, especially those who are brave enough to...
  • 11 Mind-bending Christian Book Covers You Can't Unsee

    03/10/2016 7:38:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Relevant Magazine ^ | 3/9/2016 | Jesse Carey
    They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. That may be true, but disregarding it entirely is equally as big of a mistake—especially when the cover has a dude rocking a windbreaker so fly that an Urban Outfitters employee would be jealous (see below). We’ve spent the last several weeks (yesterday afternoon), searching the labyrinth-like halls of the world’s most intricate libraries (Google) to create this list of mind-bending (somewhat entertaining) Christian book covers.A Potato That Wasn’t a Christian As the subtitle makes clear, this is actually serious business. Image Amish Vampires in Space Admit it. You want...
  • 10 Reasons Why the Cold War Matters

    02/29/2016 8:26:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 29, 2016 | Lee Edwards
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Elizabeth Edwards Spalding. It is just as true today as it was more than a century ago when the philosopher George Santayana wrote: "Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it." That is why the history of the Cold War--the most protracted conflict of the 20th century--is critical to today's war on terrorism. Here are ten things to understand about the Cold War: 1. It was a war. The Cold War is sometimes referred to as World War III, which is apt. At its quietest moments, the Cold War was...
  • Imagine Heaven

    02/26/2016 5:21:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2016 | Mike Adams
    For almost a quarter of a century I have spent my days working with utopians. The utopian is motivated to create heaven on earth because he is convinced that there is no other option. Put simply, the utopian believes there can be no heaven in the sense that it is described in the Bible because there is no supernatural realm. This commitment to naturalism is a philosophical commitment. It isn't based on science. In fact, it flies in the face of science. To paraphrase Josh McDowell, we only have three options when it comes to the origin of the universe....
  • "Empire of the Summer Moon" - pretty interesting read

    02/23/2016 4:02:26 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 35 replies
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    I'm a history buff, especially when it comes to Texas. A pal of mine told me I should read this so I bought it a couple of years ago I guess, just got around to reading it this past fall. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • You Will Be Made to Care

    02/19/2016 8:42:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    I have a new book out this week titled "You Will Be Made to Care." I chronicle the disturbing trend of persecution in the United States against people of faith. Several years ago, I had an encounter with a young man who told me in no uncertain terms that he did not care about the rapid movement to legalize same sex marriage in the United States. It did not affect him, would not affect him and he did not care about the issue at all. I replied to him that he would be made to care by the secular left...
  • Seven Books to Share with Children for Lent and Easter

    02/18/2016 6:30:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | Maura Roan McKeegan
    Seven Books to Share with Children for Lent and EasterMaura Roan McKeegan It is winter as I write, and the snowflakes outside my window awaken in my mind a scene from Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen.Little Gerda is searching for her lost friend, Kay, who is trapped in the Snow Queen's Palace. Nearing the end of her long, arduous journey, she finds herself "without shoes or gloves, in the middle of the freezing icebound Finmark."When Gerda tries to run forward towards the Palace, an army of snowflakes arises in front of her. They grow larger and larger, and she...
  • Five Books that Demonstrate Why America is Exceptional (Vanity)

    02/11/2016 3:30:47 PM PST · by Dr. Zzyzx · 12 replies
    Self | 2.11.16 | Self
    Five Books that illustrate why America is Exceptional I just watched -In the Heart of the Sea- based on the book of the same name, and it started me thinking about just what kind of men it took to make America the greatest nation on earth. Here is my list of five non-fiction books that I have greatly enjoyed that tell of a time when men were MEN. I have placed them in chronological order of when the event began. 1799: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex By Nathaniel Philbrick. The Essex, stove by...
  • Banned by the Publisher (How a Conservative writer got blackballed by Harper Collins)

    02/09/2016 11:08:08 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Nick Cole's Books ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Cole
    ... I launched a book this week and I went Indie with it. Indie means I released it on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. I had to. My Publisher, HarperVoyager, refused to publish it because of some of the ideas I wrote about in it. In other words, they were attempting to effectively ban a book because they felt the ideas and concepts I was writing about were dangerous and more importantly, not in keeping with their philosophical ideals. They felt my ideas weren't socially acceptable and were "guaranteed to lose fifty percent of my audience" as related back to...
  • The Devil's Pleasure Palace (A Review)

    02/08/2016 5:59:40 PM PST · by madmominct · 6 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | February 8, 2016 | Mark Tapson
    This sounds like a great book - thought you guys might be interested. In The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Walsh brings his substantial erudition to bear on his best nonfiction work so far, a tour de force about how the “new nihilists” of the so-called Frankfurt School and their philosophy of “Critical Theory – like Pandora’s Box – released a horde of demons into the American psyche.” Disguised as a utopian dream, it– like Satan, a key figure in the book – instead sowed “destruction, division, hatred, and calumny.” This is not a casual beach read. It’s not even your typical...
  • Honest Book on Slavery in America

    02/08/2016 2:36:19 PM PST · by pgyanke · 93 replies
    Vanity | 2/8/2016 | pgyanke
    I am in a discussion with a secular humanist who wants to know why, if our Founding Fathers believed in the inalienable rights of man, they allowed slavery. Can anyone recommend a good, honest book on the subject to share with him?
  • Torture, castration, rampant sex, murders galore and dwarf tossing. Were Russia's Tsars [tr]

    01/29/2016 6:03:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 29, 2016 | Roger Lewis
    As we know from the stupendous BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's epic novel, War And Peace, the Russians are very good at war, not so pie-hot when it comes to peace. Military parades, manoeuvres and a good scrap are what they like best - and as Simon Sebag Montefiore says in this panoramic study, to Tsar Nicholas II, even World War I, in which Russia fielded more than 1.2 million men, was nothing more than 'a bracing national rite'.
  • The Debate on Whether America’s Best Days Are Past, or Ahead

    01/19/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Bewitched," even "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented. But life, over all, did not look that different. There were TVs and radios in most homes. Millions of people worked in downtown offices and lived in suburbs, connected by multilane highways. Americans' average life expectancy at birth was 70, only eight years less than it...
  • Advice on a good children's book for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

    01/14/2016 10:04:10 AM PST · by BamaGirl · 43 replies
    Today | Me
    Hi Yall! My son's preschool teacher asked me to find a children's book about Martin Luther King Jr. for next week. Does anyone have any advice on a good one? s Thanks in advance! BamaGirl
  • George RR Martin misses last TV deadline for new Game of Thrones book

    01/02/2016 8:26:26 AM PST · by NRx · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01-02-2016 | David Barnett
    The author of the Game of Thrones series, George RR Martin, has confirmed he missed the last deadline that would have allowed the sixth novel in his fantasy series to be published before the next TV series begins. The failure to meet the 31 December deadline will mean the sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones series will appear on screen before its source material. Martin has been working closely with HBO writers and producers to help the series mirror the books, but the next season is due to start in early 2016 and Martin's sixth book, the Winds of...
  • Conservatives' Biographies Show How History Can Move Right

    12/25/2015 5:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Biography is one way -- often the most vivid way -- in which people understand history. The beautifully written biographies of Franklin Roosevelt that rolled off the presses and rose in the bestseller lists in the 1950s and 1960s created a template in which the New Deal was central to American history. It was the culmination of what happened before the 1930s and the model for what should and would happen next. That model was undermined by the success of four-time Roosevelt voter Ronald Reagan, but the idea that every bigger government is beneficial and inevitable continues to be accepted...
  • Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America

    12/20/2015 6:35:42 PM PST · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 17 replies
    Book | 2015 | Brooke C. Stoddard
    I just read “Steel: from Mine to Mill, the Metal that Made America” (2015) by Brooke C. Stoddard. The engineer in me recommends it. The history buff in me recommends it as well. Copper, bronze, and brass are far simpler for primitive manufacture than is steel. Copper is an element, bronze and brass are alloys of copper and tin or zinc, respectively. Steel is an alloy of iron and a low but nonzero amount of carbon. And also, importantly, no phosphorus, which some iron ores contain. Iron ore is iron oxide, and it must be reduced chemically by carbon while...
  • Submission Possible

    12/16/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16 | Cliff May
    Michel Houellebecq is a sardonic and iconoclastic French novelist, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and subject of considerable controversy in Europe these days. He deserves to be controversial here in the United States as well. He calls his most recent novel a work of "political fiction." Titled "Soumission" (in English, "Submission," in Arabic, an accurate translation would be "Islam"), it is set in the near future, in France, "a Western civilization now ending before our very eyes." Coincidence No. 1: "Soumission" was published in France the same week jihadis attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, slaughtering as many members...
  • Schools continue to grapple with 'Huckleberry Finn'

    12/11/2015 7:32:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/11/15 | Justine McDaniel
    After The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, the book was boycotted in some places in the United States for portraying friendship between a black man and a white boy."In its time, it was derided and censored," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, which tracks challenges to books.Today, Mark Twain's classic - about a boy who flees his abusive father and travels down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave - is still sometimes challenged in American schools, but for nearly the opposite reason: its liberal use of the N-word...
  • How Ancient Rome Killed Democracy

    12/10/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2015
    It didn’t take all that much to tip a great civilization into the shackles of empire. Rome holds a special place in the popular imagination. Cast as a culture steeped in myth, with values reminiscent of our own, it is often treated as the forebearer of our own political system, an ancestral democracy that provides a republican link between the present and the ancient past. From architecture to literature to political system, Rome is where it all began. But in his latest book, Richard Alston wants us all to think a little more critically about our beloved Rome. Alston is...
  • How 12 Hollywood Legends Found Faith

    12/05/2015 12:19:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    In her recently released book, "Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends," Mary Claire Kendall delves deep into the lives of 12 Hollywood stars from Tinseltown's golden age to reveal a side of them most are unfamiliar with: their faith journeys. Whether they came from broken homes, struggled with addictions, or were rampant adulterers, each of the stars featured in "Oasis" rose from their own personal battle to find comfort and healing in faith.   Townhall had a chance to catch up with Kendall about her book and in the interview below you'll find out what her inspiration for writing "Oasis" was,...
  • Sowell: Christmas Gifts

    11/30/2015 2:39:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who want to buy Christmas gifts, without having to confront the crowds at the local shopping mall (or shopping maul) can take a load off their feet by buying books or movies on the Internet, while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to old standbys like gorgeous coffee table books of Ansel Adams' scenic photographs or the collected works of Shakespeare -- or of "Calvin and Hobbes" comics -- there are also many thought-provoking books on current events or on history. People who already seem to have everything may not have DVDs of the latest...