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  • 35 hilariously bad Kindle book covers

    03/03/2015 4:24:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | March 3, 2015 | Peter Yeung
    Amazon's Kindle ebooks have revolutionised the way that people can read, write and publish books. The process has been democratised, meaning that large teams of proofreaders, illustrators and designers have been replaced by a single author doing everything themselves — including designing the book cover. But the results aren't always pretty, as the Tumblr blog Kindle Cover Disasters proves. Can you judge a book by its cover? Let's hope not. — Compiled by Peter Yeung Link to book cover gallery.
  • What Whittaker Chambers Tells Us about the Age of Obama

    03/02/2015 8:59:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Jack Cashill
    I mourned the untimely passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman for the very personal reason that I hoped he would one day get to play Whittaker Chambers in a film version of Chambers’ 1952 masterwork, Witness. Short, heavy set, permanently rumpled, Hoffman would have made a near perfect Chambers to George Clooney’s Alger Hiss, the smooth, handsome, establishment golden boy. Chambers’ 800-page story of his life and their encounter remains the great political book of the twentieth century. Chambers was a deep thinker, a dazzling writer, and a reluctant participant in the most riveting political drama of the era. No...
  • BUSTED: We Have Axelrod’s Father’s Communist Party Membership

    02/20/2015 8:31:59 PM PST · by Stoat · 46 replies
    GotNews ^ | February 20, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BUSTED: We Have Axelrod’s Father’s Communist Party Membership #ObamaLovesAmerica Gotnews.com has exclusively discovered David Axelrod’s father’s Communist Party membership. David Axelrod’s book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” details his very close relationship with his father, Joseph. He repeatedly told Charlie Rose that his father believed in the American dream. In fact, Axelrod’s father, Joseph, was a card-carrying communist. He’s listed as a member of the Communist Party for the 1936 general election. Axelrod briefly mentions his father’s Communist views in his book but only in passing and in a section about how he got to visit the former Soviet Union. Axelrod...
  • Hollywood to Release Film Defending Dan Rather in Wake of Brian Williams Stolen Valor Lies

    02/16/2015 11:29:31 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 44 replies
    Talk about bad timing. Echo Lake Entertainment is set to release its independent film, Truth, the story of former CBS anchor Dan Rather’s self-destruction. It’s based on the 2006 book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes, the discredited CBS producer. Mapes documents and defends Rather’s 2004 attempts to use the forged “Killian documents” to portray former President George W. Bush as someone who shirked duty in Vietnam.
  • When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List'

    02/14/2015 5:29:43 AM PST · by randita · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 2/6/15 | Avner Shapira
    When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List' An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth. By Avner Shapira| Feb. 6, 2015 | 7:05 PM In the mid-1990s, near the end of the period during which she lived in Israel, Jennifer Teege watched Steven Spielberg’s film “Schindler’s List.” She hadn’t seen the film in a movie theater, and watched it in her rented room in Tel Aviv when it was broadcast on television. “It was a moving experience for...
  • American Betrayal: A Postmodern (Premodern) Guide to Shutting Down Speech and Truth

    01/29/2015 12:07:54 PM PST · by No One Special · 9 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | January 29, 2015 | Diana West
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)The following excerpt from American Betrayal appears today in slightly edited form at Breitbart News:In his contribution to the famous 1949 collection of essays by ex-Communists titled The God That Failed, Arthur Koestler carefully illustrates how set language binds thought to ideology at the expense of evidence. Koestler, author of the unparalleled novel of Stalin's show trials, Darkness at Noon, describes a conversation he had early in his Communist career with "Edgar," his Party contact, in which they discuss the front page of a Communist newspaper."But every word on the front page is contradicted by the facts," I...
  • Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New Users Per Week After iOS 8

    01/17/2015 10:20:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | 1/17/15 | Juli Clover
    Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference. efore iOS 8, the iBooks app had to be searched for and downloaded from the App Store, putting it on par with several other App Store-based e-books apps like Amazon's Kindle app for iOS. Pre-installing iBooks made it "so easy" for new users to try iBooks for the first time, said Moerer. Family Sharing, also new in...
  • Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

    01/15/2015 10:59:39 PM PST · by LucyT · 50 replies
    NPR ^ | January 15, 201510:20 PM ET | Bill Chappell
    Nearly five years after it hit bestseller lists, a book that purported to be a six-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after suffering a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up. "I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex Malarkey wrote. He continued, "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never...
  • Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ actually didn’t; books recalled

    01/16/2015 1:11:35 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ron Charles
    Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey. The best-selling book, first published in 2010, purports to describe what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir – with its assuring description of “miracles, angels, and life beyond This World” – became part of a popular genre of “heavenly tourism.” Earlier this week, Alex...
  • Very interesting exchange by Risen on Sources

    04/24/2006 8:22:03 PM PDT · by generationfixit · 11 replies · 936+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 3, 2006 | By Andrea Mitchell
    Risen: No, they haven't printed it, but again, I don't want to get into The New York Times, one way or the other. Mitchell: But did you have concerns about putting it into your book? Risen: I thought about it, you know. I thought about everything. one way or the other, but I thought that this story was so old, that it no longer really mattered. As I said, goes back to the Clinton years. Mitchell: How do you balance your own role finally? You've broken some major stories here, and critics, the administration will say that it compromises American...
  • New Book Reveals Secret War Operations (NYT&James Risen's Bunk of the Month entry)

    01/02/2006 3:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her brother was stunned by her questions about the nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade. New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of...
  • Historian [Federer]: Ben Carson Did Not Plagiarize My Book

    01/07/2015 11:55:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Joel Gehrke
    Bill Federer, the author of a “quote book” featured repeatedly in Ben Carson’s America the Beautiful, defends the neurosurgeon-turned-presidential aspirant from charges of plagiarism. “In my estimation, he has used my material exactly the way I wanted my material to be used,” Federer tells National Review Online. “The fact that he had cited me 16 times shows that his intention was to be honest and up front in his use of my material and the two times that the BuzzFeed article cited that he had not, in my estimation, is an editor’s oversight, errata, and it’s not plagiarism.” The conservative...
  • Enfant terrible's literary vision of an Islamic France

    01/03/2015 12:49:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2015 | Rory Mulholland, Paris
    Michel Houellebecq, who first stirred controversy with sex novel Atomised, makes waves with book describing country after Islamist becomes president. Put France’s literary enfant terrible together with Europe’s most combustible political talking point, and sparks were always going to fly. Michel Houellebecq, whose tale of sex, mother-hatred and cloning Atomised was the French literary scandal of the Nineties, is turning his attention to “Islamisation”. His new novel Soumission (Submission), will not be published until January 7 but has already triggered a flurry of accusations that he is pandering to the growing Islamophobia gripping France. It is set in 2022 and...
  • Income Inequality Author Turns Down Prestigious Award

    01/03/2015 8:44:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    French economist Thomas Piketty, author of the surprise best-selling Capital in the 21st Century turned down France's top award, the Legion D'Honneur. "I do not think it is the government's role to decide who is honourable", said Piketty. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman called it "the most important economics book of the year - and maybe of the decade". Krugman likely says that because he believes in Piketty's socialist solutions to income inequality. Thomas Piketty's Capital Review Piketty's book is a massive 696-page slog. Fortunately, Harvard Business Review offers this synopsis: Piketty’s “Capital,” in a Lot Less than 696 Pages.The...
  • ‘Selma’ Controversy Grows Over LBJ Clash with Martin Luther King On Civil Rights

    01/02/2015 10:30:53 AM PST · by illiac · 44 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 1/2/15 | Alicia Banks
    Historians take issue with director Ava DuVernay focus on former president Lyndon B. Johnson Days away from the wide release of “Selma,” a controversy around the film is gaining steam as historians take issue with its depiction of president Lyndon B. Johnson clashing with Martin Luther King, Jr. over voting rights. In a lengthy New York Times story about historians taking issue with the movie, Diane McWhorter, the author of “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution,”argued Thursday that the movie is not truthful in depicting LBJ (played by Tom Wilkinson) fighting King on...
  • Not so secret: New book features 105 documents from Vatican archives

    12/04/2009 3:46:43 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 756+ views
    cns ^ | December 4, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With millions of documents filling almost 53 miles of shelf space, the Vatican Secret Archives obviously still hold some secrets. Despite the aura of mystery surrounding the archives, the Vatican actually encourages academics to research its holdings and has worked with a Belgian publishing house to bring 105 of the most important, or curious, documents to the public. The coffee-table book, "The Vatican Secret Archives," was published by VdH Books in Dutch, English, French and Italian. Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the Vatican archivist, wrote in the introduction that he knows popular books and movies love to imply...
  • French Journalist Banned for Remarks Against Muslims

    12/20/2014 4:17:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/14
    Prominent French journalist Eric Zemmour was back in the spotlight Saturday after being barred by a news channel for saying Muslims were elbowing French people out of the suburbs, AFP reports. The iTELE channel said late Friday that Zemmour would not be invited back to a chat show he has been appearing in since 2003 following an outcry over his latest remarks. Zemmour, who recently published a best-seller titled "The French Suicide," is no stranger to polemics and has been convicted of inciting racial hatred. The latest controversy erupted after he gave an interview to Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper...
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • The Origin of the Number Zero

    12/13/2014 6:32:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | December 2014 | Amir Aczel
    Of all the numerals, "0" -- alone in green on the roulette wheel -- is most significant. Unique in representing absolute nothingness, its role as a placeholder gives our number system its power. It enables the numerals to cycle, acquiring different meanings in different locations (compare 3,000,000 and 30). With the exception of the Mayan system, whose zero glyph never left the Americas, ours is the only one known to have a numeral for zero. Babylonians had a mark for nothingness, say some accounts, but treated it primarily as punctuation. Romans and Egyptians had no such numeral either... Found on...
  • Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien's Anti-Socialist, Pro-Liberty Message

    12/05/2014 6:46:13 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    CNS ^ | December 4, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    J.R.R. Tolkien, the British author best known for The Hobbit and his epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, was an astute critic of socialism and utopianism and a passionate defender of liberty, says Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party, which he calls “a study of the political and economic implications of Tolkien’s thought.” “Certainly anyone that’s seen The Lord of the Rings, for instance, at the movies knows that he was deeply concerned about the dangers and the temptations of absolute power. "The symbol of the one ring, of course. It’s not just a symbol of the sort...
  • Ayn Rand Unpublished Novel, 'Ideal,' Due Out in July

    12/04/2014 11:16:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The first Ayn Rand novel since the iconic "Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 will be released in hardcover and paperback on July 7, the New American Library, which is associated with Penguin Random House, announced Thursday. Rand wrote the book, "Ideal" as a novel at first, but shelved the manuscript when she was not satisfied with it, and later rewrote it as a stage play. The play itself didn’t have its New York premiere until 2010, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  • NYT had 0 right-leaning books on its top 100 list — here are 15 bestsellers they could've included

    12/02/2014 3:47:21 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Consistent with our analysis of last year’s list, the New York Times has again apparently excluded any conservative or even right-leaning titles from its “100 Notable Books” of 2014. A disclaimer: While “conservative” or “right-leaning” are obviously subjective terms, a cursory glance at the Times’ list indicates books that lack a focus on individual liberty, free enterprise, traditional values, or many of the other tenets of Western civilization — unless critical of such tenets; further, the list is bereft of any titles authored by conservative or right-leaning authors. To give you a sense as to the kind of narratives/themes echoed...
  • Stonewalled in Obama's Garden of Beasts

    11/24/2014 4:19:16 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 160 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | November 24, 2014 | Matthew Bracken
    Stonewalled in Obama’s Garden of Beasts Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, by Sharyl Atkisson, 2014In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Eric Larson, 2011 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~~George Santayana “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~~Attributed to Mark Twain, unverified “Goddammit, Sharyl! The Washington Post is reasonable, the L.A. Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, you’re the only one who’s not reasonable! So, Sharyl Atkisson is the only...
  • How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win World War II

    11/21/2014 12:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jennifer Maloney
    Molly Guptill Manning, with her collection of Armed Services Edition books, discovered that soldiers liked nostalgic books and those with sex scenes. Armed Services Editions created a new audience of readers back home. A decade after the Nazis’ 1933 book burnings, the U.S. War Department and the publishing industry did the opposite, printing 120 million miniature, lightweight paperbacks for U.S. troops to carry in their pockets across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. The books were Armed Services Editions, printed by a coalition of publishers with funding from the government and shipped by the Army and Navy. The largest of...
  • David Pietrusza On Calvin Coolidge

    11/15/2014 11:29:24 AM PST · by statestreet · 3 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Novemer 14, 2014 | William K. Sanford Town Library
    Author David Petrusza discusses the pivotal 1924 election for president, won by "Silent Cal Coolidge."
  • The day a Holocaust survivor got revenge on his tormentor

    11/09/2014 10:51:41 AM PST · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    nypost.com ^ | november 9, 2014 | martin greenfield
    He survived the savagery of the Holocaust, made it to America with barely a penny and became a world-famous tailor in Brooklyn, dressing celebrities and presidents. In his new memoir, “Measure of a Man,” Martin Greenfield tells the story of his extraordinary life. -snip I whipped my head around toward the door. A gorgeous, smartly dressed blond woman holding a baby stood silhouetted in the door frame. It was the mayor of Weimar’s wife. “I . . . I found your rabbits!” I stammered with a cheerful nervousness. “They’re alive and safe!” “Why in the hell are you stealing my rabbits’ food?”...
  • Book Review: 'A Troublesome Inheritance' by Nicholas Wade

    05/03/2014 1:51:51 PM PDT · by globelamp · 82 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 050214 | Charles Murray
    ".. The orthodoxy's equivalent of the Nicene Creed has two scientific tenets. The first, promulgated by geneticist Richard Lewontin in "The Apportionment of Human Diversity" (1972), is that the races are so close to genetically identical that "racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance." The second, popularized by the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, is that human evolution in everything but cosmetic differences stopped before humans left Africa, meaning that "human equality is a contingent fact of history," as he put it in an essay of that title in 1984." "Since the sequencing...
  • 30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race

    05/11/2014 10:16:48 AM PDT · by mojito · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/10/2014 | Chris Reed
    Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians. Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment. Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in...
  • Blackballed Jordanian Author: ‘Jews Have a Right to the Land of Israel’

    10/10/2014 4:03:52 AM PDT · by protest1 · 13 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 7th 2014 | Dave Bender
    Despite being arrested, fired from his job, called “crazy” and an “infidel” and being left destitute, Jordanian writer Jihad Ali Alwan, 42, has no intention backing off his full-throated support of Israel, and from every possible platform, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday. “I don’t care what price I’ll pay. I will not apologize for my beliefs,” Alwan said, writing on his personal blog, “I suggest the Arabs normalize relations with Israel,” he wrote in October of last year. “Hamas is the real killer because its men hide behind civilians and it does not have the courage to go into face-to-face...
  • Book: Carter, Democrats Asked Soviets to Stop Reagan, Sway U.S. Elections

    10/16/2002 7:06:13 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 206 replies · 1,722+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/16/02 | Limbacher
    Remember the old conservative charge that many of the Democrats here in America were playing footsie with the Soviets? Some Republicans even said the Russians viewed the Democrats as their favorite party. Now bombshell revelations prove these accusations beyond a shadow of a doubt. Peter Schweizer, a Hoover Institution research fellow, has just written a new book, "Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism." This book may well well force historians to revise the history of the Cold War. Schweizer, after scouring once classified KGB, East German Stasi and Soviet Communist Party files,...
  • The writer who took Mao out into the cold

    10/03/2014 3:10:38 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2 Oct 2014 | anon
    Pierre Ryckmans, writer and academic. Born 1935, died 2014 Nowadays Mao is generally regarded as a tyrant on a par with Hitler and Stalin — worse, by some measures, if “indirect deaths” (starvation due to his policies) are counted in the overall toll. Yet in the 1970s he was the darling of the European radical Left. Pierre Ryckmans was born in Brussels into a well-off, devout Roman Catholic family. One relative was a monsignor; another a governor of the Belgian Congo. He first visited China in 1955 as a student and subsequently worked in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong before...
  • How the Russia-China Axis puts America at ‘as great or greater risk than we were in the Cold War’

    10/03/2014 7:02:57 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-10-03 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "[The U.S. is] reducing our [nuclear] arsenal. We are investing less. All the while our enemies are exponentially increasing their expenditures, making more sophisticated weapons, flouting arms control agreements, and…Vladimir Putin announced a couple of weeks ago that he was taking titular control personally of the Russian arms control agency. So we have a crisis here, and one that’s both been unacknowledged and un-discussed.”
  • Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?

    09/27/2014 8:41:05 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | Oct 2014 | Ariel Sabar
    For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources mention the footloose Italian. The only record of his 13th-century odyssey through the Far East is the hot air of his own Travels, which was actually an “as told to” penned by a writer of romances. But a set of 14 parchments, now collected and exhaustively studied for the first time, give us a raft of new stories about Polo’s journeys and something notably missing from his own account: maps. If genuine,...
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • Geoffrey Chaucer’s Tales Continue to Lure Tourists to Canterbury

    08/12/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 8, 2014
    Canterbury Cathedral, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, is the city’s biggest tourist attraction with a million visitors every yearAfter nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1107 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the bidding of King Henry 2. As a result, Becket became a martyr and the cathedral a place of pilgrimage to his shrine. The homicide was the subject of Murder in the Cathedral, a verse drama by T.S. Eliot, and was more famously immortalised...
  • Book Review: 'Robert the Bruce' by Michael Penman

    09/16/2014 2:10:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Barton Swaim
    It is one of the tragedies of recent cultural history that, thanks to Mel Gibson's preposterous movie "Braveheart," the world knows more about William Wallace's short-lived Scottish rebellion of 1296-97 than about Robert the Bruce. For it was Bruce who, after 18 years of plotting and war making, finally threw off the yoke of the English king and consolidated a sense of Scottish identity. "Never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English," said the Declaration of Arbroath, a diplomatic letter commissioned by Bruce in 1320. "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches,...
  • Round two: Team Clinton book ratchets up attack on obama...

    09/07/2014 3:19:11 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5 Sep 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Less than a month after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama by ridiculing his foreign policy, a key member of the Clinton kitchen cabinet is out with a new book that slams U.S. policy as “muddled, irresolute, and even feckless.” Doug Schoen’s double-barreled blast at Obama in the new book, The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership, is the latest sign that Clinton’s team will throw Obama under the bus if that’s what it takes to get her into the White House. “President Obama’s America is a passive, confused and...
  • Harsh and judgmental words drive people away from the pro-life movement

    08/19/2014 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice author Anne Eggebroten, edited a book entitled Abortion: My Choice, God’s Grace which tells the stories of Christian women who had abortions. The book celebrates abortion as an acceptable choice and tries to justify it based on the Bible. There is one story in particular I want to comment on. It is a first-hand account of a pro-choice clinic escort who describes how she got involved in the pro-choice movement. I think what she said is worth considering: My participation in the pro-choice march was motivated by boredom and restlessness as much as by a desire to be of...
  • Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

    08/13/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations. While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts… “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,”...
  • CIA hatched two plots to assassinate Nixon and sabotaged the Watergate break-in claims new book

    08/09/2014 4:40:15 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7th August 2014 | David Martosko
    'The CIA plotted twice to assassinate President Richard Nixon during the years before the Watergate scandal because the agency was angered when 'Tricky Dick' turned dovish and began to withdraw troops from Vietnam, according to an explosive book from a longtime Nixon confidant due for release on Monday. One hit was planned to occur at Nixon's Key Biscayne, Florida vacation house. A second plot to kill him was to culminate during a Miami speech in 1972. When both plots failed, writes best-selling author Roger Stone in 'Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the...
  • Author: ‘Clintons Are Incredibly Outlandish People,’ Bill a ‘Classic Narcissist’

    08/03/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2014 - 4:02 PM | Barbara Boland
    Former President Bill Clinton is a “classic narcissist” who is “always faithful [only] to himself” and who may not want his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary, to realize her ambitions for the White House in 2016, Daniel Halper, author of the book Clinton, Inc., suggested today. When speaking to Clinton confidantes, Halper said he was initially skeptical of these rumors, but found that many sources independently confirmed each other, and, “All of a sudden it begins to make sense. [When] you start hearing [this] from multiple people, from multiple good sources, and you start to realize—this is a man...
  • With a Grain of Salt: P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry in Conversation

    07/19/2014 12:53:40 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 3 replies
    Omnivoracious ^ | January 27, 2014 | Robin A. Rothman
    In the first paragraph of the prologue to his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way... And It Wasn't My Fault... And I'll Never Do It Again, political humor writer P.J. O'Rourke declares in no uncertain terms that he is "full of crap." Similarly, in the introduction to his upcoming book You Can Date Boys When You're Forty, humor columnist Dave Barry explains that his book, despite its subtitle "Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About," is not about parenting. It's easy to imagine that when these two bestselling authors and longtime pals get together,...
  • Help Turn Trevor Loudon’s Book Into a “Game Changing” Movie

    07/10/2014 9:36:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 7/10/14 | Trevor Loudon
    Trevor Loudon’s The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the US Congress is to be turned into a “game changing” movie. Timed for release in August 2015 “The Enemies Within” will be like no other film ever released in America. Production standards will be Hollywood quality. Guiding values however, will be 100% American. The Enemies Within will name names, and and go where no one has gone in modern times, in its quest to awaken Americans to the enemies within their own government.
  • The Disastrous Tenure of “Obama’s Enforcer”

    06/28/2014 12:53:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    I don’t know who the next U.S. attorney general will be. But I know I pity that person. Restoring the Justice Department’s reputation in the wake of Eric Holder’s tenure will take a lot of work. You can find out just how big a task it will be in “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” a new book by John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky. Even at a relatively slim 217 pages, it’s quite a bill of indictment. It’s one thing to read about certain cases as they pop up in the news cycle -- an article about a civil-rights...
  • Untold Stories of Israeli Innovation

    05/30/2014 6:26:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 30, 2014 | Jim Fletcher
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Untold Stories of Israeli InnovationPosted By Jim Fletcher On May 30, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Marcella Rosen knew what she had to do. Standing on the sidelines while the state of Israel was being denigrated just wouldn’t work for the marketing professional from New York. If the news about Israel is almost always negative, she’d do something about it.She’d share untold news. And that’s how Untold News (www.untoldnews.org) was born.Untold News gathers and disseminates positive stories about the myriad ways Israeli innovation brings help, hope, and healing to...
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are ‘too girly’ for them, says…

    04/21/2014 8:01:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19:32 EST, 20 April 2014 | Andrew Levy
    Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 percent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details about spaceships, and so are driven to more action-packed video games instead. …
  • Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them.....

    04/21/2014 11:56:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    mail online ^ | Andrew Levy
    FULL TITLE: Boys turning to action-packed video games because books are 'too girly' for them, says award-winning children's author Boys are being put off reading because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says an award-winning children’s author. Jonathan Emmett warned that children’s books were too girly because of the influence of mostly female panels of editors, publishers, reviewers and judges. One publishing company’s research suggested women bought 95 per cent of picture books for children, he added. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they enjoy in books, such as swashbuckling pirates, battles, or technical details...
  • The Vatican's Precious Manuscripts Go Online

    04/12/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 April 2014 | Liam Moloney
    Japanese Tech Firm NTT Is Scanning the Ancient Texts in the Vatican Apostolic Library Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time. When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse—and free. The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as...
  • BBC Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavelli

    03/25/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 11 replies
    BBC via Youtube ^ | Mar 25, 2014 | BBC
    With performances from Peter Capaldi, imagine. marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Imagine Who's Afraid of Machiavell. This video has been recorded at the international conference on 'Machiavelli's The Prince: Five Centuries of History, Conflict, and Politics' at Brunel Unive. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Nicolo Machiavelli's seminal work The Prince The BBC's Tim Wilcox discusses Machiavellian ideals vs modern Italian politics.
  • JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait

    03/21/2014 4:28:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father "enter[ing] into the imagined past" of the heroes. Telling of how the Geatish prince Beowulf comes to the aid of Danish king Hrođgar, slaying the monster Grendel and his mother before - spoiler alert - being mortally wounded by a dragon years later, Beowulf is is the longest epic poem in Old English, and is dated to the...